Reader's Jeeps : Dave Laws' 1988 YJ Wrangler Sahara
Dave Laws' 1988 YJ Wrangler Sahara Short Cuts

Matt and Randy cheesing for the camera, Helldorado - Moab, Utah

Owner : Dave Laws Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle:1988 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Vehicle name: none
Location: Provo, Utah
Most recent outing and favorite trail: Hole in the Rock
Other trails and events: Utah, Moab - Golden Spike, Prichett Canyon, Hell's Revenge, Metal Masher, Poison Spider, Gold Bar, Seven Mile Rim, Lion's Back, Moab Rim, 3-D, Chicken Corner, Kane Creek, Crystal Geyser
Utah, other - Minernal Basin, Arch Canyon, Elephant Hill
New Mexico - Rock Garden, Waterfall, RJ's
Arizona - Upper Woodpecker, Lower Woodpecker ARCA 2000 Series, Farmington 99, Phoenix, Cedar City, Farmington 00.

Engine bay
Showing off all the toys under the hood
Phoenix ARCA
Testing the full belly skid
Phoenix AZ ARCA
Phoenix ARCA
Drove out of this one, Phoenix ARCA
Phoenix ARCA
Matt and Dave high 5ing,
not so lucky but still having fun, Phoenix ARCA
  • Motor--4.2 liter, bored 0.030 over, RV cam, 4.0 head ported and polished
  • Fuel Injection--Mopar/Hesco
  • Exhaust--Borla header, 2.5" cat back
  • Tranny--NP465 w/6.55 first gear, Novak adapters
  • T-case--NP231 w/Tera Low 4:1, slip yoke kit
  • Front Axle--Dana 44, 6 lug, 4.56 gears, ARB locker
  • Rear Axle--Dana 44, 6 lug, 4.56 gears, ARB locker, disc brakes
  • Final crawl ratio--120:1
  • Axle Shafts--Dutchman alloy axleshafts
  • Drive Shafts--Gaylon Pugh custom drive lines
  • Tires--35x12.50x15 Super Swamper SSRs
  • Wheels--MRT beadlocked 10"x15" steel wheels
  • Suspension--Custom spring over with front shackle reversal, custom spring packs and anti-wrap traction bar
  • Steering--Custom knuckle over w/1.25"drag link and tie rod, CJ pitman arm, Currie steering brace
  • Shocks--Rancho 9000s
  • Winch--Warn XD9000i
  • Bumpers--Front- Home built with recessed driving lights and receiver, Rear- Home built with receiver and swing away spare tire carrier
  • Rocker Skids--Home built, intagral steps, air tanks, and full length belly pan

  • Other Accessories

    Full roll cage, home built
    Full spare front hub and rotor parts on spare tire carrier
    Rubicon rack
    Complete Rhino lined interior
    Hand throttle
    heavy duty gas tank skid plate
    Warn premium hubs
    Home built custom axle trusses
    Midland CB
    Sony CD
    Thor sound wedge speakers
    Mitsubishi Montero bucket seats with ride control
    Tuffy center console
    Link-Arc under hood welder
    Home built on board air system
    Xenon fender flares
    Wet Okole seat covers
    Tow shackles and tow bar
    K&N filtercharger
    Custom tool box under rear seat
    **Note, all customizing done by owner and Rocky Mountain High 4x4

Notes from Dave

One day on the way to L.A. for a tradeshow I had forgotten a book for reading. I stopped at the airport kiosk and picked up a magazine. Fate dictated that it was a 4x4 magazine and I proceeded to read it cover to cover. Uh-oh, I was hooked, big time. My wife calls it a chronic disease. It's very expensive, incurable, rapidly progressing and mostly terminal, and I love every minute of it. I had no sooner landed back home when I started looking to buy a Jeep.

I had barely gotten the Jeep (bone stock) when my boys and I took it to Hole in the Rock, and then on to Golden Spike in Moab. I guess I was just too dumb and nave to know that I shouldn't be there in an open diffed, unlifted, stock Wrangler. But hey, we made it and we had a ball.

After that the wish list started and hasn't gotten one bit smaller despite all the money and time poured into it. To start with I purchased a spring over kit from Rubicon Express and gears from Randy's. The lift I could handle but the gear change was beyond me. On a whim I stopped at a new 4x4 shop near my home and somehow managed to convince the owner to do some trade work. He would install my gears and I would do some custom machine work for his Project Ramcharger.

Fate must like me. Four years and dozens of custom extreme suspensioned rigs later, Matt Hornback at Rocky Mountain High 4x4 and I are still swapping my engineering time for shop access, labor and parts. I couldn't have done this without him. It has proved to be a good relationship as he is now my spotter for ARCA events (rig 114) and co-planner/sponsor for other trail runs and events.


Cedar City A1 Cedar City A1 Cedar City A1
Having fun on obstacle 1 Course A
Cedar City, ARCA


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