AD­VEN­TURE VE­HI­CLE

Jp Magazine - - Adventure Vehicle -

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.

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