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Wasted Wages
Staff | Writer
Posted July 29, 2013
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Homegrown Mud Machines

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  • This '93 Jeep YJ owned by Buddy Koppelmann from Gerald, Mo., sports a Ford 8.8-inch rear axle with welded-up 4.10 gears and a 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift. 33x12.5x15 Interco Trxus STS tires and some cut fenders for clearance give this rig the stance it needs to get into good mud. Front and rear custom bumpers with a tire carrier bolted on and an XRC8 winch help with the Jeep's recovery.

  • 13-year-old mudder Dawson Gedris hails from Port St. Lucie, Fla., and is one of the few kids in town who own every single issue of Mud Life magazine. His parents said if he got straight As on his middle school report card he would get a truck. Once that report card came in, the family went out and bought this '93 Chevrolet Blazer. The truck landed at his dad's shop, DirtyToy Fabrications, and then they slapped on 2 1/2-ton Rockwell axles and 16.5x16.1 cut American Farmer tractor tires. The stock 350ci fuel-injected engine with a turbo 400 transmission power it through the mud at the Okeechobee Mudfest, St. Lucie Mudjam, and Redneck Yacht Club whenever there is an event.

  • Wasted Wages is the name of Rob Neth's rig. This beast has 23.1x26 R2 tires and 5-ton Rockwell axles. A four-linked front end gives it close to 36 inches of lift. Rob built it when he was 19 years old and has been in the Mega Truck Challenge at Yankee Lake many times. He puts it through some hardcore abuse, but it was built so well it keeps firing up and tearing through the muck!

  • The '79 K-5 Blazer known as The Pit uses a 4-inch suspension lift and sits on 33-inch Goodyear Wranglers. Doyle Hancock of Corpus Christi, Tex., installed a 350ci GM Goodwrench crate engine and a rebuilt transmission. After returning from the Corpus Christi Mudfest for Spring Break he found out that his 8-month-old son, Jaxon, loves playing on the hood of daddy's muddy truck.

  • Douglas McDonald, who bought this '97 Jeep Wrangler Sahara brand new, has been working on it ever since, transforming it into a mud-slingin' TJ. Once he installed Dana 44 front and rear alloy shafts, an Ox Locker in the rear, and a Detroit Locker in front, the Jeep was ready to take him anywhere. Douglas then added Metal Cloak fenders, aluminum control arms, and 14-inch Fox emulsion shocks in the rear with Fox 2.0 shocks up front. The rear shocks have been frenched into the frame, and a TeraFlex belly skid was added. The Jeep's interior was Rhino-lined, and 35x12.5 15R Pro Comp Mud Terrains tires on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels finish off this build.

  • The '02 ZR2 Blazer now has Scout axles and Race Runner coilovers to help control the ride off-road. Josh Nici owns this rig. Other modifications include 5.13 gearsets. Josh uses it to enjoy the mud life!

  • Alayna Leonard from Rougemont, N.C., has been mud racing around the state for four years now in her '95 Chevy Z71, named Mud Muffin. Mud Muffin has a freshly rebuilt 383ci stroker engine and the sits on military axles and 39.5-inch Super Swampers. Alayna tries to race at all the events in N.C., but when she's not competing or in the mud she's racing down county roads.

  • Chris Graves from Millington, Mich., built this '10 Chevy Colorado for mud fun. The body has been gutted and skinned for weight, and then it was painted by James Poe at Poe's Custom Painting in Clio, Mich. The graphics came from Chas Legue at Legue Graphics. The Chevy 496ci was given a lot of extra love by Bob the Builder, including a Turbo 400 transmission connected to a stock 208 transfer case. They added a Dana 60 front axle along with a 14-bolt full-floater rear axle that holds a locker and 5.13 gears. An electric/hydraulic steering system helps control the 40-inch Super Swamper Boggers.

  • Daily driving this '03 Dodge Ram 1500 is what Eric Michaels does in Lake Wales, Fla. An 11 1/2-inch suspension lift and 37x13.5x20 Nitto Mud Grappler tires make the truck off-road capable. The exhaust stack system was installed for better aspiration and cool factor.

  • Tear and Dave Potts from Monroe, Wash., are the owners of this killer '88 Jeep YJ they call Freak. It is powered by a 350ci Chevy motor and nitrous, which help push it through the mud. This truck was built and fabricated to fit Dave's tiny wife, who runs in the Super Modified men's division at the mud bogging competition.

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