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April 2009 Off-Road Rides

Posted in Features on April 1, 2009
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Editor's Note: Mail your submissions to: Off-Road Magazine, Off-Road Rides, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806. You may also email your photos to

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.

Win One Hundred Clams!
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

John from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin sends us this image of his '05 GMC Sierra pickup. His daily driver is raised using a 6.5-inch BDS Suspension high-clearance lift with a 3-inch body lift added. Total lift measures in at 9.5 inches. Thirty-seven-inch Kumho Road Venture MT tires are found wrapped around 22-inch Cadillac wheels. A few other mods include a Hypertech Max Energy Programmer, dual Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers, Pace Edward Jack Rabbit bed cover, and a Denali front grille.

Take a look at Mitchell Gordy's '99 Jeep Wrangler TJ. He purchased the Jeep back in 1998 and has been slowly building it up to be his dream ride for the past 10 years. In late 2000 he was hit head-on by a drunk driver, who inflicted more than $9,000 worth of damage to the vehicle. Since that event, Gordy has been rebuilding the TJ into what you see today. His Jeep is sitting on an 8-inch Fabtech Rock Crawler suspension with a 1-inch body lift added. His tires are Nitto Mud Grapplers 38x15.50R18 running on 18x9 black XD Diesels. For protection he installed Poison Spyder custom trail protection armor shown in the pics. Future modifications include a Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear with 8-inch axle stretch and Gen Right fuel tank.

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Old pickups are just plain cool. Larry Shreckengost's '60 Ford F-100 4x4 is nothing short of that. Over the years he has refreshed much of the vehicles stock parts and added some new ones as well. Tires and wheels include Buckshot Mudder tires and black steel wheels. The suspension is stock but Larry added air socks front and rear, which can push the suspension up 6 inches. Up front, the custom front bumper is holding a 12,000-pound Warn winch for recovery. Larry built this truck for hitting the trails, camping with the family, and taking his ATV out as pictured.

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Side By Rides
When his father lets him, Jacob Reome of Gaffney, South Carolina, takes out the family's Yamaha Rhino for some fun in the hills. He loves that the Rhino can go anywhere and has a ton of power. The family has already added a Yamaha sport top, wheels, new tires, and a Warn winch. When he isn't on the Yamaha, he is racing motocross on his '08 Suzuki RM-85.

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What started out as a typical golf cart quickly turned into Doug Nephew's custom built off-road creation. It is powered by a Ford 2.0 DOHC Zetec motor and uses the stock five-speed manual transmission. The chassis is built primarily of 1.75- and 1.5-inch DOM tubing. The front suspension uses center link lower A-arms with upper J-arms. Doug used Speed-way Motors screw-in stock car ball-joints, 2WD Toyota Tacoma knuckle assemblies and 16-inch stroke King air shocks. The front suspension cycles 20-inches strapped. The steering is comprised of a billet center load rack and pinion and FK studded rod ends. Stopping is handled by four-wheel disc brakes, braided lines, a custom built swinger pedal assembly and a brake proportioning valve. Tires are 28-inch Super Swamper TSLs on stock steel Toyota rims with burned out simu-lock rings. The interior has Hezco lowback seats, RCI 5 point harnesses and Autometer water temp and oil pressure gauges.

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