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December 2009 Off-Road Rides - Readers Rides

Posted in Features on December 1, 2009
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Long Distance Desert Xterra
Vehicle: 2000 Nissan Xterra SE
Owner: Irwin R. Jimenez, Fontana, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: VG33E V-6 rebuilt at 200,000 miles, extensive cylinder head porting and polishing, port-matched manifolds and throttle body, Koyo Super radiator, cold air intake, HKS Super air filter, Denso spark plugs and wires, Hyper ground wires
Drivetrain: Stock five-speed tranny, stock T-case, VSD limited slip rear differential
Suspension: Automotive Customizers 1.5-inch lift with Calmini rear shackles, Rancho RS5000 shocks, Energy Suspension polyurethane bushing kit
Steering: Rancho steering stabilizer
Brakes: Stock
Tires/wheels: 31x10.5R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's / OEM 15-inch charcoal gray rims
Interior: Kenwood CD player, Pioneer speakers, 200-watt amp, 12-inch Visokik subwoofer
Other Parts: Custom light rail on roof rack with four Hella 500 off-road lights, ion fog lights, Catz ion driving lights, custom-built rock sliders, custom-built Gobi ladder, Smittybilt trail jack, Tiger Hitch, Tsunami MF-1050 trail compressor, euro headlights with Phillips Crystal Vision lights, and more.
Favorite Off-Road Area: Mojave Road

Deep Fried Mudder
Vehicle: 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Jason Post, West Virginia
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 7.3L V-8 Powerstroke with 398,000 miles, dual MBRP 4-inch exhaust, Diablo tuner, K&N air intake,
Drivetrain: ZF S6-650 six-speed manual tranny, stock T-case, Dana 50 front, Sterling 10.25-inch rear, 3.73 gears
Suspension: Fabtech 3-inch spring hangers and 4-inch springs with Bilstein shocks
Steering: Dual steering stabilizers
Brakes: Upgraded heavy-duty towing brakes
Tires/wheels: 37-inch Cooper STT's / 16x10-inch Eagle Alloys
Interior: Autometer Boost and EGT gauges, satellite radio
Other Parts: Fabtech Prerunner bar, burning used vegetable oil since August 2008
Favorite Off-Road Area: Hatfield McCoy trails in West Virginia and Moody Hill back roads in Colorado.

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Vegas Wheeling 'Yota
Vehicle: Toyota Truggy
Owner: Mike Ebert, Las Vegas, Nevada
Chassis: 1982 front half/Desert Runner Fab rear
Engine: 22R on Propane
Drivetrain: L50 five-speed transmission, Marlin MC07 Crawler, '82 Toyota T-case, 8-inch front and rear axles, Detroit locker in front, Spool in rear, 5.29 gears, Longfield 30-spline CM front shafts, ARP studs
Suspension: All-Pro 4-inch leaf springs in front, Downey shackles, Desert Runner Fab four-link rear, Sway-A-Way 16-inch air shocks, Jonny joints
Steering: All-Pro Hy-Steer links, '93 4Runner gear box, Trail-Gear pump and ram assist
Brakes: '82 front, '86 10-inch drums in rear, FJ master cylinder
Tires/wheels: 36-inch Super Swamper SXs / 15x10 Allied Beadlocks
Interior: PRP seats, Autometer gauges, Crow harnesses
Other Parts: Mile Marker 9K winch, All-Pro T-case brake, Rockers T-case mount/skid, tube front end by Desert Runner Fab
Favorite Off-Road Area: Jack's Trail in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mud Boggin' 4runner Extra Cab
Vehicle: 1986 Toyota 4runner/truck
Owner: Roy Mussatti
Chassis: Stock fully boxed frame
Engine: 22RE four cylinder, shorty header, 2.5-inch exhaust, Flowmaster two-chamber muffler, 4-inch exhaust tip, open element air cleaner, LC Engineering cam
Drivetrain: Automatic, stock T-case, Skyjacker front driveshaft, Trail Gear 10-inch long slip yoke and axle breather tubes, solid axle conversion with an '83 8-inch front axle with Lincoln locker, 8-inch rear with Lincoln locker, 5.29 gears
Suspension: 5-inch front springs with 3-inch Rubicon shackles, 14-inch travel Skyjacker 8000 shocks, 3-inch shackles in rear, 2-inch lift rear leaf springs
Steering: Cross-over steering heim joints
Brakes: Sky Manufacturing rear disc brakes
Tires/wheels: 39.5x18.5x15 Super Swamper Boggers / 15x14 Mickey Thompson wheels
Interior: Hand controls, modified roof with Extra Cab rear section
Other parts: Electric fan, Warn 8274 winch on receiver, Pro Comp off road lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Michigan western Upper Peninsula trails and pipelines

Orange Yuppie Jeep
Vehicle: 1994 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Andy Martenson IV
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 2.5L inline four-cylinder
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual tranny
Suspension: 2-inch shackle lift, 1.5-inch suspension lift, and 1-inch body lift
Steering: Stock power steering
Brakes: Discs in front, drums in rear
Tires/wheels: 33x13.5R15 Super Swampers / 15-inch Eagle alloy wheels
Interior: six-point custom roll cage, water proof seats
Other Parts: Matching front and rear bumpers, rocker guards
Favorite Off-Road Area: "My backyard. I live near power lines."

The Mistress
Vehicle: 1989 Dodge Ram Charger
Owner: Gus Williams
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.9L 360ci stroker motor
Drivetrain: TH400 transmission, NP203 T-case, Simon driveshafts, Dana 44 axles.
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker springs, Skyjacker Hydro 7000 shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/wheels: 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrains / aluminum wheels
Interior: Stock maroon
Other Parts: K&N air filter
Worst Mod: Purple paint that exploded in the cab
Favorite Off-Road Area: Jeep Trails in Sedona, Arizona

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