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Readers 4x4s - February 2007 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on December 27, 2006
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Editor's Note: Our Trail Rigs file is extremely low; please submit photos of your vehicle out on the trail ASAP. Mail your submissions to 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, Trail Rigs, 2400 E. Katella Ave., 7th Floor, Anaheim, CA 92806. You may also e-mail your photos to

Not Fancy
While running the Rubicon Trail (and showing off a little bit), Scott DePalo twisted up his '04 Jeep Rubicon. His Jeep is running a 4.5-inch Rubicon Express short-arm suspension combined with a 1-inch body lift to give him the needed room to stuff in 35-inch Kumho MT tires. He has also added a Warn 9.5ti winch, a front bumper, and rock sliders in order to get him there and back.

Army Jeeper
Back from Iraq, Brian Torkelson, who is stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, tells us he built this '95 Jeep Cherokee as soon as he returned home. It has a 7.5-inch Rusty's Off-Road lift kit and 34-inch SSR tires wrapped around 15-inch black Rock Crawler wheels. His modification list doesn't stop there, it also includes crossover steering, a dropped pitman arm, steering stabilizer, steering box brace, Tera Low kit, Tom Wood's driveshafts, front and rear Daystar bumpers, Daystar rock sliders, tube doors built by Rock Ware, and more.

Go Deep
Dennis Hausler of Dittmer, Montana, listened to his best friend and just look where he ended up. Fortunately, his '04 Jeep Rubicon took him safely across to the other side of this river crossing. He is running a 4-inch Tera short-arm lift kit over TrXus 33-inch tires. He also made his very own homebrew front bumper and plans on some other future creations. After this adventure, he needed to do some carpet work and drain all of the river out of his cabin. Nothing was permanently damaged though, much to his delight.

Like Father, Like Daughter
Rachael Prather of Cobb Mountain, California, sent us this photo of her Toyota Land Cruiser wheeling on the Rubicon Trail. The rig was rebuilt from the frame up with help from her dad. They replaced the factory engine with a tuned-port-injection Chevy 350 Ram Jet crate motor and turbo 350 automatic with a Lokar shifter. It is also equipped with ARB front and rear Air Lockers, power steering, a custom-made dashplate, four-wheel disc brakes, a custom paintjob, 35-inch tires, a Warn 9500 winch, Old Man Emu shocks and springs, and a shackle reversal for smoother steering on the road.

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