Upon arrival to the AZ International Auto Show, you’re immediately greeted by a few high end cars. Rolls Royce Aston Martin, Ferrari F12, and a Maserati Bently Lamborghini Huracan Alfa Romeo 4C Then, we went inside of the Auto Show, and headed straight for the offroad section Ford Raptor’s Jeep JK Wrangler’s Ballistic Bronco Jeep … Read more
Have you ever wanted to buy a sports car, but could never afford it? Here’s a list of four great sports cars for under $4,000. 1. Mazda Miata MX5 The Mazda Miata has been in production since 1989. Often referred to as “the best beginners sports car”, because it’s lightweight and rear-wheel-drive. The Miata is … Read more
If you purposely do something blatantly illegal, you should have a good escape plan, and don’t mess it up. A bunch of Blox Starz motorcyclists were all hanging out going for a ride, when one of them decided to plaster their infamous sticker “I Don’t Stop For Cops” on a police patrol car while an … Read more
When the owner of this Nissan Skyline R33 GTR purchased the vehicle in Japan, it had slight damage to the front bumper, instead of replacing the bumper, he had his wife (Allison La Valley of Lost Birds Studio) go to town with her artwork. Over 100 hours of hand drawn designs, and then clear coat … Read more
Ferrari recalled 3,082 of their flagship super car, the 458 Italia, because humans can get trapped in the trunk and won’t be able to escape. The reason is that the trunk release latch on the inside of the trunk is defective, most cars hoods have two latches, one on the inside of the car to … Read more
Imagine being able to walk into a dealership, and being able to buy a 3D printed car, designed as your dream car, and then drive it home the next day. This sounds crazy, but it will soon be a reality in 2015, Local Motors debuted its 3D printed car named “Strati” at the International Manufacturing Technology … Read more
Similar to Ken Block’s “Gymkhana” viral YouTube videos, BJ Baldwin and Monster Energy saw an opportunity to make a viral video “#Recoil”, “Recoil” was such a viral video they decided to make a sequel, “#Recoil 2”. But instead of a tarmac rally car like Gymkhana, its an 800 HP baja race truck! Ensenada is home … Read more
In 2014 Mercedes has held the luxury cars sales lead over BMW, but not by much. Mercedes has sold 221,471 cars and light trucks so far this year compared to BMW’s 211,050, and Audi far behind at 105,918. American luxury car makers (GM’s Cadillac and Ford’s Lincoln) are even farther behind than Audi. The battle … Read more
The Dust Runners crew decided to head up to Payson, Arizona for one day to escape the the Phoenix heat and do some off-roading. Earlier in the day it had hailed and rained pretty hard so it was a nice muddy adventure through the woods!
Dust Runners Automotive Journal is proud to present our first vehicle feature. Cole Bruns and his XJ Jeep Cherokee! Cole comes from a family of Jeepers, when Cole was a child, his father bought old Jeep’s and restored them. The Jeep “Bug” caught onto Cole when he bought his XJ Cherokee. He fell in love with it, and made it his baby. Modifying it to his style and needs, also with some flare on his interior.
His XJ has a full spring 4″ Rubicon Express lift with upgrading shackles and spacers giving it a total of about 5″ inches of lift. It also has 32″ tires on 16″ rims, custom bumpers, a rear swing-away tire carrier, custom rock sliders to protect his Jeep’s body. He also has a Super Winch “Tiger Shark” 9500 lb. winch tucked away inside the bumper, to get him out of sticky situations. All of his fender flares have been coated with heavy duty bed-liner, as well as the rocker panels on all four doors.
The sound system is three Rockford Fosgate P1’s, 1500 watts total, the sub box is sealed and custom built by Cole himself, all the door speakers are 5.5″ inch Pioneer speakers, he also has green LED light strips throughout his interior the give it a fresh and cool new look. “I rarely use my side mirrors, because they’re vibrating to much.” Cole said.
He likes to take his XJ Cherokee to the local car shows and hang out with the local off-road groups, and show off his XJ.
Cole’s future plans for his XJ Cherokee are to add a roof rack, LED lights, a bigger lift, and a bigger tires. Eventually upgraded the weak factory axles, to something much beefer to handle larger tire sizes.