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The 25 Hottest Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on January 14, 2008 Comment (0)
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The 25 Hottest Readers' Rides
Photographers: Courtesy of Off-Road Readers

There are some things in life that are just made to go together: milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, and Readers' Rides and OFF-ROAD magazine. Every month, the staff at OFF-ROAD sets out on a journey to locate some of the most awesome rigs on the planet. When we finally finish scouring the ends of the Earth, we showcase our discoveries as feature vehicles. While we're on this quest, the mail carrier is also on his way to our box, delivering numerous letters that contain photographs and information about our loyal readership's rides submitted for publication.

After receiving so many hot rides for consideration, we have decided to take our readers' rides to another level and showcase the 25 hottest rides we've received, so that everyone may enjoy.

If your ride has not been featured, there's no need to worry; we still have plenty of submissions that we'll continue to publish each month. Since we never throw any of the submissions we receive away, rest assured that yours is in our file just waiting patiently for its turn.

So, keep those cards and letters coming. Send one or two non-returnable photos (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts, please) to: OFF-ROAD, Readers' Rides, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870.

0406or 01 z+1996 ford f 350+front view

Owner/hometown:
David Reid/Indianapolis
Year/make/model:
'96 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4x4
Engine:
7.3L Navistar turbodiesel
Suspension:
Skyjacker 6-inch suspension lift with triple shocks
Wheels/tires:
Weld Racing Road Hawk 16.5x14-inch wheels/39.5x15R16.5 Mickey Thompson Classic tires
Accessories:
Grade 8 hardware throughout the hospital; custom-powdercoated framing; chromed engine accessories; Lund headlight covers; 4-inch Hypermax exhaust system

0406or 02 z+1992 jeep yj+side view

Owner/hometown:
Matt Johnson/Morriston, Florida
Year/make/model:
'92 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Engine:
4.0L V-6
Suspension:
Custom 13-inch suspension lift with Rubicon Express six-leaf, extreme-duty leaf springs with Rancho RS5000 shocks
Wheels/tires:
American Racing 15x10-inch wheels/38x14.50-15 Interco Super Swampers
Accessories:
HD custom driveshaft; 2-inch body lift; ported and polished heads; Borla exhaust system; Xenon fender flares; custom nerf bars

0406or 03 z+1982 toyota pickup+side view

Owner/hometown:
Scott Ammons/Davenport, Iowa
Year/make/model:
'82 Toyota truck 4x4
Engine:
355-cid Chevrolet V-8
Suspension:
Skyjacker 7-inch suspension lift with dual steering stabilizers, Skyjacker Nitro shocks, and 3-inch shackle lift
Wheels/tires:
American Racing 15x10-inch wheels; 17/40-15 Ground Hawg tires
Accessories:
Turbo 350 transmission; Accel distributor; custom-built aluminum radiator; 3-inch body lift; REI racing seats; Grant steering wheel; Auto Meter gauges

0406or 04 z++1998 gmc sierra+front view

Owner/hometown:
Brent Powell/Batesville, Arkansas
Year/make/model:
'98 GMC Sierra Z-71
Engine:
5.7L V-8
Suspension:
Front: 6-inch Trail Master suspension lift with Trail Master nitrogen shocks; Rear: 6-inch Trail Master suspension lift with Trail Master nitrogen shocks
Wheels/tires:
Custom steel 15x14-inch wheels/39x18R15 Mickey Thompson Baja tires
Accessories:
Powdercoated suspension lift; GTS black-out headlight and marker light covers; chrome nerf bars

0406or 05 z+1978 ford bronco+side view

Owner/hometown:
Rodger Kraft/Severy, Kansas
Year/make/model:
'78 Ford Bronco 4x4
Engine:
7.3L V-8
Suspension:
Front:
Custom-built 9-inch suspension lift with custom-built radius arms; Rear: Custom-arched 9-inch leaf springs with custom ladder bars
Wheels/tires:
Custom steel 15x10-inch wheels/38x12.50-15 Interco Super Swamper tires
Accessories:
NP 205 transfer case; 4.11 Superior gears (front and rear); Dana 44 (front); Dana 70 (rear)

0406or 06 z+1979 ford f 350+front view

Owner/hometown:
Nathan Suing/Redmond, Oregon
Year/make/model:
'79 Ford F-350 4x4
Engine:
460-cid V-8
Suspension:
National Spring 10-inch leaf spring kit with Trail Master nitrogen shocks
Wheels/tires:
Weld Racing Scorpio 16.5x12-inch wheels/40x14.50-16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Accessories:
B&M C-6 automatic shift kit; 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust system; Warn 10,000 pound rear-mounted winch

0406or 07 z+2002 toyota tacoma+front view

Owner/hometown:
Douglas Rougier/Morrison, Colorado
Year/make/model:
'02 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
Engine:
3.4L V-6
Suspension:
Front:
Northwest 3-inch coilover suspension lift with Northwest shocks
Rear:
Northwest 3-inch leaf springs with Northwest shocks and ProComp lateral traction bars
Wheels/tires:
American Racing Atlas 16x8-inch wheels/305/70R16 Pro Comp Mud Terrain tires
Accessories:
Westin Safari brushguard; K&N air filter; MagnaFlow exhaust system; Road Boy off-road lights; Helix throttle-body spacer; tonneau cover

0406or 08 z+2003 chevy 2500+side view

Owner/hometown:
Chris Girard/Bristol, Connecticut
Year/make/model:
'03 Chevrolet 2500 HD standard cab
Engine:
6.0L V-8
Suspension:
Fabtech 6-inch suspension lift
Wheels/tires:
Mickey Thompson Classic II 16.5x8-inch wheels/35x10.50-16.5 Interco Traxus Tires
Accessories:
Powerdyne supercharger system; Granatelli ECU and mass airflow sensor; Volant cold-air intake system; Diablo Predator power programmer; MSD spark plug wires; Westin brushguard; Putco grille insert; Wade bedrails; Auto Meter supercharger gauges and pod

0406or 09 z+1971 ford bronco+side view

Owner/hometown:
Michael D. Routh/Bennett, North Carolina
Year/make/model:
'71 Ford Bronco 4x4
Engine:
302-cid V-8
Suspension:
Superlift 3.5-inch suspension lift with Superlift shocks
Wheels/tires:
Custom steel saw blade 15x10-inch wheels/33x12.50R15 Wide Climber RVT radial tires
Accessories:
Dana 30 (front); MSD electronic ignition and spark plug wires; Detroit Ture-Trac front differential; Superlift 2-inch body lift

0406or 10 z+1996 dodge ram+front view

Owner/hometown:
Matt Black/Kamas, Utah
Year/make/model:
'96 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4
Engine:
360-cid V-8
Suspension:
Custom-built 9.5-inch suspension lift
Wheels/tires:
Ultra Custom 16x8-inch wheels/13/38-16 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
K&N air filter system; MSD ignition system; JBA stainless-steel headers; Flowmaster dual tailpipes; MSD Stage 2 performance chip

0406or 11 z+1987 toyota 4runner+front view

Owner/hometown:
Matt Black/Kamas, Utah
Year/make/model:
'96 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4
Engine:
360-cid V-8
Suspension:
Custom-built 9.5-inch suspension lift
Wheels/tires:
Ultra Custom 16x8-inch wheels/13/38-16 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
K&N air filter system; MSD ignition system; JBA stainless-steel headers; Flowmaster dual tailpipes; MSD Stage 2 performance chip

0406or 12 z+1987 chevy silverado+side view

Owner/hometown:
Lawrence Pawlaczyk/Ames, New York
Year/make/model:
'87 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4
Engine:
427-cid big-block V-8
Suspension:
Tuff Country 6-inch suspension lift with Tuff Country shocks
Wheels/tires:
Center Line 15x12-inch wheels/38x15.50-15 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
Tuff Country 3-inch body lift; Pioneer audio system; 600-cfm Edelbrock carburetor

0406or 13 z+1981 jeep cj 5+front view

Owner/hometown:
Devon Androes/Mount Home, Arkansas
Year/make/model:
'81 Jeep CJ-5
Engine:
5.7L Chevy V-8 (built and blueprinted)
Suspension:
Pro-Comp Suspension 4-inch lift with Pro-Comp MX-5 shocks
Wheels/tires:
Eagle 15x10-inch wheels/33x12.50-15 Interco Thornbird TSLs
Accessories:
Chevrolet Turbo 350 transmission; TCI torque converter; Hooker headers; Edelbrock intake manifold; TRW stainless-steel valves; Competition springs; 600-cfm Edelbrock carburetor; Detroit Lockers (front and rear); Dana 300 transfer case

0406or 14 z+1985 ford f 250+side view

Owner/hometown:
Shayne Greer/Paducah, KentuckyYear/make/model:
'85 Ford F-250 4x4
Engine:
460-cid V-8
Suspension:
Tuff Country 4-inch suspension lift with triple Skyjacker shocks, Fabtech traction bars, and dual Skyjacker steering stabilizers
Wheels/tires:
Alcoa 16x10-inch wheels/35x12.50-16 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
Warn 8,000-pound winch; Warn Enforcer bumper; custom wilderness camouflage paint

0406or 15 z+1981 chevy silverado+side view

Owner/hometown:
Charley Brooks/Clover, South CarolinaYear/make/model:
'81 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4
Engine:
454-cid V-8
Suspension:
Superlift 6-inch suspension lift with Superlift shocks
Wheels/tires:
Alcoa 15x10-inch wheels/39x18R15 Mickey Thompson Baja tires
Accessories:
MSD electronic ignition system; NOS PowerShot system; Tunnel Ram air intake system; 3-inch custom body lift

0406or 16 z+1997 dodge ram 2500+side view

Owner/hometown:
Bill Carpenter/Levittown, PennsylvaniaVehicle:
'97 Dodge Ram 2500 HD 4x4Engine:
5.9L V-8Suspension:
Skyjacker 4-inch suspension lift modified to 6 inches with an incorporated DT traction bar system and Rancho RS9000 shocksWheels/tires:
Rockcrawler 16.5x10 wheels/37x14.50-16.5 Super Swamper Radial SSR tiresAccessories:
Kanduco "sweet tooth" grille; Transgo shift kit; Bushwacker fender flares; diamond-plate aluminum bedrails and toolbox; MSD ignition system; Optima Red Top battery; Flowmaster exhaust; K&N air filter

0406or 17 z+2003 chevy 2500+front view

Owner/hometown:
Randy Philpott/Lucama, North Carolina
Year/make/model:
'03 Chevy 2500 HD Extra Cab
Engine:
6.0L V-8
Suspension:
Pro Comp 6-inch suspension lift with Pro Comp shocks
Wheels/tires:
Mickey Thompson Classic 16x10-inch wheels/36x12.50-16 Interco Super Swamper Radial tires
Accessories:
Fabtech prerunner light bar; Pro Comp 130 off-road lights; Hypertech computer chip; Westin oval side steps; Flowmaster exhaust

0406or 18 z+1972 jeep j 4000+front view

Owner/hometown:
Fred Kozak/Willingdon, Alta, Canada
Year/make/model:
'72 Jeep J-4000 truck 4x4
Engine:
360-cid AMC V-8
Suspension:
Custom-fabricated 8-inch suspension lift
Wheels/tires:
Steel 16.5x10-inch wheels/38x14.50-16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
Custom 3-inch body lift; Dana 60 (rear); Dana 44 (front); K&N air filter; Accel electronic ignition system; T-18A four-speed transmission

0406or 19 z+1998 toyota t 100+front view

Owner/hometown:
Scott Minichino/Brooksville, Florida
Year/make/model:
'98 Toyota T-100 4x4
Engine:
3.0L V-6
Suspension:
Pro Comp 4-inch suspension lift
Wheels/tires:
Eagle Alloy 15x10-inch wheels/35x12.50R15 Mastercraft Courser M/T tires
Accessories:
Custom 3-inch body lift; Flowmaster dual exhaust system; Pro Comp skidplate; UWS diamond-plate toolbox; K&N air filter system; Sony/Polk Audio/MTX audio system; powdercoated nerf bars

0406or 20 z+1981 chevy suburban+front view

Owner/hometown:
Clyde Smiley/Cleveland
Year/make/model:
'84 Chevrolet Suburban 2500
Engine:
454-cid V-8
Suspension:
Custom-fabricated 2-inch lift with Skyjacker shocks
Wheels/tires:
Custom steel 16.5x10-inch wheels/38x12.50-16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSL tires
Accessories:
Custom body panels to resemble a Hummer H1; Qualitex seats; Moroso anodized valve covers; Pacesetter shorty headers; Holley intake manifold

0406or 21 z+1995 chevy 2500+side view

Owner/hometown:
Brian Montgomery/Lynchburg, Ohio
Year/make/model:
'95 Chevy 2500 HD standard cab
Engine:
6.0L V-8
Suspension:
Custom 12-inch suspension lift with custom-chromed double shocks
Wheels/tires:
Weld Racing Typhoon 16.5x14-inch wheels/44x14.50-16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Accessories:
Pioneer audio system; Billet front grille insert; Lund Racer Back system; cowl induction fiberglass hood; 4,000-pound hydraulic scissor lift

0406or 22 z+1989 toyota pickup+front view

Owner/hometown:
Darrell Reilly/Millstone Township, New Jersey
Year/make/model:
'89 Toyota 4x4
Engine:
3.0L V-6
Suspension:
Trail Master 4-inch suspension lift with Trail Master shocks and dual steering Stabilizers
Wheels/tires:
Mickey Thompson Classic 15x12-inch wheels/15x39R15 Mickey Thompson Baja belted tires
Accessories:
DeeZee nerf bars; Grant steering wheel; Pioneer audio system; Viper alarmsystem; Borla Cat-Back exhaust system; Centerforce clutch; K&N air filter; full emergency lighting system

0406or 23 z+1998 toyota tacoma+side view

Owner/hometown:
Sam Lewis/Hollywood, Florida
Year/make/model:
'98 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
Engine:
3.0L V-6
Suspension:
Front: 6-inch Trail Master Suspension lift with 3-inch Sway-A-Way coilover shocks; Rear: Custom rear springs with 3-inch Sway-A-Way coilover shocks
Wheels/tires:
Eagle Type 589 15x8-inch wheels/35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich M/TsAccessories:
KC Daylighter lights; front and rear ARB Air Lockers; MagnaFlow dual after-cat exhaust; custom side rock sliders

0406or 24 z+1952 willys utility wagon+side view

Owner/hometown:
Eric Frost/West Valley City, Utah
Year/make/model:
'52 Willys Utility Wagon 4x4
Engine:
'72 351-cid Cleveland V-8
Suspension:
Softride 4-inch suspension lift with Rancho RS5000 shocks
Wheels/tires:
Enkei 15x8.5 wheels/35x12.50-15 Dunlop Mud-Rovers
Accessories:
Edelbrock manifold; New Venture NP4500; custom paint and bodywork; custom lower quarter-panel rock sliders

0406or 25 z+2003 jeep wrangler tj+front view

Owner/hometown:
Ted Bumgardner/Vista, California
Year/make/model:
'03 Jeep TJ Wrangler 4x4
Engine:
4.0L I-6
Suspension:
Terra-Flex 4-inch suspension lift with removable front antisway bar
Wheels/tires:
Centerline Racing 15x8-inch wheels/33x12.50R15 Pro Comp Mud Terrain tires
Accessories:
Ramsey 9,000-pound winch; custom-fabricated front bumper; Hella off-road lights; custom bikini top; dual-purpose nerf bars and side guards

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