How To Turn A Surplus Hummer Into The Off-Road Beast Of Your Dreams

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Ever since the U.S. military started pawning its ratty old Humvees off on the public through surplus auctions, people have been wondering how good they really are as off-road toys. I mean, we already know they’re suboptimal for city traffic. Anyway, here’s a peek at how to make one of these metal monsters sing.

If you’re hoping to find out how Dirt Every Day’s Fred Williams and Dave Chappelle got this thing road legal, you’re going to be disappointed. The process of getting license plates on one of these is apparently still a bit of a pain, but if you can tow your new Humvee straight to your rock-crawling arena of choice, it looks like a spine-squiggling riot.

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The truck Williams won has portal axles, a 6.2-liter diesel engine, 37-inch tires and a few rat’s nests straight out of the auction, but he and Chappelle made this one a little extra awesome with even larger tires and some seriously aggressive fender-trimming.


The results, well, I’ll let you watch the video. But I think the Dirt Every Day dudes were more impressed than they thought they’d be by this clapped-out war machine.

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My bird IS the word

The problem is weight. I think these are something like 6000 lbs, which means you need a giant ass truck to tow them. I would love to get one but (including the trailer) no way in hell a 4Runner can tow this.