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This is the type of terrain NAXJA members had to contend with on the Orange Trail. The deep ruts were made even more challenging when the ground thawed and the saturated soil turned into grease. This particular section swallowed Brian Peterson's '00 XJ and required a pull. Peterson's rig is unique in that it has the rare NV3550 five-speed manual transmission. He has upgraded the rig with a front ARB Air Locker, Ox-locked rear Ford 8.8 axle, Rubicon Express 5.5-inch lift, Off Road Only U-Turn steering conversion, Warn XD9000i winch, and 32-inch BFG A-T tires, among other things.