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2016 Jeep Shots - Readers Rides

Posted in Features on February 4, 2016
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Wheel Stan
Stan Faullin sent this shot of his modified Wrangler YJ that sports a host of trail-worthy upgrades. The Jeep’s original 2.5L four-cylinder engine and AX-5 manual transmission were replaced with a 4.0L inline-six engine and AX-15 transmission. Behind the five-speed gearbox is a NV241OR transfer case from a Rubicon. The 4:1 T-case drives a Dana 30 front axle and Ford 8.8 rear axle. To increase his chances of the 35-inch-tall Goodyear MT/R tires finding grip, the front axle was fit with a lunch-box locker and the rearend holds an ARB Air Locker. Tube fenders and a gracious amount of sheetmetal trimming allow him to run the oversized tires with only a 2 1/2-inch Rubicon Express suspension lift. Custom rocker guards, a Warn M8000 winch, and Bilstein shocks round out the long list of upgrades.

Baja Adventure
Ricardo López Foncerrada submitted this ’07 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon wheeling Baja California near Cataviña, Mexico. His JK rides on a 4-inch Synergy Manufacturing suspension with Fox 2.0 shocks. This added height offers plenty of room for his 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains mounted on 17-inch AEV wheels. Adding beef to the Rubicon’s Dana 44 axles are a set of custom trusses alongside Synergy ball joints. To get a little more pep from the 3.8L engine, a Banks Power cold-air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, and Superchips programmer were installed, in addition to the 5.13:1 differential gears. An AEV front bumper holds a Warn 9.5ti winch, and an AEV roof rack offers extra cargo holding ability. An ARB rear bumper, Rotopax spare fuel containers, Smittybilt seat covers, Tuffy overhead console, and Quadratec floor liners are also worthy mentions on the build sheet.

Daily Fun
Pierre Y. Chung of Westport, Connecticut, is a big fan of the magazine and his daily driven ’11 Wrangler. The manual transmission and soft-top-only JK rides on a 2 1/2-inch Skyjacker Suspension system and 33-inch BFG All-Terrain tires mounted on AEV wheels. Rocker guards and bumpers help protect the JK in the dirt, while a K&N filter and custom exhaust enhance the engine’s ability to breathe.

Made To ‘Wheel
Santa Clarita, California, resident Tim May looks to be having fun in his ’14 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Behind the Superchips-tuned 3.6L engine, you’ll find a six-speed manual gearbox and stock transfer case. The Rubicon’s high-pinion Dana 44 front axle was upgraded with an Artec truss and Synergy ball joints. Raising the JK 3 1/2 inches is a suspension system from Rubicon Express. This allows room for the 37x12.50R17 BFG All-Terrain tires mounted on stock wheels with the help of 1 1/2-inch wheel spacers. Up front, you’ll find a Smittybilt XRC front bumper and Harbor Freight 12,000-pound Badlands winch. A Smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier is mounted out back. Underneath, skidplates from Rock Hard 4x4 work with an Or-Fab HD crossmember. Rigid LED auxiliary lights offer more visibility on the trail, while Max-Bilt LED headlights handle the daily nighttime requirements.

Resurrection
Bob Moledor of Pickerington, Ohio, gets this month’s lucky dog award. He states that he found the ’52 Willys rotting in an alley in 1994 and was able to purchase it from the World War II veteran who owned it for the dirt cheap price of $200! Obviously, it wasn’t in nearly the prime condition that is today. That took an additional $20k! The vintage flatfender still sports the original 134ci Go Devil engine but got a 12V upgrade, along with a modern wiring harness. The transmission is the original T-90, which is backed by the OE Dana 18 T-case. The Dana 25 front axle and Dana 44 rear have both been completely rebuilt. Adding height to the M38A1 is a set of 2 1/2-inch Rancho leaf springs and Rancho shocks. Rounding out the setup are a set of 31x10.50 tires mounted on 15x8 steel wheels.

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