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Ray Roney sent us a picture of his '94 YJ out in Moab during the 2005 Easter Jeep Safari. With the 2.5L I-4 and 37x12.5 R15 Goodyear MT/Rs, he's not going anywhere fast. The Jeep has the stock Dana 30 front axle with an ARB locker and 4.88s, while the swapped-in Ford 8.8 rear axle has 4.88s and an ARB locker. The flatfenders up front are custom, and it's got 7-inch TJ flares to cover up those tires. We were wondering how the squirrels like the hilly highways around Moab, but Ray tells us that his club all chipped in to put eight of their Jeeps on the back of a car hauler for the trip to Moab.
Rick Bickley of Morenci, Arizona, has completely rebuilt his '82 CJ-8 into what you see now. He sent us before and after pictures, and it looks like something that sat in the ocean for a couple years before he started. Now, after building his own frame and replacing most of the body with 18-gauge panels, he's got something to be proud of. Its got the stock drivetrain in it right down to the axles and gears. However, the 258 six and auto transmission turns the 35x12.5 R15 Mastercraft Courser MTs with no problems. The Black Diamond 3.5-inch lift is used to help convert the Jeep to spring-over and clear the 35s.
This '95 ZJ shows us what might be possible with one of these if you really want to rock. Ron and Natalie Phillips sent us this picture of what looks to be the Rubicon trail. The 5.2L V-8 is pumped up to 300hp, but the real story is in what's downstream. They've added a 4.3 Atlas II, 8 1/2-inch Rubicon Express long-arm lift kit and 35x12.5 R15 Goodyear MT/Rs on Mickey Thompson Classic II rims. They ditched the stock axles in favor of a front Tera50 and rear Tera60, both with ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears, and disc brakes.
Mike Yablon of Phoenix, Arizona, waited until he'd covered many of the trails in Arizona to send us some pictures of his '04 TJ Sport. Before he took it out, he added a 2.5-inch Rancho suspension lift and a 1-inch body lift to clear the 32x11.5 R15 BFG ATs on 8-inch wide black steel rims. The front bumper comes from Toys by Troy, while a Warn differential cover and steering box skid protects the vitals. Mike lifted the engine up an inch, and then put on a slip-yoke eliminator with a CV driveshaft to eliminate the vibrations caused by lifting.
This '45 CJ-2A was cobbled together from all kinds of vehicles. Jason Binnion tells us he was too cheap to buy new stuff, so he built what he had to and made whatever he could get work. It's got a '74 Ford 302 V-8 backed by an NP435 and Spicer-18. The front and rear Dana 44s were swiped from a '76 Wagoneer, and then the front was stuffed with a Detroit, the rear with a spool, and both with 4.88 gears. For a suspension, he's built a custom four-link front/three-link rear, which stretched the overall wheelbase 9 inches. There is also an '87 Astro Van steering column to turn the 37x12.5 R15 MT/Rs on bead lock rims.
OK, with a 4.0L inline-six, AX-15, and NP231 with SYE and heavy-duty driveshaft, the '94 Cherokee itself isn't lazy. However, the XJ's owner, Brian Smithmeyer, tells us he is. It wasn't until he saw the online method for sending in a Jeep Shots submission that he sent us one. Seems he's too lazy to send it via snail mail. The XJ has a 6-inch Rubicon Express lift with TNT long-arm Y-link kit and Bilstein 5151 shocks. This allows clearance of the 35x13.5 R15 Toyo Open Country MTs. The 35s are turned by a Dana 44 front with a Detroit Electrac and out back is a Ford 9-inch axle with a Spool. Both ends got 4.56 gears to keep the stock-like performance. Inside is a custom interior cage, which holds up some Corbeau Baja SS seats for wheeling comfort.