Ball and Buck CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler ARB Overland Edition: Off-Grid Indulgence10/06/2021
You don’t have to spend a mortgage-sized pile of cash on a classic Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler, but options exist should you get the urge to spend big. Ball and Buck has introduced a new addition to its Signature Series Jeep CJ-8 program, which kicked off in 2020 with another Jeep Scrambler. The new addition is called the ARB Overland Edition—and yes, you can consider it worthy of a second mortgage.
Ball and Buck, founded in 2008, is a premium sportsman lifestyle brand with a full line of expensive outdoor clothing; it doesn’t specialize in building Jeeps. Rather, seeing how overlanding and off-roading complement its core business, Ball and Buck partnered with Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy to bring the branded Scrambler to life. A bunch of other companies joined in on the fun: ARB, Quadratec, Raceline Wheels, BF Goodrich, Gunner Kennels, and Kentrol.
Here’s how it works: Ball and Buck sources the Jeep CJ-8 Scramblers, and Kyle Smith rejuvenates them through a full restoration process that includes incorporating modern technology to improve drivability and comfort. The restored Scramblers incorporate further customization cues to achieve the perfect hand-crafted Jeep Scramblers representative of Ball and Buck and its loyal customers.
As its name implies, Ball and Buck’s latest Jeep Scrambler is garnished with a bounty of ARB accessories: 2-inch Old Man Emu suspension lift; front and rear air lockers; onboard air compressor; Safari Snorkel air intake; Base Rack System with awning and Hi-Lift Jack mounting points; Intensity LED flood lights and spot lights; propane tank storage; and fuel and water storage.
Additional off-grid accessories include Quadratec rear flood lights, Raceline Alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich AT2 tires, a roll-bar-mounted full-size spare tire, American Cypress hand-carved bed rails, a custom front bumper with a Warn M8000 winch, and a custom rear bumper with a reinforced trailer hitch.
The interior of the ARB Overland Edition is tastefully period-correct but elevated thanks to a decedent mixture of canvas, leather, and hand-turned brass. A modern retrofit air conditioning unit, electronic gauges, and an Alpine stereo modernize the cockpit. Just as Ball and Buck takes pride in the materials used in its clothing, so it also takes pride in the craftsmanship of the Scrambler’s interior.
Into that mix, you can throw a 5.3-liter V-8 gas engine or a Cummins R2.8 diesel powerplant, because—why not?
There’s no shame in risking scratches, damage, and mud by actually off-roading Ball and Buck’s ARB Overland Edition in the backcountry, and there’s likewise no shame in just keeping the nostalgic Scrambler that reminds you of the good ‘ol days in a protected, climate-controlled garage as a paper weight. There’s room for both options and everything in between.
As for pricing? The Ball and Buck CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler ARB Overland Edition starts at $85,000 but quickly approaches that $125,000 mark. The build time can take half a year to a year; it’s understandably a huge endeavor.
So, the big question: You buying a house or Scrambler?
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