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posted on March 15th, 2018

Special editions and aftermarket masterpieces

Jeeps are famous for customization. Because they can tackle any terrain, in any weather, in any part of the country, Jeeps need to be able to transform and adapt to the particular vehicular needs of their owners.

The Wrangler in particular invites personalization — Jeep offers a bevy of options and features for every trim level of the Wrangler from the factory. You make your Wrangler into a comfortable city cruiser, airy buggy for the beach, or a meaty rock-crawling hunk for the trails.*

*Please remember that driving Turo vehicles on unpaved surfaces is prohibited.

In addition to the options list, Jeep has offered dozens of special edition Wranglers over the years. They use special editions to commemorate anniversaries, promote video games, honor national parks, or just for fun. Special editions can be as simple as a unique paint scheme, or they can be loaded to the gills with rugged upgrades for ultimate Jeep shenanigans. Take a look at a few special edition Wranglers:

Freedom Edition

Brett’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition (Dania Beach, FL)

The Wrangler Freedom Edition continues Jeep’s long tradition of honoring the American armed forces. It proudly wears a “freedom star” on the hood, special interior stitching, and Oscar Mike badging (Oscar Mike means “on the move” in military jargon). The best part: a portion of each Wrangler Freedom Edition sale is donated to the USO, which provides services and resources to American service members and their families.

Chief Edition

Joe’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Chief Edition (Kilua-Kona, HI)

The Chief pays homage to the classic Cherokee Chief of the old days. Jeep has given this edition “beach-ready styling” that includes that blue color, silver accents, Chief badge, and a beltline decal. This particular Jeep also has a matching Hawaii decal, in case you visit and forget where you are.

Rubicon Hard Rock Edition

Kostia’ 2016 Jeep Wrangler Hard Rock Edition (Miami Beach, FL)

For Wranglers in the top-level Rubicon trim, the Hard Rock package doubles down on the trail-ready capability. The Hard Rock includes Jeep’s Rock-Trac transfer case, electronic sway bar disconnect, meatier tires, and new bumpers with tow hooks. But it also gets luxuries like leather seats, a UConnect infotainment system, and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.

Smoky Mountain Edition

Angelo’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Smoky Mountain Edition (Boston, MA)

This edition conjures vibes of the Great Smoky Mountains, one of America’s wildest landscapes. This Boston Jeep’s styling leans more toward modernity with glossy black 18-inch wheels and Smoky Mountain hood graphics. Black exterior accents to evoke the ever-present mist of the majestic Smokies.

Black Bear Edition

Danny’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Black Bear Edition (North Miami, FL)

The legendary Black Bear Trail leads from Ouray to Telluride in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, and occupies a special place in 4×4 culture. The Black Bear Edition Wrangler receives new color options and interior upgrades, but the best part is the topographic map of the Black Bear Trail displayed on the hood. It’s also equipped with rock rails and tail light guards, and this one has a big bumper with a winch for good measure.

Aftermarket fun

The Wrangler has a more robust parts aftermarket than any other car. Depending on their tastes and local weather patterns, owners can upgrade just about every possible piece to alter their Jeep’s appearance, abilities, and level of Jeepness. Lift kits, big wheels, and stronger bumpers are relatively standard for the 4×4 crowd, but with Wranglers, the sky really is the limit. These modified Jeep Wranglers feature upgrades with descriptions that range from “Oh that’s useful” to “OMG what is that?” Check out what some owners have done to make their Jeeps truly their own.

Sarah’s Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Sarah’s 2010 Jeep Wrangler (Lakewood, CO)

This Colorado baddie is ready for war. It comes with a 3¾-inch lift, armored fenders, rock rails, huge bumpers, a light bar, a winch, and hi-lift jack. Most of that you won’t ever have to use, but this Jeep looks so burly that snow will melt and obstacles will retreat at the mere sight of this beast.

Miguel’s Wrangler Sport

Miguel’s 2013 Jeep Wrangler (Toronto, ON)

This two-door Wrangler has a big wrap-around roof rack, Thule bike carrier, and snow tires. It is capable and charming and will keep you safe while Jeepin’ around Canada.

Josh’s Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Josh’s 2009 Jeep Wrangler (San Diego, CA)

This one comes with all the fixins. A big lift and huge tires require modified fenders to accommodate the extra size. The steel front bumper has a stinger and a winch. There’s a roll cage inside, lots of extra light, and a snorkel! The snorkel keeps water, dust, and dirt from getting into the engine air intake when the going gets tough.

Chantz’s Wrangler Unlimited X

Chantz’s 2008 Jeep Wrangler (San Diego, CA)

Here is a good example of a Wrangler with the roof and doors removed! This setup adds both lightness and freedom. Although it’s definitely best to keep the doors attached if you value the condition of your body.

Jia’s Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Jia’s 2014 Jeep Wrangler (Lynwood, WA)

This PNW Jeep has the obligatory lift kit, big tires, and steel bumpers. It also has a gas can in case adventures last longer than anticipated, and it flies the stars and stripes to remind onlookers where the Jeep is from.

Mickey’s Wrangler Unlimited Punisher

Mickey’s 2016 Jeep Wrangler (Glendale, CA)

This big guy woke up on the wrong side of the garage. Its angry face (complete with the Punisher logo) tells you not to mess with it. And you should probably listen — those huge wheels, beefy suspension, winch, and windshield-mounted LEDs all mean business. It would be easy to get an attitude behind the wheel of this mean machine.

In case you missed it, the all-new 2018 Wrangler is out! Learn all about the newest generation of Jeep’s all-American icon and test drive the JL Wrangler right here on Turo:

Steven is an avid car guy and content specialist at Turo. Between Golden State Warriors games he can be found getting lost somewhere in California.