Raul’s ’07 Wrangler Unlimited spends most of its time roaming around Bishop, California. The 3.8L V-6 gets a slight power bump from a Gibson exhaust and Airaid cold-air intake. Rancho RS7000 shocks dampen the ride, while BFG All-Terrains mounted on 17-inch Pro Comp Series 29 wheels help it find traction off-road. Rugged Ridge front and rear bumpers work with Warrior rocker guards, skidplates, and corner armor to keep the JK protected. Up top, a Surco rack increases cargo capacity, while KC lights mounted to both the windshield and the front bumper offer a better view of the trail at night.
John and Patrick Kelly’s ’76 CJ-5 was a four-year father-and-son build that wrapped up just as a 16-year-old Patrick got his license. The body was stretched a total of 10 inches—five coming from the door openings and the other five from the rear wheelwell. Resting on a transplanted YJ frame, the CJ sports a bevy of Wagoneer running gear. Starting out, the powertrain is a 360ci V-8 that feeds a T-18 transmission and Dana 20 T-case. To increase the crawl ratio, the Dana 20 was fit with TeraLow gears. Both Dana 44 axles were fit with lockers, and a six-point ‘cage was installed in case the traction aids put the Jeep in a position it wasn’t meant to be.
Mike Vitale’s ’10 Jeep Wrangler Sport received a 21⁄2-inch Rubicon Express lift, along with Pro Comp wheels and 33-inch Pro Comp Xtreme All-Terrain tires. A HyLine Offroad bumper was fit with an MBRP hoop and IPF auxiliary lighting. Additional lighting is handled by a 50-inch LED light bar, along with a pair of 2-inch square LED lights. To make sure the rockers stay intact, MBRP rock rails were also added to the list of upgrades.
What Friends Are For
Bryan Geller from St. Johns, Michigan, has a unique way of knocking on his buddies’ door. The stair-climber ’99 TJ is equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and stock running gear. A 3-inch suspension lift helps him easily clear the 31-inch-tall tires and navigate his urban ’wheeling more easily.
Kip Tullos of Birmingham, Alabama, states that it took two years and countless hours at Southern Off Road in Pelham, Alabama, to make his ’85 CJ-7 what it is today. Under the hood sits a 383ci stroked V-8 that churns out 485 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. A Holley 650 carburetor keeps the air and fuel in balance, while Hedman Hedders and a custom exhaust guide out the spent energy. Behind the healthy V-8 is a TH400 transmission, which is connected to a Dana 300 transfer case. The original Dana 30 front and AMC 20 rear are still present and secured by Skyjacker Suspension 3-inch lift springs. An upgrade to 4.10 gears helps move the 33-inch-tall Nitto Trail Grapplers, which are mounted on Mickey Thompson Classic Lock wheels.
Dave Martinez snapped this photo of his ’01 TJ on the Colorado Rockies. He didn’t list any mods and simply stated that his Colorado Jeep is nothing fancy and just for fun.
Long Distance Willys
Byron Bourget’s ’50 Willys CJ-3A was photographed at Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. Bourget states that the Willys is mostly original with only a couple of changes. These modifications include a 12V conversion, extra fans, and an aftermarket top. Bourget has driven the rig from Calgary, Alberta, to Vancouver, BC, and back. When he says the ride over the Rockies was amazing in a Jeep, we completely agree.
Russ Winn originally purchased his ’04 Wrangler Rubicon to be a daily driver. Winn proceeded to join a Jeep club shortly after purchasing the TJ, which kicked-off the modification process and wheeling bug. To give the Wrangler better wheeling legs, a Rock Krawler 5.5-inch long-arm suspension was installed, along with Bilstein shocks. This helps the TJ easily clear the 35-inch-tall BFG KM2 tires. Chromoly axleshafts, along with 5.13 gears, were stuffed in the Dana 44 axlehousings, and OMF beadlocks give the Jeep even more performance potential off-road. A Smittybilt ’cage keeps Winn and passengers protected inside, while Poison Spyder Customs body armor and tire carrier surrounds the tub. Up front, a Fab Fours front bumper hovers over the Currie Enterprises Currectlync steering. Skid Row skidplates finish out the long list of mods.
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