The picture of this first-year TJ was taken at the Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Jeep Jamboree. Allen Apesteguy of Truro, Nova Scotia, is the proud owner and added a 3½-inch Rubicon Express lift to the Jeep to clear the 33-inch-tall BFG MT KM2s on black steel wheels. Everything else was left stock with power still coming from the 4.0L inline-six. While we don’t know what transmission the Jeep has (Allen just told us it was the stock one), we can surmise that gear-splittin’ is thanks to an NV231 (again, “stock”). The factory front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35 are still pulling duties. We were also able to tell from the photo that there is a Superwinch winch on the front bumper and a steering box skid plate underneath.
Kyle Rigby of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, sent us a couple of pictures of his ’00 Cherokee running some power line roads near his home. A 4-inch lift using Rough Country adjustable arms and track bar clears a set of Dakota Definity MTs on Cragar Soft 8 wheels. The Jeep still runs the 4.0L, which breathes a bit easier thanks to a K&N filter in a home-brew snorkel. The AW4 and NP231 with a slip yoke eliminator and custom driveshaft from a local shop send power to the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35. Both have 3.55 gears and the rear has a Lock-Right locker. The front and rear bumpers are custom with the front housing a Smittybilt XRC8 winch.
Travis Floyd of Farmington, New Mexico, has been into rockcrawling for almost all of his life. He scored this TJ about a year ago and is hell-bent on turning it into a trail slayer. For now, it has a 3-inch suspension with 33-inch BFGoodrich A-T tires. Future plans include a 6-inch long-arm suspension and 37-inch tires. To further fortify the rig, Travis plans to add tube fenders, a new rollcage, and a neck-snapping LS1 V-8. We suggest you also consider some axle upgrades, Travis.
This black ’88 Wrangler belongs to Wade Wallace of Allegan, Michigan. He bought it for $500 with a blown four-banger and AX-5 missing Fifth gear. Rather than replace the stock stuff, there is now a 350ci V-8 originally from a Corvette under the hood that breathes through a pair of 2-inch Flowmaster mufflers. Backing that is a TH350 with a manual valve body. The NP231 is still hanging tough. A whopping 7 inches of lift clears the 35-inch tires. The front Dana 30 and swapped-in rear Ford 8.8 turn 4.10 gears. Warn front and rear bumpers provide some protection, and the 8,000-pound winch on the front bumper pulls recovery duties. This photo was taken on the Silver Lake sand dunes in Silver Lake, Michigan.
Have Jeep, Will Travel
Phil Brooks grew up mud bogging in the low country around his hometown of Knightsville, South Carolina. Later, he developed an interest in rockcrawling. His ’89 YJ is loaded with assets that make both disciplines entertaining and fun. Power comes from a Chevy 5.7L engine. Traction is aided by Ox Lockers front and rear, and 38-inch Super Swampers. The arrangement commands attention from onlookers and gives Phil the option of taking the hard line when he feels like it. Phil wanted to thank his friends who helped him put the rig together.
Phillip Schuyler of Los Gatos, California, drives this ’97 TJ when he’s not busy providing for his family of four. The Jeep rides on 37-inch IROKS mounted to 15-inch steel beadlock wheels. The axles consist of a pair of custom-width Currie 9-inch housings loaded with Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears, and 35-spline, 4340 axleshafts. An Atlas II transfer case featuring 5:1 gearing is mated to a factory five-speed. The 4.0L engine remains mostly stock for now. Phillip uses the rig hard and hopes to someday swap in a V-8.
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