The Jack Wagon

#1
Hi all,
I am a proud owner of a 2014 Mercedes G550 that I purchased about two years ago now. I have been on and off these threads for a while now and previously posted under a different name but have changed accounts to better match my other social media accounts. In the time that I have owned the "Jack Wagon", it has gone from mall crawler to rock crawler quite literally. A few simple mods have been added as this thing is so fit stock, not much else is necessary. I run 275/70/18 BFG KO2s, a GobiRacks roof rack, and a 42" light bar that mounts onto the Gobi. Not only have I equipped it with the proper gear for the off road, I have also taken it to test it out. I have ventured to OHV, State, and National Parks - so far mainly in Texas. In this thread, I hope to share some of the adventures and assist anyone who is looking to make modifications or try something new with their G Wagon.

Around the time of the purchase of the Jack Wagon, an Instagram was created (@JACWAGN) to document the journeys and keep as a journal of all of the cool places it went. Over the course of time, a following slowly began to arise on the site and I noticed people were becoming interested in the adventures and the vehicle itself. With this following has come several questions on what type of equipment I use, where I get it from, what my opinion of the G Wagon is, how it compares to other vehicles, and my opinions of the places I ventured to. Not only were their questions of the G and the locations but similar questions towards myself for taking such a magnificent vehicle in the mud. All of this led me to the creation of Jack Wagon Overlanding.

Jack Wagon Overlanding is an all terrain vehicle accessory shop as well as a lifestyle page. Here you can find (and purchase) all of the equipment run on the Jack Wagon as well as various products for outdoors adventures and merchandise/apparel of the company. It's about more than equipment for G Wagons, it's really got to do with your personality and mindset. More can be read on this at the bottom of the homepage of the website (jacwagn.com) but the idea is "embracing your journey" and being who you want to be rather it's the popular choice or not. Many Mercedes owners have a distinct stereotype to them but G Wagon owners in some instances defy this stereotype. While our business suited brothers and sisters eat over white table cloths, you find us out somewhere in the desert or in a forest getting dirty and finding a way out of trouble. Because of our adventurous spirit, our next destination is always a bit of a mystery. We can take the common person by surprise when we go into detail about our journeys and what we come from. Jack Wagon Overlanding welcomes people like this and is a growing community of people being content with themselves and living the life they choose regardless of what others think about that. Beyond just G Wagon owners, many people who enjoy off roading or just find satisfaction with the story have "hopped on the 'Jack' Wagon" and I'd like to welcome anyone from this community to join as well.

Here are a few pictures from the adventures the Jack Wagon has taken and I look forward to posting more here from time to time. If you have more questions, you can ask on here public or privately but I am most active on Instagram or by email - jacwagn@gmail.com . I am always looking for ways to grow a community and provide more products and services to the people and am open to any ideas you may have.
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-Jack
Jack Wagon Overlanding
IG: @JACWAGN
jacwagn.com
"Embrace Your Journey"
 
#3
Sweet photos! Stilled bummed that I never made it down to Marfa years ago when we lived in Dallas.. I too added the KO2 but at 275 65 18.. Still running strong with 30k+ miles
 
#4
Nice setup! Just started following on IG 👍🏼

Question... do you have any rubbing with the 275 70 18? Have a 2013 G550 with Michelin A/T (great tire) same size, same rims as you and get a few spots of rub under particular conditions. Assume you run stock suspension? Thx
 
#5
Nice setup! Just started following on IG 👍🏼

Question... do you have any rubbing with the 275 70 18? Have a 2013 G550 with Michelin A/T (great tire) same size, same rims as you and get a few spots of rub under particular conditions. Assume you run stock suspension? Thx
I've had next to no rubbing except in the rear on absolute full articulation. I have heard that the bfg's tend to be slightly under-sized when comparing to other makes in the same height. Perhaps your Michelins are a little bigger. I do run a stock suspension and I also have the roof rack compressing the springs a bit more as well. Still, very minimal rubbing!
I'm in love with my ko2s and now with the release of the km3s, I am debating what my next tire purchase will be. Have also considered going over to Nitto and trying out one of their tires just to get a true comparison.. How have your Michelins performed??
 
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I've had next to no rubbing except in the rear on absolute full articulation. I have heard that the bfg's tend to be slightly under-sized when comparing to other makes in the same height. Perhaps your Michelins are a little bigger. I do run a stock suspension and I also have the roof rack compressing the springs a bit more as well. Still, very minimal rubbing!
I'm in love with my ko2s and now with the release of the km3s, I am debating what my next tire purchase will be. Have also considered going over to Nitto and trying out one of their tires just to get a true comparison.. How have your Michelins performed??
That's all good to know. Wondered about BFGs, as in my previous experiences they seemed to run a little smaller, and that's always worked to my advantage actually. Look fantastic!

I have no complaints with the Michelins to date, other than the slight rubbing, but that's no reflection on the tire. They are of course less aggressive looking, but have done everything I've asked. Looking forward to running them harder later this year into fall. They came recommended from Scott Brady as an excellent option for overall performance - found them to be very solid in on/off road and in weather conditions. I have 2 wheel sets - those on 18's and AMG 20's with Pirelli for city commuting. The commute set has been on mostly this summer as I've been spending more time driving to client sites than camp sites. Powder coating the 18's matte black before they go back on :)
 
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