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Off-Road Readers' Rides - June 2012

Posted in Features on June 1, 2012
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Jamboree Jeep

Vehicle: 1998 Jeep TJ Wrangler
Owner: Fred Grant
Location: Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 4.0L I-6 with ’01 intake manifold, AEM cold air intake and throttle body spacer, Borla header, high-flowing cat with Spin Tech muffler
Drivetrain: AX-15 five-speed manual transmission, Atlas II 5:1 twin-stick T-case, Tom Woods custom drive shafts front and rear, Dana 30 high-pinion front with Alloy USA shafts, ARB air locker, Ford 8.8 rear with 31-spline axles, disc brakes and a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Suspension: Fabtech 6-inch lift, Clayton Long-Arm upgrade, Old man Emu shocks, 1-inch body lift
Steering: Old Man Emu steering stabalizer, Skyjacker steering box skid plate
Brakes: Ford Explorer rear disc brakes
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R15 Goodyear MTRs on newly powdercoated 15x8.5 “old-school” Ansen Sprint five slot mag wheels
Interior: A to Z Fabrication full roll cage tied into the frame, removable nerf bars, Corbeau Baja XP front seats with Crow five-point harnesses tied into roll cage, Midland CB with Firestik antenna, Garmin Nuvi GPS navigation, Sirius satellite radio, recovery straps, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, tools, spare parts, chainsaw
Other Parts: Warn 8274-50 winch with Amsteel synthetic rope, in-dash winch control, A/C driven on-board air with 2.5-gallon air tank, Skid Row engine skid plate, Kilby gas tank skid plate, Clayton two-piece modular T-case skid plate, A to Z Ruff Stuff Bombproof Dana 30 diff cover, Riddler Manufacturing 8.8 diff cover, JKS weld in control arm skids, Currie Rock Ribz rocker guards, Olympic front and rear rock bumpers, Terry Goodman louvered hood, Chuck Brandt custom flat front fenders, IPE E-code headlights with Fatboy bulbs, Hella 500 bumper mounted fog lights, Xtreme Hi-Lift jack mounted to rollcage,
Favorite Off-Road Area: Paragon and Rausch Creek

Canadian Wheelin’

Vehicle: 1992 GMC K1500
Owner: Keith Beck
Location: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Drivetrain: 700R4 automatic, NP208 T-case, 10-Bolt IFS, 10-Bolt rear
Suspension: 3-inch torsion bar lift, 3-inch lift block in rear
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x14.50R15 Super Swamper LTBs on 15-inch steel wheels
Interior: Aftermarket bucket seats, CD deck/player in dash, two 12-inch Alpine subs and Alpine amp in a custom regular cab sound box behind the seats
Other Parts: Custom aluminum chrome billet grille insert, LED park/signal lights and LED tail-lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Local rivers near Portage la Prairie

Killer Bee Bronco

Vehicle: 1974 Ford Bronco
Owner: Jarrett & Kelly Feldman
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 1989 Mustang 5.0 H.O. EFI V-8
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, ford 9-inch rear, Currie axles, 4.11 gears
Suspension: 5.5-inch Wild Horses lift
Steering: Wild Horses steering stabilizer
Brakes: Four-wheel disc brakes
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.50R15 Pro Comp X-Terrains on 15-inch Ion Alloy wheels
Interior: Full soft top
Other Parts: ARB air lockers, Smittybilt XRC10 winch, 
Favorite Off-Road Area: Apex Dunes, Logandale and Potato Ridge

Funner in a 4Runner

Vehicle: 1987 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Erin Broughton
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 22RE Toyota four cylinder with custom full exhaust
Drivetrain: Automatic Overdrive, Toyota 8-inch IFS, Toyota 8-inch rear, 4.10 gears
Suspension: 2-inch Toytec lift with ProComp shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 235/75R15 Goodyear Duratracs on factory 15-inch Alloy wheels
Interior: Aftermarket sound system, CB Radio with whip antenna
Other Parts: Roof mounted spare tire
Favorite Off-Road Area: Down ol’ Buckman Road in Santa Fe, but favorite trails are in Ouray, Colorado

Sonoma Prerunner

Vehicle: 1996 GMC Sonoma
Owner: Ryan Bosman
Location: Chico, CA
Chassis: Fully caged with 1.75-inch DOM tubing
Engine: ’03 4.3L Chevy V-6, JBA headers, K&N Intake
Drivetrain: 4L60E automatic, full-floating 9-inch rear with full spool, Cone hubs, 5.29 gears, Currie nodular iron case
Suspension: Baja Customs lower A-arms and frame plating kit, custom upper, A-arms and spindles, BMS hubs, Sway-A-Way shocks all around, custom three-link in the rear
Steering: Custom pitman/idler arm and center-link
Brakes: Wilwood brakes all around
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 BF Goodrich Baja T/A Projects on 15-inch OMF beadlocks
Interior: PRP seats, Crow harnesses, MOMO steering wheel, Lowrance GPS, Race radio, lots of Dynamat
Other Parts: Jaz 32-gallon fuel cell, Hella 4000 lights, Ron Davis radiator, C4 Fabworks jack mount, Hellion Race Products one-piece fiberglass front clip
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere in northern Nevada.

Greener Pastures

Vehicle: 2000 Ford F150 4x4
Owner: Steve Owens
Location: Lebanon, Missouri
Engine: 5.4L V-8, 77 series K&N intake, throttle body spacer, Gibson Super Truck exhaust, Edge Evolution programmer
Drivetrain: 4R100 automatic, BW4406 T-case, IFS differential, 9.75 rear
Suspension:  Torsion bars turned up, Pro Comp ES9000s shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes:  Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.50R16 Nitto Terra Grapplers on 16x10 Dick Cepek DC-1 chrome wheels
Interior: Alpine DVD player, 2 12-inch Kenwood Subs and 350 Kenwood amp
Other Parts: Stainless steel grille guard, stainless step bars, stainless tail light guards, stainless Smittybilt Predator rear bumper guard, Undercover tonneau, two 6-inch Hella lights, smoked LED third brake light, bed mounted Hi-Lift jack
Favorite Off-Road Area: Snowy fields, wide open cow pastures and back roads

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