David Kelley - 2016 Jeep wrangler
One of the biggest tips I can give for someone considering buying a Jeep is doing lots of research. There are a lot of brands, and different nuances, that give you many options.
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2016 Jeep wrangler
I am originally from El Paso; however, I am going to school in Dallas, Texas. Currently, I am a college student studying computer science. Currently, I am planning on graduating next spring, and plan on starting a career in the computer security industry. I have been in love with cars pretty much my entire life, and spend most of my free time going to car shows or building my car (as well as friend’s cars).
What got you into Cars?
This may sound a little corny, but my main interest in cars started when I originally watched the original Fast and Furious. Just watching the build process on those cars just intrigued me, and made me realize that building cars was a hobby for me. My passion for cars really grew this past year when I joined my first car club(@simplysinful_elpaso). This team allowed me to be a part of something a little bit bigger in the car scene.
When I was seventeen, my parents bought this Jeep for me, and the build process began soon after that. I have worked every day since then to be able to afford the parts that are on there now. This car let my childhood fantasy come to life, and I finally had a chance to build my own car.
Why this Vehicle?
In El Paso, the off-road community was very large, and the idea of being able to drive through the sand dunes really intrigued me. On top of this, I had seen the aftermarket support for Jeeps, as well as how easy they were to modify. All of these factors contributed to my love for Jeeps, and to this day I would not have done anything differently.
It’s really a dream come true. Driving a modified car is the best feeling ever. During the summers, you can take the top and doors off, and just let the air rush through your hair. When you're at shows there are many little Jeep things you can do like “flex” off other Jeeps, that really just draw a crowd. When people walk up to me it really is an eye-opening experience. It’s an amazing feeling when someone likes your build so much they want to know what parts you have.
One of the biggest tips I can give for someone considering buying a Jeep is doing lots of research. There are a lot of brands, and different nuances, that give you many options. There are tons of Facebook/ Reddit groups that are dedicated to everything jeep; some even in your area. These groups can give you valuable information, as well as give you an opportunity to make new friends.
Jeeps are extremely easy to modify. Between the ground clearance, which makes it easy to crawl under, and the ample room in the engine bay, Jeeps, in my opinion, are extremely easy to make your own. One tip I would give is to watch videos of someone installing the same parts. Some bolts are hard to find, and these videos, most of the time, show you every little detail that the instructions don’t.
What makes it unique?
One thing that I think makes the Jeep stand out is the combination of parts. Most Jeep owners usually stick to one brand when it comes to fenders, bumpers, and armour. I purposely chose to use different brands for the fenders and the bumpers. This gives me some variation that some people don’t have. On top of this, I have only seen one Jeep to this day that has the same paint job and colours that I have. Within the next month, the Jeep will be even more unique once I get it wrapped.
- K&N intake
- Throttle body spacer
- 4” Rancho lift
- 35” BF Goodrich tires
- 17” XD Rockstar 2 wheels
- Sunpie RGB headlights
- KC light bars and rock lights
- Poison Spyder crusher fenders
- DV8 inner fender liners
- Smittybilt XRC bumpers
- Flow master outlaw axle back
- Dual battery kit
- Teraflex sway bar quick disconnects
- JL 12” subwoofers x2
Everything except for the lift and wheels/ tires has been done by me. The company that installed the lift was a local El Paso company named 4wheelcenter.
The next thing that is being done is a wrap installed by @sinfulwraps915. After the wrap, the next mod going to be done is a 392 swap. Once this is done, I plan on doing many modifications, such as a supercharger, headers, cams, tune, etc.
Currently, I am a member of two clubs. My main club is @simplysinful_elpaso. This group is basically family, and I spend every minute of my time in El Paso with them. The other club I’m a part of is North Texas Jeep Club. This is my main off-roading club.
The car scene has done several things. The one that was most impactful for me has been giving me a new family, as well as many new friends. On top of this, I have also gotten a few sponsors that are helping me build the Jeep even more.
As cliche as it is, my dream car is an R34 Skyline. I began falling in love with this car when I saw it in Fast and Furious. As soon as these cars become legal to import, I will do anything I can to get one.
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