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Off-Road Rides - Readers' Rides - October 2010

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010
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Overland Express
Vehicle: '03 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Greg Eckard
Location: Gilbert, South Carolina
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.7L V-8, custom air-intake system, Flowmaster 40 exhaust
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Only fender and bumper trimming to clear tires
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Summit Racing rotors and performance pads
Tires/Wheels: Cragar Soft 8 wheels, 30x9.50R15 BFG AT tires
Interior: Stock
Other Parts: Kevin's Off-Road light bar, rear tractor lights, V-8 emblems
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere Greg can find

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4x4 Or Bust
Vehicle: '73 International Harvester Scout II
Owner: Karl Seekamp
Location: Navarre, Florida
Chassis: Stock
Engine: IH 304ci V-8
Drivetrain: Four-speed manual
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker Suspension
Steering: Upgraded to power steering
Brakes: Four stock drums
Tires/Wheels: 33-inch BFG M/T tires, 15x10 Nomad wheels
Interior: Front and rear bench seats
Other Parts: Headers, Smitty Built brush bar
Favorite Off-Road Area: 280,000 acres of sand, mud, and forest in the Eglin AFB range

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Let's Be Hasty
Vehicle: '79 Ford Bronco
Owner: Jason Hasty
Location: Davenport, Florida
Chassis: Stock with a ton of strengthening
Engine: 466ci V-8 with 150 NOS shot
Drivetrain: 2.5 Rockwell's, Detroit lockers, NP200 transfer case
Suspension: FRT 8-inch Super Duty leaf springs, Rancho XL9000 shocks, rear four-link with 9-inch Dodge coils
Steering: Hydraulic steering
Brakes: Pinion brakes front and rear
Tires/Wheels: 44-inch SSR Bogger tires, 15x14 steel wheels
Interior: Auto Meter gauges, Mastercraft seats, custom aluminum dash and panels
Other Parts: B&M shifter, Mallory ignition, six-point rollcage, Optima batteries
Favorite Off-Road Area: Goin' boggin' in the Florida swamps

Dust Storm
Vehicle: '08 Chevy Avalanche
Owner: Robin Braden
Location: Gaylord, Michigan
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.3L, K&N Cold Air Intake
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: 6-inch BDS Suspension
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35-inch Cooper SST, Dick Cepek DC-1 wheels
Interior: Stock leather
Other Parts: None
Favorite Off-Road Area: Silver Lake sand dunes

Power's Not A Problem
Vehicle: '06 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Tim Rhodes
Location: Lake Elsinore, California
Chassis: Stock 2500 frame
Engine: 5.7L V-8 HEMI, K&N Filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Drivetrain: 4WD with automatic lockers front and rear, 4.56 gears
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch lift, Bilstein shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R20 Toyo M/T tires, Jesse James Outlaw wheels
Interior: Grey leather
Other Parts: Front winch
Favorite Off-Road Area: Ocotillo Wells, Glamis, Anza Borrego State Park

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Pavement Pounder
Vehicle: '97 Ford Expedition
Owner: Erik Jeppson
Location: Sacramento, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.6L, Flowmaster exhaust, K&N filter
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Fabtech 6-inch Kit
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: Pacer wheels, BFG A/T tires
Interior: Stock leather
Other Parts: KC lights, custom front bumper
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere around Baja and cruising the streets in the neighborhood looking for a good photo op

Yellow Bus
Vehicle: '62 Jeep Willys Overland
Owner: Jerry McClintick
Location: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 283 Chevy V-8
Drivetrain: T-90, Spicer 18, Dana 53s, 4.88 gears
Suspension: Custom 2.5-inch Deaver springs, 1-inch-longer shackles, Daystar Scorpion shocks
Steering: Stock with added stabilizer
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x10.50R15 BFG KM2 on15x8 US Wheels
Interior: Older Chevy truck bench seat and belts
Other Parts: Custom dual exhaust, custom rear bumper, diamond plate bedsides and tailgate
Favorite Off-Road Area: Pennsylvania foothills

Beams Or Bust
Vehicle: '97 Chevy 2500 Long Bed
Owner: Christopher Ovrebo
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Chassis: Stock front, custom-built back-half tubular frame
Engine: 5.7L V-8 Vortec
Drivetrain: 480LE, Ford 9-inch, 4.88 gears, Lock Right Powertrax
Suspension: Custom equal length I-beams, King coilovers, FOA bump stops, rear custom three-link, King coilovers, Bilstein bypass shocks
Steering: Crossover
Brakes: ABS removed, front E-150 rotors and calipers, rear GM half-ton rotors and calipers
Tires/Wheels: 35-inch tires and wheels both found in a junkyard
Interior: Five-point belts with stock seats
Other Parts: Kragen HID lights, custom dual exhaust, dual spares, dual tranny coolers
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere he can jump his truck through the air

Extended Cab
Vehicle: '82 Chevy custom extended cab
Owner: Henry Laxton
Location: Currently in Iraq
Chassis: Chevy frame modified for extended cab
Engine: 350ci V-8 Chevy, Whipple supercharger w/two extra injectors, Flowmaster exhaust
Drivetrain: 208 transfer case, 4L60E transmission, Dana 44 front, 14-Bolt rear, ARB lockers, 4.88 Yukon gears
Suspension: 11-inch Skyjacker Soft Lift
Steering: Crossover
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors and performance pads
Tires/Wheels: 38x18.50R16.5 TSL tires, Weld Mint Crusher 16.5x12 wheels
Interior: Auto Meter gauges, handmade console, custom door panels, '02 Chevy seats, Colorado Customs steering wheel
Other Parts: 12-inch Memphis subwoofers, 7-inch TV screen, 15 coats of paint, Ostrich skin throughout, tons of chrome accessories, Harwood induction hood
Favorite Off-Road Area: Local hills and show circuit

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Parking Lot Prowler
Vehicle: '07 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
Owner: Enrique Almodovar
Location: Heber, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.7L V-8. Magnaflow exhaust, AFE CAI
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Pro Comp 6-inch Suspension
Steering: Pro Comp extensions
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: KMC XD Series wheels, 35-inch BFG A/T tires
Interior: Alpine audio, Infinity amps, Pioneer subs
Other Parts: N-Fab nerf bars, RBP grille, Raptor bedliner
Favorite Off-Road Area: Glamis, Superstition Mountains, JC Penny off-road testing grounds

Jolly Green Giant
Vehicle: '61 International Scout
Owner: Jack Shakarjyan
Location: Sun Valley, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 302 V-8 Ford 5.0L
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front and rear
Suspension: Dual shocks with custom sway bars front and rear
Steering: Power steering
Brakes: New disc brakes front and rear with Chevy calipers
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires, 15x8 Rock Crawler wheels
Interior: Jeep seats, diamond plate floor
Other Parts: Custom bumpers, Warn winch, Dolphin gauges, custom snorkel
Favorite Off-Road Area: Lockwood Miller Jeep Trails

Get Some
Vehicle: '99 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: MRAP Team
Location: FOB Sharana, Afghanistan
Chassis: Stock
Engine: Four-cylinder Toyota Diesel
Drivetrain: Stock Jeep five-speed manual tranny and stock driveline
Suspension: Stock
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: Dunlop SP RV-Major
Interior: Corbeau Racing seats (three green, one black, with the back seats facing rear)
Other Parts: Rollcage
Favorite Off-Road Area: Afghanistan mountain valleys or washouts

American Pride
Vehicle: '72 Chevy 4x4
Owner: Charles and Linda Wright
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 402ci, Edelbrock manifold, Hedman headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Drivetrain: 475 trans with 540 Allison converter, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with 4.56 gears and locker, 14-Bolt rear matching gears and locker
Suspension: 4-inch lift, Rough Country shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: One-ton disc brakes front, 14-inch rear drums
Tires/Wheels: 306/70R16 BFG M/T, 16x10 custom Stockton wheels
Interior: Replaced all factory instruments with new factory instruments
Other Parts: Safety wires differential covers, heavy-duty U-joints
Favorite Off-Road Area: Elephant Butte

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