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October 2007 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on October 1, 2007
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Loyal Zuk Owner
It's not every day that you see Suzuki Sidekick vehicles on the trail; however, we're seeing more of them than we ever used to. Brian Olowiany of Newark, Delaware, sent us this image of his '95 Sidekick, which has been equipped with a Calmini 3-inch suspension, a 3-inch body lift, Old Man Emu struts, and Doetsch Tech long-travel shocks. With all that new clearance, he's able to run 34-inch Super Swamper LTB tires on 15x8 black steel wheels. Brian spends a lot of time hitting trails with water crossings, so a Safari Snorkel system was a must.

Do-It-Yourself Rig
Douglas Harris of Simsbury, Connecticut, sent us this photo of his very clean Jeep Willys vehicle. He began restoring it in 1995, and it's getting close to completion. Douglas wanted to retain much of the factory look and feel, so the majority of the vehicle remains as you would've seen it in its heyday. This frame-off restoration includes new power steering, a 12-volt upgrade, electronic ignition, locking hubs, a Dana 44 rear axle, 2.5-inch Rancho suspension, and 31-inch BFGoodrich M-T tires. This is one clean machine, but Douglas tells us he hits the trails as well.

More Than Capable
This picture of Dustin Barker and his Jeep was taken during a recent trip to Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari. He gave our publisher a ride, showing off his trail rig's capabilities. Dustin's Jeep has been modified using a Ford 9-inch rear axle, a Dana 44 front axle, Richmond front and rear lockers, 4.10 gears, a 435 transmission with a Novak adapter, a Dana 20 transfer case, and Tom Wood driveshafts. The Jeep has been stretched to achieve a 95-inch wheelbase. He has also increased horsepower by installing a 351ci Windsor motor and Edelbrock intake.

Jeeping Down Under
This is Markus Hainz of Melbourne, Australia, driving his righthand-drive Jeep KJ Liberty vehicle on the trails near his home. In order to successfully navigate his way over rough terrain, he's added a Mopar nudge bar, Bosch 100-watt driving lights, recovery hooks, custom-made bash guards, TJM lift coils, and Old Man Emu shocks all around. Markus's wish list includes ARB lockers and a larger set of tires. This photo was taken during a Jeep Muster event, which was the name for the Melbourne Jeep Owners Club Jamboree.

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