Editor’s note: Jeeping wasn’t a choice for Madison — she was born into it! She grew up riding around in her family’s two 1989 Jeep Scramblers, and that’s translated into a JKU, and now, a 2018 JL.
I have been passionate about off-roading since I was a kid. My family is from Catalina Island, which has a very primitive type of terrain. We had two '89 Jeep Scramblers, and that’s how I started off-roading. It sparked my love for Jeeps, the outdoors, and the dirt!
There’s a reason the phrase "only in a Jeep" is often used around here. I absolutely love the capability of Jeeps, and how they will always take me to the road less traveled. If I want to go somewhere, I know I can rely on my Jeep to take me.
I previously had a 2010 Jeep Wrangler JKU, and it was a very capable machine, but after seeing the improvements on the JL, and seeing how much more capable it was fully stock, I had to make the change. I have made a few modifications and have many more in the works! Current mods on the rig are 35-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on Rubicon wheels; I’ve replaced all OEM lights with Diode Dynamics LEDs; there’s a 30" Diode Dynamics LED light bar; a three-inch Fabtech Sport System Suspension Lift; and I have replaced my cold air intake with one from Injen Technology, which helps increase performance even more.
To me, the JL is unparalleled with its handling on- and off-road, especially after I installed my KO2s. I decided to go with BFGs because, in my experience off-roading with previous Jeeps, they always got the job done for me. I ran mud tires on my last Jeep, and those got me out of some especially sticky situations. I tried a competitor brand one time, and a tire failed on my second crawling trip — less than a month after purchase! I got a refund and went straight back to BFGs.
I got the Jeep back in May, so most trips have been relatively local to California so far. My favorite trip was with mine and @Alex Gallagher's Jeep club, SoCal JL Club. We took the back way from Pioneertown into Big Bear. We had about 10 JLs and 2 JKs in the crew. We left from Pappy & Harriet's, drove through Joshua Tree, crawled through Heartbreak Ridge and Pontiac Sluice, drove through some more mountains, and finally popped out in Big Bear. Oh man, was that a lot of fun! We have two trips planned next year that I'm pretty stoked for. One is to Moab, and one is a road trip up through California, stopping at some pretty cool trails along the way.
See more of Madison's JL on Instagram at @bluedreamthejl.