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wayoflife
05-18-2019, 04:20 AM
In what's sure to be a sea of big and built up Jeep JT Gladiators coming from just about every manufacturer and vendor out there, Dynatrac decided to take a different approach to the problem of, how to stand out in a crowd. Sure, the ultimate goal was to get theirs sitting on a set of ProRock axles, 40" tires and even get a Hellcat HEMI under the hood but to really set it apart from the rest, that would require something a bit more dramatic. In this short video, you'll get to see what it took to transform a bone stock Gladiator into CODEX, a 2-door extra cab overland pickup truck and with 717 horses under the hood.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cimCLMzcwGk&feature=youtu.be

I should note that this video only covers Stages 1 and 2. Essentially, the chopping of the body and frame, the installation of a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat HEMI, the mounting of a Patriot Camper PCOR box, the wrapping of the body by Sticky Finger Designs and the installation of Rhino Rack roof racks. All this was done to get CODEX out to the 2019 Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ and in just a nick of time. The 3rd and final stage will resume soon after and that will include the installation of a Rock Krawler suspension system, Dynatrac XD60 front axle, ProRock 80 rear axle and 40" tires and all at the hands of Savvy Off Road.

Please let us know what you think of the video and the build! :thumb:

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Jsouder53
05-18-2019, 04:48 AM
I think I might like it when itís on 40s.... it just looks odd being on small tires, all top heavy. What size are those now?

BaddestCross
05-18-2019, 05:00 AM
I wish they left the bed on there but added some length to it.

I really like the proportions of the cab. And who can't appreciate a Hellcat! 😎

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Brute
05-18-2019, 05:37 AM
Thank you for the video, Eddie & Cindy...that was certainly a lot work put into this build in such a short time...

At the 3:36 mark when it left Americaís Most Wanted 4x4 as a two door truck with a Hellcat in it...I would have left it just like that, with the Dynatrac axles, suspension & 40ís of the phase 3 planned...it would have been kick ass...

fiend
05-18-2019, 06:29 AM
Thank you for the video, Eddie & Cindy...that was certainly a lot work put into this build in such a short time...

At the 3:36 mark when it left Americaís Most Wanted 4x4 as a two door truck with a Hellcat in it...I would have left it just like that, with the Dynatrac axles, suspension & 40ís of the phase 3 planned...it would have been kick ass...

Thatís probably where itís going to end up after overland expo.


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TrailHunter
05-18-2019, 06:36 AM
I know its going to be bad ass when finished. Clearly lots of hard work to this point in the build. Canít wait to see Phase 3.

Brute
05-18-2019, 06:48 AM
Thatís probably where itís going to end up after overland expo.


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That would be awesome...

desertrunner
05-18-2019, 07:24 AM
Maybe it will be better with the 40s but IMO the rear tires need to be like 4-6" farther back to make the proportion look right. It looks like they chopped off all the body and front of the bed but left the back of the bed length. IDK I'm not sold yet but maybe the new suspension and bigger tires will help a bit. The concept and the amount of fab work is amazing though

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19YJ94
05-18-2019, 07:30 AM
Enjoyed the video, thanks Eddie and Cindy. I am definitely liking the build for sure. Going to be a great capable Overlanding vehicle.

Patrick-A51
05-18-2019, 09:09 AM
Thanks for posting the video very interesting. :thumb:

OverlanderJK
05-18-2019, 12:57 PM
The wrap process is pretty cool.


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Labricon
05-18-2019, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the close up walk around.


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wjtstudios
05-18-2019, 01:24 PM
Definitely a unique build. Not for everyone, but its pretty damn cool the way it turned out. I live 20 miles from Americaís most wanted and have been resisting the urge to go check them out! That could get pricey real quick!

Awesome video as always!


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wayoflife
05-18-2019, 02:03 PM
I think I might like it when itís on 40s.... it just looks odd being on small tires, all top heavy. What size are those now?

you're looking at 315's mounted on stock wheels. Once it's up on 40s, I'm sure it'll look quite different.


I wish they left the bed on there but added some length to it.

I really like the proportions of the cab. And who can't appreciate a Hellcat! 😎

The Hellcat really is AMAZING :crazyeyes:


Thank you for the video, Eddie & Cindy...that was certainly a lot work put into this build in such a short time...

At the 3:36 mark when it left Americaís Most Wanted 4x4 as a two door truck with a Hellcat in it...I would have left it just like that, with the Dynatrac axles, suspension & 40ís of the phase 3 planned...it would have been kick ass...

I think the pic that 13_gecko-rubi posted in the other thread is what I personally would have preferred to see with a Hellcat under the hood. On a build like this, I think it would have made more sense to have thrown in a Cummins under the hood instead. Of course, that's just me.


Thatís probably where itís going to end up after overland expo.

I wouldn't count on it.


I know its going to be bad ass when finished. Clearly lots of hard work to this point in the build. Canít wait to see Phase 3.

Definitely looking forward to seeing what it looks like after Phase 3 :yup:


Maybe it will be better with the 40s but IMO the rear tires need to be like 4-6" farther back to make the proportion look right. It looks like they chopped off all the body and front of the bed but left the back of the bed length. IDK I'm not sold yet but maybe the new suspension and bigger tires will help a bit. The concept and the amount of fab work is amazing though

I think right now, they're sitting at about a 120" wheel base and their end game will be 123". Still shorter than I would prefer but that and 40" tires should help things out.


Enjoyed the video, thanks Eddie and Cindy. I am definitely liking the build for sure. Going to be a great capable Overlanding vehicle.

Glad you enjoyed the video :)


Thanks for posting the video very interesting. :thumb:

You bet! Glad we could share what we saw with you :)

notnalc68
05-18-2019, 02:05 PM
A lot of work, in a short time. I especially liked the part where they made their own brackets for the rack. Nice job on that. The guys doing the wrap made it look easy, such is their skill. The box on the back is cool, but not really my cup of tea.

I can understand Tonyís thinking on the extended cab, I suppose. It actually looked kind of cool, before everything else started.
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In my opinion, which matters for nothing, they missed the mark by losing two doors, and shortening the bed. I donít know. Maybe thatís what overlanders like. It will get them a lot of attention, though. Iíll be watching for Phase 3, with interest.

Iím glad you two got to film part of it. You always do an amazing job!

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wayoflife
05-18-2019, 02:06 PM
The wrap process is pretty cool.

LOL - I thought so! John at Sticky Finder Design was really cool and I learned a LOT from him while there. :yup:


Thanks for the close up walk around.

So glad you enjoyed what you saw :)


Definitely a unique build. Not for everyone, but its pretty damn cool the way it turned out. I live 20 miles from Americaís most wanted and have been resisting the urge to go check them out! That could get pricey real quick!

Awesome video as always!

No kidding? We almost flew out there to cover the build.

wayoflife
05-18-2019, 02:10 PM
A lot of work, in a short time. I especially liked the part where they made their own brackets for the rack. Nice job on that. The guys doing the wrap made it look easy, such is their skill. The box on the back is cool, but not really my cup of tea.

I can understand Tonyís thinking on the extended cab, I suppose. It actually looked kind of cool, before everything else started.

In my opinion, which matters for nothing, they missed the mark by losing two doors, and shortening the bed. I donít know. Maybe thatís what overlanders like. It will get them a lot of attention, though. Iíll be watching for Phase 3, with interest.

Not sure what overlanders like but if the end game is to carry more gear and to have greater range to stay out in the wilderness for longer periods of time, I fail to understand how getting rid of cargo capacity or installing a thirsty engine helps any of that. But then, that's just me. Of course, the main purpose of a build like this is to get people talking and at that, I think Dynatrac did well. :yup:

woof359
05-18-2019, 02:29 PM
Im hoping for a 2 door Sport to keep entry level down, this gets the imagination going

98XJ06LJ
05-18-2019, 02:44 PM
Chopping the cab is a statement. I haven't seen anyone else doing that so good job for stepping outside the box on that part.
As for the rest of the build, I agree with a Cummins for the power plant. Would have made much more sense for an overland build.
The frame should have been bobbed not shortened. Leaving a longer wheel base. If you are going to run PR60/PR80 on 40's wheel base is not going to be a problem, Mel proved that.
As for the Patriot camper box. As stated in the other thread, this looks like an off the shelf box that does not fit the Gladiator size. The idea of the PCOR is good, the fitment is not. PCOR dropped the ball on that.
The roof top tent and awning are badass and a great mod.
As I said before, this is a great idea that got screwed up by the parts that were used.
Props to the Dynatrac team for putting in the hours and a ton of hard work. Crazy they could pull this off in the time frame. Hopefully the lift, axles and 40's bring this thing around.

Great job on the video and thank you Eddie and Cindy for keeping such a hectic schedule to keep all of us in the loop. 👍

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wayoflife
05-18-2019, 03:00 PM
Im hoping for a 2 door Sport to keep entry level down, this gets the imagination going

You can keep hoping but there's no way Jeep is gonna make a 2-door truck.


Chopping the cab is a statement. I haven't seen anyone else doing that so good job for stepping outside the box on that part.
As for the rest of the build, I agree with a Cummins for the power plant. Would have made much more sense for an overland build.
The frame should have been bobbed not shortened. Leaving a longer wheel base. If you are going to run PR60/PR80 on 40's wheel base is not going to be a problem, Mel proved that.
As for the Patriot camper box. As stated in the other thread, this looks like an off the shelf box that does not fit the Gladiator size. The idea of the PCOR is good, the fitment is not. PCOR dropped the ball on that.
The roof top tent and awning are badass and a great mod.
As I said before, this is a great idea that got screwed up by the parts that were used.
Props to the Dynatrac team for putting in the hours and a ton of hard work. Crazy they could pull this off in the time frame. Hopefully the lift, axles and 40's bring this thing around.

Now that was a well thought out and thorough assessment!


Great job on the video and thank you Eddie and Cindy for keeping such a hectic schedule to keep all of us in the loop. 👍

It's been crazy for us for sure but we're so glad that we could share some of the things we get to see with all of you. :yup:

Bear_JKU
05-19-2019, 12:14 AM
Finally got a chance to watch this. Itís growing on me, but with two kids I still need a four door version. I canít wait to see the next phase.


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MericaMade
05-19-2019, 05:59 PM
At first glance I was not a fan and still not really sold on the JT. After watching the video and seeing how much work went into this build, I can see and appreciate the handwork and fab that went into this project. They really did an amazing job. Looking forward to seeing part 3.

RESURECTIONJK
05-19-2019, 08:55 PM
So.... Tony and company are some gifted and talented people. They took an idea and brought it to life with parts that largely didnít exist and a time crunch that would even make Mel Wade sweat a bit. Tonyís dream build being realized is awesome. Not for everyone sure. And to be honest Iím not really into it either but, watched the video anyway cuz WAYALIFE and Dynatrac are so much more than the vehicles they feature. The hard work and grit to see this through is nothing short of amazing. Way to go guys! Congrats Tony on building YOUR dream. Super cool.

USMC Wrangler
05-23-2019, 02:19 AM
I can appreciate the work theyíve done, but honestly not a fan yet. IMO, OG 40 is way better and already being a proven setup in its short life.

I am eager to see it on 40ís and the next phase.

Thanks for putting the video together!

Sharkey
05-23-2019, 02:33 AM
So.... Tony and company are some gifted and talented people. They took an idea and brought it to life with parts that largely didn’t exist and a time crunch that would even make Mel Wade sweat a bit. Tony’s dream build being realized is awesome. Not for everyone sure. And to be honest I’m not really into it either but, watched the video anyway cuz WAYALIFE and Dynatrac are so much more than the vehicles they feature. The hard work and grit to see this through is nothing short of amazing. Way to go guys! Congrats Tony on building YOUR dream. Super cool.

No shit. Making some custom light brackets and a fugly bumper takes more than just skill...it takes a vision.

OverlanderJK
05-23-2019, 02:34 AM
No shit. Making some custom light brackets and fugly bumper takes more than just skill...it takes a vision.

Lol


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Zstairlessone
05-24-2019, 02:01 AM
No shit. Making some custom light brackets and a fugly bumper takes more than just skill...it takes a vision.

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TheGrendel
05-24-2019, 07:20 PM
pretty cool build. i do see where everyone is saying the shortened length looks a bit weird. i think part of that has to do with the hard transition from black to tan. it makes it seem even less proportional. should have carried the black down to create a full wheel arch.

https://www.facebook.com/Dynatrac/photos/a.504621142928029/2288674637855995/?type=3&theater

OverlanderJK
05-24-2019, 07:40 PM
What bumper is that? Hopefully itís only temporary, doesnít fit anything about that ďJeepĒ




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