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Off-Road Readers' Rides - May 2011

Posted in Features on May 1, 2011
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Vehicle: ’96 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: Charley Downing
Location: Monrovia, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.3L Vortec V-6
Drivetrain: Turbo 350 transmission, Currie 9-inch rear, 35-spline axles, Spool
Suspension: Custom long-travel control arms, Bilstein front coilovers, BFK Fab three-link rear with King coilovers
Steering: Howe hydraulic
Brakes: Stock front, Wilwood rear
Tires/Wheels: 31-inch BFG M/T
Interior: Beard seats, B&M shifter
Other Parts: 4-inch Bilstein hydraulic bumpstops, relocated radiator to rear, full rollcage
Favorite Off-Road Area: Glamis

High-Flying Ford
Vehicle: ’99 Ford Ranger
Owner: George Contreras
Location: Whittier, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.0L V-6
Drivetrain: Explorer 8.8 rear, Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
Suspension: Custom 4130 chromoly long-travel control arms, custom spindles, King shocks, King bumpstops
Steering: Chromoly with clevis and Heim ends
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors all around
Tires/Wheels: Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 33x12.5R15
Interior: Beard seats, Crow belts
Other Parts: DOM steel 1.75-inch cage, Optima Battery, Flowmaster muffler, Kenwood stereo, Kicker speakers
Favorite Off-Road Area: Ocotillo Wells, Glamis, Lake Havasu OR

Big Mud
Vehicle: ’78 Chevrolet Blazer
Owner: Ken Schueneman
Location: Bristol, Wisconsin
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 350ci V-8
Drivetrain: 700R4, GM 10-Bolt front axle, GM 12-Bolt rear axle, 4.88 gears, ARB front locker, Auburn Posi rear locker
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Steering: AGR gearbox, Borgenson steering shaft, Heim joint rod ends
Brakes: Stock front, TSM disc conversion rear
Tires/Wheels: 38.5-inch Thornbird tires, Chevy rally wheels
Interior: ’00 Tahoe leather seats
Other Parts: Cold-air intake with K&N filter, 40-gallon fuel tank
Favorite Off-Road Area: Badlands, Attica, Indiana

Driveway mobbin’
Vehicle: ’07 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Owner: Mitch Johnson
Location: McKinney, Texas
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.0L V-6
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-inch suspension
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: General Grabber tires, Black Rock 17x9 wheels
Interior: Hi-Lift mounted on River Raiders mounts, Smittybilt grab handles
Other Parts: Personalized plates
Favorite Off-Road Area: Texas State Parks

Arizona Roaming
Vehicle: ’97 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
Owner: Mick McKinley
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.3L Vortec V-8
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Rancho Suspension 6-inch Lift
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: BFG M/T 35-inch tires, 16x10 Ion chrome wheels
Interior: A little dirty
Other Parts: Dual Flowmaster exhaust, Airaid Intake, chrome Brush Guard, KC lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Arizona deserts

Her Turn
Vehicle: ’74 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Jennifer Downing
Location: Monrovia, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 304ci AMC V-8
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: KYB shocks, limit straps, flipped axles, reversed hangers
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33-inch BFG M/T tires, American Racing wheels
Interior: Corbeau seats
Other Parts: Custom ’cage, bumpers, spare-tire holder, HID light bar
Favorite Off-Road Area: Calico Ghost Town

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