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2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ - Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on July 1, 2003 Comment (0)
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Editor's Note: Mail your submissions to 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, Trail Rigs, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. All photos remain the property of McMullen Argus Publishing.

Valentine Lover
Justin Cox of Greensboro, North Carolina, fell in love the day after Valentine's Day, but it wasn't with a woman. Instead, he fell in love with an '00 Jeep TJ. Justin has been loyal to his Jeep despite the modifications he has done to her. He installed a TeraFlex suspension kit and body lift, giving the vehicle a 4.5-inch lift. The Jeep is currently running on 33x12.50R15 BFG mud-terrain tires wrapped over 15x8-inch wheels, and to smooth the ride, he added Rancho RSX shocks to all four corners. For the bumpers, he used Bullet Proof FF7 for the front and FF1RS for the rear, with a swing-out tire carrier. As for the performance of the Jeep, he installed K&N air and oil filters along with a POWERAID throttle-body spacer.

Family Tradition
For 15 years, Gannon Howder from Santa Rosa, California, has been going camping with his father's Land Cruiser FJ-40, but that changed last year when he purchased himself an '89 FJ-62. Gannon was so pleased with his father's Land Cruiser, however, that he just had to submit it to us. Gannon's father David Hopkins gave the FJ-40 a 2-inch lift with Con-Ferr Shackles, the stock differentials are fit with ARB air lockers, and a Warn winch was added for recovery. The Land Cruiser is currently running on American Racing steel wheels wrapped with 32x10.50R15 BFG all-terrain tires. Additional accessories David installed are Procar seats, a full 'cage, dual Optimas, and aftermarket seats.

First Jeep
Aaron Dockendorf of Woodbury, Montana, must have been extremely excited when he first bought his '01 Wrangler. We were amazed with the list of present and future modifications he sent us. For the suspension, Aaron installed a Rubicon Express adjustable front track bar, a M.O.R.E. steering box brace, a Trail Master steering stabilizer, a 4-inch Skyjacker suspension lift and 1-inch JRS body lift for a total of 5 inches, Old Man Emu Shocks, and a Teraflex shock relocator. For the exterior, he added JRS sway bar disconnects, front bumpers, rock rails, a rear swing-away Burnsville Off Road tire carrier, Bushwhacker fender flares, and 33x12.50R15 BFG M/T KM tires mounted on 15x10-inch American Racing Baja wheels. For performance, he installed an AEM intake, a Borla exhaust, and a POWERAID throttle-body spacer. The front axle is a Dana 30 and the rear is Dana 35; both have 3.75 gears.

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