In today's customer spotlight, we are talking to Navy veteran Damion Santiago. He is the proud owner of a 2020 Jeep Gladiator named Jeep Salute that was built to show at SEMA 2021.
This is a lot more than just a show vehicle though. Jeep Salute is doing great work all around the community. Let's start there.
Damion's strong sense of community is more than apparent with all of the events that Jeep Salute attends and how Damion and his family give back.
He told us, “All of our builds are created to give back to others and this build specifically is intended to honor and benefit military and veterans. But we also use it to give back to special needs children, children battling serious illness, and displaced/foster youth."
Jeep Salute also participated in its first Veterans Day Parade with veteran and active duty military as ride-along guests. They also used Jeep Salute to place wreaths on graves at the Riverside National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America 2021.
"We are so grateful to all of our sponsors for their belief and involvement in our build that we like to routinely provide them with updates on our philanthropic work as well as marketing material for them to use on their own social media.”
We especially loved seeing the “Grinchings” they did during the holiday season. However, you're not really a Grinch when you collect toys and donate them to special needs and foster children! What an incredible initiative.
We look forward to continue following Damion's community involvement in the future.
WHAT GOT YOU STARTED?
"We have always helped out in the community to try and make a small change in the world. Since our son was born, we wanted to teach him the same.
Our love for cars is a great vehicle to do it through."
We think this is an incredible lesson to teach someone at a young age. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the basics that we sometimes take for granted.
We seriously applaud and respect Damion's efforts.
JEEP SPECS AND MODIFICATIONS
The details of Damion's build are quite extensive since it's loaded with a lot of awesome mods. Oh and did we mention this is his first Jeep?
Without further ado, here's the full build list:
Winjet LED headlights
Winjet LED taillights
Stinger Off-Road Heigh10
Custom Roadwire Leather Interior
Custom green color-matched Bullet Liner body with black Bullet Liner sprayed bumpers, fenders, fender liners, interior and exterior hard top and freedom panels, roll bar, rock sliders and bed
Custom powder coated Skyjacker 4.5 inch lift
Custom powder coated Fitipaldi Off-Road 17 inch wheels
Custom powder coated Locked Off-Road front bump-stops
Atturo Tires Trail Blade Boss 37 inch
AWE Tread Edition Dual Cat-Back Exhaust
Bullet Lined Black Horse Vigor Roll Bar with custom powder coated accent pieces
Rough Country 50 inch Black Series LED Light Bar
Status Grilles custom grille
Bullet Lined Interior and Exterior Hard Top and Freedom Panels
Bullet Lined Barricade Rock Sliders
Adam’s Driveshaft Front and 2 Piece Rear Driveshafts
Bullet Lined Road Armor bumpers & fenders
Bullet Lined Rear Fender Liners
Bullet Lined Combat 4x4 Front fender liners with custom painted insert
Rhino USA recover gear, D rings and hitch
Warn EVO 8 Synthetic Rope winch
Revolution Gear and Axel front and rear gears with color-matched powder coated differential covers
Steer Smarts tie rod, steering stabilizer, drag link, adjustable front track bar, adjustable rear track bar and sector shaft brace
Off-Road Only Sway LOC
XK rock lights and front and rear bumper pod lights
DV8 Adjustable 5th tire carrier
35 inch Navatlas sound bar in bed attached to tire carrier
American Sound bar loaded with 2- 8 inch and 2-6.5 inch Infinity by Harman RGB marine speakers with 4 JBL Tweeters
Rockford Fosgate 4-Channel Amp
Switch Pro Panel
USA Suspension right and left bed mount flag poles