This Is The Jeep Israeli Special Forces Would Take To The Negev Desert

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"Who Dares Wins," or so goes the motto of Sayeret Matkal, one of the Israel Defense Force's special units. Israeli truck customizer AIL of Nazareth has dared with the Jeep J8-based Storm 3 Type R, and it looks like they may win... a lucrative army contract, that is.

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A journo from jeepolog.com took one out for a spin in the searing heat of the Negev Desert this summer, and according to the off-duty, but very salty army guys who drove it with him, Storm 3 Type R is an ass kicker.

A stock Jeep Rubicon is already a pretty capable vehicle, but AIL had to figure out how to make it do something that the Humvees the Israeli army currently uses don't. By stuffing a 194 hp, 2.8-liter four pot turbo diesel between the fenders, they created something light and strong that has all of the offroad prowess of a Hummer without all the noise and with way better handling and maneuverability.

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The only problem the old soldiers could see with Storm 3 Type R was it has a lower cargo capacity than the big AM General (although most sources I found showed that the HMMWV has a much lower cargo capacity than what AIL claims the Storm 3 Type R can handle), but they said it would be a good candidate for border patrol, pursuit, and deep strike missions. And that's why the IDF has been testing them all around Israel, a country which, although it's only about the size of New Jersey, has incredibly varied terrain.

Storm 3 Type R's suspension is more or less stock, with an extra leaf stuffed into the shackles over a Trac-Lok Dana 44 front axle and a beefy Trac-Lok Dana 60 rear. Offroad tires are mounted on non-beadlocking steel wheels, but maybe bead locks would be advisable if the truck is deployed on terrorist chasing missions. Tipping the scales at 4,451 pounds, Storm 3 Type R can carry a 2,756-pound payload and tow 7,716 pounds.

Consensus among those who care about such things suggests that the maximum load a 6.2 V8 diesel-equipped Hummer can tow is 4,200 pounds, and that its top interior payload capacity (in certain configurations) is about the same. Plus, the four banger Jeep has a 22.5 gallon fuel tank — the Hummer, which weighs nearly 10,000 pounds empty, can hold only a few more gallons of refined black gold — so it probably has a pretty decent range.

Jeep Custom of Nazareth's creation sure looks good on paper, but we'll let the Israeli government sort that one out. (hat tip to Nimrod!)

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From our Oppo Reviews forum

The Wrangler is one of those cars that generates two responses: "Fuck yea America!" and "meh." I get it, on one hand it's an extremely capable off-road vehicle, and on the other it's an incredibly mediocre on-road vehicle. You take the good with the bad, the ease of use during winter months and the incredibly under-powered (purely on HP ratings) engine. Its a bare bones, spartan vehicle designed for those who love to go crawling up rocks or through the mud. At $20k new, it wasn't exactly a good bargain considering that it only came with A/C and doors (which most people immediately removed anyway). Problems are minimal and range from the dangerous death wobble to less troublesome, but no less hurtful, housewives reciprocating the "Wrangler Wave" with the middle finger and sneer. Bitches.

Exterior: 3/10

It's a box on wheels, the front of the hood and the back of the car are impossible to gauge distance with and the paint is already fading. Whatever, it's a Jeep thing.

Interior: 2/10

There are seats. There's a CD radio and cold A/C but since this isn't 1986 that's not something to hang your hat on. The seats are uncomfortable, the rubbery plastic loves to become coated in unknown filth regardless of how often you clean it and the sight lines are annoying (I can't see out the back passenger window unless the passenger seat is fully reclined). Oh and my plastic windows are no longer see through as I made the unfortunate mistake of not scrubbing them every day. Road noise? What? WHAT?! CAN YOU SPEAK UP ITS REALLY HARD TO HEAR

Acceleration: 4/10

The 4.0l straight six pulls pretty well in 2nd-3rd but thats about it. First gear is 0-2mph, 2nd is 2-25mph, so on and so forth. If the A/C is on, just get out and run to where you need to be because you'll get there faster.

Braking: 2/10

Disks in front, drums in back. It has ABS but its only pretend. Go more than a slight push and the back locks up. Engine braking > brakes.

Ride: 0/10

Sit on a bag of rocks as someone shakes you violently. Now give them $20k

Handling: 2/10

It has a steering wheel, but corner with any sort of speed and you will roll over and kill pedestrians.

Gearbox: 1/10

OMG BAD. The smoothest operator in the world will still buck it during gear changes from time to time. It's a synchronized box but no one told it that. 1st gear doesn't really exist, but rolling it in 2nd on anything but a downward slope results in awful noises and panicked passengers.

Audio: 2/10

It has a CD player that scratches more disks than DJ AM and 2 tiny speakers with zero bass.

Toys: 1/10

I once drove christmas presents to my brothers house.

Value: 5/10

Do you like uncomfortable, noisy, fuel raping roll over machines? Buy a Wrangler. It's a fun off-roader which would be great if you had it as a weekend toy but if it's your DD you must hate yourself. For some reason they hold their value well and if you don't have a fucked up front end it'll last you 300k+ miles.

Exterior: 3/10

Interior: 2/10

Acceleration: 4/10

Braking: 2/10

Ride: 0/10

Handling: 2/10

Gearbox: 1/10

Audio: 2/10

Toys: 1/10

Value: 5/10

Total: 22/100

Final verdict: It's a Jeep thing.