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May 2009 Off-Road Rides - Readers Rides

Posted in Features on May 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

This is the type of story that always brings smiles to our faces: Carolyn Walters from Modesto, California, went from driving a Lexus car to a '04 Ford F150 4x4. She tells us that once she got her first taste of mud in her new truck there was no going back. She has already loaded up her Ford with a 6-inch suspension system, BF Goodrich M/T tires, and Mickey Thompson wheels.

Mid '80s Toyota Landcruisers like Jake Everich's '86 FJ60 scream "take me exploring!" Jake is originally from Matunuck, Rhode Island, and finds time in the local mountain and permitted beaches to wheel his rig. He tells us that although this is his first 4x4 vehicle, it won't be his last. The Toyota is sporting an Old Man Emu heavy-duty suspension, Man-A-Fre 4Plus Extreme greasable shackles, Tri-Mil 6 into 1 headers and a Full Desmog unit with Weber 38 carburetor.

Steve Tucker of Houston, Texas, has always dreamed of owning a well-built '90 Ford Bronco XLT. Over the past few years his dream has come true and he has built an amazing daily driver that spends plenty of hours tearing up the dirt. In order to stuff those 35-inch BF Goodrich M/T tires underneath he lifted his Bronco with a 4-inch Pro Comp suspension that runs dual Rancho shocks in front. He has also added a CARR light bar with 9-inch Pro Comp lights, Flowmaster exhaust and stainless steel brake lines.

Side By Rides
Jon Daniels, a Long Beach, California, firefighter, sent us this image of his green Yamaha Rhino. His Rhino is sporting new Mastercraft seats with a custom mini bench in the rear for his friends. Maxxis Big Horn tires have been added to provide more grip in sandy loose desert terrain. A complete custom cage was swapped in as well as full-size doors and a new front bumper. One Baja Designs En Fuego HID lamp is mounted Cyclops style up front complimenting a pair of PIAA lamps mounted to the cage.

We ran into Don Emde during a recent Ocotillo Wells trip and he took us for a ride in his '06 Yamaha Rhino. The list of modifications to his Rhino are vast so we will mention just a few. They include ITP wheels and tires, Pro Armor front bumper, Warn winch, K&N High Flow air intake, Edelbrock carburetor, Dynatek ignition and coil, Mastercraft seats and harness system, PIAA lamps, Fluidyne high performance radiator, FMF Dual Powercore exhaust, Wiseco big bore kit and a Black Rhino triple gauge dash panel. Don and family spent countless weekends in the desert -- as if that wasn't obvious by his parts list. Every part has been added to serve a purpose and has been well tested.

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