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At the time we shot this rig, it was still a work in progress. A stock 8-inch, 30-spline front axle from an FJ100 (non-U.S.) Toyota was waiting to be replaced by a Currie-Antirocked and Rock Logic-prepped Dana 60 (which we saw on a palette in Masa's shop), though the RL hydro-assist for the owner-fabbed and Heim-jointed crossover steering was already plumbed up. The quite-unusual (but also quite functional) three-link front suspension utilizes unequal-length longitudinal arms and a Panhard-rod-type setup to control axle movement, while 16-inch-travel Fox 2.5 air shocks let the 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers on 17-inch custom KMS bead locks keep a steady contact patch, even in big-flex situations. Just out of the photo, nestled in the custom front bumper, a Ramsey X6000 winch with synthetic rope is on hand for extractions.

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