The Internet and its bevy of web forums can be a great source of information, but just as often the same forums can be a source of misinformation. So called “experts” are often times pimply-faced kids who have never actually shifted a transfer case into low range, much less fixed a broken driveshaft on the trail with two batteries, a set of jumper cables, and a coat hanger. The true grit old timers who have actually seen it all and done it all don’t typically spend their free time behind a keyboard.
When Denis Volkov moved to Nevada from Silicon Valley, he started his own 4x4 website. But instead of living on the computer in his mom’s basement telling everyone that their rollcage needs more triangulation, Denis actually wheels his Wrangler.
After a careless driver ran into his ’92 Wrangler YJ and totaled it, Denis bought an XJ Cherokee, but wagon wheeling wasn’t for him. It wasn’t long before Denis was back behind the wheel of a short wheelbase Jeep; the ’97 Wrangler shown here. His previous Jeeps had all been lifted and modified. Like most Jeeps, this one grew larger and larger over time as Denis’ skills dictated and funds allowed.
Owner/Hometown: Denis Volkov/Reno, NV
Vehicle/Model: 1997 Jeep Wrangler
Type: 4.0L I-6
Aspiration: Stock TBI, high-flow intake tube
Transfer case: NP241 Rock-Trac
Front: Custom Samco Fabrication three-link with track bar
Rear: Custom Samco Fabrication triangulated three-link
Front: Dana 60, Blue Torch Fab differential cover and brackets, Lee Manufacturing ported steering box, PSC ram, Sky Manufacturing steering arm/ARB Air Locker
Rear: Corporate 14-bolt, Blue Torch Fab differential cover and brackets/Detroit Locker
Ring and pinion: Yukon 4.88:1
Wheels: 17x9.5 Allied Monster beadlock
Tires: 40x13.50R17 Goodyear MT/R
The white sheetmetal is largely covered by black steel in the form of Rock-it Man rocker g
Heavily modified suspensions and body armor are commonplace on the trail, but rarely do we
We have seen many Jeeps where the owner added rocker protection or a good cage after damag
The rear end is capped off with a Currie bumper fitted with a custom tubular rack from Dr.
A triangulated suspension is not practical in the front with a traditional steering box, s
The TJ has been stretched a total of 7 inches and lifted 4 inches using a Rubicon Express
In the rear, an inexpensive yet strong Corporate 14-bolt was fitted with disc brakes, a De
The Rubicon axles were sold to offset the cost of the front high-pinion Dana 60 and rear C
Up front, a Currie front bumper holds a Warn XD9000i winch wrapped in Rockstomper Amsteel