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THIS JEEP GLADIATOR DITCHED THE HEMI SWAP FOR AN LS3 V8

This Jeep Gladiator Appeared At The SEMA Show In 2019

When people do engine swaps for their vehicles (especially if it’s from Stellantis), the go-to engine is generally some form of a Hemi V8. However, that isn’t the case with this 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup built and displayed at the SEMA show in 2019. The Gladiator is quite a unique specimen since it has a 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine from Chevrolet.

LS3 Swapped Jeep Gladiator: Details

Generally, the vehicles we see at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada, take what someone might think up in their imagination and pump it full of steroids. That’s precisely the case with this 2020 Jeep Gladiator that was displayed at the Bodyguard Bumpers booth. The truck is finished in graphite with gold trim and a tan leather interior. The vehicle has been fitted with a Bodyguard RX steel armor package, including a special front bumper with a Warn 12k winch with synthetic rope and a rear bumper with Diode Dynamics reversing lights. In addition, the package includes the front and rear fender flares with fender liners and full-length rock sliders. Lighting is provided by a front 50-inch windshield light bar with BodyGuard RX mounts, Diode Dynamics 6-inch light bar with side clearance lights, and a rear 30-inch light bar at the back helps provide lighting all around the Jeep Gladiator.

2020 Jeep Gladiator With LS3 Engine

Bruiser Conversions swapped in a built 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission, making sure plenty of power goes to all four wheels. The Jeep Gladiator rides on a Rebel Off-Road DSS dual shock system with King 2.5 inch Coilover conversions and King Triple Bypass shocks. EVO MGH mid arms with Currie Johnson joints and King steering stabilizers give the driver more control. Other modifications include:

  • Dana Ultimate 60 axles
  • 5.38 gears
  • Eaton E-lockers
  • Chromoly shafts
  • Custom bulletproof driveshafts with 1410 U-joints
  • Warn locking hubs with 1-ton disc brakes featuring stainless steel braided brake lines

The entire vehicle rolls on Kevlar and Method 17-inch Beadlock wheels with 42-inch Goodyear Wrangler MTR tires. All of this creates a Jeep Gladiator that can go pretty much anywhere. With just 1,628 miles on the truck, it’s practically brand new. This 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be auctioned with no reserve at Mecum Auctions sometime between March 16th and 19th.

2020 Jeep Gladiator With Swapped LS3

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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