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.