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Behind the 350 is an NV4500 five-speed manual, and above the custom Pat Helgeson-built skidplate is an Atlas 3.8 transfer case. The gearing is great for both trail and street driving, though the Jeep is hard to sneak by Johnny Law with the 42s sticking outside the body so much. Everything is either plated for abuse, tucked up for clearance, or both. But at the same time, bolts are accessible so repairs are painless if need be, such as the slot in the crossmember so the driveshaft bolts can be reached with a long wrench. We especially like the clean fabrication and the olive-drab-everything military look. Notice how the rear Dana 60 is sprung over with a trick antiwrap bar that ties into the rear truss and additional plating to the rear diff for both strength and a smooth surface when sliding over rocks. This axle has 14-bolt spindles and hubs to clear bigger 35-spline axleshafts, and it has a width of about 64 inches so it's wider than stock, but not full width. Even the Rancho RS 9000S shocks are tucked up high for protection and painted green to blend in.

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