Seen here climbing through Imogene Pass in Colorado, Dan Clifton's '89 XJ Cherokee sees its share of rough stuff at high altitudes. The XJ is outfitted with a 4-inch lift, 31-inch BFGs, a rear Detroit locker, skidplates, a Warn XD 9000 winch, as well as custom front and rear bumpers from Custom 4x4.
This XJ's only two years old, but Spence Pitmon has wasted no time fixing it up. The Cherokee currently runs a TeraFlex 3-inch lift up front, with 2-inch blocks and extended shackles bringing up the rear. Traction comes courtesy of 30-inch Goodyear MTRs wrapped around Mopar wheels. Spence sees air lockers and a winch in his near future.
Dave Merrill tells us that he takes his daily driver '79 CJ-7 on trails in Moab nearly every weekend. The I-6 is backed by a T-19 tranny and a Dana 20 T-case. The Model 20 in back is equipped with Warn full-floating hubs and shafts for awesome reliability. The Renegade runs a Pro Comp 2-1/2-inch lift and rides on Big Foot 33x9.50 rubber wrapped around 15x8 aluminum wheels. Dave built the bumpers himself. Other upgrades include a Trail Quest 24-gallon gas tank, a Flowmaster muffler, a Ramsey 9000 winch, and Bestop fender flares.
As members of Napa Valley Jeepers, Steve Della and his wife Leigh have taken their '88 Wrangler over the likes of the Rubicon and Fordyce Creek trails. The Wrangler is equipped with a 258 that's been bored 0.030 over; a three-speed auto transmission; and the NP251 T-case. The YJ rides on a 2-inch Rancho lift with 1-inch lift Con-Ferr shackles and 33x9.5 BFGs. Steve tells us he plays in the mud, rocks, snow, sand, and whatevers else is out there.
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