2010 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon and 1993 Jeep YJ Wrangler - Double ShotPosted in Features on October 25, 2013
Whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool Jeeper or are ambivalent about the brand, you have to admit that there's a pedigree and a heritage that go with the Jeep name. One of the biggest advantages to joining the Jeep ranks is the deluge of aftermarket parts available once you commit to building a Jeep. In fact, if you're talking about classic flatfenders, you can build an entire Jeep without incorporating a single OEM part!
We've got two Wranglers here for your perusal, each with its own personality. The YJ, dubbed Papa Smurf, is a trail veteran and bristles with hardcore hardware from the tip to the tail. The JK offers creature comforts on top of the hardcore hardware but comes with the bigger dimensions and the limited visibility that are trademarks of the latest Wrangler.
Much of the hardcore hardware comes from Poison Spyder Customs. Papa Smurf was Spyder CEO Larry McRae's personal trail rig for years but has recently found a new home with Donald "Super D" McDonald. The JK leads a somewhat vampirish life at the hands of Rigid Industries who prefers to 'wheel after the sun has set and provide its own trail illumination.
So, what should you build? Start with a YJ and you'll find an easy-to-stomach buy-in price. You can upgrade as time and funds allow and enjoy a capable rig the whole time. You'll likely make some major repairs along the way because even the newest YJ (1995 model year) is now getting long in the tooth. If you spring for a JK, you'll be getting something newer, shinier, more capable, and more expensive. The JK suspension and body design allows running big tires at low-to-no lift heights. JK interiors are comfy and civilized, yet it's still a Jeep: The top comes off and the doors are removable.
Let the daydreaming begin. We offer you a double shot of Spyder venom: Poison Spyder hardware that spans Jeeping generations.
|Vehicle:||2010 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon|
|Owner/Hometown:||Rigid Industries/Gilbert, Arizona|
|Engine:||Stock 3.8L V-6|
|Transmission:||Factory 42RLE four-speed automatic|
|Transfer case/low range ratio:||NVG241OR Rock-Trac/4:1|
|Front suspension:||Rock Krawler X-Factor with Rock Krawler coilovers|
|Rear suspension:||Rock Krawler X-Factor with Rock Krawler coilovers|
|Ring and Pinion:||Factory 4:10|
|Differentials:||Factory Dana 44s with factory Rubicon E-lockers|
|Tires:||39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A Kx|
|Wheels/ Backspacing:||Method Truck Beadlock/ 17x9/4.5 inches|
|Vehicle:||1993 Jeep YJ Wrangler|
|Owner/Hometown:||Donald “Super D” McDonald/Banning, California|
|Transmission:||AX-15 five-speed manual|
|Transfer case/low-range ratio:||Atlas II/4.3:1|
|Front suspension:||Leaf springs, Bilstein monotube shocks|
|Rear suspension:||Leaf springs, Bilstein monotube shocks, anti-wrap bars, wheelbase stretched to 100 inches|
|Ring and Pinion:||5.38|
|Tires:||37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A Kx|
|Wheels:||Mickey Thompson Classic II with OMF scalloped beadlocks|