- Apr 6, 2006
Liked it when I bought it brand new 10 years ago, and I still like it! Oh, the adventures it's taken me on... Trips for hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, photography, camping. Based here on the dry side of the Cascade mountains in Washington, it's taken me on so very many local trips and also to:
Fairbanks Alaska, where I flew out to the Brooks Range above the arctic circle for a nine-day grizzly hunt:
Of course to get there it took me through British Columbia and the Yukon. What a trip!
Utah, yes my itty bitty Jeep and trailer are across the canyon from me:
Here in Washington:
The little Jeep was a base model, manual transmission, peppy 3.6 V6, manual roll-up windows etc.
Though it looks close to stock, it's had a lot of changes and additions over the years that have been a lot of fun, and have made it more capable:
4.10 gears and air lockers in the front & rear differentials
Underhood air compressor for those diffs and also the tires
custom front and rear driveshafts
2.5" Teraflex springs with Fox shocks
A couple of different sets of tires and wheels, I'm back to the stock 17" aluminum rims and 33x10.50 Coopers
Steel front & rear bumpers and rock-rails
10,000 pound Engo winch, which looks pretty beat up now, but still works great
Aux Vision X lights, just small ones
Picked up a used Jackwagon Basecamp trailer for it years ago. Built for off-pavement use it's got about 17" of ground clearance and can haul a thousand pounds of cargo, more than I've ever asked of it. It often totes my kayak or sometimes supplies for an extended backcountry trip.
10 years, 120,000 miles and a lot of fun. Am still so pleased with this little Wrangler.