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September 2011 Jeep Shots

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Winning!
Bob wrote in to tell us that this ’03 Wrangler Sport is the ninth Jeep that he’s owned, including a CJ, some FSJs, and some XJs. The picture was shot at Northwoods Overland in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. The factory-installed 4.0L pushes power through the slushbox transmission and NP231 T-case. Bob tells us that while he’s owned a bunch of other Jeeps, this picture captures the first time he’s wheeled. He’s hoping to add a mild lift and some more aggressive tires so it will do better next time. Well, Bob, we are sure that the Superchips Flashpaq will help you do better next time you go out, too.

We decided to do an impromptu contest with no particular guidelines or real reason for winning other than we felt like it. Thanks to the good people at Superchips, this month we have a Flashpaq tuner to give away. So congratulations to Bob Kaebisch of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his ’03 Wrangler!

Evap-less
A hot Arizona sun, muffler relocation, and a day in 4-Lo all conspired to melt the evap canister on this ’10 Wrangler. Mike MacKinnon of Glendale, Arizona, was wheeling out at Crown King when his gas cap light suddenly went on. He didn’t know why until he saw the evap canister melted into sheets at the end of the trail. The Jeep is running a 4-inch TeraFlex long arm kit with King shocks in all four corners. The lift provides enough clearance for the 37-inch Toyo Open Country MTs on Pro Comp 7028 Cast Black simulated beadlocks.

Georgia Sited
With an 8-inch Rock Krawler long-arm lift and 37x13.5 inch tires under his ’99 Grand Cherokee we’d imagine that Joe DeJesus of Miami, Florida, has enough elevation to see Georgia from his driver’s seat. Other goodies include a front Dana 60 and rear Corporate 14 bolt with a Detroit locker. The Jeep is powered by the venerable 4.0L, automatic transmission and NP242 T-case with a slip yoke eliminator. The front bumper is a custom-built unit and houses a 10,000-pound-rated Smittybilt winch and Pro Comp 55 lights.

Iron Range Runner
Jeff Cookman of Baxter, Minnesota, is the proud owner of this ’91 Cherokee. A 4½-inch Rough Country lift kit and lots of fender trimming provides enough clearance for the 35-inch BFG MTs on black steel wheels. The 4.0L, AW4, and NP231 are all still present and accounted for. The T-case is running an Advance Adapters slip yoke eliminator kit and it hands power off to a high-pinion Dana 30 with an Aussie Locker up front and a rear Ford 8.8. JCR Off Road rock sliders keep the rockers out of harm’s way. The picture was shot at Iron Range OHV park just outside of Gilbert, Minnesota.

Early Yet Late
When we first saw the pictures of this Jeep we assumed it was a ’96-or-earlier Cherokee because of the older-looking brushguard on the front bumper. Actually, this Cherokee is a ’99 and belongs to Michael Minuck of Columbus, Ohio. The stock drivetrain is all there, from the 4.0L engine through the AW4 and NP231 out to the front Dana 30 and rear Chrysler 8.25. A hybrid 5½-inch long arm kit provides enough clearance for a set of 33x12.50R15 Firestone Destination MTs on Cragar rims. All of the armor is custom from that front bumper with the Smittybilt winch around the side to the rockers, and even the rear bumper that has integrated back up lights and swing-away tire carrier.

Ice Cream Getter
This ’93 Wrangler belongs to Joe Pashman of Yucaipa, California, and might be just a little over-built for his planned usage of taking the family to get ice cream. The 4.0L was pumped up with a K&N FIPK intake, Borla header, high-flow catalytic converter and Flowmaster muffler. Power goes through an AX-15 into a twin-stick’d Dana 300 with LoMax gears. Deaver leaf springs ride over a front Dana 44 donated by a Wagoneer and a rear Ford 8.8 donated by an Explorer. Both axles are packed with Eaton Detroit Lockers and 4.56 gears. Front and rear bumpers are from Currie Enterprises and the tube fenders are from GenRight.

No Money, No Skills
We normally struggle to come up with titles for Jeep Shots entries, but this one wrote itself. Or, more accurately, Harley of Chino Valley, Arizona, did. Harley wanted an economical daily driver that he could wheel on the weekends, and since he says he has no money and no skills, he did the easy stuff himself and saved money to have the pros do the harder stuff. The Jeep has a 2½-inch Rancho kit with adjustable shocks. The front Dana 30 has an OX Locker and the rear Dana 44 has an electric locker; both axles are spinning 4.56 gears. The rock sliders are aluminum and from Big Daddy Off Road.

Write Us!
Want to get your Jeep in these pages? Just grab the tech form off jpmagazine.com, fill it out, and email it to pete.trasborg@jpmagazine.com. Be sure to include a high resolution image (at least 1,600x1,200 pixels) with your submission. Or, snail mail it to:
Jp Magazine, Jeep Shots
831 S. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

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