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2000 Jeep Wrangler
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility
Posted February 1, 2012

Diehard, Backyard, & Everyday 4x4s

The Jeep Brigade
Award Winner
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Eric Burton, Aurora, CO
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp M/Ts on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 51⁄2-inch Rubicon Express with Pro Comp MX-6 shocks
Drivetrain: NV3550, NP231, Dana 30 front with an Aussie Locker, Dana 44 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: OR Fab sports cage, custom sliders and tire carrier, onboard air
Funniest Wheeling Incident: While wheeling with my club on the Pritchett Canyon trail in Moab, I attempted an obstacle with a little too much skinny pedal. In two seconds I blew out the left axle U-joint, front right sidewall, and left rear sidewall. I did go on to win the Trail Damage of the Year award!
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Stretch the wheelbase, add bigger tires and axles

Camo 5
Vehicle: 1972 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Neal Sprott, Minden, NV
Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift with a shackle reversal in the front
Drivetrain: Dana 20, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, 4.27 gears
Performance Mods: 304ci
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Smittybilt winch, custom bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: Onboard air, dual batteries, lockers, and more lift
Anything to add?: Great magazine! I have been reading it for years.

Canadian Woods
Vehicle: 1993 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Cody Woodward, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pit Bull Rockers on Ultra 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 5-inch BDS springs, 11⁄2-inch BDS shackles, BDS shocks
Drivetrain: AX-15, NP 231, Dana 30 front with an E-Locker, 8.8-inch rear with a Lock Right, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: 21⁄2-inch body lift, Warn bumpers and winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change?: Stroke the engine, Dana 44 axles, bigger tires

Spare Jeep
Vehicle: 1985 Jeep Scrambler
Owner: Sean Berden, Indian River, MI
Tires & Wheels: 36x15.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch Eagle Alloy wheels
Suspension: Custom multilink with 21⁄2-inch Deaver Early Bronco coils
Drivetrain: Dana 300, Dana 44 front with a Lock Right, Dana 44 rear with a spool, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: LT-1 V-8
Other Doodads: The original frame was in bad shape so we built a custom frame using the front portions of two Early Bronco frames
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything to add?: With the exception of the body, the Jeep was built entirely of spare parts that I had lying around

Zac Attack
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Zac Johnson, Sedona, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch All Terrains on 16-inch wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu
Drivetrain: Rear locker
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: 33-inch MTZs and a 41⁄2-inch lift

The Sleeper
Vehicle: 1978 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Tony Sleeper, Flushing, MI
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 SSRs on 15x10 steel Eaton wheels
Suspension: 21⁄2-inch BDS with 1⁄2-inch MORE shackles
Drivetrain: Dana 20, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear with an Ox Locker, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 258ci, bored, Crane cam, Offenhauser intake, Holley carburetor, Hedman header
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Warn winch, aluminum tub
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Add a front locker

Sublime
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Don Korshnak, Madison Township, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch MTRs on stock 17-inch Rubicon wheels
Suspension: 41⁄2-inch Rubicon Express
Drivetrain: NP231 with an Advance Adapters slip-yoke eliminator, high-pinion 30 front, 8.8-inch rear axle with an Aussie Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Warn M8000 winch, AtoZ rocker guards, Vanco big brake kit
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Add a selectable front locker
Anything to add?: The color is from an ’07 Dodge Charger Daytona and is called Sublime

Trail Pass
Vehicle: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: John Boehm, Albuquerque, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on stock 17-inch wheels with TeraFlex wheel spacers
Suspension: 4-inch with Bilstein 5100 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 3.8L, throttle body spacer, cold air intake, Hushpower exhaust
Other Doodads: Viair onboard air, River Raider Evap skid, Fab Fours bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Never knew that my wife was deathly afraid of heights until I took her on the Black Bear Pass trail in Colorado!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Currie Rock Jock 60 axles, long-arm suspension, diesel conversion

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