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2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - Scratch Built

Posted in Features on February 10, 2013
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“With no professional training, I built this trailer because I thought I could. Many items were built two and three times until it was correct. If it is metal, I fabricated it.” That’s what Ken Hooten of Aguanga, California, told us when we first met him. We had actually seen a few pics of his 4x4 and trailer months earlier when he took it upon himself to send us some pictures and details about his build. However, it took some time before we established when and where to meet and carry out the photo shoot.

We met at the time and place agreed upon, and Ken delivered as promised. Wow. This trailer is like none we’ve ever seen. It’s a piece of custom one-off art that should be revered. So what better place to show it off but 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine? We’re glad Ken made the effort to contact us. What projects do you have brewing?

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Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner/Hometown: Ken Hooten/Aguanga, California
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: NSG370 six-speed manual transmission
Transfer case/low range ratio: Rock-Trac NVG241OR/4:1
Front end: Dana 44
Rear end: Dana 44
Ring and Pinion: 5.13 G2 gears
Front Differential: Tru-Lok
Rear Differential: Tru-Lok
Suspension: Rubicon Express 5.5-inch long arm system
Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8 Walker Evans beadlocks/3.75 inches

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