This JK didn't start off as a Rubicon, but it sure has headed down that road. Richard Anderton of Larkspur, Colorado, swapped a NV241OR into his '08 JK. A 3-inch Old Man Emu lift teams up with JKS adjustable track bars front and rear, Teraflex adjustable control arms front and rear, and JKS Quicker disconnects for a complete suspension solution. A Rugged Ridge front bumper houses a Warn M8000 winch, Olympic provided the rear bumper, and rock sliders keep the body free from damage. Some 32-inch BFG KM2 tires mounted on the stock wheels get the power to the ground where it is needed.
Three for Three
Trent Guthrie of St. Joseph, Missouri, busted his '94 Wrangler on three consecutive runs. He busted a front axleshaft, then on the next run, another axleshaft lead to ball joint failure, and then he upgraded to TJ shafts and blew up the radiator. Rubicon Express 41/2 -inch-lift leaf springs with a front shackle reversal provide plenty of room for the 33x10.5R15 BFG ATs on aluminum rims. A Lock-Right in the front Dana 30 works in conjunction with a swapped-in Ford 8.8 out back, both running 3.73 gears.
This '97 Cherokee hails from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, and its owners, Adam and Jenn Finocchi, bring it down to the U.S. for wheeling opportunities whenever they can. The Jeep sports the 4.0L, AX15 and NP231 it was born with, but stock stops there. A TJ front Dana 44 from a Rubicon hangs from 8-inch Rusty's Off Road coils and still runs the 4.10 gears and air locker. Out back the 8.25 got matching gears and is suspended from a set of 31/2-inch lift Rubicon Express springs, 1-inch-lift Rubicon Express shackles, and 2-inch lift Rusty's Off Road lift blocks. All that rolls on 35x12.5R15 BFG KM2s on 15x8 Soft 8 wheels.
Carl and Sandi Youngstrom of Hart, Michigan, sent in a bunch of pictures of their '05 Wrangler Unlimited that could very easily be postcards. This shot was taken on the couple's 25th wedding anniversary trip in Colorado, near Grizzly Reservoir. The six-cylinder and six-speed are still there, but a set of 2-inch-lift Pro Comp coil springs work with Rancho 9000s to clear a set of 32-inch BFG All Terrains. A 4WD Hardware adjustable track bar relocates the axle under the Jeep, and a Warn 8000 winch got tapped for recovery duties.
Rob Nordeman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been working on his '85 CJ-7 for a while and just painted it a year ago. The stock 4.2L inline-six sports Howell fuel injection, the Dana 300 is running a Lo-Max 4:1 low-range kit, and the swapped-in front and rear Dana 44s both have 4.10 gears and Detroit Lockers. TJ flares, a 41/2-inch Superlift lift kit, and a 1-inch body lift clear the 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs. YJ half doors and a custom home-brew rear bumper/tire carrier round out the look.
Tim Bucker of North East, Maryland, traded a .22 rifle for his first Jeep back when he was 15. Since then he's had a Postal, a CJ-7, and a YJ, but says his '08 Wrangler is the best one yet. A 31/2-inch Rubicon Express Super Flex lift provides clearance for the 35x12.50R17 Nitto Mud Grapplers on Ballistic Off Road Hostel wheels. Front and rear Fab Fours bumpers team up with RRC Side Armor guards for full 360-degree protection. A Warn Powerplant winch up front and a Hi-Lift jack on the rear tire carrier provide recovery options should it ever get that bad.
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