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January 2008 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on January 1, 2008
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Work In Progress
Clark Packer of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, sent us this photo of his '95 Jeep YJ at the PA Jeeps Show at the York County Fair Grounds. Clark tells us that even though he takes his Jeep to shows, it still gets used plenty in the dirt. So far, his modifications include Rancho suspension, a 1-inch body lift, Superior axles, Banks headers and exhaust, an AEM intake, Hella lights, and more. He is currently fabricating custom rocker guards as well as new front and rear bumpers.

Fix Forward
Adam Newingham is currently deployed in Al Asad, Iraq, and tells us that reading 4WD&SU is a sweet reminder of freedom back home in the U.S. His pride and joy, an '89 Jeep Cherokee, is modified with a 4.5-inch Rough Country lift, 33-inch tires, and a Safari Snorkel. He fabricated the front and rear bumpers himself and will be turning wrenches and welders loose on his trail rig even more upon his return home. Be safe and good luck overseas, Adam.

Experience Behind The Wheel
You might think that a guy who has owned over 12 Jeep vehicles would have a rig built with every accessory to be found in the Performance Products catalog. Not Robert. His '91 XJ is purpose-built and only carries the right modifications for his adventures. He is running a 5.5-inch hybrid short-arm lift, an HP Dana 30 axle in front stuffed with Alloy USA 30-spline axleshafts and an OX Locker, a Dana 44 rear axle with the same insides, and Goodyear MT/R tires. His favorite places to wheel include the Hammers, Shredder Canyon, Big Bear, Calico, Moab, and the Rubicon.

Scott Brandeberry knew exactly what he wanted to create in his new '07 Jeep JK and shared that vision with Expedition Vehicle Outfitters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Having worked with the Expedition crew before, he knew his Jeep would turn out exactly how he wanted. The rig has been modified using a 2.5-inch lift, 35-inch tires, an AEV Heat Reduction Hood, a Volant intake, Borla exhaust, a JET Chip, and more. In the future he plans to replace the suspension with a 4-inch Donahoe Racing system and add AEV bumpers and a winch.

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