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Dual Sport 106: modded Jeep concepts

by Bill Cawthon on


Aftermarket supplier and  customizer Trail Concepts will debut a “Dual Sport 106 Concept” at this year’s Jeep event in Moab, after Jeep’s own set of seven concepts.


Spokesman Jason DeMonto said the actual vehicles will be available late this year. The concept Dual Sport 106 includes a ten-inch frame-and-body-and-hardtop stretch for a 106-inch wheelbase, with storage capacity similar to a 2004-2006 Unlimited. Mr. DeMonto said it would have better ride and handling than the current two-door Wrangler.


The company’s web site claims that the two Dual Sport Jeeps already being sold  “give you the most capable Jeep Wrangler, whether you’re rock crawling in Moab or on an expedition in the Sahara.” The 106 will have AEV bumpers, Truck Lites LED headlamps, Rigid Industry LED safety and back-up lamps, and an AEV suspension with short lifts and large tires for a relatively low center of gravity despite a higher ground clearance.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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