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Feature Editor Ali Mansour: 1997 Jeep Wrangler

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2011 on November 1, 2011
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

Driver: Feature Editor Ali Mansour
Co-Driver: Web Editor Jason Gonderman
Stomping Grounds: Wilmington, NC
Each year one staffer gets to put his personal rig to the test, and this year was Feature Editor Ali Mansour’s turn to line up with the UA crew. Riding along with Ali in his beach buggy turned crawler TJ was Web Editor Jason Gonderman, who is currently wrapping up Ultimate Adventure web exclusives. So when you get done with the issue, go check out 4wheeloff to see all of the good stuff we couldn’t fit here.


  • Engine: 5.9L V-8 (Hot Wire engine harness)
  • Transmission: 46RE
  • Transfer Case: NP231 with JB Conversion slip-yoke eliminator
  • Axles: Dynatrac Trail Series (high-pinion front, low-pinion rear) Dana 44, Mopar E-Locker, 4.88 gears


  • Springs & Such: Superlift long arm with a 3-inch stretch, Evo Manufacturing front and rear coilover conversion, 12-inch-travel Bilstein coilovers in front, 12-inch-travel Walker Evans coilovers in rear
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Irok radials on 17-inch KMC beadlocks, Spidertrax wheel spacers
  • Steering: PSC hydraulic assist


  • Bestop soft top, Warn 9.5ti winch, Smittybilt front bumper, Warn rear bumper, Gen-Right tank, Air-Zenith onboard air

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