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Trail Rig Roundusp Readers' Rigs

1989 Yj Wrangler
Kevin Blumer | Writer
Posted November 1, 2012

Less Tech Info = More of Your 4x4s

We’ve got 16 rigs to showcase, and only so many pages to do it in. Most of the time, multiple photos and more info about each rig are the best way to do justice to a build, but that means we can’t show as many rigs. In the interest of being more inclusive this time, we’re going with one photo of each rig, and using only the most salient statistics. Less is more.


Owner: Phil Brooks
Lives in: Charleston, South Carolina
Rig: 1989 YJ Wrangler
Key Parts: “Built in the backyard,” according to Phil. Dana 44 axles, OX Lockers, 5.13 gears, 38-inch Interco Swamper TSLs
’Wheeling Spots: It’s a three-hour haul to the nearest ’wheeling spot, but well worth it. “The Gulches” is Phil’s favorite, although he’s got unfinished business with a certain creek crossing on a friend’s farm


Owner: Russell Root
Lives in: El Cajon, California
Rig: 2006 Jeep TJ Unlimited Rubicon
Key Parts: 4.0L I-6, Dana 44 axles, 4.88 gears, Rubicon Express suspension, 35-inch Goodyear MT/Rs on AEV wheels, onboard air system
’Wheeling Spots: Big Bear, California, specifically Rattlesnake Canyon and John Bull trails


Owner: Edgar Lugo
Lives in: Temecula, California
Rig: 2007 Jeep JK Unlimited
Key Parts: Sleeved and gusseted Dana 44s, 5.38 gears, MetalCloak mid-arm suspension, 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts, 17-inch Black Rock wheels, Teraflex big brake kit, GenRight rear bumper and tire carrier
’Wheeling Spots: So Cal hot spots including Calico, Corral Canyon, Big Bear, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Owner: Mark Schurkens
Lives in: Phoenix, Arizona
Rig: 2007 JK Rubicon
Key Parts: Three-inch Teraflex suspension system, Teraflex driveshafts, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2s on American Racing Thug wheels, Airaid intake, Hypertech performance chip, Edelbrock cat-back exhaust system. Mark also trimmed the front bumper to gain a bit of trail clearance
’Wheeling Spots: Charouleau Gap trail outside of Tucson, and “getting stuck in the snow” in Arizona’s White Mountains


Owner: Dan Carter
Lives in: Hesperia, California
Rig: 1966 Jeep CJ5
Key Parts: Odd-fire Buick V-6, Muncie SM465 transmission, T-18 transfer case equipped with Warn overdrive, locked Dana 27 front axle, locked Dana 44 rear axle, 32-inch Bridgestone Desert Duelers on 15x8 steelies, Buick power steering conversion with a tilt steering column, audio system with Queensryche on tap
’Wheeling Spots: Big Bear, Anza-Borrego, Yucca Valley area


Owner: Russell Witkop
Lives in: Parker, Colorado
Rig: 1971 Jeepster Hurst Edition
Key Parts: This Jeepster is one of only one hundred Hurst Editions produced. Russell’s stable includes several Jeepsters. Russell writes “I have been messing with Jeepsters for a bit and like nachos they kind of got away from me.” The Hurst Edition is all stock with factory power steering and power brakes. Russell keeps a 1969 Jeepster that’s built for ’wheeling so that the ’71 can stay pristine.
’Wheeling Spots: Colorado! Does this really need to be narrowed down?


Owner: David Brashear
Lives in: Beaumont, California
Rig: 1996 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee
Key Parts:
5.2L V-8, Rubicon Express Super Flex suspension system, American Racing wheels, 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, adjustable control arms, adjustable track bars, Hella lights, freshly crushed side step — real rock sliders are next. The roof rack is a home-brewed item and looks great!
’Wheeling Spot: Big Bear, California


Owner: Will Broadus
Lives in: Solomons, Maryland
Rig: 1979 IHC Scout II
Key Parts: Terra pickup fiberglass top and internal rollcage, Corbeau Baja seats, 37-inch Pitbull Rocker radials on Allied beadlock wheels, Dana 300 transfer case with Teraflex 4:1 low range kit, 4.88 gears, full spool in the rear axle. Front axle features a Detroit Locker, RCV Performance axle shafts, Reid Racing outer components, and 4.88 gears. Exterior is coated with Durabak
’Wheeling Spot: Rausch Creek Off-Road Park, Tremont, Pennsylvania. Will drives his Scout to the trails and back


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