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Christian Lee | Writer
Posted July 1, 2007

Send questions, comments, and suggestions to: 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility MAGAZINE, Attn: Christian Lee, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA 92806, or

Us And Wrangler Jk Making Friends
Q: I'm writing this e-mail in an attempt to get some information about a vehicle that was featured on the cover of your May '07 issue. The vehicle was a green '07 Jeep Rubicon four-door. There were two articles featuring the vehicle in the tech section of that issue ("PowerPlant Dual Force HP" and "Easy Power for the JK"). I'd like to know what are the specific modifications on that Jeep.

I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan, and my wife just ordered me a four-door Rubicon. I've asked her to get a 4-inch lift, tires, and wheels on the Jeep prior to my redeployment in November. I want to give her the necessary information to get my Jeep set up the way I want, but it's a bit difficult trying to communicate via e-mail and limited phone calls. I really like the way the Jeep was set up and would like as much information about it as you can give me. I'm specifically looking for the type and height of the lift, type and size of the tires, and the manufacturer and model of wheels. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.

Brian Rarey
via e-mail

A: Brian, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon featured on the May '07 issue's cover is a permanent fixture of the magazine. You can plan on seeing articles about its use and construction for many years to come. To date, modifications and upgrades applied to our '07 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon include front and rear bumpers from PureJeep, the 3-inch Ultimate suspension system from Full-Traction, Off Road Evolution air bumpstops, 4.88 gears from Superior Axle & Gear, 17x8.5 beadlock wheels from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), 35x12.50R17 Pro Comp Xterrain tires, and an AEM high-flow intake system. Future upgrades will include AEV rear body corners, Superior Axle & Gear alloy axleshafts, a roof rack, an onboard welder, and plenty more. Thanks for writing, Brian. We can't wait to see how yours turns out.

Different Like The Liberty
Comment: I just received my copy of the June '07 issue of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, and on page 59 I see the ad again for back issues of your mag and the entire background is a giant, awesome photo of a group of KJs exploring the western wilderness. I have to say that is probably one of my favorite photos ever in a magazine. It reminds me of the respect you guys have for the KJ (and the IFS Grand Cherokees for that matter). I can think of another Jeep magazine right offhand that will not hesitate to completely discredit the KJ. You guys are different. You respect and understand the KJ and KJ owners.

I had an '05 KJ CRD with a 2.5-inch lift and 255/70-16 tires that I wheeled pretty often last year. I now have a '92 YJ with quite a few suspension mods and 265/75-16 tires. I can honestly say that my KJ would take me almost anywhere my YJ will - and in much greater comfort. Sometimes I really miss the KJ.

Anyway, the KJ is an excellent vehicle and even with IFS it is still rugged and it is still a Jeep. I wanted to say thank you so much for respecting the KJ and the people who wheel them in your magazine. You can expect a subscription renewal from me when the time comes. As for the other mag: It's great for getting the campfire started.

Shawn Crowe
Lawrenceburg, KY

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