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Members' Rigs: Mike Fissel




Well if you haven't guessed by now, I own and have owned several trail rigs since the beginnings of Jeep Expeditions.

What has earned the nick name "The Green Gremlin", Big Green as its former owner called her is my first TJ Wrangler. I've owned a number of the "little Jeeps" from my first CJ5 in the 70's, my CJ7's (three of them to be exact), two CJ8 Scramblers and one YJ Wrangler. I never really saw myself in a TJ, I thought they were kinda "girly" when they first came out with that car like dash. But after owning and driving Big Green, I've even scrapped the plans to replace the TJ dash with a CJ one.

Big Green has a 4" Rubicon Express Lift with Curry Anti-Rock front Sway bar, an ASFIR 4x4 Front Bumper and skid plate, a 4 Wheelers Supply rear bumper/tire carrier with Rock Hard 4x4 Jerry Can holders, Warn Body Armor on the rockers and rear corners, a Swag Off-Road rear CJ tailgate coversion, Toad Hop Metal Shop hood mounted anti-theft HiLift Jack mount, Roll Cage enhancements by Rock Hard 4x4, a Warn 9.5ti winch, Kilby Enterprises on board air and dual battery conversion with dual Yellow Top Optimas and a 220 amp HD alternator, Yaesu 8800 Ham Radio with Diamond antenna, Cobra 29NWWX CB with Wilson 5000 Trucker antenna and quad train horns. Both Axles are D44s with ARB Air Lockers. The front axle has been converted to full locking hubs and crossover steering via Reid Racing Knucles, Ford Bronco Hubs and 3/4 ton Chevy brake components. It rides on Allied Monster Beadlock wheels with 285x75R17 (33x12.50) Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar MTRs. A ZJ roof rack tops the factory hard top.

The mods are probably over for Big Green. Sometime in 2011 Big Green will go to another home and a new project will get started with another Jeep Wrangler, this time a 2004-2006 LJ Unlimited. The longer wheelbase and extra space for gear and the Jeep Dog makes the modern day Scrambler a necessity. The new project and future trail rig will be dubbed the TJ8 and will sport among its many modifications and upgrades a CJ7 front end graft.

This picture was taken at the 2010 Canyon De Chelly Jeep Jamboree.






 

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