Kyle from California Takes on the Moab Desert – 2004 TJ

Moab, Utah – a breathtaking landscape, and home to some of the most rugged off-road trails in North America.  There are trails available for any level of experience and vehicle capability, making it the perfect pilgrimage destination for every explorer and outdoorsman.  Today we’ll highlight the work of Kyle from California (@amphibian_jeep on Instagram) who built himself a Jeep worthy of the desert.


Kyle was kind enough to share a ton of pictures form his recent trip to Moab, and we’ll break down his build to see what he needed to tackle the treacherous terrain.

Amphibian is a 2004 Jeep TJ Sport sitting on 37 inch Nitto Trail Grapplers and 17 inch Procomp wheels.  I’ll add that the orange bead lock on the wheel matching the body color is, in a word, sexy.  He’s running a Dana 44 axle with 5.13 gears and a 4:1 transfer case.  And of course, ARB Lockers. So far so good! This build can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go.


The front bumper is the Poison Spyder stubby, with a Smittybilt winch. Armor? We’re looking at G2 differential covers, Smittybilt rock sliders, and the Teraflex oil skid plate.
As we all know, a Jeep can’t be complete without some light bars. Amphibian has 50″ and 12″ bars, with 4″ lights on the windshield.

Last but not least, the RockHard 4×4 rear rack and Jerry Can arms can carry a lot of gear while out exploring the desert. Kyle has built himself one heck of a TJ, and I hope you enjoyed reading about his rig.  Give him a follow on Instagram (@Amphibian_jeep) to check out the rest of his adventures.

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