as it is today:
one of the nice things about living where i do is close access to world class off roading - the rubicon trail, fordyce trail, and many many others are within an hour or two from me. I also have a bunch of friends into crawling, I've done the rubicon and other trails with them, so after about an year of research (deciding between manx buggy, boat, or a crawler, and the infinite variations on each) I decided to make the 5th vehicle in my little fleet here a crawler. While I could tow it everywhere, I really want this thing to be streetable, regod and smogged.
Kind of hard to buy these things, they're all very individual, and how its put together is just about as important and what bits have been put on, you can get some real redneck barnyard built POS's that look great on craigslist but effectively make you waste a trip to see them.
pulled the trigger a couple weeks back on a YJ, was looking at these or a toyota, but very happy with this machine. I have lots of plans for it, and have bought a bunch of stuff for it already.
stock 6 cylinder and auto, about 100K miles. runs good. AC works!
lifted on 35" tires, 16" rims
full width axles - dana 61 (massive) in the rear, dana 44 in the front.
rear end is welded, barks a bit on the street. I will probably replace with a detroit when I gear it for bigger tires. front is open, but will be putting an ARB into it.
4.10's in both ends, tera-low 4:1 gears for 4wd and 2wd low in the transfer case, crawls nice ~ 90:1 reduction.
lotsa armour, massive skid plate underneath, bumpers, fenders, diff armour.
electronic line lockers front and rear.
nice stereo! rhino lined inside for easy hosing.
thought I'd edit this section out and add some recent pics as I 404'ed the old ones. From older to newer.
First day I had it out.
in the dunes at pismo beach, southern cali
new gearing, steering, wheels/tires/lockers
in its natural habitat
video in action, slightly aggressive throttle work... HQ works better in utube (bigger, we were kinda drunk and filming in portrait)
so big plans for it. I've already bought a 8000 lbs winch, and air compressor, need to make a winch plate and mount for the compressor, have a 5 gallon tank thats going in too, for on board air and the soon-to-come front ARB.
have marine switch for dual batts, will be buying a beadlock kit (threw a bead the other day on it). Also needs a high-steer kit, I already have the driver side mount, but i bent the fuck out of the tie rod already.
will be chopping back the body for bigger tires. 36's probably, but I'm thinking HARD about putting 5:13's in and just going 38's or 40s, but thats putting the front axle into the danger zone a bit... the rear dana 60 is pretty much bomb proof.
will be documenting the adventure here, if I can ever get the time away from trying to keep on top of servicing, driving, and playing with 5 cars.