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February 2009 4x4 Jeep CJ - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2009
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Rio Lime
Vehicle: '77 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Glen Vialpando, Rio Rancho, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 16-inchers
Suspension: Rubicon Express springs with RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: NP207, Dana 44 front with a Lock-Right and Warn hubs, Dana 60 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L with a K&N air filter
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Tube fenders on the way!

Tube Dreams
Vehicle: '73 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Travis and Morgan Shepard, Oneida, TN
Tires & Wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 15x10 Allied beadlocks
Suspension: 6-inch BDS
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L
Other Doodads: PSC hydraulic assist, MileMarker 12,000-pound winch, custom 'cage and 20-gallon fuel cell
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Swap all the components into a tube chassis.

Vehicle: '83 Jeep CJ-8
Owner: Herb Register
Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG A-Ts on steel
Suspension: 3-inch
Drivetrain: Dana 300, one-piece rear shaft conversion
Performance Mods: 258ci
Other Doodads: Custom rack
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Engine
Anything to add?: I'm a traveling pipeliner, and this thing will climb and go wherever my job takes me

Vehicle: '61 Jeep CJ
Owner: Gregg Giordano, East Hanover, NJ
Tires & Wheels: 38.5-inch TSLs on 15x10 steel beadlocks
Suspension: Custom spring-over axle conversion, Bilstein 7100 shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 300, Dana 60 axles, Detroit Lockers, Dynatrac differential covers
Performance Mods: 350ci, Gibson headers, Magnaflow muffler
Other Doodads: Kilby air compressor, Ramsey winch, Premier Power Welder, custom 'cage, tub bobbed 18 inches, custom bumpers and skidplates
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Snow Tarrant
Vehicle: '79 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Shane Becker, Flaxcombe, Sask., Canada
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch TSLs on 15-inch steel
Suspension: Custom front leaves with a three-link rear
Drivetrain: TH400, NP205, Dana 60 axles, Detroit Locker front, spool rear, 6.17 gears
Performance Mods: 468ci
Other Doodads: 12,500-pound winch, hydraulic assist, custom 'cage, fuel cell, stretched to a 118-inch wheelbase
Does everything work the way you want?: I love it

Jeep Vows
Vehicle: '82 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Chris and Vivian Stone, Waialua, HI
Tires & Wheels: 36x14.50 TSL Radials on 16.5x12 steel
Suspension: Spring-over axle with modified YJ front springs and modified XJ springs in the rear, RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: NP435, NP205, Dana 44 front with a Lock-Right, Dana 60 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.09 gears
Performance Mods: 5.0L high output from a '93 Ford Mustang Cobra
Other Doodads: YJ tub, 101-inch wheelbase, Warn winch, custom bumpers, MORE steering brace, Borgeson steering shaft, RCI fuel cell
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Drop in a Goliath Klune-V and a mobile welder
Anything to add?: Built by husband and wife in four months

Vehicle: '82 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
Owner: Adam Crowley, Palominas, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Iroks on 15x10 beadlocks
Suspension: Spring-over axle using stock Jeep Wagoneer leaves up front, custom one-link rear with XJ front springs
Drivetrain: T-18, NP231 planetaries for a crawl box, Dana 300 with 4:1 kit, Dana 60 front axle with 35-spline shafts, Superwinch hubs, and a Detroit Locker, Dana 70 rear, welded, Dynatrac cover, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 401ci, shaved heads, Holly Pro-Jection, Edelbrock cam, K&N intake, Doug Thorley headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Other Doodads: 112.5-inch wheelbase, rear bobbed 11 inches, cut and sectioned fenderwells, custom 'cage
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Guiding my 12-year-old son up a 6-foot ledge and listening to him giggle and laugh as he rolled the truck. (When I said "brake," he forgot to push in the clutch)
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Convert to coils and four-link the front

Made It
Vehicle: '81 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Will Geraghty, Soquel, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x10 steel
Suspension: 3-inch Black Diamond with 1-inch shackles
Drivetrain: Dana 300, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear
Performance Mods: 4.2L
Other Doodads: Ramsey 8,000-pound winch, Warn rear bumper
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Making it through a mud bog that fullsize trucks on 44-inch tires were getting stuck in
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Spring-over, gears, lockers, and 35-inch tires

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