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Jeep Shots: Reader's Rides

Check out the latest home-grown rides from around the nation.

Ali MansourWriterReadersPhotographer

The Pits
Jack DelloStritto shot this photo at his local wheeling spot outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We didn’t get a lot of info about his ’97 Wrangler, but it’s pretty obvious there are few Rough Country Suspension upgrades peppered throughout the rig.

Heavy Hitter
Kelly Arnold sent us this photo of his heavily built ’11 Wrangler Unlimited. The four-door JK is outfitted with a 5.7L Hemi V-8, Getrag six-speed manual transmission, and Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case with a 4.3:1 low range. It sports Dynatrac ProRock 60 axles, ARB Air Lockers, and 40-inch Goodyear MT/Rs. The suspension system, as well as bumpers and body protection, all come from TNT Customs. Rounding out the list of mods are two Warn 9.5XP winch (one front, one rear).

Rubi On The Rocks
We got a two-for-one submission from Kelly Arnold with the ’04 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. While the powertrain remains mostly stock, it does have a new set of 4.88 differential gears to help turn the 35-inch-tall BFG KM2 Mud-Terrain tires. A TeraFlex long-arm suspension takes place of the stock setup, while M.O.R.E bumpers and cage keep the Jeep and occupants protected. Serving as a trusty recovery tool is a Warn 9.5ti winch.

Carnival Ride
Shawn T. Hazelgrove writes that he and his wife went to the Bahamas for their honeymoon on a cruise ship. The cruise offered a Jeep tour at one of the island stops as an optional excursion, so they decided to give it a go. He goes on to explain, “While the off-roading was minimal, the scenery was great and our tour guide was very colorful. Her name was JP, and she was a local from Grand Bahama. Before the tour, she asked who could drive a manual, and I volunteered. JP told me she had a ‘special one’ for me. It is the black YJ with the leopard print seats you see here. JP called it ‘the beast.’ I ended up driving a yellow four-banger TJ with a five-speed manual, which she called ‘the banana.’ JP seemed a little abusive to tour-Jeeps, and when the tour was over, I asked her if she knew that there was a magazine named Jp that was all about Jeeps. She had never heard of it but had this to say about Jeeps: ‘I hate Jeeps, but at least they behaved today.’ After that, I knew I had to submit this story and photo to you guys.”

Grand In General
This submission comes to us from Chad Sims of Acworth, Georgia. His ’95 Grand Cherokee ZJ is sporting a custom long-arm suspension, which nets around 7 inches of lift. The stock inline-six engine has been swapped out for a stroked version and original axles replaced with a Dana 44 front and Ford 8.8 rear. A set of 35-inch General Grabbers are used to get the power to the ground.

Trail Dispatch
We love to see classics like Greg and Kelly Turberville’s ’56 Willys DJ-3A out on the trail. The Dispatcher was set atop a later CJ-3A chassis. Power comes from a 4.3L Chevy Vortec V-6, which is bolted to a TH350 transmission and Dana 18 T-case with an ATV overdrive. The Willys sports Power Lok traction aids along with power-assisted brakes from a CJ-7. Superlift 2 1/2-inch-lift springs work with custom shackles to make room from the 33-inch Goodyear MT/Rs. We’re told the Willys has a fair amount of custom touches and mild modifications to the body throughout. Greg states that it works great to cruise around town and on the trail.

Father & Son
Jim McCullough of Ocala, Florida, sent us this father-son Jeep shot from Hardrock Off-Road Park. Dad has the ’14 Wrangler, while Junior has the ’00 TJ with a 4-inch lift. Both Jeeps have aftermarket front bumpers and winches, but we’re told no one needed to be pulled out on this day.

2.5 To 3.6
Jeffery Lavoie cut his wheeling teeth in a ’97 Wrangler with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine but has since progressed to this ’13 Wrangler. The late-model JK is fit with a 2 1/2-inch Rough Country Suspension lift, 35x12.50 Kenda tires, and a grille protector. Lavoie say’s he misses his TJ at times but really enjoys the extra power from the 3.6L JK engine.

XJ, ZJ, What the Heck J?
Gerard Belotti has done quite the conversion on his ’93 Cherokee XJ. While most of the Jeep remains stock from the fenders down, sans a set of 30-inch-tall BFG Mud-Terrain tires, the custom bodywork is what has us looking. Keeping in the Jeep family, Belotti used the rear hatch from a ’97 Grand Cherokee to close out his four to two-door conversion. At the time it was submitted, it was still a work in progress. We’d love to see the finished product.

Fifth Charm
Frank Benetka has one clean looking ’83 CJ-7. It’s powered by a 258ci engine that’s fed by a Weber carburetor. This is Benetka’s fifth Jeep, and he says it is by far his favorite.