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MisfitSeven 15 8.06%
H82LOSE 32 17.20%
LA-Sahara 10 5.38%
IH8PEPL 55 29.57%
DezertTJ 4 2.15%
jamesdevore 1 0.54%
Jankoid 33 17.74%
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post #1 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Good things come to those who wait, and boy do we have a good one for yall this month. Lots of fantastic rigs and it truly is anyone's contest.

Let's get 2014 off right!

Vote, bump, crawl! Do what you gotta do!

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post #2 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Name: Matt Bohrer... Bennington, NE
Username: MisfitSeven
1998 RHD TJ:
Swapped in 4.0L.
M.O.R.E. 1" motor mount lift.
AX-15 with 4.31 Toyota first gear.
NP231 with JBC SSSYE.
1.25" body lift.
Rough Country 2.5" springs.
4.88 axle gears.
57:1 crawl ratio.
HPD44 front axle.
Super 88 rear axle.
Detroit lockers.
Poly Performance front shock mount extensions.
Doetsch Tech 12" travel shocks.
JKS 1.25" body lift.
Flat steel skid.
4 link rear, triagulated uppers.
3 link front.
Vertical rear springs.
Savvy Black Magic Brake pads.
PureJeep 5" stretch gas tank cut for 4" more.
Gen-Right steel body armor.
3" rear stretch,1" front stretch.
Total of 98" wheelbase.
TNT 3" front tube fenders.
RuffStuff steering, double shear over the knuckles.
37" Wrangler MT/Rs tires.
15x10" 5x5.5" Cragar soft 8s with Copper Head fab rock rings.
132 amp Dodge Ram alternator.
Flush mounted stock taillights.
Twin throttle body spacers.

Story: I bought the TJ bone stock complete with the right hand drive conversion in 2006, everything else was built by me. I bought it to deliver mail in and wanted to keep it stock for the most part because my CJ-7 was my toy. After finding out that TJs are more capable and more fun than the simple CJs, it became more of a toy.
Having to keep it drive-able at all times kept my modifications at a minimum, or had to be finished before the next delivery day.
Last year I moved to a mail route with a postal truck on it and retired my TJ to commuter and weekend warrior. When that day came, I bought a stinger front bumper, soft top, and half doors. Otherwise this is how I delivered people's mail!
Adding to the stock cage and finishing the rear suspension will be tackled this spring.


Name: Chris Wilkerson
Username: H82LOSE
4.0L I-6 Engine
32RH Transmission
Np231 Transfer w/Tera Low 4.1
Front diff. Currie HP9 w/ARB air locker and 4.88's
Rear diff. Currie HP60 w/ARB air locker and 4.88's
Rock Krawler 7.5" X Factor Plus w/102" stretch along with bumpstops and limit straps added to all four corners
QA1 Springs all four corners
XRC front fenders
Poision Spyder rear corner armor
Custom rock sliders
Custom rear bumper w/auxiliary air tank
Warn XD9000i winch
Warn winch mount and grille guard
KC Hilites
Custom 15x8.5 Beadlocks
38x12.50 15 TSL Swampers SX's

I have owned and built several Jeeps in my lifetime ranging from a 75 CJ5 to 02 TJ. Hands down this is my favorite rig in which I've had the most fun. Remaining upgrades include a front stinger, full cage, suspension seats and harnesses.


Name: Chris Kotar
Username: LA-Sahara
Mods (optional):
315/75/16 Mickey Thompson MTZs on 16" Cragar simulated Beadlock
4" Procomp springs
Rancho 9000xl shocks
1" Performance Accessories BL
Savvy double adjustable all except stock front uppers
Front antirock
JKS front Adj. Trackbar
Metalcloak rear trackbar
Currie steering
UCF 2" Skid plate with Engine skid
Savvy GTS
A to Z rocker guards
Adams CV driveshaft
JB conversions SYE
Ares Fab rear bumper/tire carrier
Bestop HighClearance front bumper, "custom" stubbied with fog light cut-outs
MileMarker Winch with homemade in-cab controller
Borla Catback
Powersteering cooler
HP30 front axle with Lockright and 4.88s
D44 with Detroit Softlocker and 4.88s
Black Magic brakes
PIAA driving and fog lights
Custom HID projector headlights
York OBA
Diehard Platinum battery
Windstar air intake
Uniden 520 CB with 3' firestik
Custom in dash JVC touchscreen
2 Rockford Fosgate 8" subs in SirGCal box powered by RF amp
2 LED backup lights from Amazon
Custom Switch panel in place of ashtray
JeepAir A/C kit
Bestop Supertop NX

Future mods:
Tube fenders (currently building)
Savvy hydro assist

Story (optional):
1998 Sahara 4.0L 5speed. Got my Jeep for Christmas as my first vehicle 2 years ago. Pretty sure I was modifying it the next day! I love this jeep and love working in it. Plan to keep it forever. I have definitely caught the bug!


Name: Dan Krok
Username: IH8PEPL


Mopar Rock Crawler front and rear bumpers
Rokmen - steering, engine, transfer case and gas skids., as well as rocker guards and corner guards.
Nth front and rear diff skids
Genright windsheild armor

AEV JK Savegre rims
Spidertrax adapters
35" Goodyear MTR Kevlars
RCV Shafts front, Yukon shafts rear
Currie diff cover front, Riddler diff cover rear

OME Nitrochargers
Stock coils
JKS ACOS front and rear
JKS 1.25 body lift
Rokmen Control Arms
Currie HD steering
Currie track bars
Currie Antirock

Trucklight LED headlights
Trucklight LED spotlights (roof rack)
Savvy LED taillights

Warn VR8000 Winch with Viking synthetic line

JBA Header
Airaid Intake

Gobi roof rack
AEV Highline Kit
2 Clean agent 2.5lb fire extinguishers on Drake mounts
Powertank OBA
Bestop Tire Carrier
Tuffy Security console and glove box
OrFab Sport Cage
Diehard Platinum Battery

After winning TJ of the month in Feb 2011 ive learned a lot and my Jeep has undergone some changes. So I figured it was time to try TJOTM again. I took it from newb mall crawler to functional expedition rig. Nothing over the top, just an all around versitile Jeep. All mods listed have been added to the Jeep since Feb 2011.



Name: Ryan Cowan

Username: 290tjjeep


1998 Jeep Wrangler 2.5l
G2 Dana 44 w/ ARB
Old Man Emu Coil Springs
Rancho 9000xl Shocks
Currie Control Arms w/ JJ
Currie Anti-Rock
JKS 1.25 BL
JKS Control Arm Skids
Smittybilt Bumpers & Rock Rails
ProComp Wheels
33" BFG KM2's
UCF Aluminum Transfercase & Engine Skid
Novak Shifter Cable
Savvy Offroad GTS
Savvy Offroad LED Taillights
Smittybilt XRC Seats
OR-FAB Roll Cage
Gen-Right Aluminum Tube Fenders
Xenon Rear Flares
Delta Headlights
KC Fog and Windshield Lights
Rhino Lined Tub
Dana 30 Aussie Locker
Dana 30 RCV Axles
Re-geared to 4.88
Front Differential Skids
Kilby Steering Box Skid
Rampage Hood Bra
Advance Adapters SYE
Tom Wood's Driveshaft
Dynomax Exhaust
Mr. Grille Grill Overlay
ZJ Tie Rod
Spiderweb Shade Mesh Top
Drake Offroad Hood Tie-Downs
Bazooka Tube Subwoofer
JVC Head-unit
Kicker Speakers in Soundbar
Polk Audio Speakers in the Dash w/ NalinMFG Adapters
Cobra CB
Firestik Antenna


My Dad bought my jeep when I was thirteen as a weekend car and when I turned sixteen he passed it down to me. Now let me let you know that when I got my jeep from my Dad it looked nothing like it does today. It was basically the "Pep Boys special". It started as a jeep with no lift on 32's and had plastic stick on air vents and cheap seat covers. So with each job I worked at I saved up money to start building my jeep. I wanted to keep my jeep as a "sleeper", meaning that most people see my jeep as just another jeep with 33's and a few bolt ons. Clearly it's not and will keep up with the "bigger" jeeps. I can say that if I looked back seven years ago today, I would of never had imagined how fair i've gone in building my jeep. I'm truly satisfied.

My plan for now is not to add anything to my jeep. Just travel and take advantage of my jeep and what the U.S has to offer.


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post #3 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Name: Craig Anderson
Username: Dezerttj

2006 LJ Rubicon
Drivetrain -
D44s F&R. E-lockers in both
4-1 TCase
6spd Manual

Suspension -
3" coils w/ RE Monotubes
Zone quick discos

Armor -
Warn tirecarrier and bumper
Rokmen Engine/tranny skid
Poison Spyder Steering box skid
Stock sliders, tcase skid, and gas tank skid
Stubby front bumper w/ XRC8 winch

Wheels/Tires -
255/85/16 KM2s (33.5x10)

Story: Finally bought my dream Jeep and love every bit of it. Still in the beginning stages and I can't wait to take it on the rocks.



Name: James DeVore

2000 Wrangler TJ Sahara

Mods (optional):exterior: 4 inch skyjacker suspension, 33"X12.5 Cooper STT Mudders on Black Am. Racing Steelies, E-auto Grilles front and rear bumper & Swing Away Tire Carrier, RECON 10,500 lb winch with synthetic line, 400w of Hella lights(customized Seahawk covers on the windshield lights), 6 grab handles, AEM intake, Arrow antenna, Black Sailcloth Softtop with tinted windows. Interior: Iggee seat covers, Pioneer stereo, custom Blacked out interior(trim and carpet)

Future Mods: Lifetime LED headlight upgrade, Cobra 75 CB kit, 4.10 regear

Story (optional): Bought Black Betty when I returned from Iraq in 2004. She was a bare bones stock 2000 TJ Sahara when I got her. Black Betty didn't get any upgrades until after my second deployment to Iraq in September of 2010 and a divorce(ex-wife had a spending problem). Now I am remarried with 5 kids(3 Step-kids) and my wife loves to jeep as well so the Mods are encouraged.


Username: Jankoid
Name: Jake Mauldin


HP30 front w/ ARB and chromos
D44 rear w/ Detroit & chromos
4.88 gears
37" Pitbull Rockers
~4" suspension lift
1.25" body lift
Front Y link
Custom rear 4 link
101" wheelbase (8" rear stretch)
Genright alien stretch tank
Currie steering
JKS front track bar
Poison Spyder tube fenders
Moab Fab custom cut corner guards


My dad owns and runs a paint/body shop, and he and I buy and fix salvaged Jeeps as a side job. Occasionally we buy salvaged Jeeps to keep for ourselves, as was the case with this '02 TJ. It is actually a conglomeration of 2 heavily wrecked '02 TJs, one with major frame damage and one with major body damage. I took the good tub and good frame, combined them into a working Jeep, and had it on the road in less than a month. Originally I planned to keep it nearly stock and daily drive it while I used my LJ as a trail rig, but then I took my dad wheeling one day and he got bit by the bug. So then we had to build it to keep up with my LJ, so I decided I was gonna stretch it and practice my fab skills. The majority of the parts used to build this Jeep were left over from other Jeeps or purchased used, leading my dad to affectionately nickname it "Patches." It is technically my main trail rig right now since my LJ is broken, but once the LJ is going again my dad and I can go tear up some trails together!


User name: Jeffro06

2006 TJ Rubicon


Old Man Emu 2" HD lift, with OME steering stabilizer

Currie Anti-Rock front sway bar

LT305/70R16 Good Year DuraTracs on stock Moabs

Spidertrax 1.25 spacers

LoD Extreme Duty rear bumper

Rokmen Mercenary front bumper

Superwinch EPi 9.0 w/synthetic line

Rokmen Mercenary Sliders w/internal bracing

Skidrow engine skid

Skidrow radiator skid and Skidrow steering box skid

Cobra 75 WX ST 40 Channel CB

Rokmen 1" billet spacers up front, to level it out

Rokmen adjustable control arms (uppers and lowers)

Currie Johnny Joint adjustable front track bar

Currie Currectlync tie rod and drag link

Rampage soft top

Custom rear storage box w/Hi-Lift and fire extinguisher

Viar 400P air compressor

Silver Star headlights
Full set of Husky liners

Rokmen Trail Corners

Metal Cloak Overlines with 4" flare

Kentrol Stainless hood latches, w/black powder coating

JK turn signals

Notched my Rokmen Mercenary Sliders for my Overlines

Xenon 4" rear flat flares

Derale Automatic Transmission Cooler

Ten Factory Chromo shafts (front)

Black Magic pads/rotors


I bought the TJ in November 2010, in stock form. I went about building it in hopes to someday be running 35's. So I did the lift, the bumpers, and other armor, along with upgrading the steering. After driving to Moab in 2011 it was time to replace my MTRk's, so I went up a size and switched to Duratracs, because I needed a tire that could handle a lot of road miles. In 2013 I drove back out to Moab, for 5 fun filled days of wheeling, and the new tires never let me down. I've completed two of the three stages in this build, the third stage would include 35's, a re-gear, and a tummy tuck. I try to get out to The Cliffs and The Badlands off road parks a couple of times a year, and I'm planning on a week in Colorado this August, if all goes well.


Name: Ryan Dunbar
Username: 2k2wranglerx

4” full traction long arm
1.25” body lift
Teraflex rear sway bar rear and JKS disconnects up front
36x13.50x15 Bias iroks on pro comp steel wheels

Solid industries 60 with ARB and alloys,
Dana 30 with ARB and alloys
4.88 gears
Tatton driveshafts.

Moab fab 7” fenders front and rear
Warn gas tank skid
Engine skid
PSC rockers
4wd hardware OG bumper with tire carrier
Mad 4wd 1 off front bumper
Warn 9000 lb winch with synthetic line
Welded in cage

Kilby OBA system
Mastercraft suspension seats
Truck lite LED headlights
Rigid Foglights
LED light bar, LED tail lights and back up lights
4.3” screen with DVD player
Full exhaust

Story (optional):
This is my 25th jeep and my 6th TJ. I’ve always been into jeeps and they’ve always been part of my life. On May 28, 2011 my daughter Amelia was born and it was the happiest day of my life. 6 days later on june 3rd she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a disease that affects lots of things but most notably her lungs and digestive system. Average life expectancy is mid 30s and death is usually from loss of lung function. She gets a sticky mucus in her lungs that anything in the air clings to…

I made the decision that her having CF wasn’t going to stop her from experiencing all life has to offer. As you guys know riding around in an open top jeep is a huge joy and I wanted her to experience that. Right then I made my decision to sell my 1 ton TJ and build something she could enjoy too. Amelia isn’t able to be out on a dusty trail in an open top jeep. The dust/dirt/contaminants stick inside her lungs and make her sick, so I needed a rig with AC and a top. And this build was born.

Right now she thinks that the jeep is for getting cherry slushes from Sonic (top down is ok for her lungs on the road). Eventually she’ll get to come out 4wheeling with us. 2 years ago I started an event called Amelia’s Angels. Together with Bigrubbers4x4 in just 2 small events we have raised over $7,000 dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and combined with a few other events we’ve raised over $25,000 (and plan on raising much much more).

One of my pictures is of Amelia because she’s the reason for this rig. I know that sounds silly but the whole reason I submitted was to maybe make a few more people aware of what CF is. The offroad community has been exceptionally generous giving donations of both time and $ for the cause and I’ll be forever grateful.


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You made it happen, TODAY!

Good group, honored to be a part of it.

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post #6 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:25 PM
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A lot of nice rigs this month, great way to start off the new year! Good luck to all!
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Awesome lineup fellas!!!
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post #8 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:39 PM
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I really need to have someone get action shots of my rig next time I go out. Bumped and crawled... Lots of nice rigs!
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post #9 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Better be glad too...I didn't leave work until 10. 14 hours today
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post #10 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by EugeneTheTJ View Post
Better be glad too...I didn't leave work until 10. 14 hours today
Appreciate ya taking the time to get it posted tonight.
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post #11 of 136 Old 01-20-2014, 10:01 PM
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Peeka boo bump

Outerlimits (2) by aartjestaartje, on Flickr

Voted for the one that's a lil leggy, nice Jeep otherwise

My Tinkering and wheeling thread http://tinyurl.com/pbwdm5u
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post #12 of 136 Old 01-21-2014, 05:03 AM
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nice rigs guys. But H82lose gets me with the ORI's

93 yj. 355 chevy, heads, cam, intake, etc. 35's, bumpers, winch, lights, and a killer stereo.
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post #13 of 136 Old 01-21-2014, 06:24 AM
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Damn that's a good line up. I finally made it!
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post #14 of 136 Old 01-21-2014, 06:57 AM
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I think it would be sweet if the top ten could go offroading together!
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post #15 of 136 Old 01-21-2014, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by 290tjjeep
I think it would be sweet if the top ten could go offroading together!
Seconded. Let's set a date.

Mail crawling.
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