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VE­HI­CLE: 1990 Jeep YJ Wran­gler OWNER: Tyler Ober­ste, Portsmouth, VA TIRES & WHEELS: 39-inch BFGoodrich Red La­bel Krawler, Race­line bead­lock SUS­PEN­SION: Cus­tom front three-link with 1 ⁄ -inch Heims and 16-inch-travel ORI struts, cus­tom rear dou­ble-tri­an­gu­lated four-link with 1 ⁄ -inch Heims and

16-inch-travel ORI struts DRIVETRAIN:

TH400 au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, NP241C T-case, 2003 front Su­per Duty Dana 60 axle with chro­moly 35-spline shafts and ARB Air Locker, rear 14-bolt axle with chro­moly shafts and ARB Air Locker, 5.38 gears PER­FOR­MANCE: 5.3L GM LM7 V-8, Trick Flow Spe­cial­ties cam OTHER MODS: Tubed-out front of the frame, bobbed the rear, cage is 2x0.120-wall DOM tub­ing tied into the frame at six points with PRP seats and en­gine har­nesses mounted di­rectly to the cage, cus­tom dash by VAFab with a full set of Auto Me­ter gauges and a back­lit Amer­i­can flag DOES IT WORK THE WAY YOU WANT?: Only thing I wouldn’t mind adding is some boost, but oth­er­wise the rig works great. FUNNIEST WHEELING IN­CI­DENT: The first big trip out I only had a sin­gle pick-up in the 22-gal­lon fuel cell and ef­fec­tively ran out of gas with a full tank af­ter park­ing on an off-cam­ber trail. Had to get towed about 300 feet to level ground by an F-150. There are now four pick-ups. ANY­THING TO ADD?: I do all my own fab­ri­ca­tion and built the whole rig in a two-car garage in about a year’s time. There’s so much sweat-eq­uity in this build.

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