Riding in the passenger seat of Chet Kokkeler’s white LS-powered JKU as it effortlessly climbed over boulders on a rugged trail high in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, it was hard to imagine that 15 months earlier, this agile, powerful Jeep was nothing more than a stripped tub sitting on a bare frame in the corner of a Midwest auto salvage yard.
Chet’s 2014 Wrangler “Limitless” was once someone’s pride and joy before it was totaled, sent to a salvage yard, and stripped bare. Now that it’s been reborn, it showcases how some of the best aftermarket parts in the country can transform the bare bones of a Jeep into a comfortable daily driver with limitless trail-riding possibilities. Bringing it all together was neither easy nor cheap. Its rebirth started when the 42-year-old owner of an Oregon landscape design and construction company decided he wanted a Jeep that was more versatile and comfortable than his LS-powered ’78 CJ-7. He also wanted a JK that he and his family could drive every day and enjoy year-round.
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