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Custom 4X4 Off Road Trucks - Off Road Rides

Posted in Features on September 1, 2007
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Bad Weather? No ProblemYou are not going to find a more passionate off-roading enthusiast than Peter Ulrich from Belgrade, Montana. Peter has been rebuilding his '79 Dodge Ramcharger truck for quite some time. With his home in the western part of Montana, he spends much of his off-road time traversing local logging roads and Forest Service access roads. During the winter months, these areas become very unstable for average vehicles. This is when Peter and his friends head out, knowing the trails are going to be a lot less crowded as well as more challenging to their well-equipped rides.

Peter's truck was originally equipped with a Dodge 360 powerplant, which unfortunately failed on him over time. Since, he has swapped in a '65 413ci motor that came out of an Imperial he had sitting in his garage. Along with engine performance, he has beefed up the drivetrain using a Dana 44 front axle, Chrysler 9.25-inch rear axle, Powertrax lockers, 3.55 gears, an NP435 transmission, and NP203 transfer case. The suspension comprises Rough Country 4-inch front springs, a rear shackle flip, new rear leaf springs, and Rancho RSX shocks all around. Although he plans on going bigger, Peter has had no problems pushing his Dodge with 35-inch Pro Comp M/T tires.

Peter sent us some great images and a good story about his passion for off-roading and his vehicle. This is truly what an Off-Road Rides submission should be like. Take note.

A Couple of WheelersBrian and Jana Simpson both love exploring the local trail systems near their home in Hot Springs, Virginia. Brian recently purchased an '02 Arctic Cat 650 V-twin quad that he and Jana take out when they need to access trails for which their truck is too large or the angles too extreme. He has poured over $5,000 into his project quad to get it set up just how he likes it.

Jana prefers to take her '91 Toyota 4x4 truck out and let her husband get spoiled with dirt from head to toe riding his quad while she experiences the creature comforts of a sealed cab. They have modified her truck with a 4-inch suspension lift and 3-inch body lift to make clearance for a set of massive 39.5-inch SSR Bogger tires.

It's been said that a couple who wheels together, stays together. We wish the Simpsons the best of luck in all of their adventures.

Editor's Note: Mail your submissions to: Off-Road Magazine, Off-Road Rides, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA 92806. You may also e-mail your photos to

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