Half a Dozen Hot Wranglers!
Some of our favorite trails in the country are in and around Montrose, Colorado, and this lucky guy can wheel them all he wants since Montrose is hometown. Chris Larkin’s ’92 YJ is built to handle the trails without breaking. The front Dana 60 and rear Corporate 14 bolt with their 5.38s and Eaton Detroit Lockers likely don’t even know that the 2.5L four-cylinder is pushing on them. A TF904 automatic transmission hands off power to a 5.0:1 Atlas II and 39.5-inch-tall BFG Krawlers wrapped around 17x9 Allied Beadlocks put power to the ground. The front suspension is a spring-over conversion on 2-inch lift springs and the rear is four-linked with stock-height TJ coils.
There are so many bad jokes we can make here it isn’t even funny. Let’s just say Cody Woodward of Portage La Prarie, Manitoba, Canada, has a nice ’93 Wrangler. BDS springs in the 5-inch flavor combine with 1½-inch-lift shackles and a 2½-inch body lift for plenty of elevation. Under all that height is a set of 35x12.50R15 Pitbull Rockers on 15x10 Ultra rims. Hidden under the sheetmetal is the factory 4.0L, AX-15, and NP231 setup. The T-case has a slip yoke eliminator with Tatton’s driveshafts sending power out to the front Dana 30 with 4.88 gears and an Eaton E-locker. Out back a swapped-in Ford 8.8 has matching gears and a Lock Right locker. Warn bumpers front and rear provide protection and a 12,000lb winch on the front bumper pulls recovery duties.
USMC is an abbreviation we all know. Many don’t realize just how many other meanings there are that don’t have Marines in the title. We do, and let us just say thanks to Bret Bolding for serving from wherever those Suckers sent him. This picture of his ’06 Unlimited Rubicon was snapped on John Bull trail in Big Bear, California, just before he got relocated to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The 4.0L has a Banks Power Pack and a Superchips performance flash bumping the power. The factory automatic and NV241OR send that power on down to the front and rear Dana 44s with factory lockers and 4.10 gears. A 2-inch Old Man Emu lift joins forces with Rubicon Express lower control arms and JKS upper control arms to keep the 285/75R16 BFG KM2s under the Jeep.
So often “exploratory” is used in place of “Well we have no clue, but let’s poke around and see what we find.” In the case of Tim Qualters, however, he likes exploring the desert around his Goodyear, Arizona, home in his ’04 Wrangler. The factory 4.0L fires thanks to an Optima Red Top battery with a K&N FIPK cold air intake providing some extra ponies and a Be Cool radiator cooling it down. Behind that stands the factory NV3550 transmission and NV231. The T-case has an Advance Adapters slip yoke eliminator kit and sends power out to the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35. A 3½-inch Rubicon Express Superflex kit clears the 33x12.50-15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws wrapped around simulated beadlocks. Smittybilt protects the Jeep with XRC front and rear bumpers and rock guards while Rock Hard 4x4 protects the occupants in the form of a full cage.
Not Quite Done
Dennis Perry has a laundry list of modifications already completed on his ’07 Wrangler. They include an Airaid Intake and Magnaflow muffler for more power with a Rockcrawler X Factor Plus Long arm kit for elevation. Bilstein 5100 shocks keep the 35x12.50R17 Nitto Mud Grapplers wrapped around Eagle Alloys under control. Solid differential covers, Purejeep rock rails, and a Rancho oil pan skidplate keep things safe. A Smittybilt winch is mounted atop the Shrockworks front bumper between the Hella 500 fog lights with Hella 500 driving lights mounted to the A-pillars. A full sound system replacement took place inside the Jeep, but the Pro-Rock Dana 60s with ARB Air Lockers and 5.13 gears are still just plans for the future.