"Highlander" in its former glory:
The Highlander was voted NAXJA's Rig
of the Month for January 2004.
My XJ as of August 2003. It was sitting
at 5.5" of lift with 33" Dunlop Mud
Rover's shaded by a set
of TJ flares. The flares were installed after cutting about 3 to 4" of
fender off both front and rear. Please see the tech section
Bolt-ons include: Tomken front receiver
bumper with a Savanna Jones brushguard mated to it, set of Hella
550 lights (w/ KC stone guards), KargoMaster
Kilimanjaro roof rack with spare tire
carrier and shovel, and one set 55W halogen driving lights mounted to roof rack as
backup lights relayed direct to stock units.
Armour added includes: Tomken transfer case
skid plate, Mopar fuel tank skid plate, class III hitch (rear) and
custom built rock rails.
Driveline/Performance mods include: Rock-It Tube w/ K&N cone
filter with functional hood scoop providing fresh air. Swapped in Dana
30and Dana 35 w/ 4.10 gears, the Dana 35 rear
has a Lock-Right locker.
Suspension/Steering mods include: : Rusty's Offroad 4.5" full spring pack, 2” AAL, and 1.5" lift
extended shackles in the rear (with the rescue gear I only netted
5.5”) and Rusty’s 4.5" coils up front (coils gave about
5"), Rusty's Offroad fixed LCAs and JKS Quick Disconnects for the
sway bar. Rusty's Offroad tie rod steering conversion and a ZJ pittman
arm round out the steering duties.
Emergency Equipment for SAR: Whelen
AdvantEdge 48" lightbar w/ blue lenses (4 rotators, 4 strobes, alleys,
takedown lights, and piercer white strobe pack), VHF high band radio w/ SAR & EMS frequencies,
portable VHF low band radio w/ Fire frequencies, portable VHF high band
field programmable radio for SAR & EMS, FRS mobile radio , CB radio w/ weatherband, Uniden scanner, Eagle
GPS, dual batteries with 120A isolator, 1000W inverter, dual fire
extinguishers and mag lights, SCBA bottle for onboard air, hi-lift jack and extrication gear,
lots of tools, & SAR packs. Detailed photos can be found on
the Rescue Equipment page.