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April 2008 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on April 1, 2008
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TJ Drives A ZJ
T J Lowe of Roanoke, Virginia, has a long list of add-ons for his '93 ZJ. The Grand came from the factory with the 4.0 inline-six, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, and Dana 35 rear axle.

* Front suspension:
3-inch Pro Comp coils with 2-inch spacers, Rusty's Off-Road long-travel shocks, Pro Comp fixed lower control arms
* Rear suspension:
V8 ZJ front coils swapped to rear for about 3.5-inch lift with 2-inch spacers, Rusty's Off-Road long-travel shocks, Pro Comp fixed lower control arms

* 31x10.5 Maxxis Buckshot tires
* 15x8 American Racing wheels
* JKS sway bar disconnects
* IRO HD tie rod
* Rusty's Off-Road front adjustable track bar
* JKS rear adjustable track bar
* Rubicon Express extended rear sway bar links
* Rusty's Off-Road extended brake lines
* Rusty's Off-Road towhooks
* Surco roof basket
* KC HiLiTES on the sides, SlimLites in middle
* JCR rock sliders
* MagnaFlow muffler
* Front/T-case/gas tank skids
* Advance Adapters SyE kit
* Tom Wood's Cv rear shaft

This long list of mods has allowed TJ's ZJ to acquire its custom "beat to hell" paintjob. It may look thrashed up close and personal, but we think it still looks good in the photos. It's not over yet. plans are in the works to redo the suspension using a long-arm kit. TJ plans to go bigger with the axles and tires. The axles will be regeared to complement the larger tires, and the 4.0 will also get some added ponies, although the owner didn't mentionthe details of these future upgrades.

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Zack Norwood of San Juan Capistrano, California, isn't going to win any drag races with his '60 Unimog's 85-horsepower engine, but when the trails get creepy-crawly and rocky, watch out! The combination of the eight-speed tranny's gear reduction with the big-time ground clearance of the portal axles means that it takes a lot to stop this 'Mog. Thirty-seven-inch tires and cable-actuated lockers add to the 'Mog's trail prowess, as do the dovetailed rear section, full interior rollcage, and Sparco bucket seats. The Unimog's factory coil-spring suspension smoothes out the bumps. Zack's 'Mog isn't the only vintage trail rig he's owned: His stable has also housed a '53 M38A1 and a '67 Jeepster. Playing on the trails in a capable rig that doesn't require emissions testing is like having your cake and eating it, too.

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