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wayoflife
05-15-2019, 10:58 PM
There really is no question that the all new Jeep JT Gladiator is all the rage and anyone who's anyone in the industry is working hard to build one up. As luck would have it, Cindy and I were invited down to Dynatrac and to get a glimpse of what they're doing with theirs. Needless to say, the following photos will show you what they've done so far and we'd love to hear what you think of it. :yup:

Unfortunately, we weren't able to cover this build from the very beginning like we had originally planned to but we were able to catch up on things soon after it arrived at Dynatrac. Here's a shot of what it looked like within hours of getting here - essentially, all stripped down and ready to get worked on again.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160518-34218939-me.jpg

Of course, the single coolest mod on this this truck is the awesome Hellcat HEMI under the hood.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160452-20261f6a-me.jpg

For the most part, it went it without too much effort but new JL motor mounts had to be installed to make it work and fitment was a bit tight on the passenger side.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160622-07b95e52-me.jpg

From what I've been told, there was also an issue with the brake booster fitment and several different ones had be tested before one that worked was finally found.
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Not a 100% sure what the deal is with the coils but there seemed to be an excessive amount of bowing on the front ones. Fortunately, these will get replaced.
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Probably the single most unique feature about this Gladiator build is that nothing about it would make you think it once was a Gladiator. As you can see, the cab section has been chopped so that it could be made into a 2-door with an extra cab and the frame has been shorted as well to give it a shorter wheel base. Of course, a storage box made by Patriot Campers has been added as well.
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Initially, the plan was to run a 2-door gas tank with the shortened frame but things didn't work out the way they had planned so a 36 gallon GenRight tank was used in its place.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160709-d8a795bc-me.jpg

It may be a little hard to see but if you look carefully, the frame rails had to be notched in order to make the tank fit.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160539-f0c0959e-me.jpg

Here's a shot of Sticky Finger Design wrapping CODEX's hood.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160713-0b1ab269-me.jpg

What it looks like now.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160930-741721a8-me.jpg

Shot of the windshield done as well.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515160608-8613044a-me.jpg

Coming together. Here you can see the body with some color as well as the roof rack installed and a Rotopax mounted on the rear window location.
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Doing a bit more shaping to the hard top.
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Maybe not perfect but it does look a lot better now.
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Going with the black and tan look, the factory wheels were painted matte black.
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Getting a lot closer. Here's a shot from the rear with the roof top tent installed.
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A few shots of the drawers and cubbys on this thing.
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On the other side is a Dometic fridge :)
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Switches on the outside that control lights.
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Testing out the roof top tent.
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Modifying the rear cross member to help give a bit more ground clearance.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515175226-0297e00d-me.jpg

Oh so close to being done.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515175250-a860d7a7-me.jpg

Well, the body part of it all anyway. Suspension is gonna need some help for sure especially in the rear.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515175238-9eedf0a3-me.jpg

That's it for now. Hoping to post up more pics as soon as I can and with any luck, it'll look a lot more complete. Please let us know what you think of the build! :thumb:

wjtstudios
05-15-2019, 11:03 PM
Wow! Just wow. Thatís crazy. So much of a transformation. I canít wait to see this thing finished up.


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jjlong
05-15-2019, 11:05 PM
I saw Patriot camper hinting about something like this. Looks like a lot of work. Too soon to say whether or not I'm a fan of it.

WJCO
05-15-2019, 11:09 PM
Great photos. Not really my cup of tea personally. The Hellcat is cool though.

Coop
05-15-2019, 11:16 PM
Man, lots of work and equipment going into this! This will be a cool Jeep when done! I do like the basic design of the Gladiator, though. I canít wait to see all the builds out on the trails!
Thanks for the photos!

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OverlanderJK
05-15-2019, 11:18 PM
That thing had so much potential and completely fell flat. Not sure what the goal was, but that is pretty bad. At no point does that make me want to buy a gladiator or build anything close to it.




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Ddays
05-15-2019, 11:19 PM
A 700+ hp camper? :thinking: I'll reserve a final opinion until its done. I sure do appreciate the amount of work done though. That storage bed is really nice & looks well made. But I'm struggling with why cut a Gladiator up when they could have done the same thing with a 2 door JL and extended the rear frame to accommodate the storage bed?

jeeeep
05-15-2019, 11:23 PM
that's going to be one hell of a support vehicle!

did I miss reading what axles are on it?

wayoflife
05-15-2019, 11:28 PM
Okay, just saw this awesome awning made by Rhino Rack in action and OMG - so much want!!!
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515182647-00116a72-me.jpg

Compact when closed and super easy to open and setup. All kinds of other features that are sweet too.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515182646-b214bcc1-me.jpg

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wayoflife
05-15-2019, 11:29 PM
that's going to be one hell of a support vehicle!

did I miss reading what axles are on it?

Factory for now. Won't be able to get suspension and axles done until the next phase.

dpetersen1988
05-15-2019, 11:44 PM
Not sure how I feel about this one have to wait for the final product.

Jsouder53
05-15-2019, 11:55 PM
Iím not sure how I feel about it either... From one of the pictures, it ALMOST looks like a 2 door Tacoma

StewiesJK
05-16-2019, 12:08 AM
That is going to be one hell of an Overlander :thumb: Love it when all these offroad businesses take these new rigs and build them up before most have even had a chance to see one let alone buy one. :clap2:

JK.AF.Mil
05-16-2019, 12:22 AM
Looks like an interesting build with a lot of attention to detail. Thanks for sharing the photos.
- CJ

jorgelrod
05-16-2019, 12:28 AM
Dynatrac's answer to AEV's Outpost II...

Tony Carvalho is a mad genius!!!

Stuka
05-16-2019, 12:31 AM
The front springs most likely look like that because they swapped in an axle for a JK? I know the Gladiators have wider axles than regular JL's, and definitely wider than a JK.

EDIT: Ahh no, definitely a stock axle, but looks like the track bar is pulling it to the side. The bump stop is way over from the spring mount up top.

EDIT 2: Strike through isn't supported here?

#1 Van
05-16-2019, 12:32 AM
Wow - Hemi!
Thanks for putting the pictures up! My GF would love to have a Jeep: she loved my last JK and really loves my new JL. I'm trying to get her interested in a Gladiator but she has concerns with the 5' bed length. We have two large dogs and bought a Tacoma Access Cab (6' bed) last year to haul them around with us. - Looking at this build, I could easily see us loading the dogs in below an adding a roof tent above so the four of us could be together four camping weekends.
Can't wait to see the finished version.

Buster3479
05-16-2019, 12:33 AM
While it seems like the build had huge potential, I just can't bring myself to like it. Different strokes I guess.

longarmwj
05-16-2019, 12:42 AM
Well goddamn....


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Edwrds
05-16-2019, 12:46 AM
I agree not my thing either.


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wayoflife
05-16-2019, 12:56 AM
Almost done...

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Brute
05-16-2019, 12:56 AM
Well...when I first heard that they were going to make a two door pickup with a Hellcat, I was envisioning a bad ass stretched version of my JK6 with a Gladiator bed...better breakover angle, maybe a bobbed bed for better departure...and it would have resembled a full blown race truck...and I really would have dug that.

But a shorter camper truck?...you would have been better off building a rig like Mel Wade did for camping...and it would have been cool to have the big ass engine to boot...but to go through the expense and time to build this missed the mark.

Good thing they opted for the larger fuel cell...my JK6 only gets between 140-150 mile range with a 20 gal tank...and it only weighs 5300 lbs...

Sigh.............

Sharkey
05-16-2019, 12:58 AM
Honestly, I REALLY donít like or get this build and itís difficult for me to come up with something positive to say but I will try:

The batwing awning on top of the dog catcher box is definitely sweet.

Zstairlessone
05-16-2019, 12:59 AM
SWEEEEET!!

Wow, so cool you got to be there for a big part of this.


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Rst8rox
05-16-2019, 01:44 AM
So badass!!!! My address for delivery is.......


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notnalc68
05-16-2019, 01:51 AM
Nice engine, and the awning is cool. I just canít imagine why youíd shorten it, and delete the two back doors.


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Andy5160
05-16-2019, 01:56 AM
Nahhh, they totally defeated Gladiator in this build and I think a lot of us actually wanted to see Gladiator and not this thing.


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Dale72
05-16-2019, 02:04 AM
I'm like most of them. I don't like it either

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jwalt
05-16-2019, 02:17 AM
I can appreciate all the hard work both in the body and electrical on this. But as many others have said, I don't care for it. When I see a "toolbox" type bed I think of service truck. Really this could have been made from a JLU right after code 1. A bobbed bed desert runner with the hellcat engine with dynatrac axles that hold up to the abuse would have been more my style as an extremely awesome build or mor of the simple build like Mel from EVO did. I hope it gets them the attention they are after but not my really my style. The rooftop overlander is the rage right now and is getting over-done. I prefer intuitive useful designs that I could buy/build and dream about while I work my 60 hour weeks in the shop to pay for my Jeep.

Exodus Jeeps
05-16-2019, 02:23 AM
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benatc1
05-16-2019, 02:26 AM
I really appreciate their work and what their vision is, but can't say it's my style. Either way, I'm sure it'll be a nice set up when it's all done

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TOPLESS
05-16-2019, 02:31 AM
Hemi is cool but that shell does remind me of a dog catcher box. Maybe put it on 40ís and that might help.

TrailHunter
05-16-2019, 02:36 AM
Not what I was expecting or hoping to see with this build.... but still appreciate all the hard work. [emoji1417]

WJCO
05-16-2019, 02:42 AM
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:cheesy: Well played.

fiend
05-16-2019, 03:02 AM
Itís gonna look cool at SEMA.

They seem to be targeting the Aussie/South Africa crowd with this.


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danford.lau
05-16-2019, 03:09 AM
and not anything I would be interested in either. I saw a gladiator built up by savvy that was much closer to the mark with the tire mounted in the cab like the Brute. Much more my style.

Patrick-A51
05-16-2019, 03:13 AM
All I can say is WOW! :eek: The cost is a bit much. :doh:
Can't wait to see the completed product :yawn37:

OverlanderJK
05-16-2019, 03:14 AM
and not anything I would be interested in either. I saw a gladiator built up by savvy that was much closer to the mark with the tire mounted in the cab like the Brute. Much more my style.

Thatís a race car. But different.


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HighwayTrout
05-16-2019, 03:22 AM
That thing had so much potential and completely fell flat. Not sure what the goal was, but that is pretty bad. At no point does that make me want to buy a gladiator or build anything close to it.


Toats mahgoats.

Very AEVish/Earthroamery but missed the mark for me as well.
Weíll see. It may grow on me

_R700_
05-16-2019, 03:46 AM
This is a really strange build to me. Separately I love Dynatracs products and Patriot Camper's products.

As an Aussie living in Aust I am very familiar with PCOR's products and know they are high qaulity and industry leading. I am also aware that they have been trying to break into the US market for a couple of years now, and what better way to do it than to build a Jeep for overlanding.

However, i feel that this could have been done much better...

Dynatrac are no doubt capable of building a great rig. But to partner with PCOR, who are already trying to expland their offering in the US, and for them to supply what essentially looks like a rear tray/bed and canopy designed for Toyota Hilux/Tacoma (or possibly even a Ford Ranger), and then have Dynatrac cut down a Jeep to make it all fit seems stupid. PCOR should have desinged the rear setup around a Jeep!!

Obviously they are working against the clock to have it ready for Overland Expo but seriously from these pics it looks like so many corners are being cut to make it all work.

A.J.
05-16-2019, 03:53 AM
Looks like a farriers truck.


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Jsouder53
05-16-2019, 04:33 AM
Looks like a farriers truck.


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Hahaha it sure does

BaddestCross
05-16-2019, 05:05 AM
I'm all for the Hellcat Hemi, shorter wheel base, 2 door extended cab but they lost me with the dog catcher box.

I would've preferred if they lengthened the bed to 6' instead.

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Trail JK
05-16-2019, 05:19 AM
Oh man... [emoji850]

smh 🤦🏻*♀️

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JokerJ420
05-16-2019, 05:19 AM
Not the biggest fan of it to be honest.

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SDG
05-16-2019, 06:05 AM
That thing is like Anne Frank in a cutlery shop... DANGER... DO NOT ENTER...

The first 3 questions I have are Why?

1. The frame was notched to fit a gas tank? You can bob a frame but can fab a gas tank? I would rather have the full frame with all that shit bolted on top...

2, 3... oh... and 4.... suspension, engine, payload...

Hellcat, coils, backpack... it is like a kid on steroids who wears a backpack and sandals to the 100m dash... why? Big engine, shitty suspension and tons of weight.... 2 of the 3 are okay, but 1 doesn't work.

PS Its super ugly too!



That thing had so much potential and completely fell flat. Not sure what the goal was, but that is pretty bad. At no point does that make me want to buy a gladiator or build anything close to it.




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jcslax17
05-16-2019, 06:30 AM
I think a diesel would have been a better fit for this style build


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19YJ94
05-16-2019, 06:31 AM
Wow that's going to be one cool overlanding rig! Can't wait to see it finished.

JKRicky
05-16-2019, 06:37 AM
Thanks for the coverage Eddie.

Iím personally not a fan. I keep looking at it and I think what really throws it off for me is the whole rear section with the huge black box thingy. The overall lines of everything just donít flow. Definitely a bummer. Sometimes less is more for sure.


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Gadget
05-16-2019, 10:57 AM
After seeing this and EVOís I got to wondering whatever happened to RESQ1?


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cozdude
05-16-2019, 11:10 AM
As mentioned the only two cool things about this is the motor and that roof top tent. Outside of those thing thing is hideous!

Tony dropped the ball and made something unattainable for most of the people that would build a gladiator. Also idk how this build will promote their axles which is what they are known for.

EVOís build is better looking and a more obtainable build IMO.

Exodus Jeeps
05-16-2019, 11:37 AM
As mentioned the only two cool things about this is the motor and that roof top tent. Outside of those thing thing is hideous!

Tony dropped the ball and made something unattainable for most of the people that would build a gladiator. Also idk how this build will promote their axles which is what they are known for.

EVOís build is better looking and a more obtainable build IMO.

Ditto. How many people are going to buy a Gladiator and do this? None. How many people are going to buy Dynatrac axles BECAUSE of this? Maybe a few but not enough to justify the cost of the build. When you build something you have to keep your audience in mind and you build what THEY can afford. Going over the top a little is ok, but this is out in left field. They would have been way better off just allocating a few axle sets to some shops for SEMA builds than doing this. Not sure why they even feel the need to do their own builds.


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cozdude
05-16-2019, 11:56 AM
Ditto. How many people are going to buy a Gladiator and do this? None. How many people are going to buy Dynatrac axles BECAUSE of this? Maybe a few but not enough to justify the cost of the build. When you build something you have to keep your audience in mind and you build what THEY can afford. Going over the top a little is ok, but this is out in left field. They would have been way better off just allocating a few axle sets to some shops for SEMA builds than doing this. Not sure why they even feel the need to do their own builds.


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Exactly. I could build a ďmildĒ evo gladiator with 35/37ís lift and do the same tent and stuff with stock axles and not need to change much of anything and be able to afford it. This build from tony is tons of custom work with tons of money being thrown at it and something the average joe canít do.

Ddays
05-16-2019, 12:30 PM
Ditto. How many people are going to buy a Gladiator and do this? None. How many people are going to buy Dynatrac axles BECAUSE of this? Maybe a few but not enough to justify the cost of the build. When you build something you have to keep your audience in mind and you build what THEY can afford. Going over the top a little is ok, but this is out in left field. They would have been way better off just allocating a few axle sets to some shops for SEMA builds than doing this. Not sure why they even feel the need to do their own builds.


Exactly. I could build a ďmildĒ evo gladiator with 35/37ís lift and do the same tent and stuff with stock axles and not need to change much of anything and be able to afford it. This build from tony is tons of custom work with tons of money being thrown at it and something the average joe canít do.

I think this build is them reaching out to the overlanding crowd. You think our shit is expensive? Check out what some of these guys spend on camping out. :crazyeyes: This build is entry level for a lot of those guys. Having said that I also think this is an overreach for Dynatrac. They're in the axle business and not many overlanders require anything other than stock axles.

OverlanderJK
05-16-2019, 12:36 PM
I think this build is them reaching out to the overlanding crowd. You think our shit is expensive? Check out what some of these guys spend on camping out. :crazyeyes: This build is entry level for a lot of those guys. Having said that I also think this is an overreach for Dynatrac. They're in the axle business and not many overlanders require anything other than stock axles.

Iíve never seen an overlander cut a truck in half and shorten it and add a huge motor.


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Labricon
05-16-2019, 12:43 PM
I am willing to wait to see the final result but fail to see the point of chopping up a Gladiator to get to this.


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Ddays
05-16-2019, 12:52 PM
Iíve never seen an overlander cut a truck in half and shorten it and add a huge motor.

These guys do this shit all the time and these are some of the mild ones. I agree on the cutting a Gladiator down and doing a Hellcat motor - total waste of both IMHO.
They could have done the same thing with a JL/JLU


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fiend
05-16-2019, 01:36 PM
Well at least it has milestar tires. So it isnít a total screw up.


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WJCO
05-16-2019, 01:38 PM
Well at least it has milestar tires. So it isnít a total screw up.

327050........

catahoula
05-16-2019, 01:51 PM
Nice! Too bad they could not have molded the camper to the cab better. I still do not want a Gladiator. Brute for the win!!!!!

13_gecko_rubi
05-16-2019, 01:55 PM
That thing had so much potential and completely fell flat. Not sure what the goal was, but that is pretty bad. At no point does that make me want to buy a gladiator or build anything close to it.




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He tried to be different and I'll give him props for that. But I feel same way. I would have made it more Baja style if was me. Something like...327052

But I did find one way I like it better...
327053

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catahoula
05-16-2019, 01:58 PM
327050........

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

Exodus Jeeps
05-16-2019, 01:59 PM
Well at least it has milestar tires. So it isnít a total screw up.


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🤣🤣🤣, unfortunately weíve also opted to go with an overseas tire. I wouldíve loved to go with Nitto and I actually have a set of 40Ē Trail Grapplers here, but theyíre for a customers build. He probably wouldíve been fine switching to a different tire but I didnít see the point (from a retail shops perspective) of putting an unobtainable tire on our JT. We did not go with Milestar however. Cooper was considered but the distributor requires us to have our own tire equipment on site and thatís something we havenít invested in yet. Soon, but not yet.


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Sharkey
05-16-2019, 02:01 PM
I think this build is them reaching out to the overlanding crowd. You think our shit is expensive? Check out what some of these guys spend on camping out. :crazyeyes: This build is entry level for a lot of those guys. Having said that I also think this is an overreach for Dynatrac. They're in the axle business and not many overlanders require anything other than stock axles.

I like to camp (overlanding for the non-pretentious crowd that doesnít own convertible pants) more than ďrock crawlĒ. Not much about this rig is suited for camp travel other than generally having storage and a tent.

Awful ground clearance, weak frame, bad rear departure, unbelievably top heavy, horrific gas mileage.

I loved Code1; this thing, however, is an abomination.

catahoula
05-16-2019, 02:23 PM
I think this build is them reaching out to the overlanding crowd. You think our shit is expensive? Check out what some of these guys spend on camping out. :crazyeyes: This build is entry level for a lot of those guys. Having said that I also think this is an overreach for Dynatrac. They're in the axle business and not many overlanders require anything other than stock axles.


No shit! The campers can be in the $30,000 and up! Hell the RTT's can be crazy as well.

Sharkey
05-16-2019, 03:05 PM
That thing is like Anne Frank in a cutlery shop... DANGER... DO NOT ENTER...


:thinking::thinking: She might write a diary about it?

Bear_JKU
05-16-2019, 03:06 PM
I can appreciate the work and parts put into it but itís just not clicking for me. A 4 door set up I think would have been more practical, especially with all the storage space. Kinda looks like this one I saw yesterday. 327055


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Sharkey
05-16-2019, 03:10 PM
But I did find one way I like it better...
327053

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That's some funny shit. It actually took me a few seconds to figure out what you did there.

fiend
05-16-2019, 03:13 PM
I can appreciate the work and parts put into it but itís just not clicking for me. A 4 door set up I think would have been more practical, especially with all the storage space. Kinda looks like this one I saw yesterday. 327055


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They tailor the body to maximize departure angle, but then negate that benefit with that crash bar? [emoji848]327059


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Brute
05-16-2019, 03:25 PM
I think the main problem is...youíde never known it was a Gladiator...it actually looks more like a JL...so why start with a Gladiator?

cozdude
05-16-2019, 03:28 PM
I think the main problem is...youíde never known it was a Gladiator...it actually looks more like a JL...so why start with a Gladiator?

Exactly. Could have accomplished the same thing with a 4 door

OverlanderJK
05-16-2019, 04:00 PM
Exactly. Could have accomplished the same thing with a 4 door

Judging by the body work, itís probably better that they didnít start with a four door JL.


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fiend
05-16-2019, 04:38 PM
Judging by the body work, itís probably better that they didnít start with a four door JL.


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Artistís rendition of that ...
327062


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BaddestCross
05-16-2019, 06:29 PM
He tried to be different and I'll give him props for that. But I feel same way. I would have made it more Baja style if was me. Something like...327052

☝️ This is exactly what I'd want.

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Brute
05-16-2019, 06:33 PM
☝️ This is exactly what I'd want.

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Thatís what I thought they were going to do...basically a cross between my two jeeps...

fiend
05-16-2019, 08:33 PM
I donít understand why Dynatrac took the lead on a project that doesnít feature their core product: aftermarket axles. Am I missing something?


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Exodus Jeeps
05-16-2019, 09:54 PM
I donít understand why Dynatrac took the lead on a project that doesnít feature their core product: aftermarket axles. Am I missing something?


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Are they done with it? I thought they were still going to put axles in.


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fiend
05-16-2019, 10:07 PM
Are they done with it? I thought they were still going to put axles in.


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I dunno. Just saw their IG post highlighting mods and saying itís ready for overland expo west. Didnít say anything about axles and it looked like stock. Maybe theyíre going to talk about axles in a later post. Or maybe do the axles after overland expo? The post mentions an upcoming ďphase 3.Ē Maybe thatís where they add axles, two more doors, and a more realistic motor.


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Exodus Jeeps
05-16-2019, 10:19 PM
I dunno. Just saw their IG post highlighting mods and saying itís ready for overland expo west. Didnít say anything about axles and it looked like stock. Maybe theyíre going to talk about axles in a later post. Or maybe do the axles after overland expo? The post mentions an upcoming ďphase 3.Ē Maybe thatís where they add axles, two more doors, and a more realistic motor.


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I just read that too. Hopefully it starts to make sense, because right now it really doesnít. Iím not even sure why theyíre going to an overland expo with a build that doesnít feature their own product.


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Ddays
05-16-2019, 10:32 PM
Hope they're gonna throw a set of helper springs in the rear cuz it's looking a little droopy back there...

327086

WJCO
05-16-2019, 11:37 PM
So there's no Dynatrac products on this build?

327091

TrailHunter
05-16-2019, 11:49 PM
So there's no Dynatrac products on this build?

327091

At Phase 3 it gets their Elite Axle Set.

98XJ06LJ
05-16-2019, 11:54 PM
Isn't the whole point behind overlanding to have the capability of being off grid for days? 🤔

This thing would need a fuel tanker following behind it.

It's just wrong. Somewhere a really good idea got lost in a pile of parts, and then the pile of parts got glued to a perfectly good Jeep that was ruined in the process.

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OverlanderJK
05-17-2019, 12:12 AM
He tried to be different and I'll give him props for that. But I feel same way. I would have made it more Baja style if was me. Something like...327052

But I did find one way I like it better...
327053

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Lol


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OverlanderJK
05-17-2019, 12:13 AM
I just read that too. Hopefully it starts to make sense, because right now it really doesnít. Iím not even sure why theyíre going to an overland expo with a build that doesnít feature their own product.


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Itís going in the dog catcher box booth I think. Not Dynatrac.


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Exodus Jeeps
05-17-2019, 12:24 AM
Itís going in the dog catcher box booth I think. Not Dynatrac.


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I heard theyíre going to truss the axles with an Artec kit in phase 3.


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BaddestCross
05-17-2019, 12:32 AM
Thatís what I thought they were going to do...basically a cross between my two jeeps...
Precisely. 🍻

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Jsouder53
05-17-2019, 01:48 AM
Thatís what I thought they were going to do...basically a cross between my two jeeps...

I wouldíve liked to see that happen...

Dynatrac
05-17-2019, 02:22 AM
We know the Dynatrac CODEX Jeep Gladiator is pretty different. We are listening to everyone's comments, and we value the input. But...327106

Benito
05-17-2019, 03:00 AM
We know the Dynatrac CODEX Jeep Gladiator is pretty different. We are listening to everyone's comments, and we value the input. But...

Me thinks the camper thing is coming off after the overland expo.

Exodus Jeeps
05-17-2019, 03:07 AM
Me thinks the camper thing is coming off after the overland expo.

That would be cool.


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benatc1
05-17-2019, 03:09 AM
Looking fwd to seeing what Dynatrac is referring to, while in not a fan of the current state, knowing them something better is in the future

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Jsouder53
05-17-2019, 03:23 AM
Me thinks the camper thing is coming off after the overland expo.

Iím sure hoping it does!

TrailHunter
05-17-2019, 03:24 AM
Me thinks the camper thing is coming off after the overland expo.

Me thinks you right.

98XJ06LJ
05-17-2019, 03:59 AM
Look at it this way, if you remove the dog catcher box you wouldn't have to worry about standing it on the back bumper every time you stab the throttle....

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UGAdudeoo7
05-17-2019, 05:27 AM
Thanks for the coverage!


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Ddays
05-17-2019, 10:08 AM
We know the Dynatrac CODEX Jeep Gladiator is pretty different. We are listening to everyone's comments, and we value the input. But...327106

:cheesy: Seems like hope is not lost!

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:01 PM
The front springs most likely look like that because they swapped in an axle for a JK? I know the Gladiators have wider axles than regular JL's, and definitely wider than a JK.

EDIT: Ahh no, definitely a stock axle, but looks like the track bar is pulling it to the side. The bump stop is way over from the spring mount up top.

EDIT 2: Strike through isn't supported here?

The front springs are from a Mopar 2" lift. They were installed to help compensate for the front end sag caused by the much heavier Hellcat engine.

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:03 PM
That thing is like Anne Frank in a cutlery shop... DANGER... DO NOT ENTER...

Did you maybe mean to say "Helen Keller"? :idontknow: :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:05 PM
I think a diesel would have been a better fit for this style build

I love me a Hellcat but for what this rig is all about, I'd have to agree. Granted, it's a show truck and there's nothing that screams badass the way a HEMI does :yup:

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:06 PM
Well at least it has milestar tires. So it isnít a total screw up.

OUCH :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:08 PM
He tried to be different and I'll give him props for that. But I feel same way. I would have made it more Baja style if was me. Something like...327052


That would have been more my cup of tea but I suppose the Savvy build was kind of like that already. In a way, the 2 builds should have been swapped around. :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:09 PM
:thinking::thinking: She might write a diary about it?

:cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy: Glad I'm not the only one who was a bit confused :D

olram30
05-17-2019, 02:09 PM
The front springs are from a Mopar 2" lift. They were installed to help compensate for the front end sag caused by the much heavier Hellcat engine.
That'll do it. Crazy how people who own this lift are so defensive over their bowed springs.

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wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:11 PM
I think the main problem is...you’de never known it was a Gladiator...it actually looks more like a JL...so why start with a Gladiator?

Having seen it in person, it's a cool build and it screams "different" for sure but this is the part that bothers me. EVERYTHING that made it a Gladiator was eliminated. Still, I have no doubts that it'll get the attention that they're wanting especially once it's sitting on bigger tires :)

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:13 PM
I dunno. Just saw their IG post highlighting mods and saying itís ready for overland expo west. Didnít say anything about axles and it looked like stock. Maybe theyíre going to talk about axles in a later post. Or maybe do the axles after overland expo? The post mentions an upcoming ďphase 3.Ē Maybe thatís where they add axles, two more doors, and a more realistic motor.

Stage 3 will include axles, suspension and bigger tires. They just ran out of time and wanted to get this truck out to Overland Expo. We'll have more coverage coming to you soon. :cool:

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:15 PM
Hope they're gonna throw a set of helper springs in the rear cuz it's looking a little droopy back there...

:cheesy: We weren't able to stick around long enough to see new springs going in but that was the plan. The sag looked especially bad being that the front end had 2" mopar coils installed.

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:16 PM
So there's no Dynatrac products on this build?

327091

Before we left, there was one new one that was going to be installed but if you mean axles, not at this time.

wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:17 PM
We know the Dynatrac CODEX Jeep Gladiator is pretty different. We are listening to everyone's comments, and we value the input. But...327106

LOL - Looking forward to it :)

Abntroop
05-17-2019, 02:18 PM
Okay, just saw this awesome awning made by Rhino Rack in action and OMG - so much want!!!
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515182647-00116a72-me.jpg

Compact when closed and super easy to open and setup. All kinds of other features that are sweet too.
https://www.wayalife.com/photos/_data/i/upload/2019/05/15/20190515182646-b214bcc1-me.jpg

:thumb:

Yeah, had one of those fox wings on my trailer for a few years now, worth every penny!


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wayoflife
05-17-2019, 02:23 PM
That'll do it. Crazy how people who own this lift are so defensive over their bowed springs.

LOL - to be fair, nobody wants to think that they may have made a mistake on something that cost a lot to buy.

Fortunately for Dynatrac, this will all get changed out in Stage 3

fiend
05-17-2019, 02:27 PM
Stage 3 will include axles, suspension and bigger tires. They just ran out of time and wanted to get this truck out to Overland Expo. We'll have more coverage coming to you soon. :cool:

Looking forward to it!


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boardsurfer
05-17-2019, 03:11 PM
I respect the fabrication, but I'm not really in that target market. It looks very... Australian.

catahoula
05-17-2019, 06:54 PM
If you really think about it using a four door Gladiator platform the gross vehicle weight rating would be much more.

Ddays
05-17-2019, 07:12 PM
If you really think about it using a four door Gladiator platform the gross vehicle weight rating would be much more.

Which would be voided by notching the frame I would think?

longarmwj
05-17-2019, 07:20 PM
Like it or not, itís getting people to talk about it, which means it succeeded at its intended purpose.


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Clifford33
05-17-2019, 10:30 PM
Great work but not a fan.


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