Reader's Jeeps : Brad Kilby's '97 TJ (aka TJ7)
Brad Kilby's TJ7 Short Cuts
Brad testing the new rear springs at TDS 2000

Brad Kilby testing his new rear springs at TDS 2000

Owner : Brad Kilby Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle: 1997 Wrangler (TJ) Sport
Vehicle name: TJ7
Location: Pasadena, CA
Favorite Places: Hammers, Anza Borego, Rubicon
Flexing in Shredder Canyon
Shredder Canyon, CA
Photo: Mike Duncan
A steep slab on the Rubicon
Photo: Brad Kilby
The Little Sluice
Photo: Brad kilby
Leaf springs!!
Leaf Springs!!
Photo: Brad Kilby
Brad's roll cage
Brad's Roll Cage
Photo: Brad Kilby


  • Motor - 4.0L
  • Tranny - stock auto
  • T-case - NV231 w/JB Conversions short shaft kit
  • Front Axle - Reverse cut Dana 44 w/4:10s & Detroit
  • Rear Axle - Reverse cut Dana 44 w/4:10s & Detroit
  • Crawl Ratio - it's an auto
  • DriveShafts - CV's Front & Rear
  • Tires - 35x12.50" BFG Mud Terrains
  • Front Suspension - Rubicon Express 4.5" springs, 1" spacers, RE control arms
  • Rear Suspension - custom leaf spring set up with National Spring leafs
  • Shocks - Rancho RS9000
  • Steering - moved on top of the knuckle
  • Front Bumper - Hanson
  • Winch - Warn HS9500i
  • Rear Bumper - Hanson bumber, custom tire carrier
  • Engine Mods - Turbo City throttle body and MAP Adjuster; Jet Performance module
  • Onboard air, welder, flashlight and baby seats.
  • Pioneer CD w/ a couple(!) amps and plenty of speakers

Future Modifications:
Custom front suspension, Dana 60s...?

Notes from Brad:

Worst Stuck
I guess the worst stuck I've ever had was when I was sitting upside down at Pismo. Heh heh! Lockers are useless if the tires aren't touching the ground.

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