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Moab: To Hell Dorado and Back

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The lone vehicle with a real frame was the ’95 YJ of Aaron Candiloro, running 35” Toyo M/Ts.

And four furious little cylinders which Aaron put to good use, getting himself into trouble more than a few times. Aaron also took home the trophy for most carnage.

The other Jeep that does not look like the rest is a 1990 Jeep Comanche, Jeep’s experiment with the small truck market , owned by Jason Abbitt,. Pretty rare, and always gets admiring looks on the trail, especially with his full width Dana 44 axles and 37” Creepy Crawlers. The “MJ’s” longer wheelbase helped Jason immensely during our trip, enough to get him up some seemingly impossible lines.

This is John Mathews, owner of Auburn Car Repair & Offroad, whose stickers you see on many modified Jeeps in the Northwest. His rig is the undisputed monster of the group, with John making the most impossible looking obstacles look possible, if just barely. He’s running a HP D44 front axle with 5.13 gears, full Detroit lockers and 35” BFG Krawlers, the preferred tire choice of many competition rock crawlers.

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