Over­land­ing With aPur­pose

Tak­ing a TJ Wran­gler to the limit

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Stu­art A. Bour­don jped­i­[email protected]­magazine.com Pho­tog­ra­phy: Stu­art A. Bour­don

We are in­ter­ested in the building, en­gi­neer­ing, mod­i­fi­ca­tion, or restora­tion of Jeeps.

Bolt-on or home-fab’d isn’t re­ally the big­gest is­sue, it’s all about do­ing the work (or as much of it as you pos­si­bly can) your­self. This not only cre­ates pride in your cre­ation, but it also gives you an un­der­stand­ing of how all the pieces and parts work to­gether so you can di­ag­nose

and re­pair any problems that may oc­cur on the trail.

At first glance, this built-to-the-hilt 1997 Jeep TJ may look like a bul­letin board for some so­cial me­dia junkie. You know, the ones that post pic­tures all set up for ad­ven­ture in places that look like they could be dirt turnouts along High­way 395. How­ever, this cus­tom Jeep, trailer, and the pair that drive it are the po­lar op­po­sites of that. We’ve been on Baja treks with them. They com­peted in the 36 Hours of Uwhar­rie in 2017 (pho­tographed here in Uwhar­rie com­pe­ti­tion trim, in­clud­ing the ca­noe). That’s sort of like Camel Tro­phy, Amer­i­canstyle. For those who don’t get that ref­er­ence, it’s a 36-hour non-stop driv­ing event in the Uwhar­rie Na­tional Forest of North Carolina that in­cludes driv­ing (or winch­ing) through lots and lots of mud; it tests me­chan­i­cal abil­ity, nav­i­ga­tion, out­door skills, and the ve­hi­cle’s en­durance, as well as that of its driver and co-driver. The list of off-road events they have par­tic­i­pated in would fill pages. These peo­ple are the real deal.

Built by driver and co-driver, this Jeep and its match­ing trailer have been trans­formed into an ad­ven­ture ma­chine. Both are wrapped in a cus­tom Brownell’s Desert Camo that was de­signed by the co-driver and in­stalled by Blacart Cre­ative Group. When not per­form­ing main­te­nance, re­pair, or road trip prep on cur­rent ve­hi­cles, or work­ing on fu­ture projects (there is one soon to hit the road), the pair lives the free­dom of a full-time life on the road. And by that we mean off-road. These two get their rig into places that are far off the beaten path and pave­ment. The Jeep and cus­tom trailer are most of­ten seen in the wild do­ing wild things. Which makes per­fect sense, con­sid­er­ing driver and co-driver go by Yeti and Yolo. We know their real names, but we’re sworn to se­crecy. His Instagram han­dle is @the­jeep­calledyeti and hers is @thewil­dy­olo. Fol­low along as we give you an ex­clu­sive look at this cus­tom-built ad­ven­ture Jeep and trailer.

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