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Off-Road Rides - Readers' Rides - February 2009

Posted in Features on February 1, 2009
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Don't see your ride?
That's because you haven't sent in your pictures! If you are reading this magazine, then chances are you have something cool parked in your driveway that other readers want to see. Whether it's your modified pickup truck or your UTV tearing up the sand dunes, we want to see what you've got. We just got a whole bunch of donated swag to give away to our favorite Off-Road Rides submission every month. So what are you waiting for? E-mail us a few of your favorite action shots in high-resolution format as well as some 411 on you and your ride to share. You may also snail mail prints to us.

Bob Bass from Brawley, California, loves getting himself in trouble. What we mean by that is he enjoys pushing the limits of his '97 Ford F150 to the max. Helping his truck survive are 35-inch Nitto tires, custom garage-built bumpers and modified rear fenders for clearance. The reason he kept his truck fairly stock is because a few people told him that he couldn't stuff 35-inch tires on his truck and make them work. Well, rest assured he made them work and enjoys wheeling every chance he gets.

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SPC James Tellen of the U.S. Army Aviation Unit tells us that his '97 Dodge Dakota almost made a cross-country trek last year. The truck made it 2,500 of the 3,000 miles until the transmission gave up. Since the trip, he has repaired the truck and started making it an eye catcher. His mod list includes 33-inch Mickey Thompson tires, Pro Comp wheels, 2 inches of lift via torsion keys and blocks, Skyjacker Hydro shocks, HID projector lights, Westin Safari Bar, Optima red-top battery and more.

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Phillip Boswell had only $500 when looking for his next project vehicle. He found this Jeep Cherokee XJ on Craigslist and construction began. Unfortunately, the truck did not run well when he purchased it, but one new water pump later and it was purring like a kitten. Fabrication started with trimming 7 inches off the front fenders and rolling the rear fenders 2 inches. Next a 41/2-inch Rough Country suspension went on as well as 2-inch coil spacers and rear lift blocks. 33x13.50-15 Super Swamper tires were wrapped around 15x10 black steel wheels.

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During a recent trip to Potawatomi Off-Road Park in Fulton, Montana, Jake Wilson had fun tearing up some dirt in his '79 Ford F150 4x4. The park has plenty of varying terrain including a few giant mud holes. Jake and his friends took the big bad Ford through them all littering the ride with mud from head to toe. Thirty-five-inch Bogger tires helped him get through the holes with zero problems. Also found on his Ford is a 6-inch Skyjacker kit, 351ci motor, and open headers. Jake also tells us that his fenders are officially called 'Midwest fenders' because they are covered in rust. Get some.

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Starting this issue!
Each and every month, our two favorite UTV submissions will receive $100 gift cards courtesy of RideNow Powersports (the world's largest powersports retailer). The gift cards can be spent at any of RideNow's retail locations or online at

Side By Rides
During the Dune Fest in Winchester Bay, Oregon, Chris Drennan took his '08 Polaris RZR to new heights. His ride is modified with an FST Long Travel suspension, MCX-USA Turbo system, Bad Azz Motorsports custom cage and factory skid plates for protection. He even sent us a video link to his RZR in action features on YouTube. To check it out visit

When the winter rolls in, Gordon Edwards from Findley L ake, New York, pulls out his trusty '09 Yamaha Rhino 700cc 4x4 for some fun. He has equipped his side-by-side to not only handle some serious time in the dirt, but also lend a hand around the neighbor clearing snow from driveways. A few of his modifications include a 60-inch plow, 3,500-pound Warn winch, Garmin 76 GPS, full front folding window, 12-inch ITP SS108 wheels, Maxxis tires, and Yamaha Mossy Oak graphics.

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