About Sugar High Jeep

Sugar High started as a dream for Michelle Davis to own her own special vehicle that she could use as a daily driver and also for off-roading.

After deciding to enter the Rebelle Rally, a 1200 mile navigation rally through the deserts of California and Nevada, the build plans changed to ensure the stock 2004 Jeep Rubicon was purpose built for the challenges of the rally, and it was completely rebuilt in about 7 weeks. 

After the ladies “made Sugar High into an airplane” in the Glamis dunes, the Jeep suffered a bent front axle, broken rear window, broken bumper and mounts, and blown out rear shocks. Sugar High is currently acting as Michelle’s daily driver, and will be rebuilt and modified further over the Winter.

Build Modifications:

Here are the Modifications that were completed to create “Sugar High.”

3″ Suspension Lift
Heavy Duty Steering Upgrade
Cooling System
Cold Air Intake
Optima Battery
High Capacity Alternator
TNT High Line Front Fenders
AEV Hyline Heat Reduction Hood
Poison Spyder Rock Sliders
Poison Spyder Rear Fenders
SWAG Offroad Tail Gate Conversion
Barricade Front and Rear Bumpers
Barricade Spare Tire Carrier
RazerAuto Angry Birds Grill
RazerAuto Headlights
Black Oak LED Light Package
Warn 8000 Winch – Synthetic Rope
Nitto 33″x12.5″x17″ Mud Grappler Tires
Custom Painted 17″ Raceline Bead Locks
R1 Concepts Drilled & Slotted Brakes
Bilstein Shocks
Full Body Custom Wrap
Roof Rack
Custom Switch Panel and Winch Panel by 12vUnlimited
MasterCraft Baja RS Racing Seats
Tuffy Console
Smittybilt Storage System
Full Interior Repaint
Custom Instrument Cluster by Azzy’s Designs
WeatherTech Mats – Bill the Buffman
Whistler DashCam, Scanner, Radar Detector & 1600W Inverter
Stereo & Speaker Upgrade
Opti-Coat Ultimate Bed Liner
Opti-Coat Pro Wrap Coating
Opti-Lens Glass & Plastic Coating
Opti-Coat Fabric Gaurd Fabric Coating
And a Bunch of Other Little Items

Stock Specifications:


4.0L 6-Cylinder -180HP/165TQ


4-Speed Automatic 42RLE


1st – 2.84
2nd – 1.57
3rd – 1.00
4th – 0.69
Rev – 2.21

Transfer Case:

NP241 Rock-Trac
Fixed Yoke
4:1 Low Range


Dana 44
4.10 Gears
Tru-Lock Selectable Pneumatic Differential Locks, Front and Rear (Limited Slip when Unlocked)
5 on 4.5” Bolt Pattern
30 Spline

Other Info:

Hard Top
Full Doors
Stock Seats (Front Buckets/Rear Bench)
Stock Electronics

SEMA 2016:

Sugar High was featured in The Whistler Group booth at SEMA 2016. It was a great success for both Sugar High and Whistler, and we are very thankful to be a part of it.

Follow the Build:

We are chronicling the build process on YouTube. If you’d like to follow along with us, please visit our YouTube Channel and subscribe. The build timeline is short, so we’ll be building and posting regularly as we go along.

Episode Note -Due to time commitments with the Rebelle Rally, the final few episodes will be delayed. We will release as soon as we can.

Check out the Latest Videos:

Episode 1 – Fender Flares, Diamond Plate, Bracket Removal

Episode 2 – Body Work

Episode 3 – Fenders, Bumpers, Brake Lights, Spare Tire Mount, Fixing AC Fan Resistor

Episode 4 – Undercarriage, Flush Mount Brake Lights, Reverse Lights, Interior and Seat Removal

Episode 5 – Sugar High Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Build – Fenders, Hood, Cat-Back

Episode 6 – Sugar High Jeep Build – Ultimate Bed Liner Prep, Interior, Inner Fenders

Episode 7 – Sugar High Jeep Build – Bumpers, Winch, Rear Fenders, Diff Covers, Rock Sliders

Episode 8 – Sugar High Jeep Build – Episode 8 – Sugar High Jeep Wrangler Build – Bedliner, Cooling, Seats, Interior

Episode 9 – Sugar High Jeep Build – Episode 8 – Sugar High Jeep Wrangler Build – Bead Locks, 3″ Lift Kit, Steering, Wiring, Seats