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November 2006 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on November 1, 2006
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No Level Ground:
Ed Elwell of Evanston, Wyoming, made a recent trek to the trails of Moab, Utah, in his '92 Jeep YJ, which has a swapped-in 4.0L engine with Borla headers and exhaust. He also installed Dana 44 axles with ARB lockers on both ends stuffed with 4.56 gears. Keeping him on the trail is a set of Interco TrXus 35x12.50R15 Mud Terrain tires running around Eagle 589 rims. In order to allow his son to see over the dash from the back seat, Ed removed the rear bench and custom-made a single bucket seat with a higher stance.

Strike a Pose:
Erik McGowan is no stranger to the dirt and the sport of four-wheeling. He spends the majority of his weekends in the woods near his hometown in Orange City, Florida, away from the daily grind. His '02 Jeep TJ has a custom-built stinger bumper, a 3.5-inch Rancho suspension system, 4.11 gears, and 33-inch BFGoodrich A-T tires. He insists that he will only drive Jeeps for the rest of his life because of their wheeling ability and cool factor. Keep on wheeling, Erik!

Most of us consider a good hand-me-down to be something along the lines of a father's pocket watch. In Scott Thompson's case, he received his father's Jeep YJ. Not only did he get a great vehicle in its own right, but it was already modified with 35-inch tires, a spring-over conversion, a fuel-injection conversion, ARB lockers, and more. Scott and his father still wheel together (Dad has a new '05 Jeep Rubicon), and with a team of vehicles now equipped for the trail, the family will remain four-wheelers for a long time to come.

Just a Few Mods:
If you couldn't tell by the picture, Brendan Keely of Sacramento, California, loves his '04 Jeep Rubicon. This photo was taken during a recent outing last May in the High Sierras. The rig is equipped with a Rubicon Express 5.5-inch long-arm suspension, Rancho RS9000X shocks, 33-inch Goodyear MT/R tires, a Warn XD9000i winch, a TeraFlex S/T sway bar system, MagnaFlow exhaust, and more. Brendan is always searching for the next place to test his Jeep's abilities, so we're sure we'll run into him on the trail one day.

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