This is where Yeti’s fab skills begin to really shine. He bobbed 11 inches off the rear of the frame and then built upon that. The “boat-sided” tail of the TJ was all handbuilt from sheetsteel and tube, and it has been incorporated into the tube cage structure that surrounds the Jeep. The rear axle is also a G2 Core 44 swap filled with an Eaton ELocker and 4.88 gears. For the suspension setup out back Yeti again went with Rough Country RCX 2.2 Series shocks and TeraFlex links, but used Superlift coil springs instead. Mickey Thompson 35x12.50R15LT Baja MTZ P3 tires are wrapped around 15x10-inch Mickey Thompson Classic 3 Black wheels. Nestled into the Motobilt front bumper that’s crowned with Yeti-built custom highline tube work is a Smittybilt X2O 12,000-poundcapacity winch tipped with one of Factor 55’s UltraHooks. The 12,000-pound winch offers enough power to pull the Jeep and its custom trailer out of trouble, or even get a larger vehicle unstuck. Beginning at the nose, there are no less than 17 Focal Engineering lights, including rock, rear tail red, amber, and strobe, and pod lights are mounted in appropriate and useful places all the way to the rear end.
The front Dana 30 left to make room for a G2 Core 44 axle, and it’s stuffed with an Eaton ELocker spun by a 4.88 ring-and-pinion gear set. Six inches of suspension system height was achieved by mixing and matching parts that suited Yeti’s ideal setup for road trips, Jeep trails, and towing a trailer. Among those were Pro Comp coil springs in front, TeraFlex links, and Rough Country RCX 2.2 Series shocks. Very neatly packed into the TJ’s engine space is a bristling 5.3L V-8 out of a 2005 Chevy truck. It was refreshed and sports Sanderson block hugger headers and a custom-built 3-inch MagnaFlow exhaust system. A Novak Conversion kit helped make the swap a whole lot easier. Behind the V-8 is a 4L60E that owes its perch to a Novak adapter. The trans gets help keeping up with an upgraded custom torque converter from Anjo Machine, Beast HD sun shell, Lokar cable shifter, and a custom tune. Extra cooling comes from a Tru-Cool H7B transmission cooler positioned in the grille for best airflow. An NP231HD transfer case splits the power and delivers it to the axles through custom Tom Wood’s front and rear driveshafts.