Quit Job, Went Wheeling
OK, so Austin Hartnell of Hesperia, California was laid off, but he still went wheeling. He took out his '07 Wrangler with its 4-inch lift Superlift coils, Currie Rock Jock adjustable arms and Bilstein 5100 shocks and just went. He made full use of his 5.13 gears in the otherwise stock Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. The 35-inch Dick Cepek FC IIs wrapped around the 17x8 American Eagle Series 137 wheels helps Austin take his family Jeeping and helps him burn off the stress of the week.
The YJ gets no respect even from its owners. John and Joannie Thielman from Soda Springs, Idaho, call this '89 Wrangler the "Wrongler." They begged, bartered and borrowed to get the Jeep to the state it is here on Tip Over Challenge in Moab, Utah. The stock four-cylinder, five-speed and NP231 remain. The transfer case got a slip-yoke eliminator to deal with the elevation from the spring-over conversion. Under the axles are an early Bronco Dana 44 front axle and a Ford 9-inch rear axle with 5.13 gears and Detroit Lockers. Grip comes from a set of 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs wrapped around 15x10 Eagle Alloy wheels.
If you go to the Jp magazine website and look at the Jeep Shots submission form, you will see a section titled "Estimated Value." Most readers put down a ridiculously low number. But, Rhett O'Keefe from Minnesota put the value of this '95 Cherokee as "Sentimental." That's the most honest answer we've seen yet. It has a 4-inch lift, 31x10.50R15 Goodyear MT/R tires, a K&N drop-in air filter, a throttle body spacer, a fuzz buster, $5 spark plugs, and a 600-watt stereo. How can you put a price tag on that?
Orange Jeep, Eh?
Shane Becker's '76 Levis Edition CJ-7 has a 350ci Chevy V-8 with Vortec heads, an Edlebrock intake, Headman headers, a T-18a transmission, Dana 20 transfer case and about seven inches of lift. The front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 both have 3.73 gears and Detroit Truetracs, while the tires are 36x12.50-15 Super Swamper SXs. A full cage, custom bumpers front and rear and a Warn winch help keep that bright orange paint around when the going gets rough up there in Flaxcombe, Saskatchewan, Canada.
It isn't that often that we get a picture that has no information at all with it. But, once we saw this picture we had to run it. We don't know where this Jeep is from, since it came in an email, but we do know it gets cold there, we know the Jeep is a '98-'03 TJ and that it has been modified by an ARB snorkel and likes cold baths in muddy water.
This '04 Rubicon TJ was shot in Clines Ranch, just outside of Alex Parker's home of San Antonio, Texas. Alex bought the Jeep pre-lifted with a 4-inch Pro Comp lift and 33x12.50R15 all-terrain tires. The front bumper houses five KC driving lights while the rear tubular bumper protects two more lights and tubular rocker guards keep the doors out of the rocks.
Erik Schreiner of Sun City, California tells us that with 450,000 miles on the original engine, a 41/2-inch Rubicon Express Lift, and 32x11.50R15 Dunlop Mud tires he can follow the big dogs anywhere they go, and even has A/C to boot. However, with the Dana 35 still under the rear of this '94 Grand Cherokee, he pays for it by getting more C-clip axle shaft swapping practice than he'd like. He once busted a shaft on his wife's birthday, and even though she was five months pregnant she drove 250 miles to get him a spare.
This '94 YJ hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but the picture was taken in Rausch Creek, Pennsylvania. Edrick Says put a Comp Cams camshaft in the 4.0L, an ARB Air Locker in the front Dana 30 and an Eaton E-locker in the rear Ford 8.8. Both were stuffed with 4.56 gears to spin the 33x12.50R15LT Interco TrXus MTs. Clearance comes from a 31/2-inch BDS suspension kit, 5/8-inch M.O.R.E. Boomerang shackles and a 1-inch body lift.