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March 2010 Jeep Shots

Posted in Features on March 1, 2010
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Two Years
Matt DeFord of New Braunfels, Texas, has been working on this '99 Cherokee for two years now, and has built himself a great Jeep. Up front 5 1/2-inch-lift Rubicon Express coils and shocks team up with Treks Offroad Y-link arms and a custom track bar relocation kit to clear the 33x12.50R15 BFG KM2 tires. In the rear, 4 1/2-inch-lift Rubicon Express leaf springs and shocks with 1 1/2-inch-lift Treks Offroad shackles provide clearance. Swapped-in 4.10 gears, Crane differential covers and a front Detroit Truetrac and rear Detroit Locker in the Dana 30 and Corporate 8.25 round off the drivetrain.

The Mittens
This '08 Unlimited X belongs to Jeff Patton, and was used to tour the Four Corners area for his anniversary. This picture was taken in front of The Mittens in Monument Valley. Jeff has been too busy using his Jeep to do many modifications, but he has taken some sensible precautions in the form of a Rugged Ridge XRC stubby front bumper with a hoop, a Smittybilt winch, and a pair of Hella 500 FF auxiliary lights, which really help light up those trails in the back of nowhere. Brush guards cover the lights and protect the lenses, a fairlead license plate holder allows easy access to the winch cable, and a custom winch cover with sewn-in patches show all the places this well-traveled Jeep has been.

Missouri Mule
This '95 Wrangler hails from Missouri, and is owned by Doug Palmer. Doug used to make fun of the "Jeep thing" until he got this 2.5L-powered Jeep back in April of 2009. Since then he has added a 4-inch Superlift lift kit, 33x12.50R15 Durango MT tires. Custom tube doors fend off stray tree limbs and even 7-inch-wide fender flares can't keep the mud out of the Jeep. This picture was taken at Hannibal Rocks Off Road Park in Hannibal, Missouri.

Mike Sims and his '95 Wrangler hail from Paso Robles, California, and were captured wheeling the Salinas River in this picture. Mike jokes that his 2.5L-powered Jeep does have aspiration, "I think I can, I think I can." The drivetrain has been left largely stock, with the exception of a Lock-Right in the front Dana 30 and a limited slip in the rear Dana 35. Lift comes from a spring-over conversion and clears the 33-inch Super Swamper TSL SX tires on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. Front and rear Pro Comp bumpers coupled with homemade rock sliders protect the body while a Superwinch EPI 9.0 gets Mike out of sticky situations.

Untersee Jeep
This '92 Wrangler now has a 4.0L engine, and after seeing David Rice's pictures, we can't help but wonder if the 2.5L was swapped out because his Jeep is part submarine. The stock AX-5 was swapped out for an AX-15 and the leaf springs got the boot in favor of a Pro Comp coil conversion front and rear. The Smithers, British Columbia, resident left the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35 with stock 4.10 gears but bolted up a set of 33x12.50R15 Pro Comp Mud Terrains to some 15x8 steel wheels. David bought the Jeep stock 2 1/2 years ago and built it to be a daily driver with lots of back road use, and we'd say he hit his goal.

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