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Jeep Shots - Homegrown Readers Rides

Posted in Features on July 11, 2016
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Lookout!
Nic Walker sent us this shot of his ’08 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon at the Top Of The World Trail lookout in Moab. He made the long trek to the annual Easter Jeep Safari from his hometown of Morriston, Ontario, Canada.

Great Sport
Zack Watkins from Klamath Falls, Oregon, snapped this photo during his family’s summer vacation. His ’01 Wrangler TJ Sport has been upgraded with a handful of mods, including a winch bumper, aftermarket fender flares, and a small lift. The original rear axle was swapped out for a Ford 8.8, and both differentials were stuffed with 4.56 gears. A slip-yoke eliminator was also recently added. While the photo shows the TJ on 33-inch-tall tires, he’s since moved up to a 35-inch-tall BFG KM2 Mud-Terrains.

Jeepster ‘Wheeler
Jeffrey D. Derry’s ’69 Jeepster Commando might make some Commando purist cringe to know that it’s frequently used on the trail. It’s powered by a 5.0L V-8 that’s backed by a TH400 transmission. Splitting the power to the axles is an NP203/205 transfer case setup that uses a Jed’s doubler. The Dana 44 front axle is fit with a lunchbox locker, while the Dana 60 rear axle’s spider gears were welded. The suspension is a custom spring-over rear setup and uses 16-inch-travel FOA 2.0 coilovers up front. The three-link front suspension, along with the majority of the custom fabrication, was done by Express Auto and Custom 4x4. Tires are 36x12.50R15 TSLs, which are clamped in place by custom beadlocks.

Hooked On A Feeling
After Corey Nordstrom and his wife rented a Jeep in Maui, they were officially hooked. His ’03 Wrangler Sport has been an active trail machine around his Chandler, Arizona, home. The TJ is currently equipped with the stock 4.0L inline-six engine, which was upgraded via a K&N cold-air intake and Flowmaster exhaust. A Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle is stuffed with chromoly axleshafts, while the Dana 44 rear was upgraded with a TNT truss. Both differentials were outfitted with Eaton ELockers and 4.88 gears. The Rubicon Express 4 1/2-inch lift makes room for 35-inch-tall Goodyear MT/R tires, which were mounted on 15-inch alloy wheels. A mix of Smittybilt’s XRC series armor, Poison Spyder Customs rocker guards, and Bestop bumpers protect the TJ all around. A Warn winch was also added as a sound recovery tool.

Half-and-Half
With so many modified four-door Wrangler Unlimited JKs on the road, it’s nice to see a traditional Wrangler two-door in the mix. Erik Tonnemacher’s ’08 Wrangler JK has no shortage of add-ons. The 3.8L V-6 feeds a six-speed manual transmission and stock NP241 transfer case. A Rough Country Suspension lift was paired with Bilstein shocks, which offers plenty of room for the 315/70R17 Goodyear DuraTrac tires mounted on 17x9 Mickey Thompson wheels. Helping dispel heat from under the hood is a Poison Spyder Customs hood louver set, while Smittybilt XRC armor keeps the body protected on the trail. Other worthy mentions are custom half doors and snorkel intake.

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