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IRON MAN

Written by Deanne Deluna | Photos: Matt Moghaddam

Rebel Off Road's 2013 Jeep JK Unlimited Sport "Iron Man"

The crew over at Rebel Off Road are no strangers to the pages of LFTD&LVLD, having previously been the masterminds behind the “Cascade” JK that was featured in Issue 2. Now they’re back with an even more intense Jeep build with their “Iron Man” JK that belongs to their sales manager, Taylor Blagdon. As an avid Jeep enthusiast, this is actually his third Wrangler and the best one yet!


“I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and going where other vehicles can’t.”

“I’ve been a car lover from the day I could drive. My first car was a 1977 Chevy El Camino that I restored when I was 16. The first Jeep I got was a two-door 2007 Jeep and then I sold that for a 2008 four-door. Now, I’m on the 2013 Jeep JK and love every bit of it.”

Because every project needs a theme or nickname, Blagdon went with his favorite super hero, Iron Man, as inspiration. “I wanted a Jeep that could tackle any terrain I threw at it, but after some clean up would drive like a Cadillac out to a nice restaurant,” he details. “It’s sophisticated enough for the valet, yet still aggressive for the Rubicon trail.” With his JK as a blank canvas, he drove the Jeep stock for three months until he finally figured out what he wanted to do to it and made sure he had all the parts in order before he pulled the trigger on the build.

“I didn’t want to piece it together and needed to have everything thought out before we even started anything,” he says, mentioning that he wanted the Jeep to not only drive better than it did stock, but perform better off-road, too. “Basically, I wanted the best components I could find for this build and made sure I didn’t stop looking until I did.”

To follow his “Iron Man” theme, the Jeep’s hardtop was color-matched to its grey exterior, with decals sporting the Jeep’s nickname and Rebel Off Road. Although it doesn’t come with its own Iron Man suit or is powered by some fancy Arc Reactor, it is emblazoned with cool mods that make it a powerful force to be reckoned with, on- and off-road. A Rebel Off Road Recon bolt-on coilover conversion kit with TeraFlex long arm system, 12” front and 14”rear King 2.5” coilovers with internal bypasses, front and rear King 2.0 hydraulic bump stops, and Currie Antirock front and rear sway bar system provides a comfortable ride on any terrain imaginable. To boost its performance, a Magnuson supercharger kit, aFe cold air intake system and Borla custom cat-back exhaust system all work in tangent to give it a huge increase in power.

Transforming it from regular JK to “Iron Man,” the exterior was given Nemesis Industries front Odyssey and rear Notorious fender flares, Knuckles Off Road front and rear bumpers, Rock Slide Engineering step sliders, and a Rugged Ridge vented JK hood, just to name a few. A plethora of Rigid Industries’ lighting products keeps trails bright, while accessories include a Warn Zeon 8-s winch, Rugged Ridge aluminum hood catches and Rebel Off Road Blackout rear rotopax windows give it a stand out look worthy of a super Jeep.

“I had no idea how color-matched bumpers would look and how it would all tie in together,” he says. “But in the end, I am extremely happy how unique it has become.” With minimal hiccups and fitment challenges, it was overall a smooth build that Blagdon will enjoy for years to come, especially on the weekends when he takes it riding. “It has been to the Rubicon Trail twice, all over Big Bear, trails in San Diego, through some harsh terrain in Johnson Valley and many other places,” he confirms. “The suspension soaks up any terrain I can throw at it, slow or fast.”

Boasting more than $100k in aftermarket products and modifications, the Jeep rocks one-of-a-kind styling. It has inspired many other builds and has spread across social media like wildfire, with Jeep and off-road fans loving every aspect of this project. It’s been a hot build at every event or show it attends, and Blagdon is glad he spent those extra three months rolling stock to make sure everything was set for what was to become one of Rebel Off Road’s best builds to date.


GEAR: 2013 Jeep JK Unlimited Sport "Iron Man"

Suspension
  • Rebel Off Road Recon Bolt On Coilover Conversion Kit
  • TeraFlex Long Arm System
  • 12” King 2.5” Coilovers with internal bypasses (front)
  • 14” King 2.5” Coilovers with internal bypasses (rear)
  • King 2.0 Hydraulic Bump stops (front and rear)
  • Currie Anitrock Swaybar System (front and rear)
Performance
  • :3.6L Pentastar V6
  • Magnuson Supercharger kit
  • aFe cold air intake ystem
  • Borla custom cat-back exhaust system
  • Powertank CO2 tank
Axles
  • TeraFlex CRD60 front axle assembly
  • TeraFlex CRD60 rear axle assembly
  • Currie Enterprises front and rear differential covers
  • ARB locking front and rear differentials
  • J.E. Reel front and rear drivelines
  • FOX ATS Steering Stabilizer
Wheels & Tires
  • 40X13.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires
  • 17” Method M101 Beadlock wheels
Exterior
  • Custom color-matched hardtop
  • Rebel Off Road Blackout Rear Rotopax windows
  • Nemesis Industries Odyssey Fender Flares (front)
  • Nemesis Industries Notorious Fender Flares (rear)
  • Knuckles Off Road front and rear bumpers
  • Rock Slide Engineering Step Sliders
  • Rock Hard 4x4 Skid Plate System
  • Genright Off Road aluminum tire carrier
  • Rock Hard 4x4 JK Sports Cage and Streamer Bar
  • Rugged Ridge Vented JK Hood
  • Warn Zeon 8-S Winch
  • Rugged Ridge aluminum hood catches
  • Spiderweb Shade JK 4D Black Shade
Lights
  • Truck-Lite LED headlamps
  • Rigid Industries SR20 LED Bar in grill hoop
  • Rigid Industries SR50 LED Bar on windshield
  • Poison Spyder 50” LED bar windshield brackets
  • Rigid Industries Dually XL Pods In A-Pillars
  • Rigid Industries SAE/DOT Spec Dually Fog Lights in front bumper
  • Rigid Industries SRQ Series Reverse lights in blackout windows
  • Rigid Industries D2 Flood Reverse lights in rear bumper
  • Rigid Industries SRM Amber Flood dust light
Interior
  • Corbeau LG1 Black Microsuede front seats with heaters
  • Trek Armor rear seat covers
  • Pioneer AVIC 8000NEX Infotainment System

Sources
Rebel Off Road | rebeloffroad.com • Rock Hard 4x4 | rockhard4x4.com • Nemesis Industries | nem-ind.com • Rock Slide Engineering | rockslideengineering.com • Genright | genright.com • Truck-Lite | truck-lite.com • Knuckles Offroad | knucklesoffroad.com • Warn | warn.com • SpiderWebShde | spiderwebshade.com • Rugged Ridge | ruggedridge.com • Pioneer | pioneerelectronics.com • Rigid Industries | rigidindustries.com • Poison Spyder | shop.poisonspyder.com • Trek Armor | trekarmor.com • Corbeau | corbeau.com • TeraFlex | teraflex.com • King Shocks | www.kingshocks.com • Currie Enterprises | currieenterprises.com • Magnuson | magnusonproduct.com • aFe | afepower.com • Borla | borla.com • Powertank | powertank.com • ARB | arbusa.com • J.E. Reel Drivelines | reeldriveline.com • FOX | ridefox.com • Toyo | toyo.com

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