It's a classic story. Guy buys Jeep to take the family off-roadin'. Guy starts to work on Jeep. Jeep suddenly isn't driveable all the time. Then Jeep is driving, but now not street-legal. Now guy needs another 4x4 to tow the first one out to the trail....
And thus the creation of Eric Miramon's '89 Jeep YJ. In just three short months, Eric built this entire Jeep himself, utilizing some of the most bitchin' tricks in the trade, and making a pretty clean little Jeep to boot.
We caught up with Eric on the Fordyce trail, about 25 miles outside Truckee, California. He came out with a crew from WFO Concepts to do a little weekend wheelin' and campin' in the snow. The snow was good, the air was clean, the company was good, but Eric's alternator wasn't. The poor guy had to try to bolt on three different alternators before he found the right one, after his original went bad just minutes into a little morning play on the rocks. We were just impressed these guys carried three different alternators to try!
Vehicle: Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner: Eric Miramon
Engine: TBI 350
Transfer Case(s): NP203/NP205 doubler kit with triple stick
Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 60, ARB locker, 5.13 gears
Rear Axle: 14-bolt rear, Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Iroks on 17-inch Rockcrawlers
Suspension: S.A.W. 2.0 coilovers with three-link radius arm in front, quarter elliptic rear with four-link, pivoting heims on axle perch