The Gladiator Search & Rescue

Jeep Gladiator

Every year, thousands of people venture out to explore the trails, mountains, lakes, rivers and wilderness that covers America. Some people never return. Each year, there are natural disasters like fire, flood, hurricane, avalanche or tornado that strike unexpectedly and leave hundreds lost, injured, or buried under rubble. In both cases, a quick rescue is needed to prevent disaster.

To make that quick rescue possible, Stacey David has teamed up with BESTOP to build “The Guardian” ... A state-of-the-art Search and Rescue vehicle to help find those people when the minutes count. The Guardian will be based on a new Jeep Gladiator, built this season by Stacey on the GEARZ TV show and then used by the Search and Rescue Dogs of the U.S. (SARDUS)      

The Guardian will be outfitted with performance off road suspension, running gear and heavy-duty bumpers and winches for when the going gets rough. Proper lighting will allow it to see in the dark and performance upgrades will make sure it can get where it is going in a hurry. Since this is a real Search and Rescue rig it will also be loaded with the proper recovery gear to assist those Search and Rescue dogs. 

People may or may not like the look of the new Jeep Gladiator but in an emergency when the chips are down and time is of the essence, they will LOVE the sight of the Guardian arriving on the scene!   

Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS)
Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS)


Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) is non-profit, national association supporting search and rescue dog teams, search managers and law enforcement in the common goal of locating lost and missing people. SARDUS  we provide certification, training, and education for search and rescue dog teams.

SARDUS provides certification, training, and education for search and rescue dog teams.

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The Gladiator Search & Rescue Partners & Products


Sunrider Top

High Rock 4x4 Element Doors

Hood & Grille for JL/JT Jeep

Matrix Gladiator Bumpers

Overland Rack

VR Evo 10s Winch, Epic Shackles

Soft Top

Roof Rack

Sliding Rack System


Seat Covers


3.5" Lift kit for Gladiator JT

Tubular Upper and lower control arms

Dual steering stabilizer

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

Sidebiter Lock 17x9 4.5 Backspace

Baja Atz P3 37x12.5OR17LT

JK/JL Pro System front & rear brakes

Project Episodes

  • On the Road - '57 Chevy

  • Scrambler Paint Revive

  • The Joe Maphis Guitar

  • Bedwood & Droptops

The Gladiator Search & Rescue Related News

  • You never know who you’re going to run in to while they are in the middle of a restoration project.

  • Everybody knows that painting a project vehicle takes a whole lot of time and money. Follow Stacey as he revives a 40-year old paint job on the barn find Scrambler!

  • It’s hard to think about hot rods and not have a cool music track fill your mind. Hot guitar solos and spinnin’ tires just seem to go together!

  • Need to put some wood in your truck bed? Follow along as Stacey lays down the lumber on the custom bed of the Snowcat! Got a Gladiator and want to drop the top and get some fresh air?