We'd like to do a Trail Rigs special, but our files are too low right now. We need your Trail Rig submissions! Please send us a photo or two of your rig in the dirt, along with your name, address, the specs for your rigs, and the names of your favorite trails or off-roading areas.
Mail your submissions to:
4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine
Attn: Trail Rigs
2400 E. Katella Ave. 11th Floor
Anaheim, CA, 92806
You may also e-mail your photos to:
One Clean X
Mike and Trish Carver of Mooresville, North Carolina, own this '02 Wrangler X. The 4.0L inline-six was treated to an AEM cold air intake, a throttle body spacer, and a Flowmaster 40-series muffler. Aft of the engine, the stock five-speed and the stock NP231 were retained. Lift comes courtesy of a 3.5-inch BDS kit, which was supplemented with an Old Man Emu steering stabilizer and a set of sway bar disconnects. The tires are 33-inch Nitto Terra Grapplers. The front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35 are still under the Jeep, but the rear will get a Dana 44 upgrade at some point. Trailside paint damage (they didn't say where) inspired new fender flares, a new top, and a front-end bra. The rig looks clean, but keep in mind it's no shame to have a few scratches here and there.
A Chilled YJ
Joe Weyrich is an EMT from Honey Grove, Pennsylvania. His '92 YJ Wrangler is stocked with medical supplies to aid those who have mishaps in the mountains of central PA. The Wrangler's four-cylinder is turbocharged for extra oomph, and you'll also find a 3-inch body lift, 29-inch tires, and an 8,000-pound winch along for the ride.
It's Always Blazer Season
Devon Androes of Mountain Home, Arkansas, has owned this '85 K-5 Blazer for a few years now. It's a dual-duty rig that serves as a daily driver and as an off-duty play toy. Big tires and a low lift height were the primary goal, so the fenders were cut 3 inches. The fender trimming was combined with a 2-inch Rough Country suspension lift, which created enough room for a set of 36x14.50 Interco Truxxus tires. The 305 V-8 was shelved in favor of a breathed-on 350. The 700-R4 transmission was treated to a rebuild, and the NP208 transfer case was retained. Realtree camouflage helps the Blazer blend in.