The Gladiator Search & Rescue

Jeep Gladiator

Every year, thousands of people venture out to explore the trails, mountains, lakes, rivers, and wilderness that cover America. Some people never return. Each year, there are natural disasters like fires, floods, hurricanes, avalanches, or tornadoes that strike unexpectedly and leave hundreds lost, injured, or buried under rubble. In those 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 Gladiator Search and Rescue,” a state-of-the-art Search and Rescue vehicle to help find those people when the minutes count. The vehicle will be based on a new Jeep Gladiator and built this season by Stacey on the Gearz TV show. The project will also give Stacey a chance to feature S.A.R.D.U.S. SARDUS stands for “Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States” and is a charity that trains rescue personnel and dogs to help find lost people in all kinds of situations from natural disasters to crime scenes and lost hikers.

The Search and Rescue Gladiator will be outfitted with a performance off-road suspension and wheels and tires, as well as heavy duty bumpers and winches for when the going gets rough. Off-road lighting will allow it to see in the dark and other performance upgrades will make sure it can get where it is going in a hurry and back safely. This project is also a good way to show what a great platform the new Jeep Gladiator is, whether you are doing serious Search and Rescue, or just going camping or trail riding. The tried-and-true Jeep suspension combined with the 4 doors and the extra bed space will give any outdoor enthusiast plenty of room to store their gear as they venture off road.
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

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

JK/JL Pro System front & rear brakes

Sidebiter Lock 17x9 4.5 Backspace

Baja Atz P3 37x12.5OR17LT


LP4/LP6 combo spot/driving lights

Sunrider Top

Tonneau Cover

High Rock 4x4 Element Doors

Roof Rack

Sliding Rack System

Matrix Gladiator Bumpers

Overland Rack

Hood & Grille for JL/JT Jeep

Soft Bed Topper

VR Evo 10s Winch, Epic Shackles


JL3001 Head Unit

Seat Covers



3.5" Lift kit for Gladiator JT

Tubular Upper and lower control arms

Dual steering stabilizer

From the Store

The Gladiator Search & Rescue Episodes

  • Watch the Jeep Gladiator go from stock to a fully outfitted search & rescue vehicle now for free!
  • Jeep Gladiator Search & Rescue Full Build

    Watch the Jeep Gladiator go from stock to a fully outfitted search & rescue vehicle now for free!
    March 14, 2024
  • There is no better way to wrap up this season of Gearz than to put a wrap on our Search and Rescue Gladiator build. Over 13 episodes, 13 modifications were made to thi

  • Stunt Double gets a face

    It’s no coincidence that when you look at a vehicle you see a face.

    September 04, 2020
  • We’re seeing double in the Gearz Garage! Stunt Double, that is. This amazing square body is coming together!

  • 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?