Project Mud-Type Jaguar Gets Off-Road Tires

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In the third episode of Car Throttle‘s ambitious attempt to turn a Jaguar X-Type into an off-road safari machine, it gets some true off-road kit.

In the third episode of Alex Kersten’s voyage into Jaguar sacrilege, things start to get real. Raising the ride height and fitting straight pipes was just the start. Now they are into the most important modification to make on any vehicle: proper tires. Unfortunately, raising the Jag didn’t make enough room so the rear wheel arches have to be cut and beaten into shape to fit the new tires. The tire they have gone with is the Goodyear Wrangler, which is a solid on or off-road all-terrain tire designed for light trucks. From our experience, they don’t look as aggressive as they act when they get into slippery conditions, and on-road they are reasonably quiet and well behaved.

Jaguar Project Mud-Type off-road tires

However, the snorkel isn’t as straightforward. The first issue is finding room inside the engine bay. Rather than try and move the fuse box or anything else that would create a headache, they do the smart thing and go for flexi-hose to route it around the engine. Once they hack a few holes in the wings to get the snorkel into the fresh air, it comes together quite well.

As Project Mud-Type is going to be a rally/safari machine, it also gets a custom-built roof rack. For the main structure, they use old-school 25 mm box-section. For the walls, they use 20 mm galvanized conduit as there really is no such thing as overkill in off-roading, and a safari rack tends to get battered by tree branches and rocks. Once it’s on, along with the tires and snorkel, Project Mud-Type is starting to look the part. We can’t wait to see how it actually behaves with a bit of mud under the tires.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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