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The battle raged on as to whether or not four-wheel drive is an advantage in the desert. This photo seeks not to end the debate, but to supply additional fodder. Yes, Team Herbst's Trophy Truck has four-wheel drive. Yes, it's long on travel. Yes, it's durable. No, it's not available at an off-road shop near you. Mike Smith's fabricating talents created this frontend. The front differential is center-mounted, making for equal CV shaft lengths and minimal CV-joint binding. Mike Smith also makes his own shocks, which use solid pistons to force every drop of suspension fluid through the external bypass tubes. The CVs and shocks combine to control the monster 39-inch BFG T/As.

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