Quadratec Jeep YLJ Mixes Original And Modern Wrangler Cues In Rugged Way

Quadratec Jeep YLJ Mixes Original And Modern Wrangler Cues In Rugged Way


The looks from the ’80s with the technology from today.

Quadratec is the largest independent retailer of aftermarket Jeep parts, and the company celebrates 30 years in business by building a unique Wrangler that mixes the first-gen (known internally as the YJ) and current JL model. Naturally, the business refers to this machine as the YJL.

Starting with a JL Wrangler, Quadratec overhauls the front so that it has rectangular headlights, like on the YJ. These are not simple sealed-beam lamps like on an old Wrangler, though, because the company installs modern LEDs. The front bumper is simply a metal beam with circular auxiliary lamps on top.

Gallery: Quadratec Jeep YJL Wrangler Custom

Along the side, there are tubular steps and matching metal piping for the doors. Wider fenders at both ends use 11-gauge aluminum. A removable bimini top provides some protection from the rays while still providing an open-air driving experience.

The rear has a bumper and bumperettes adapted from the YJ. A pair of high-exit exhausts poke out from the back. The taillights are similar to the ones on the first-gen Wrangler but now have LED illumination.

Mechanically, Quadratec overhauls the Jeep’s suspension. There is a Teraflex RT4 Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit and Falcon 3.5 Adapt Shocks with a 3.5-inch lift. It rides on paint-matched Quadratec CJ Retro Wheels with 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Boss tires. There are also upgraded driveshafts with a double cardan design.

Inside, an Alpine infotainment system replaces the stock unit. It includes an off-road mode that can show elements like tire pressures, an inclinometer, and trail maps. In front, there are Corbeau Trailcat seats with storage bags behind them. Quadratec own all-weather mats are on the floors.

The YJL is a one-off. Judging by Quadratec’s extensive catalog of parts, if you have a large enough budget, building something similar seems possible, though.



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