Pinup Poster Four-Door

1-tons and a whole lot more

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

If you own an off-road shop, you should prob­a­bly have a well-built 4x4. For Scott

Martin, owner of Dirty’s Garage in Hes­pe­ria, Cal­i­for­nia, it had to be trail ca­pa­ble, the shop truck, and a daily driver. Find­ing that bal­ance of mod­i­fi­ca­tion, util­ity, and re­li­a­bil­ity was cru­cial.

While the bold patina and pinup wrap graph­ics grab the eye, it’s this 2007 Jeep Wran­gler’s un­der­car­riage that will keep your at­ten­tion. A cus­tom sus­pen­sion was put to­gether with a blend of parts that uniquely fit Scott’s needs for this rig. To begin with, the front and rear coilover shocks (12-inch Fox shocks with Eibach coils) were out­boarded, re­quir­ing some cus­tom mounts on the axles and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the frame (Tribe 4x4 front coilover tow­ers and VKS Fab­ri­ca­tion rear coilover tow­ers), and the frame was beefed up in places that would see the most stress. A Rock Krawler 3-inch lon­garm sys­tem com­pletes the tri­an­gle, and mas­sive 40-inch Toyo Open Coun­try M/T tires wrapped around 17-inch Race­line Mon­ster bead­locks make con­tact with the ground.

The V-6 still had a lot of miles left in it at the time this build be­gan, so it was

mildly up­graded with an S&B cold-air in­take, Gib­son shorty head­ers, and a DynoMax Ul­tra Flo 2.5-inch welded comp ex­haust sys­tem that dumps be­fore the rear axle. The 3.8L feeds the Jeep’s four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and NV241OR (Ru­bi­con 4:1) trans­fer case. JE Reel cus­tom drive­shafts get power to the axles.

Up front you’ll find a ’79 Ford F350 Dana 60 king­pin-style front axle, and out back is an ’86 Chevy 2500 14-Bolt rear axle; both axles carry 5.38 gears. The front got a Yukon air locker, and the rear is filled with an ARB Air Locker. Scott used Artec builder parts to help fit up the Dana 60 and GM 14-Bolt.

JP5 Performance En­gi­neer­ing did the six-lug con­ver­sion, Artec High Steer arms turn Reid Racing knuck­les, and Lugnut4x4 brakes and Yukon lock­ing hubs round out the axle hard­ware. VKS Fab­ri­ca­tion made up some cus­tom tone rings for the axles.

Ar­mor be­gins up front with a Poi­son Spyder Cus­toms Rock­Brawler BFH bumper, stretches un­der and over with JcrOf­froad skid­plates and a cus­tom rollcage with frame tie-ins, and a JcrOf­froad rear

bumper and tire car­rier wrap around the rear. Scott’s JK was wear­ing its TrailMods set of bend­able, fold­able, ul­tra-nar­row flares that day for the trail.

A Warn M8000 winch (con­verted to rope with a Fac­tor 55 ProLink) sits on the front bumper. For­ward light­ing was aug­mented with J.W. Speaker re­place­ment head­lights, twin PIAA lights mounted on the fair­lead bracket, two more PIAA lights on the A-pil­lars, and a pair of rock lights set into the un­der­side of the front bumper. A Gen­e­sis Of­froad dual bat­tery setup packed with Odyssey bat­ter­ies, sPOD elec­tri­cal ac­ces­sory switch­ing sys­tem, and a York on­board air kit com­plete the un­der­hood mods. In­te­rior high­lights in­clude Bar­tact seat cov­ers, speaker cans and am­pli­fier from CrawlTunes, and a Line-X tub coat­ing.

Much of this Jeep’s build seems ready to take a V-8, and that is def­i­nitely in the long-term plan. How­ever, as much as he would have already liked to un­leash a stam­pede of horse­power from un­der his 2007 Jeep JKU’s hood, Scott’s plan is to squeeze out ev­ery last mile the 3.8L V-6 has in it be­fore con­sid­er­ing an en­gine swap. We can’t wait to see the re­sult!

A ’79 Ford F350 Dana 60 king­pin-style axle sits up front and is filled with a 5.38 Yukon air locker. Lugnut4x4 brakes and Yukon lock­ing hubs round out the axle hard­ware. Check out the rock lights em­bed­ded in the Poi­son Spyder Cus­toms Rock­Brawler BFH front bumper.

Scott cre­ated a cus­tom sus­pen­sion sys­tem to suit his needs by com­bin­ing a Rock Krawler3-inch long-arm kit with coilover shocks.

The rear shock tow­ers (pic­tured here) from VKS Fab­ri­ca­tion were in­te­grated into the JK frame and made space for the 12-inch Fox/ Eibach coilovers. Tribe 4x4 tow­ers were used on the front end.

Artec High Steer arms turn Reid Racing knuck­les, help­ing to move the mas­sive 40-inch Toyo Open Coun­try M/T rub­ber and Race­line 17-inch Mon­ster bead­locks.

Out back you’ll find an ’86 Chevy 2500 14-Bolt rear axle; it car­ries 5.38 gears and an ARBAir Locker. Builder parts from Artec helped im­mensely when Scott was fit­ting up the Dana 60 and GM 14-Bolt. JP5 Performance En­gi­neer­ing did the six-lug con­ver­sions, and VKS Fab­ri­ca­tion made up some cus­tom tone rings.

Scott not only uses his Jeep JKU as a daily driver, shop truck, and trail cruiser, it also serves as a wheelin’ bill­board for his cus­tom 4x4 shop, Dirty’s Garage. We like the patina and pinup styling he chose for the wrap.

The 3.8L V-6 is hang­ing in there un­til the very last mile, and it is aug­mented by Gib­son head­ers and a Dynomax ex­haust sys­tem that ex­its ahead of the rear axle for clear­ance. The S&B cold-air in­take, Gen­e­sis/Odyssey dual bat­tery sys­tem, sPOD ac­ces­sory switch­ing, and York on­board air setup are also vis­i­ble.

A Warn M8000 winch was con­verted to ny­lon rope with a Fac­tor 55 ProLink, and two PIAA lights are perched on the fair­lead bracket. It fits nicely on the stubby-style Poi­son Spyder Cus­toms Rock­Brawler BFH bumper.

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