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1987 Jeep YJ Wrangler - Brownie

Posted in Features on January 1, 2013
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Steve Nantz is the owner of Moab 4x4 Outpost (M4O) in Moab, Utah. His personal Jeep, Brownie, is a Moab veteran. In fact, I used to drive Brownie when it was a rental Jeep a quarter of a century ago. I recount some of my own Brownie adventures in this month’s 4WORD.

Steve bought Brownie from Rick Sparks when Rick closed Moab Off-Road. Brownie started life as a 1979 CJ7, but was so beat up, Rick included a 1987 YJ frame and body in the sale. Steve drove the old Brownie for a while, then, went to work swapping everything over to the YJ frame and tub.

Moab 4x4 Outpost offers a complete line of Jeep parts, including armor, gas tanks, bumpers, dash panels, fenders, stretch kits, etc. Many of those parts are on Brownie.

Check out the photos and see how Steve’s Brownie continues well into the 21st Century as a capable, reliable Moab veteran.

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Vehicle: 1987 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner/Hometown: Steve Nantz/Moab, Utah
Engine: Chevrolet 350ci, 325hp V-8
Induction: Howell electronic fuel injection (throttle body)
Transmission: GM 700-R4
Transfer case/low range ratio: Atlas/3.8:1
Front end: Tera CRD 60
Rear end: Tera CRD 60
Ring and Pinion: Superior 4.88
Front Differential: Eaton Detroit Locker
Rear Differential: Eaton Detroit Locker
Suspension: BDS 3.5-inch leaf packs, Walker Evans Racing shock absorbers
Tires: 40x13.50R17LT Goodyear Wrangler MTR
Wheels: Pro Comp 17x8.5 beadlocks

RCV axles are strong and don’t bind at full steering lock. Walker Evans Racing shocks valved by Steve are at all four corners. A PSC hydraulic ram steering assist lets Brownie turn, no matter what.
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