Customer Spotlight: Mike Lucey's Hammer Ready Jeep YJ
- by Dan DuBose
When you live close to Johnson Valley, CA, then you better build a rig ready to rock the hardest trails in America. Mike Lucey is a regular rocker at "The Hammers," home of the formidable King of the Hammers race for the past 12 years. Mike needed a suspension that installs easily and conquers the rocks and desert terrain. The skid plate bolts align the Motobilt Jeep YJ 4 link kit allowing it to be welded to the frame. Mike said all he needed was a sharpie and some string, and he was able to setup the axle and suspension. Besides the simple nstall the Motobilt 4 link suspension system provides a clean underside that will slide over any obstacle.
A longer wheel base can make all the difference on a steep climb and keep your rear from hanging up on the rocks. To make room for the rear axle stretch, Mike used a Motobilt back-half kit and YJ behind the seat fuel cell. The back-half kit moves the frame rails inboard, up and straight back. With the extra room provided, coil over shocks and air bumps can be mounted. With the frame rails no longer behind the axle and with the fuel tank removed the rear axle was repositioned backwards.
To protect the YJ from hard core rock crawling, Mike setup his YJ with the Motobilt boat side rockers, comp cut corner guards, and a stubby front bumper.
Additionaly, these parts not only protect the YJ, they provide extra clearance eliminating any hang ups.
Lucey's YJ is a regular at Johnson Valley, so look out for this Motobilt-equipped Jeep hanging out on the rocks at the 2019 King of the Hammers.
Mike Lucey's YJ Spec Sheet:
2005 Ford Super Duty Dana 60 front and 10.25 Sterling rear axle with Motobilt truss.
5.83 gears and lockers installed by Gearworx.
40" BFG 's on 17" Ultra Beadlock Wheels
Stock 4.0, auto, and Atlas 2 Transfer case.
Custom drivelines from Inland Empire Driveline.
Motobilt 4 link suspension with Fox 2.0 piggy back coil overs tuned by Down South Motorsports.
Motobilt Jeep YJ back-half kit, rear fender tops with coil over mounts.
Motobilt 18 gallon fuel cell behind the rear seat.
Motobilt Stubby Front Bumper
Motobilt Boat Side Rocker Guards