Lifting Since ’99
Brian Woolever of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has been progressively creating more space between Earth and his ’93 XJ since the last millennium. The first lift occurred back in 1999, and the Jeep has gotten progressively bigger every few years. The current setup rides 8 inches over stock with Rubicon Express suspension and steering components clearing room for 36x13.50-15 bias-ply Irok tires on Mickey Thompson Classic aluminum wheels. The “worked” 4.0L engine is backed by the stock AW4 transmission, a swapped-in NVG241 Rock-Trac transfer case, Tom Woods driveshafts, a high-pinion Dana 30 front axle with an Aussie locker, a Ford 9-inch rear with a Powertrax locker, and 4.10 gears. Now that the Cherokee is full grown, Brian says he plans to lift his wife’s WJ, and then finish a ’57 Willys project next.
John and Jennifer Watts of Dallas, North Carolina, are proud to show off their ’78 Levis Edition CJ-5 that’s been completely rebuilt from the ground up. John built up the Jeep for his wife Jennifer to use as a classic daily driver, and now the 35-year-old Renegade is completely rust-free thanks to new floor pans and side panels. Under the Golden Ginger Metallic paint is a rebuilt original 304 V-8 engine with an Edelbrock carburetor and intake and a 21⁄4-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. The CJ has a 2-inch body lift, the stock fuel and brake lines have all been replaced with stainless steel parts, and the factory three-speed manual has been rebuilt. The Fuel Revolver wheels have 33x12.50R15 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires, and the factory denim interior has been revived with vinyl material in the original patterns complete with Levi’s buttons.
Julio Trujillo of Mexico says his rig is a “’89-ish Jeep/something,” thanks to all the parts from different trucks he used during the buildup. The YJ-ish rock crawler and dune runner has a Chevy 350 V-8 under the hood with Hedman headers and a dual exhaust by Thrush. The transmission is an SM465 from an ’86 Chevy K20 and the T-case is an NP205 from an ’85 1-ton Dodge that came with a 100-percent family discount. The front suspension is spring-over using leafs and Rancho RSX9000 shocks, and the rear is also spring-over with bastard packs built with a mix of springs from a Ranger, Dakota, and an XJ. The front axle is a Chevy 10-bolt with a welded diff, and the rear axle is a 14-bolt full-floater with a disc brake conversion and 4.10 gears. Everything rides on 17-inch Hummer H2 wheels wrapped in 37x13.50R17 BFGoodrich KM2 tires.
Devin Burger is finding a way to build up his ’98 XJ while going to school full time and living on a college student’s budget. Even with finances being tight, he’s managed to build up his project into a daily driver that’s at home on the streets, muddy trails, and the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. The Cherokee now has a 3.5-inch budget lift compiled with all used parts including 4-inch TJ lift coils and lower control arms, a 3-inch add-a-leaf suspension lift in the rear, an adjustable track bar, and a 1-inch Rusty’s T-case drop. Other upgrades include an Accel ignition coil and spark plug wires, a header, KC lights, Bushwacker flat fender flares, and 325/60/R15 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.
When Shawn Hambrick of Columbus, Ohio, bought his ’78 CJ-5 just four years ago, it was bone stock. It came with 4.10 gears and the AMC 258ci engine which now has a Howell TBI. The suspension uses bastard packs made with springs from two different Wranglers for a 3.5-inch lift. The Dana 30 front axle was treated to a Warn hub kit and a Lock-Right locker, and the steel wheels have 31x10.50-inch BFGoodrich tires. You’ll have a tough time telling this is a Levi’s Edition CJ since the blue jean interior has been ditched in favor of black Bestop high-back seats up front, a back seat from an ’84 CJ, and a Tuffy Security Console for storage.
Kelly Baird of Hobbs, New Mexico, always wanted a right-hand-drive Jeep, so he snapped up his ’06 TJ even though it had been through a tornado and thrown into a wall. The Synergy Green Wrangler has the stock 4.0L inline-six engine and an automatic transmission. The axles are also stock, and the front and rear suspension have a 3-inch lift by Zone Off-Road. Kelly has also added a front bumper with a HiLift Jack, spot lamps, and a winch. The whole thing rides on top of Pro Comp 15-inch wheels with 31-inch Toyo Open Country tires.
Apparently, the full name of this ’68 Wagoneer is Sally Wag the Family Sedan. It’s understandable why Zach Canadas of Orland, California, is so attached to his Jeep. He’s put a lot of work into this project truck that’s built for snow wheeling, mudding, and rock crawling, and Zach credits you, his fellow Jp readers for giving him ideas with your Jeep Shots. Under the hood, ol’ Sally has a 350ci Chevy V-8 TBI engine with a homemade wiring harness, Flowtech headers into custom exhaust, and a York air compressor scavenged from a semi truck. The TH700R4 transmission with B&M shifter is hooked to a NP203/205 with a triple-stick setup leading to a Dana 60 front axle and a 14-bolt rear axle with disc brakes and a welded Gov-Lok differential. The homemade suspension uses a three-link front with 14-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers in front and ’63 Chevy rear leaf springs and Rancho shocks. When Sally is not tipped onto her side, everything rides on 16x10.5 Renegade wheels with siped 38x14.50R16 Toyo MTs.
Even though Wayne Matthews of Lincolnton, North Carolina, has a spool in the rear axle of his ’77 CJ-7, he still uses it for driving around town along with off-road trips on trails and for rockcrawling. The Jeep is powered by a “worn out” AMC 232ci engine hooked to a low-geared Muncie SM420 transmission and a Dana 20 T-case. The suspension is a custom four-link, coil-sprung setup with 5 inches of lift. It rides over a Dana 44 front axle with 4.56 gears, Warn hubs, hydro assist steering, and disc brakes, and a Ford 9-inch rear axle with disc brakes and a spool. Large 38x14.50-17 TSL Super Swamper SX tires are mounted on black 17-inch steel wheels. The Jeep has narrow bumpers with the front carrying a winch and trail lamps while the rear sports a spare tire, Hi-Lift jack, and an ammo can for extra storage.
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