10 4WD’s You Should Own

At some point in your life one of these should re­side in your drive­way

4WDrive - - Feature - WORDS BY BUDD STAN­LEY AND BRYAN IRONS, PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF THE MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS

As off-road fiends, we of­ten put to­gether a wish list of 4WD’s we would love to own at some point in our lives. Ev­ery­one has a dream garage they would put to­gether once they won the big jack­pot. Stuck on a plane next to ed­i­tor Irons, this topic in­evitably came up. Af­ter get­ting the full run­down of Jeep’s com­plete his­tory from Jeep-o-phile Irons, I wanted to change the topic slightly. So I posed the ques­tion, what all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles should all off-road en­thu­si­asts own at some point in their lives? Not your favourites, but what should ev­ery­one own. So, some­where over Ore­gon, bick­er­ing back and forth, this is what we hashed out as our choices. Although, I don’t think Irons quite got it as he still named a bunch of Jeeps.

Bryan’s Picks:

1

Chero­kee XJ – To boldly go where ev­ery­one else has al­ready been. Yes, if you are read­ing this story, chances are you were once the owner of one of these ven­er­a­ble 4WD’s al­ready. The go­ing price of XJ’s has plum­meted to “what­ever you have in your pocket,” so they are spread­ing through­out trails like a plague. They were built by the mil­lions dur­ing a man­u­fac­tur­ing run of 18 years and of­fer a cheap easy train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

2

Any V-8 Pow­ered CJ – These things were fac­tory hot rods. The CJ-5 and -7 had the ven­er­a­ble AMC 304 V-8 lumped into the front un­til 1980, spoil­ing Jeep own­ers with real grunt to get all four wheels spin­ning. Un­for­tu­nately, power rat­ings de­creased over time from 210 hp down to a minis­cule 125 hp dur­ing its last years in a Jeep.

3

Un­i­mog – If you don’t lust af­ter a Mog, you just haven’t driven one yet. Once you do, you will turn to the dark side. Killer axles that you can’t break and pi­ti­ful amounts of power will teach you how to drive off-road. But what it re­ally comes down to, the Un­i­mog is quite pos­si­bly one of the great­est off-road ve­hi­cles ever con­structed.

4

Jeep SRT8 - Some­times you need gro­ceries… NOW!

5

Ford F-250 Snow Fighter – The red­necks mod­u­lar wet dream. Af­ter the tetanus shot has worn off and the body pan­els have re­turned to Mother Earth, you’re left with the parts and pieces to make any of the above a pure hard-core wheeler. This F-250 (pic­ture not ac­cu­rate) was spec’d with Dana 60 front, over built cool­ing sys­tem, big block en­gine and in­de­struc­tible trans­mis­sion and trans­fer-cases.

Vol­ume 17/8

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