Hamster Power in Moab
Travis Guymon from Lake Shore, Utah, sent us this photo of his White ’98 TJ heading up Hell’s Revenge in Moab during Easter Jeep Safari 2012. The Wrangler sports a 4-inch lift and 32x11.50R15 BFG ATs on American Racing Wheels. Bestop fender flares keep most of the mud off the paint. For protection the Jeep wields Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, an EMP gas tank skid, a front differential guard, and a Stout front bumper hoisting a Ramsey 9000lb winch. Power comes from 2.5 liters of hamster power bolted to the AX5 manual tranny. A stock NV231 splits what power the four-banger can muster to the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35 with stock 4.10 gears.
Moar Moab Jeep Shots…an XJ on a Budget!
Our own Associate Editor, Trasborg, apparently ran into and shot some photos of the shiny painted side of this ’98 XJ on Cliff Hanger in Moab, Easter Jeep Safari 2012. The Cherokee is owned by Maurice Montgomery of Logan, Utah. Maurice sent in a few additional photos of the Cherokee as he wheeled it hard on the trail. Maurice claims he is into the rig for less than $5,000, including the purchase price of the XJ. Suspension is a 6-inch Rough Country long-arm kit front with 6-inch Skyjacker leaf springs holding up the rear. The 4.0L gets air via an Airaide throttle body spacer and cold-air intake. Drivetrain consists of an AW4, NP231 w/ Slip Yoke Eliminator, and a Dana 30 and a 27-spline Chrysler 8.25 from a 93 Cherokee turning 4:56 gears on a Detroit Locker rear and Lock-Right front.
Moab Easter JK Safari
This shiny black ’11 JK Unlimited Rubicon was built by Mike Zuech and wheeled hard at Easter Jeep Safari 2012. Mike’s Wrangler has tons of upgrades with highlights including; BDS long-arm suspension supplemented with a set of JKS ACOS up front, a Warn Powerplant, RCV front shafts, 5.38:1 gears, Off Road Evolution axletube sleeves and gussets…the list goes on. Tires are 35x12.5x17 BFG KM2s wrapped around 17x9 ATV Crawl wheels. The stock 3.8L V-6 inhales via an AFE cold air intake and exhales with help from a MBRP off-road exhaust. Clean rig, Mike, clean rig!
Cherokee of Fire
Cherokees are awesome Jeeps. Ask Hazel, Trasborg, or Simons about their experiences with these often inexpensive, overlooked, yet capable rigs. This is no secret to Chad Chrestensen of Napa, California, who straight “gets it” in his ’90 XJ over rocks and mud. The four-door is powered by the reliable Renix-injected 4.0L that spins an AW4 and an NV231. Axles are stock, while clearance for 33-inch General Grabbers is provided by a 4.5-inch Rubicon Express lift kit. Wheels are American Racing Baja AR172 and a Hi-Lift Jack rides on the roof rack in case the mud gets too deep.
Big Bad ’97 TJ
This big and bad ’97 TJ is owned by Brian Sherman of Franklin Park, Illinois. A pair of Dynatrac ProRock 60s house Detroit Lockers and spin 5.13 ring-and-pinions thanks to a 3.8 Atlas II and an NV4500 bolted to the 4.0L six-cylinder. Wheels are 15x10 TrailReady steel beadlocks wrapped in 37-inch Super Swamper IROKs. MetalCloak fenders cover the meats while a full-cage protects the occupants riding in Mastercraft seats. Suspension comes in the form of a T&T Customs 5.5-inch long-arm kit. Looks like a good time Brian, a good time indeed!
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