Jeep has a lot riding on the 2019 Wrangler, literally. The new JL platform is the basis for one of Fiat-Chrysler’s most popular models, and it has forced the aftermarket to develop a new line of parts & accessories. Our friends at Starwood Motors have been hard at work adapting their methods and fabrications to fit the new JL chassis, and their latest builds are now on the World Stage. The first JL Bandit pickup starts with 8-lug Method Race bead-lock wheels.
They are wrapped in BFG Baja T/A rubber and bolted to 1-ton Dynatrac axles. Starwood and WFO Concepts partnered to develop a 4-corner long arm suspension. Rigid Industries LED lights can be seen atop the windshield, and built into the BodyGuard fabricated bumpers. Under the hood is a new SRT8 6.4-liter Hemi backed by an automatic transmission. The Ubiquitous Jeep touchscreen has been replaced by a gorgeous Alpine infotainment system. The amps and subs are hidden to give you more room to haul your gear. Behind the rear seats is a bed of laser-cut steel. The new Bandit has the ability to haul anything you need, and thanks to Starwood’s proprietary body coating it will be rust free for years.
No detail was overlooked, as BodyGuard also added rock sliders that are integrated as chassis stiffeners. These matte black running boards have mounts sandwiched between the body bushings, the improvement in ride quality is worth much more than a fancy step bar. Other BodyGuard accessories are seen in on the cowl around the wipers, and in the Warn winch inside the front bumper. Of course, Starwood builds each example to order, so stop by BodyGuard’s booth (#35221) at SEMA for all the details on the new JL Bandit. Click the link below to see their inventory and stay with us for all your Starwood news.