Muddy But Mighty
If you dont know, and wont believe us how capable a nearly-stock TJ can be off-road, ask Joe Fanslau. Joe sent us photos of his lightly built but very muddy 00 TJ Sport Wrangler back in 2007. As photographed, the TJ is sporting a budget boost with Old Man Emu shocks, 31x10.50R15 BFG All-Terrains on Cragar 15x8-inch Soft 8 wheels, and 4.10 gears. Joe had plans to add a Dana 44 front and Ford 9-inch axle combo, stretch the wheelbase, add about 4-5 inches of lift, lockers, and more in hopes of building a crawler-bogger. Wonder if Joe was able to build the little TJ that so valiantly fought the laws of physics? Joe, you still out there? Let us know what happened to the little TJ that could.
Hills in Kansas?
If you are hearing what we are saying than you already know that keeping a Jeep relatively low and modding the body and bumpstops to fit large tires works well in almost all situations. Michael Nixon of Topeka, Kansas, seems to get it. His 04 Rubicon TJ sports 35s and only a 2-inch BDS lift. Extra tire clearance comes from MetalCloak Overline front fenders. Smittybilt XRC bumpers carry a swing-out tire carrier in the rear and a Smittybilt XRC 8,000lb winch with synthetic rope up front. The rockers are shielded by MetalCloak Rocker Rails. Some 15x10 Signature Series wheels and 35x12.50R15 tires are both from Mickey Thompson. In the future Michael plans on beefing up the Rubis under-armor and re-gearing the stock axles for a bit more grunt.
BigfootWell, the Color Is Close
Check out this 89 MJ doing its best impersonation of legendary monster truck, Bigfoot. The MJ is owned by Tom Laine of Fairfield, Ohio. The Jeep is built as a basic trail rig that can be daily driven and hit some harder trails. Suspension is about 6 inches, with new coils up front and a spring-over in the rear. Its powered by a 4.0L bolted to an AW4 and an NP231. Axles are a Dana 30 and Dana 35 spinning 4.10 gears. Tires are 31x10.50R15 Trxus MTs on 15x8 black steelies.
Scrambler in Rescue
Joseph Wolf of Jasper, Georgia, sent us some images of his recently completed, daily driven, 84 CJ-8 Scrambler which was tastefully coated with a layer of Rescue Green. Oh, but it gets better! The stock engine and tranny were dropped in favor of a Ram Jet 350 and an NV4500 five-speed. The Dana 300 is still in residence as is the Dana 30 front axle and AMC 20 rear. The Dana 30 features 3.54 gears, an ARB Locker, and a set of Warn locking hubs. The AMC 20 also spins an ARB on like gears and is fortified with an axle truss and one-piece axleshafts. Suspension lift is care of a 2.5-inch Skyjacker system and 12-inch Daystar shackles. A 1-inch body lift provides plenty of room for the 31x10.50R15 BFG KM2 tires mounted on black Daytona wheels.
Happily Ever After
Few things are as lasting as Jeeps and marriageswell, some marriages anyway. We gladly wish Scott Denninger of Indianapolis, Indiana, and his beautiful bride a long and wonderful relationshipas long as that other woman (the Jeep) does not get in the way, that is. The good news is it looks like the blushing bride also has a good connection to the JK, and according to Scott, has allowed him to get most of the toys that the Jeep needs (it needs them!). So far the Jeep has needed a Rough Country 212-inch lift with 2.2-Series shocks to clear 315/75R16 BFG KM2s mounted on 16x8 Pro Comp 8179 alloys. The front Dana 30 was sleeved and gusseted and both front and rear (Dana 44) received ARB Lockers. So far the 3.8L V-6 in the 09 JK is still pushing the Unlimited care of an auto and the stock NV241.
We are not exactly sure what the Zillicon is, but apparently it looks like this. Some more details on this beast of a Jeep are that it is built and owned by Bill Foutris of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Bill started with a broken, abused 00 TJ and with lots of love and work ended with this big ol beast. Under the hood a 4.6L stroker bolted to the stock five-speed and a NV241 from a Rubicon. Dual Dana 60s spin 42-inch Super Swamper IROKs on 17-inch TrailReady beadlocks. Clearance comes from a 6-inch Rough Country long-arm suspension. Apparently Bill and the Zillicon haunt the forests and creeks of Ontario.
Black on Blackon Black
Generally in photography you want to have the sun at your back otherwise it results in whats called a back-lit photo. Sometimes the effect of a back-lit photo is kinda cool with sunrays coming down from the corner toward the center. Still, its not the best way to get your Jeep in the pages of Jp. Luckily for Will Hobbs, his black 12 JK looks pretty darn good despite the back-lit nature of the photo. Wills JK is pretty decked out with a 312-inch Rubicon Express suspension, Bilstein shocks, 4.56 gears from G2, 17-inch Pro Comp wheels wrapped with 35-inch Pro Comp tires, a custom after-cat exhaust, and an Eaton ELocker in the front axle. Will did the gear and locker install himself, and apparently the Jeep noticed the ratio change, freaked out, and went into limp mode. Makes us think Jeeps will start to learn and then take over the worldlike in the movie Terminator.
David Dillon of Willow Springs, North Carolina, sent us this yard flex shot of his 89 Grand Wagoneer. The Jeep is powered by a 360 V-8 mated to a TF727 transmission and an NP229 transfer case. The Waggy is taller thanks to a 6-inch suspension from BJs Off Road. Dana 44s front and rear spin some older 33x12.50R15 BFG M-Ts mounted on 15x10-inch Mickey Thompson Classic IIs. Flex that big Jeep out in the grass man! Yehaw!
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