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June 2004 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 21, 2004
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Allie Salazar sent in this photo of his '84 GMC K15 stepside. Under the hood, a 385hp 350 V-8 sends power to a stock drivetrain. A Rancho 4-inch suspension lift provides room for 33-inch Baja Claws. A Flowmaster exhaust system gives this Santa Fe, New Mexico local a noticeable rumble when out on the trail.

This '94 Jeep Cherokee belongs to Brandon McKinlay of Cedar City, Utah. The running gear is mostly stock, with the exception of a slip-yoke eliminator on the transfer case. The rear axle has a limited-slip and both axles house 4.10:1 gears. The tires are 33x12.5 Pro Comp X-Terrains. The bumpers, rocker guards, roof rack, diff guards and some of the key parts of the suspension system were all made by Brandon. This rig is a rolling testament to the phrase, "built, not bought." Brandon's fabrication skills demonstrate that a real trail rig doesn't have to break the bank.

Here we see Matt Callies of Warren, Michigan showing his dare-devil approach to four-wheeling as he attempts to drop off a ledge. With a stock four-cylinder engine and transmission, this '98 TJ might not impress in the power department, but the changes made to this Jeep in other areas are more than enough to earn our respect. The transfer case has been upgraded with a slip-yoke eliminator kit, and the driveshafts are High Angle 1-ton units, both front and rear. Matt has a Dana 60 up front and a Dana 70 out back. Both axles feature 5.86 gears and ARB Air Lockers. A Rubicon Express long-arm suspension lift provides the necessary clearance for 40-inch Goodyear MTRs.

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