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Off-Road Readers' Rides - May 2012

Posted in Features on May 1, 2012
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Blue Oval Giant

Vehicle: 2011 Ford F-350 FX4 Super Duty
Owner: Tom Cusano
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel
Drivetrain: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic, Sterling 10.5 rear end
Suspension: 6-Inch BDS four-link suspension lift in front, BDS Springs in the rear
Steering: BDS dual steering stabalizer
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 37-Inch Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains on 20-Inch American Racing XD chrome Diesel wheels
Interior: Lariat black on black leather interior with black carpeting
Other parts: Warn 15,000-pound winch, front and rear Fab Fours pre runner bumpers coated with Linex, Bushwacker pocket style fenders flares, AMP powersteps, Recon smoked tail lights and clearance lights, Nathan Air chime Locomotive horns, Power Tank CO2 system installed in the bed
Favorite off-road area: Muddy trails near Butler county

Jeeper’s Creepers

Vehicle: 1957 Willys Wagon
Owner: Michael D. Sabin
Location: Tonopah, Arizona
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 302ci Ford V-8 with 0.30 over Keith Black pistons, Comp Cams Extreme 4x4 cam with 262 duration and 0.512 valve lift, Weiand Stealth intake, Holley 670 CFM Truck Avenger Carburetor
Drivetrain: C6 automatic, Dana 20 T-case, Dana 44 front, 9-Inch rear with limited slip and 31-spline six-Hole Chevy axles, 4.56 gears
Suspension: Spring-over axle lift
Steering: Power steering conversion
Brakes: Front disc brakes and rear drums
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Remington Mud Brute tires on 15-Inch white steel wheels
Interior: Four messy bucket seats
Other Parts: KC Daylighter lights, original clearance lights
Favorite off-road area: Hassayampa River, Arizona Crown King Trail, Arizona

High-Output Explorer

Vehicle: 1999 Ford Explorer Sport
Owner: Simon Longworth
Location: Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 2000 Explorer 5.0L V-8
Drivetrain: 2000 Explorer 4R70W automatic, AWD T-case, IFS, 8.8-Inch rear, 3.55 gears
Suspension: Pro Comp front shocks, four-door leaf springs in rear with Warrior WAR 153 shackles
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 285/75/16 Federal Couragia M/T on 16-Inch Explorer Sport wheels
Interior: Full 2000 Explorer Limited wiring, dash, steering wheel, heated leather, climate control, message center
Other Parts: CCFL projector halo headlights, tinted rear lights, 3-Inch body lift, Sony XAV-7W flip out with XM module, MTX 10-Inch sub, Smittybilt nerf bars, bull bar, two 5-Inch off road spot lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Argo Bush, Saskatchewan

Bow Tie Tow Rig

Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500
Owner: Kristopher Carlson
Location: USA
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 6.0L V-8, Cold Air Intake, Magnaflow exhaust, Diablosport Tuner
Drivetrain: Built 4L80E, NP246 T-case, 9.5-Inch IFS front differential, 14-Bolt rear, 3.73 gears
Suspension: Stock for now but planning on making some room for 37s!
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 245/75R16 Michelins on factory 16-Inch alloy wheels, soon to be 37s
Interior: Auto Meter gauges, electronic trailer brake controller
Other Parts: Future plans are to add a bigger cam, as well as headers

Sin City Bomber

Vehicle: 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500
Owner: Josh Green
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.3L V-8, K&N intake
Drivetrain: 4L60E with 2000 RPM stall torque converter, 10-Bolt rear
Suspension: CST long travel kit in front, Deaver leaf springs in rear, Bilstein 5100 shocks all around 
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.5R17 Mud Claw Radial MT on 17-Inch Pro Comp wheels
Interior: Kenwood double-din touch screen head unit, black bandanna hanging from rear view mirror
Other Parts: Hannemann fiberglass fenders & bedsides, custom front bumper with skid plate and two Hella off road lights, Silverstar headlights, chrome fuel door, Stubby antenna
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere there’s dirt!

Blue Blood Dakota

Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Dakota SLT
Owner: Pete Koehler
Location: New Haven, Michigan
Chassis: Removed all IFS parts and Chrysler 9.25 rear axle, fabricated brackets to accept ‘78 Bronco suspension and axles.
Engine: 4.7L V-8, cold air intake, Jeep high-output camshafts, bored out throttle body, Magnaflow exhaust
Drivetrain: 45RFE Automatic, torque management modification, NV231 T-Case, ‘78 Bronco front D44 with a TrueTrac, Yukon axleshafts, Warn hubs, ‘78 Bronco rear 9-Inch with a Detroit Locker, Yukon axleshafts, custom front driveshaft, 4.56 gears
Suspension: 4-Inch Bronco coils up front, 7-Inch Alcan leafs out back, dual Pro Comp shocks up front, Pro Comp shocks in the rear
Steering: Notched and reinforced frame to accept Bronco steering box, 4-Inch drop pitman arm, Pro Comp steering stabilizer
Brakes: Vented front disc, 11-Inch rear drum
Tires/Wheels: 36-Inch Super Swamper TSL Radials on 15-Inch black steel wheels.
Interior: Stock
Other Parts: 3-Inch body lift, rear tube bumper with integrated hitch, center mounted rear traction bar, custom gear attached to rear pinion yoke for ABS/Speedometer sensor.
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere in northern Michigan.

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