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April 2006 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on April 1, 2006
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College Camper
John Neumann of Harrisonburg, Virginia, is new to the world of four-wheeling. His '94 Jeep ZJ is equipped with the 5.2L engine, Rusty's Off-Road steering stabilizer, Rusty's Off-Road air tube kit, AEM throttle body spacer, and a Flowmaster 50-series muffler. Being a college student doesn't allow John the freedom of dropping a ton of cash into his rig right now, but once that degree is his... watch out! Keep wheeling John!

Will You Marry My Jeep?
Cody Blankership showed his fiance just how much he loves her one day on the trail. Not only did he take her out for a weekend of wheeling, but he stood atop the hood of his Jeep and popped the question. Here is a photo of her just after he asked - with that big smile on her face what do you think she said? His '91 Cherokee runs on a Chrysler 8-1/4-inch front axle stuffed with 4.56 ring-and-pinion gears as well as an ARB locker. Both front and rear bumpers were homebuilt by Cody with a Chicago 8,000-pound winch attached for rescue. Congratulations to you both!

Arizona Wheelers
Kerry and Joe Ann Hancock are a popular sight around the Arizona trails. Their highly modified '86 Jeep CJ-7 has its frame stretched 7 inches, rockers cut out for extra clearance, the entire body armor-plated with 3/16-inch steel plate, custom tube bumpers, and a Warn 9500i winch. The front suspension has 2-1/2-inch custom springs with Rancho RS9000 shocks, and a custom wishbone three-link rear suspension was added with a set of Chevy Avalanche springs also equipped with Rancho RS9000 shocks.

156,000 Miles and Still Going Strong
Mike Rayos is one of those guys who pushes the limits of his rig every time out. It's not only his daily driver but also a weekend getaway tool. His '95 YJ has a Rubicon Express SUA 2-1/2-inch lift combined with TJ fender flares, 4.88 ring-and-pinion gears, and converted TJ axles. Underneath you will find an NP231 transfer case and an SYE as well. Keep wheeling your rig Mike, and we hope you always make it to work on time the next day.

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