Company’s Wrangler JL Sahara throwback build to compete in SEMA’s Battle of the Builders and is powered by a straight-6 4.7-liter stroker engine
LAS VEGAS (November 3, 2021) – Quadratec, Inc., the world’s largest independent aftermarket parts and accessories retailer for Jeep® vehicles, today debuted its one-of-a-kind Jeep Wrangler YJL at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The build was inspired by Quadratec Founder Ted Wentz II’s 1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara that kickstarted his vision for the company and pays homage to Quadratec’s roots with classic YJ styling while numerous modern touches highlight the company’s revolutionary products.
“With the absence of an in-person SEMA Show in 2020, we decided to take the YJL build to the next level and complete a unique engine swap as well as fit an original YJ dash into it,” said Quadratec CEO Ted Wentz III. “This is Quadratec’s first year at the SEMA Show as an exhibitor and we wanted to make a splash. In addition to the YJL reveal, we debuted over 50 innovative new products at the show.”
A custom YJ front-end conversion and period-correct rear bumper with bumperettes gives the YJL its authentic, one-off aesthetic. The Quadratec YJL is outfitted with the all-new Teraflex RT4 Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit and Falcon 3.5 Adapt Shocks which provide 3.5-inches of lift and superior performance over rugged terrain. The additional ride height offers clearance for the vehicle’s 37-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tires mounted on paint-matched Quadratec CJ Retro Wheels. Custom Tom Wood’s Drive Shafts accommodate the additional lift with their signature Double Cardan design.
Quadratec’s YJL is trail-ready with the company’s signature QRC Side Armor Guards and tubular doors, both custom painted to match the vehicle. Above the wheels, Rock Slide Engineering Fender Flares allow for superior tire clearance and are built from 11-gauge aluminum for maximum durability. A MasterTop Bimini Top provides protection from the elements and an unmatched open-air feel for occupants.
Premium Heated LED Projector Beam Headlights from Quadratec illuminate both road and trail with up to 3,200 lumens of light output and their heated lens design craftily prevents ice or snow buildup. Quadratec 6-inch Round LED Auxiliary Lights contribute additional brightness when needed, each producing 5,000 lumens for improved trail vision in low-light conditions.
The YJL’s interior features Alpine audio components including a hidden PWD-X5 subwoofer with built-in four-channel amplifier, weather-resistant rear soundbar upgrade kit and four-inch two-way speakers in the original YJ dash location, all controlled via Bluetooth. Custom Corbeau Trailcat Seats pair with Overland Outfitters’ Seatback Bags for premium function and a unique Wrangler YJ throwback aesthetic. Quadratec’s Ultimate All-Weather Floor Liners fit seamlessly and protect the Jeep’s floor from dirt and debris.
Other upgrades on the YJL include steering upgrades from Steersmarts, a Painless Performance wiring harness, gauges from Autometer, AX15 manual transmission with Atlas II transfer case and transmission conversion adapters from Advanced Adapters, engine upgrades from 505 Performance, a Flowmaster exhaust and fresh paint from Red’s Paint Works.
Quadratec partnered with these iconic brands and nationally renowned vehicle builder Greg Henderson, owner of Unofficial Use Only in Lennon, Mich., to bring this retro-inspired wheeling machine to fruition.
“All the partners we contacted were more than excited to be a part of this Jeep build that calls back to the early days of not only Quadratec but also the Wrangler itself,” said Quadratec YJL Project Manager Eric Ammerman. “This YJL not only pulls design cues from the YJ, but we also pulled actual parts from the personal YJ of Phil Toney, one of the original engineers of the YJ back in the 80’s”.
The Quadratec YJL will be on display at the 2021 SEMA Show in the Quadratec booth (Booth #55167 in the West Hall) through November 5, 2021 and will be competing in the prestigious 2021 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. For more information on the YJL and Quadratec, visit www.quadratec.com.
About Quadratec, Inc.
Built on 30 years of excellence, Quadratec, Inc. is more than just an industry leader in the aftermarket Jeep® world. It is a dream builder, problem solver and passionate advocate for all enthusiasts of the legendary Jeep CJ & Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Gladiator vehicles. Quadratec delivers the very best parts and accessories that provide Jeep owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. Learn more at Quadratec.com.