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Off-Road Readers' Rides - February 2012

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Old-School Ranger

Vehicle: 1990 Ford Ranger
Owner: Esteban Beltran
Location: San Diego, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 2.9L V-6 with K&N filter and Flowmaster exhaust
Drivetrain: Stock 2WD
Suspension: ProComp 6-inch lift with Tuff Country 4-inch lift I beams, Pro Comp ES3000 shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33-inch Nankang Mudstar tires on 15x9 Flat Black Eagle Alloy wheels
Interior: Stock
Other parts: 2,000-watt amp with dual 12-inch MTX Blue Thunder subwoofers in a Q-logic box
Favorite off-road area: “Anywhere I can!”


Logging Road Ram

Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Brien Lumppio
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.9L Cummins, Smarty Tuner, Banks intercooler, 414 rear-wheel horsepower
Drivetrain: HTS billet transmission, AAM 9.25 front, Chrysler 10.5 rear, 4.10 gears
Suspension: 3-inch Carli coils with 1-inch spacer in front, progressive leaf pack with 1-inch block in rear, Bilstein shocks
Steering: ’08 tie rod and draglink, pitman arm brace
Brakes: Superlift Bulletproof brake hose
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains on 17x8.5 Centerline Wildcat wheels
Interior: EGT, boost and transmission temperature gauges
Other parts: TDK bumper with PIAA lights, Soft Ride sway bar with disconnects, custom control arms, track bar and bumpstops.
Favorite off-road area: Old logging roads and gravel pits


Best Gift Ever!

Vehicle: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: Tammy & Jim Meyers
Location: Frackville, Pennsylvania
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Drivetrain: NV241 Rock-Trac T-case, Dana 44 front, Dana 44 rear, front and rear lockers
Suspension: Stock Rubicon
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 32-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2s on stock 16-inch Rubicon wheels
Interior: Stock Interior with upgraded my gig, heated cloth seats, Cobra 75wxst CB, Husky Liners front and rear
Other parts: Poison Spyder Customs Brawler Lite front bumper with brawler bar with custom colored shackles, PSC Brawler front skid, Factory skids, Arizona Rocky Road rear tire antenna mount with a fire stick II, Rugged Ridge light guards
Favorite off-road area: Reading Anthracite “RAC Land”


Monster Dime

Vehicle: Chevy S-10 Extended Cab
Owner: Glenn and Shirley Miller
Location: Naselle, Washington
Chassis: 1.75-inch, 0.120-wall DOM tubing
Engine: Propane Powered 383 stroker Chevy V-8
Drivetrain: Turbo 350, NP205, Dana 60 front, Corporate 14-Bolt rear
Suspension: Triangulated four-link, 18-inch-stroke Sway-A-Way 2.5 remote reservoir coilover shocks, 4-inch FOX hydraulic bump stops.
Steering: Full hydraulic, dual cylinders
Brakes: Hydroboost brake booster
Tires/Wheels: 44-inch Super Swamper Boggers on 16.5x12 Weld Aluminum wheels
Interior: Center Steer, full containment seat, five-point harness, Lexan firewall
Other parts: Fiberglass fenders, hood and bedsides, all brackets made of 3/16 T-1 steel, Birch remote ignition interrupter. The whole truck was built in six months in a two-car garage.
Favorite off-road area: Anywhere there are crushed cars to hit, like events in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Nevada.


Off-El Camino

Vehicle: 1970 Chevy El Camino
Owner: Kevin Olson
Location: Beecher City, Illinois
Chassis: ’75 Chevy Blazer frame
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8, hooker headers, Edelbrock Street Dominator manifold, Holley 650 CFM carburetor, Accel spark plug wires, DUI distributor
Drivetrain: Turbo 400 transmission, NP205 T-case, Dana 44 front with Lincoln locker, 12-Bolt rear with locker, 4.88 gears
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch lift, Superlift shocks
Steering: Pro Comp steering stabilizers
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 40-inch Gumbo Mudders on 15-inch black steel wheels
Interior: Homemade dash, gauges, two-seater
Other parts: Summit fuel cell, Earl’s plumbing, Flowmaster exhaust
Favorite off-road area: Central Illinois and Southern Wisconsin


Thousand- Dollar Pony

Vehicle: 1989 Ford Bronco II
Owner: Cody Gordon
Location: Larwill, Indiana
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 2.9L V-6, cold air intake, straight piped, Accel spark plugs, wires and coil.
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual, Borg Warner 1350 T-case, Dana 28 TTB front, 7.5 rear
Suspension: 2-inch coil spacers in front, 2-inch lift blocks in the rear.
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 31x10.5R15 Firestone Destination AT on 15-inch American Racing wheels
Interior: Pioneer stereo and speakers, custom lighting
Other parts: Chrome rocker kit and custom made decals, clearance lights
Favorite off-road area: Indiana fields with hometown friends.



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