Fullsize Jeep Has Fullsize Axles & Fullsize Tires to Crawl Over Fullsize Obstacles
Typical car owners trade in their vehicle for a newer model, but not Brody Zink. After wheeling an XJ Cherokee for a few years, the Nevada firefighter set his sights on a full-size Jeep Wagoneer. "I saw this thing for sale on Facebook and went to check it out," Brody recalls. "I made a deal with the seller, but then I got called off to a fire shortly thereafter. When I got back he told me it was sold, and I was heartbroken."
Little did Brody know that his girlfriend, MacKenzie, and her father had bought the Wagoneer for him and were keeping it as a surprise.
Living close to the Rubicon, Brody wanted to get the Wagoneer out on the trail in a hurry rather than spending years and thousands of dollars on his dream vehicle. MacKenzie's father Kurt already had a built Jeep, and Brody's father Greg had recently bought a J truck, so they were all eager to go wheeling together. Brody says, "My dad is a racecar guy, but he knows how to put things together regardless of whether they are used on the track or the trail."
Brody and his father slung 1-ton axles from a Super Duty under the Wagoneer and cut to fit 40-inch Pro Comp Xtreme MT2s. Revolution gears and ARB Air Lockers were added to the axles, and Kurt designed and built custom bumpers and rock sliders for the Wagoneer. After that the only thing that was left to do was for the group to hit the trail.
Other than some minor rock rash on the passenger door in Big Sluice, the initial trip to the Rubicon went flawlessly, but that doesn't mean Brody has no more upgrades planned for his Wagoneer. After helping his father fit coilovers on the J truck, Brody plans to add more horsepower and lower transfer case gearing to his Wagoneer.
1987 Jeep Wagoneer
Engine: 304ci V-8
Transmission: TF727 3-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP229
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.13 Revolution gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Sterling 10.5 with 5.13 Revolution gears and ARB Air Locker
Springs & Such: Relocated factory springs and Radflo 14-inch-travel shocks (front); factory springs and Radflo 12-inch-travel shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Pro Comp Xtreme MT2s on 17x9 Method NV wheels
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist ram and high-flow pump, Off Road Unlimited knuckle, Synergy JK tie rod
Lighting: Diode Dynamics 10-inch LED light bars
Other Stuff: Custom Protofab bumpers and rock sliders, Smittybilt X20 10k winch