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September 2007 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on July 1, 2007
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Aloha Wheeler
Adam Parrott is a native of Kihei, Maui, and he sent us this image of his '97 Jeep TJ flexing out over some lava rock in La Perouse Bay. He tells us that his wheeling buddies are also big fans of the magazine and are happy they can get it on the island. Adam's TJ is equipped with a Rancho Rock Crawler lift kit and 32-inch tires. He plans to add a flurry of body protection and safety equipment, as some of his recent off-road excursions have called for both. Fortunately, luck has been on his side, and his vehicle has remained injury-free thus far.

Mud Trouble
There are times when it doesn't matter how strong your winch is - you're stuck. Jay Wootton sent us this image of his '99 Jeep TJ that got more than a little buried. They even called for a tractor to come and pull him out, and of course the tractor got stuck as well. Eventually, he did get his truck and the tractor out with help from several friends and several vehicles. Not to mention having to wait a little while for some of the mud to dry up. He didn't send us a list of his vehicle's modifications, but let's just say his TJ is equipped with a full-custom mud package for now.

TDS Tradition
Heidi and David Lee have been going to the Tierra Del Sol event in the Anza-Borrego Desert for over 10 years. This image of their '88 Suzuki Samurai crawling through the notches was taken at last year's event. A few of the additions made to this vehicle include a spring-over-axle lift, an E-Z Locker, a six-point rollcage, rock sliders, 31-inch BFG T/AKO tires, and a hula girl mounted to the dash that never stops dancing. We'll have to keep a lookout for these two at next year's event.

Halfway Home
During a recent trip to Big Bear, California, Derek snapped this photo of his half-built '88 Jeep Cherokee. So far he has about half of the components installed on his rig that he plans on adding, and soon he'll be sending us an updated picture of it completed. For now, he is running a Rusty's Off-Road 4.5-inch lift kit, giving him the height to run 33-inch tires very soon. His garage is already packed with a new front and rear bumper, rock sliders, a roof rack, a winch, and off-road lights just waiting to get bolted on.

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