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Jeep Shots

Posted in Features on March 4, 2007 Comment (0)
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Brotherly Love
We don't know how they do it, but Bryan and Stephen Kliefoth of Yardley, Pennsylvania, co-own this '00 TJ. They put 4.10 gears in the front with a Detroit Truetrac, while the rear Dana 35 got matching gears, a Super 35 kit, and a Detroit Locker. That lets them spin the 32x11.50R15 BFG All-Terrain tires. Making way for those tires are Skyjacker 1 1/2-inch coils with 1-inch front coil spacers and 1 1/4-inch rear coil spacers. We'd just have problems turning the keys over with so much puddle-jumping fun to be had.

Air Jeep
Dan Sherman of Palmdale, California, sent us three decent pictures of his '02 TJ. We were having problems settling on which picture to run: the front tires in the air off a bump on a steep hillclimb, the beautiful scenic view with Jeep attached, or the other beautiful scenic view. This TJ sports a 4 1/2-inch Rubicon Express Super-Flex short-arm kit, Advance Adapters slip-yoke eliminator, and Tom Wood's driveshaft sitting on 33x12.50R15LT Dunlop Radial Mud Rover tires wrapped around 15-inch Extreme Steel Rock Crawlers. Dan proves it's not how built you are, it's how you use your Jeep.

Looks like this 8-inch Rubicon Express-lifted '95 XJ would make a great teeter-totter in its current position. Belonging to Dave Steinhoff of Gladstone, Michigan, its got a set of 35x12.50R15 BFG Mud Terrain tires with a Power Trax no-slip in the front Dana 30 axle along with a spool and Alloy USA shafts in the rear Dana 44. The rear bumper and tire carrier, rock rails, and skidplates for the oil pan, transmission, transfer case, and gas tank are all Dave-made units. He also custom-built the 3-inch snorkel that relocated the air filter to the roof, keeping the engine dry during those long Michigan rainy seasons.

Kenosha Jeep
Nope, we weren't any more creative than that. The "Kenosha Jeep" can now be seen driving around Kenosha, Wisconsin. This '60 CJ-5 belongs to Dave Meyers who has swapped in a 305 V-8 out of a GMC truck, mated that to a T-90, and then stuck it to the stock drivetrain. The Dana 18, front Dana 25, and rear Dana 44 are all holding up to the added power so far. Lift shackles clear the 265/75 R15 Firestone tires, while the Rallye wheels were swiped off an International Scout II.

Big Red
We could tell you about the engine, transmission, and transfer case of Jeramy Stephens' '01 XJ, or we could tell you that he is from Bryan, Texas, and make some "bigger in Texas" joke. But we won't. We'll start at the ground and work up: 36x13.50 R15 Super Swamper Irok radials mounted on Ultra Magnum wheels and bolted to a high-pinion Dana 44 front axle stuffed with 5.13 gears and a Detroit EZ Locker with a rear Ford 9-inch stuffed with the same internals. All we know is that the rear got custom leaves, while the front is sporting a one-off long-arm kit with 611/42-inch springs and ACOS coil spacers for around 8 inches of lift.

Postcard Jeep
If you want to be guaranteed a shot at Jeep Shots, do like Judson Goodwin did and send us before, during, and after pictures of an awesome '52 M38. Then, under the "What was this vehicle built to do" portion of the form, use the answer, "Protect your freedom." Heck, this picture is even our desktop on the computer now. He tells us he drove in this Jeep when he was six years old, and it's one of only about 2,100 built in the Ford plant in Canada. From what we can see, he has restored the M38 back to its original form, including the Ramsey winch sitting between the front framerails.


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