This “Throwback” 2001 Jeep Shows Just How Far We’ve Come in 20 Years
On the season finale of the Two Guys Garage 20th Anniversary Season, hosts Kevin Byrd and Willie B will team up with past hosts Dave Bowman, Sam Memmolo and Bryan Fuller to tackle a 20-year-old Jeep Wrangler TJ that was popular when the show first began. The gang will take this old Jeep and bring it up to today’s off-roading standards.
As a series focused on educating DIY automotive enthusiasts and professionals, Two Guys Garage has evolved side-by-side with the automotive industry, from tackling automotive repair, to adding performance upgrades, to exploring the newest innovations in automotive technology.
Just like Two Guys Garage, the Jeep Wrangler has come a long way in the past 20 years. When Two Guys Garage debuted in 2001, Jeep had recently introduced the Wrangler TJ, which for the first time included coil instead of leaf spring suspension. In 2007, the Wrangler platform got a complete redesign that made for a safer, more comfortable ride.
Jeep would continue the upgrades over the years, from more powerful and diverse drivetrain options to newer technology like touchscreen infotainment displays and blind-spot monitoring – all the while making the Wrangler more capable off-road.
Of course, one of the best-beloved elements of Jeep ownership is upgrading, modifying, and personalizing your Jeep – which means that as the platform has evolved, so has the support from the automotive aftermarket. This makes the 2001 TJ a perfect “Throwback Project” to commemorate 20 years of Two Guys Garage.
What plans does the Two Guys Garage gang have for their 20th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler project? You’ll have to tune in to MotorTrend on Sunday, November 7 to find out!
In the meantime, here’s a look behind the scenes at what happened when Kevin, Willie, and the show’s alumni got together to celebrate two decades of Two Guys Garage.