From Ashes to Dust


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Rigid Industries LED Lighting is featured in Crawl Magazine’s May/June 2014 issue cover story: Ashes to Dust. This feature story explains how a Jeep JK Unlimited is revived and reconstructed into one unique fine piece of machinery.

After the Jeep JK Unlimited Wrangler caught fire on the way home from a trial run, Poison Spyder used the reaming pieces and transformed it into a King of Hammers (KOH) Ultra 4 race vehicle.

Check out the slideshow below to see how this Jeep Wrangler went from ashes to dust.

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The crew at 3D Solidworks computer designed the entire sketch of the race vehicle before cutting into anything. Kustom Koachworks first modified the Jeep Wrangler’s body by shortening it at the rear door openings and filling them in.

This created a stretch two-door Jeep Wrangler, which was then painted by Tommis Auto Body before the custom vinyl graphics, which were applied by Poison Spyder.

The front half of the Jeep Wrangler was sectioned and frenched to clear the front axle. Behind that, a 6.2-liter, 525 HP LS3 from Turnkey Engines and a Culhane TH400 race transmission activate the Atlas II transfer case.

The case then goes on to JE Reel drive shafts, which turn Currie Enterprises 300M axle shafts, 5.38 Motive gears and Detroit Lockers in Currie Enterprises RockJock 70 housings.  All of those shafts and gears are hung from Fox Racing Shoxs. The 17 X 9 Method bead-lock wheelsand BFGoodrich Baja T/A KRT tires put all that power to the ground.

Crispy, as the Jeep JK Wrangler is nicknamed, is a racecar wrapped in Jeep clothing. Larry and Cherri McRae, Poison Spyder owners, used their off-the-shelf parts like Crusher Corners, Crusher Flares, Rocker Knockers, and Jeep Wrangler light bar mounts to completely customize Crispy.

All of these cool accessories make Crispy look really tough but what Larry and Cheri really needed where some lights to help guide their direction. They stocked Crispy with a Rigid Industries LED Lighting E-Series 50” LED light bar for starters.

Then they dressed Crispy with a Rigid Industries LED Lighting E-Series 40” LED Light Bar which is used for rear/tail/brake/dust combination light, some Rigid Industries 10” Amber lights on the front bumper for light on the bottom and a pair of D-Series D2 Duallys in the front with a matching pair at the back. All these Rigid Industries LED Lights really make it a whole lot easier to see and be seen.

“We’ve taken everything we’ve learned about racing the King of the Hammers and incorporated it into this chassis,” Larry explains.

All of the testing, tuning and racing knowledge were put into something that Poison Spyder specializes in: Jeeps. Some felt that they might have pushed the rules a bit with their modified class build, but with this build they seemingly pushed the rules back the other way and built an unlimited class car around an actual Jeep.

Poison Sypder’s Crispy will be traveling around the United States the rest of the year and making frequent stops. Most recently Cherri and Larry were at the 62nd Annual Jeepers Jamboree. Keep an eye out for Crispy because you never know where it will stop next!

Check out this cool video of Crispy from the KOH 2014 Qualifying Lap.

Here is some more information about Poison Spyder.

Poison Spyder Customs is a company forged during the transition of the late 90s when trail riding in a moderately modified factory based machine was the pinnacle of off road experience. Over the course of the past 10 years with continued innovation pushing driver and equipment on the trail, Poison Spyder has become an industry leader in manufacturing hardcore armor parts for the protection of the Jeep.



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