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1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ - Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on May 1, 2001 Comment (0)
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The Jeep pictured here is a '90 Wrangler that belongs to William Spady from Portland, Oregon. The original 258 six-cylinder has been bored 0.030 over and equipped with a new cam and Clifford headers. It breathes through a 2-1/2-inch exhaust with a free-flowing cat. Other updates include a dual Optima battery setup with a Wrangler Battery Management System. The 130-amp alternator runs 800+ watts to the Pro Comp and KC Daylighters lights; there is a Warn 9000 winch, also. The Pro Comp 4-inch lift, M.O.R.E. reverse shackles, and the 3-inch body lift combine to make room for the 35x15.50L15 TSL SX rubber on black Rock Crawler rims. For added traction, the axles run 4.56 gears with a Lock-Right up front and a Detroit in back.

Make It Or Break It
Members of Make It or Break It 4-Wheelers, Rob and Julie Moore from Des Moines took this photo of their '99 TJ while at the 4-Wheelers Memorial Day Run near Knoxville, Iowa. The TJ has a 2-inch Pro Comp lift and 31x10.50-15 Super Swampers wrapped around 15x8 American Racing Nitros, which are turned by a Dana 35C rear, equipped with a Detroit Locker, and an open Dana 30 front, both with 4.10 gears. Up front is a Ramsey 8,000-pound winch, and in back is a Tomken bumper. Other add-ons include a K&N air filter and a DynoMax exhaust. Eventually, the Moores plan to invest in front lockers, a 4-inch lift, a 1-inch body lift, 4.56 gears, and 33x15.50-15 Swamper SXs on 15x10 Rockcrawler bead locks.

In The Service
Greg Marks manages the Off-Highway Vehicle program for two ranger districts in the Sierra National Forest and sent us this photo of two rigs in his area. On the left is patroller Andrew Esau and his '91 Wrangler, which is equipped with a 4-inch Pro Comp lift, RS 9000 shocks, and JKS sway bar disconnects. It is outfitted with an Atlas II transfer case with 4.3:1 Low, 4.56 gears, and an ARB Air Locker in the rear. The Ramsey RE 8,000-pound winch keeps the YJ moving when the 33-inch BFG Mud T/As get bogged down.

Pictured on the right are patroller Russ Sanoian and his '94 Jeep Wrangler, which is equipped with a 4-inch Pro Comp lift, RS 9000 shocks, and JKS sway bar disconnects. The Atlas II transfer case has a 3.8:1 Low, which sends power front and rear to stock axles outfitted with 4.56 gears, ARB Air Lockers, and 33-inch BFG Mud T/As on 15x8 wheels. A Warn 8,000-pound winch and a Con-Ferr roof rack round off the accessories.

Evening Explorer
After a long day of stressful and often dangerous work, Mike Brown, a firefighter from Bartow County, Georgia, and his wife relax by taking their '78 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 on evening rides and finding back roads to explore. Even though the Land Cruiser engine is stock with 137,000 miles on it, they get to any destination using 31x10.50 Dunlop Mud Rover tires. They added an axe-and-shovel mount, dual jerry cans, and a tire carrier in addition to an early-model 8,000-pound Warn winch, a bumper-mounted Hi-Lift jack, and a full brushbar. Although not shown in this picture, they also have a full hardtop and a roof rack.

Editor's NoteMail your submissions to 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, Readers' Rides, 774 South Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. All photos remain the property of McMullen Argus Publishing.

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