Mapping Crew - Washington
Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
Pictured here is my 2008 Jeep Wrangler X. It may look rough now, but rest assured every blemish on this machine has a memory. This Jeep started off it's life with me in the fall of 2011 as a chronic mall crawler, there was chrome everywhere! It had 20" wheels wearing AT shoes without a scuff anywhere to be seen. It had a hard top that had probably never come off, plus there was a set of aluminum side rails/steps, in chrome of course. As you can imagine there was ne'er a ding, dent or scratch to be found on it either. Fast forward to today, it now has Smittybuilt XRC bumpers, the rear has a tire carrier and an expedition rack for fuel cans and pioneer tools; the front carries the XRC 9500 winch, a Hi-Lift Jack and a set of 30 watt led spot lights. On it's 17" Ultra wheel alloy feet I have outfitted it with a set of 37x12.5" Federal Couragia shoes, they are E rated 10 ply MeaTs. I have installed a Teraflex 4" Flex-Arm lift kit for a 4 door, which gave me massive height; it ended up settling at 5.5" of overall lift from stock height. Currently running a Skyjacker dual steering dampener, and Rancho 7000 series shocks. I went with a Synergy adjustable front track bar and the Synergy rear track bar extension. It also has a Synergy track bar brace and sector shaft brace. I have replaced the stock front axle shafts with the thicker eared axle shafts that now come on the newest generation of Wranglers (12+), the rears are Revolution Chromoly 4340, housed in a Dana 44 with Yukon 5:13 gears. I upgraded the ball joints to Synergy HD Ball Joints and added a set of Alloy USA axle seals. Front axle is a trussed and gusseted Dana 30 with Yukon 5:13 gears, Poison Spider armored diff cover, Evo control arm skids, and a set of G2 chromoly axle shafts. I have added some underside protection items such as an engine and transmission skid by M.O.R.E. products and a set XRC rock rails. The drive shafts are now double cardan CV style Rough Country and have already been warrantied once. I have added a snorkel for piece of mind and I am using Bush Wacker flat fenders for extra clearance and flexibility. My off-road performance is enhanced with an Aussie locker in the rear, a Flex-a-Lite Transmission Cooler, HID headlights, LED taillights and the Jeep is tuned with a Superchips FlashPaq. I am able to keep in contact with everyone on the trail through the use of a Uniden PRO540E CB paired with a Firestick II antenna.