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Jeep Parts Home » Expert Advice » Jeep Parts and Accessories for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
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Experts trace the origins of the zombie apocalypse back to 1968 when Night of the Living Dead staggered onto movie screens and scared the living daylights out of audiences. We all know the military guys survived the onslaught, but do you remember what they were driving?
That’s right: Jeeps.
A 1966 Jeep CJ-5 to be exact. Since then we’ve had Dawn and Day of the Dead, The Return of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Shawn of the Dead, The Walking Dead, and World War Z, which has grossed over $500M worldwide
The silver screen and television show us that surviving the zombie apocalypse will take ingenuity, provisions, and mobility. Infrastructures will be gutted and major population centers will be buffets for zombies clamoring for human beef jerky. The best way to staying off the menu is to go off-road, and the Jeep’s uncanny combination of power and agility is the vehicle to get you safely out of Dodge. And once you’re mobile, you’ll need to keep up with maintenance. Here’s a quick guide to equipping your Jeep with the parts and accessories that will not only help you survive, but thrive.
Post World War Z, your goal as a human survivor will be to move from place to place seeking safety and sustenance. Staple parts like tires and winches will be essential when you’re trying to outrun brain-famished ghouls. With GPS systems rendered useless, you can count on coming up against mud, rain, and uncharted terrain. And when a horde is descending upon you, a bum tire is simply not an option.
Reliable floodlights with intensely focused beams can illuminate zombies lurking in the dark. This is critical for nighttime zombie survival. The beam pattern should be multi-purpose with even distribution and LED lights offer high lumen output minus the high power draw. Bumpers need to be durable to withstand the rigors of mowing down roaming walkers.
Zombies may not be clever, but they sure are relentless. A Bestop hard top will protect Jeep passengers when cannibal corpses get too close for comfort. Its thick UV stable gel coat and hand-laid fiberglass make it tough enough to stop zombies from ripping through and getting to you. A rack ready mounting system will come in handy for that roof rack you’ll need to transport medical aid and supplies.
You’re also going to need accessories that double as weapons in the event of attack. The Smittybilt Trail Axe, with opposing pick is the weapon of choice for decapitating and braining zombies. Its handy survival kit includes medical tape, sewing needle, and fishing line built in to the end of the handle. Sleek and lightweight, this trail axe comes with a sheath so even the most perceptive member of the walking dead won’t see you coming.
And sometimes, instead of standing your ground and fighting, it’s best to just run. Lighting fires as a diversion is much easier with a 5-gallon metal Jerry Gas Can and holder. An air compressor should top your bucket list of Jeep essentials to inflate tires, air mattresses, and blow up an unsuspecting zombie (when properly booby-trapped).
And remember: Jeep seat covers can double as body bags.
Man has always had an appetite for destruction, but he has an even greater talent for survival. If the Jeep won World War 2 for the Allies, it can be counted on to emerge triumphant in the battle against the undead. Theories abound that our fascination with all things zombie links to our subconscious desire to combat our own mortality (when we survive zombies, we defeat death). We’re not sure about that, but we are certain about the world’s deep and abiding love for all things Jeep.
With regards to the undead and the end of the world, it’s not quite time to compare the seven slots in a Jeep grill with the seven signs of the apocalypse.
Research by: CJ Bantam
Copy by: David Beran
CJ Bantam is a freelance writer in the off-road industry
David Beran is a Copywriter at 4WD
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