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July 2006 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on October 23, 2006
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Controlled CherokeeDavid Compton of Carbondale, Illinois, bought this '96 Grand Cherokee because he was tired of beating up his service truck on the weekends. He has installed JKS control arms combined with 4.5-inch Rubicon Express springs and shocks. The Quadra-Trac system has been replaced with an NP231 transfer case. He is running an ARB locker in the front and a limited-slip in the rear.

British Bruiser This daily-driven '01 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport doubles as a weekend adventure vehicle for Jesse Tetz of British Columbia, Canada. It is equipped with a 4.5-inch Rubicon Express Superflex kit and 33x10.5-inch BFG M-T tires. Jesse and his friends spend nearly every weekend searching for new four-wheel-drive locations, even during the snowy season. Future plans for his rig are performance modifications and protection equipment such as front and rear bumpers and a winch for safety.

Bullet At the age of 34, Randi Dixon of Roseburg, Oregon, and her Jeep KJ have just discovered the world of wheeling. Like many enthusiasts, she has already given her rig a nickname, Bullet. So far it has remained stock aside from a full set of 17-inch Akuza wheels. She plans on modifying the suspension very soon and also equipping Bullet with a full lineup of protection equipment. Happy wheeling, Randi. We know you are going to love it!

Toyota Tough Randy Pruett of Salem, Virginia, takes on a huge boulder at the top of Potts Mountain near his home. His '81 Toyota pickup truck has a 3-inch Rough Country kit, 35x12.5R15 Mud King tires, front and rear Lincoln lockers, 5.29 ring-and-pinion gears, a 14-gallon fuel cell, and a 9,000-pound Superwinch. The frame has been cut off behind the can, and a custom tube chassis was fabricated with a rollbar for safety. Randy plans on doing some performance modifications to the 22R engine as well as continuing the 'cage surrounding his rig.

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