Missouri Mudder (And Crawler, Too)
Jeremy Naeger runs his own thriving 4x4 business, Custom Differentials, and is renowned among Midwest wheelers for his private off-road park, which we've had the privilege to visit. This year, Jeremy drove out from Missouri to join us at TTC, and to see if his custom Avalanche buggy wasn't the baddest 4x4 in this year's field. Our response? "Show me," of course.
Owner name/city: Jeremy Naeger/Bloomsdale, MO
Occupation: President, Custom Differentials and J-N Off-Road Park
Vehicle model: 2003 Avalanche buggy
Estimated value: $66,000
Engine/aspiration: 350ci Chevy Ramjet V-8, NOS nitrous, Hooker headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission: Trans-To-Go TH400 with reverse manual valve body, Hurst pistol grip, Steff's pan
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Suspension (f/r): Four-link, 16-inch King three-rate coilovers/Four-link, 16-inch King three-rate coilovers
Axles (f/r): 21/2-ton Rockwell/21/2-ton Rockwell; OEM billet lockers, Wilwood pinion brake kit; full hydro front and rear steer
Axle ratio: 6.72:1
Wheels: 20x13 TrailReady beadlocks
Tires: 54-inch cut Interco Boggers
Heck, this setup's so clean, we could live in here. Unless it rains. Regardless, we like the handy hydro-steering toggle mounted next to the Grant steering wheel and the Painless console, and a full complement of Auto Meter gauges-fuel, air, temp, tach, and oil-keep Jeremy up to date on underhood activity. A Hurst pistol-grip shifts the Trans-To-Go-prepped TH400 with reverse manual valve body, and that little red toggle switch labeled "NOS"...yeah, it's nice to hit the bottle when you need a little more oomph every now and then.