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Jeep Switchback Concept wants to be the ultimate off-roader

Packing a whole bunch of parts that you can buy for your own Jeep -- plus some bespoke parts you can't -- the Switchback looks ready to tackle the rough stuff.

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Jeep Switchback Concept
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Jeep's Switchback Concept takes a Wrangler Rubicon and throws a kitchen sink's-worth of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts catalog parts at it.

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A 4-inch lift pairs with Fox remote-reservoir shocks to increase off-road capability, and a pair of Dana 44 axles fortify durability and capability.

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Those are 37-inch tires on 17-inch concept wheels. The rubber is -- you guessed it -- provided by BFGoodrich, and they're Mud-Terrain KM2s.

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Jeep Performance Parts high-top fender flares really broaden the Switchback's stance.

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Under the hood is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

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Of all the Wrangler-based concepts shown this year, the Switchback seems like it's the most buildable by private parties.

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Unique cut-out half-doors are not production parts, nor is the hood. They're purely conceptual.

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An oversized spare-tire carrier is fitted, as is a Jeep Performance Parts swing gate hinge reinforcement.

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Check out the unique interior grab handles on these custom half doors.

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