Steve Frisbie doesn't want to understand the Jeep thing. This Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant, aka the owner of Missouri Offroad Outfitters, is an incorrigible fan of fullsize trucks. In his book, bigger is unquestionably the only way to go, whether on the road or trail. You may remember Frisbie's previous truck, a daily-driven/trail-ready bright yellow Blazer from the September '01 cover of Four Wheeler. That rig was an impressive machine for sure-but apparently not big enough, because he recently built this enormous, bulletproof '89 Suburban V2500 to encore that performance.
We caught up with Frisbie in Moab at the Easter Jeep Safari, where we saw the huge, yet amazingly agile, SUV in action. It was impressive, to say the least. Also notable is the fact that this truck is no trailer queen. Frisbie drove the Suburban to Utah from his home in Missouri-while towing a camper. It's no wonder he calls the truck the "MOOVER," which is an acronym for Maximum Occupancy Offroad Vehicle Equipped for Rockreation.
Owner: Steve and Lisa Frisbie, Marshall, Missouri
Vehicle/Model: '89 Chevrolet Suburban V2500
Estimated value: $35,000
Type: 5.7L SOHC V-8
Aspiration: TBI, flow-matched injectors, Doug Thorley Tri Y headers with Jet-Hot coating, high-flow catalytic converter, 3-inch-diameter custom exhaust, Series 40 Flowmaster muffler
Output, hp/torque: 390/350
Transmission: NV4500 with Dodge tailhousing and Centerforce clutch
Transfer case: NP203/NP205, ORD Doubler kit and modified ORD twin-stick conversion
Front: Superlift 6-inch-lift leaf springs, Pro Comp MX6R 10-inch travel remote-reservoir shocks Rear: Superlift 5.5-inch leaf springs, ORD shackle flip kit, Pro Comp MX6R 8-inch-travel remote-reservoir shocks mounted to Missouri Offroad Outfitters OverThe Top axle truss and shock-mount crossmember
Front: Dana 60 with Missouri Offroad Outfitters Rock Bruiser differential cover; ORD steering arms; Ford F-150 drag link; Missouri Offroad Outfitters heavy-duty tie rod and drag link; PSC steering system including pump, remote reservoir, steering gear, and hydraulic ram assist; Missouri Offroad Outfitters ram-assist bolt-on mounts/Detroit Locker
Rear: Full-float GM 14-bolt; Chevy 31/44-ton disc brakes; Missouri Offroad Outfitters Rock Bruiser differential cover, Over The Top axle truss and Wrap Zapper/Detroit Locker Ring and pinion: 4.56:1
Wheels: 16.5x8.25 Humvee, Missouri Offroad Outfitters bolt-on rock rings
Tires: 37x12.50-16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSL Radials