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2003 Dodge Durango

Posted in Features on January 1, 2010
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There are a lot of guys out there building homemade suspension systems in their garage. How many of them do you imagine are mechanical engineers who have worked on projects like the Comanche helicopter and F-35 fighter jets? On top of those accomplishments, Jeff Lassegard has built high-flying bicycle suspension systems, has a love for kinetics, and has now designed suspension for a very uncommon off-road vehicle. When he emailed us pictures of his '03 Dodge Durango for our Rides section we wanted to see more. Did Jeff really make the Durango a worthy off-road vehicle?

VEHICLE: 2003 Dodge Durango
Owner: Jeff Lassegard
ENGINE: 4.7L Magnum V-8
DRIVETRAIN: Chrysler 9.25 rear, Track Lock limited slip, 4.10 gears
SUSPENSION: Custom made A-arms, Sway-A-Way shocks, Deaver springs, Bell Tech shackles
STEERING: Extended steel tie rods with Heim joints
BRAKES: '00 Ford F150 4x4 rotors on Dodge 1500 hubs
TIRES/WHEELS: Pro Comp 6079 wheels, 285/75R16 Nitto Terra Grappler tires
INTERIOR: Valor DVD entertainment audio system
OTHER PARTS: Magnaflow exhaust, Flowtech headers
FAVORITE OFF-ROAD AREA: Big Bear, California
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