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June 2006 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on June 1, 2006
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Snow Edition Xterra
Shawn Hoban of Eugene, Oregon, snapped this beautiful picture of his brand-new Nissan Xterra S in the hills close to his home. This is his first four-wheel-drive vehicle, and Shawn is having the time of his life. At present, his rig is bone stock, but he soon plans on adding a small suspension lift as well as larger tires to help with blazing trails like in the picture. Keep on wheeling, Shawn, and you will soon fall in love with it like so many of us already have.

New Frontiers
When Mike Marrero of Deltona, Florida, takes his '99 Nissan Frontier D22 out on the trail, people watch. His rig is extremely well equipped for his adventures and includes a three-link front suspension with adjustable radius arms, 5-inch FSJ Wagoneer rear leaf springs, and Pro Comp MX6 shocks running over 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrain meats. It doesn't stop there. You'll also find 5.13 ring-and-pinion Precision gears, ARB Air Lockers, Dutchman 35-spline alloy axles, Poison Spyder high-steer arms, and a lot more.

Hungry Jeep
There isn't much that Kevin Kamachi doesn't throw at his '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The photo shows him taking on Potato Salad Hill in Moab, Utah, at last year's Grand Slam West event. His Jeep is running a Rubicon Express 4.5-inch kit, 31-inch Bogger tires, and numerous other accessories, including an ARB front bumper, Con-Ferr roof rack, Hi-Lift jack, rock sliders, and more.

Fun in the Mud
There is something about giant mud holes that four-wheel-drive enthusiasts love. It's something about pushing your rig through it and coming out covered from top to bottom in brown sludge. Fred Grant of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is pictured here driving his '98 Jeep TJ Wrangler at the Poconos Big Boulder Jeep Jamboree. Looking around his Jeep you will find Ford 8.8-inch axles stuffed with 4.56 ring-and-pinion gears, 31-spline axles, Detroit Lockers, and disc brakes. The list of modifications to his rig is too long to list. If you find yourself at an event in his neck of the woods, most likely Fred will be there.

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