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The Jeep Landrunner Is a Wrangler That Looks Like a Hummer

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

I was recently driving down the road, and I spotted a Jeep Wrangler with the front end from a Hummer. My initial reaction was that someone had grafted the hood of a Hummer on to the front end of a Jeep Wrangler. In reality, I was wrong: this is something entirely different. It's called the Jeep Landrunner, and it's an aftermarket treatment designed to make the Wrangler look like a Hummer.

Here's the situation: back in the late 1990s or early 2000s, a company called Landrunner Conversion Company (located in Huntington Beach, California) started modifying Jeep Wranglers to become "Jeep Landrunners." This involved a custom-made hood that gave it something of a Hummer appearance, along with chunky flared fenders. Interestingly, the conversion to a Landrunner also added 58 pounds to the Wrangler along with nearly 10 inches in width, potentially making it harder to cross narrow off-roading obstacles.

So why would anyone want it? A few reasons, actually. In doing some research, I discovered early 2000s articles in Four Wheeler magazine that described one benefit of the Landrunner: The wider fenders ensure that mud doesn't get kicked up in your face when you're off-roading. They're also strong enough for people to ride on. And the Landrunner can accommodate larger off-road tires than a standard Wrangler without resorting to a lift kit.

Although there isn't much information out there about the Landrunner, I read a forum post that says it was offered at one point as a dealer-installed accessory -- though I'm not sure I believe that, since it doesn't appear to be sanctioned by Chrysler. Undoubtedly, however, it was a bolt-on body kit that transformed the look of the Wrangler from a "regular Jeep" to a "baby Hummer." And now, if you ever happen to see a Hummer-looking Jeep on the road, you'll know exactly what it is: a Landrunner.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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