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Off-Road Readers' Rides - August 2012

Posted in Features on August 1, 2012
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Aired-Out Chevy

Vehicle: 1986 Chevy K10 4x4
Owner: Chuy Nava
Location: El Paso, Texas
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 305ci V-8 with more than 200,000 miles
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP208 T-case, Dana 44 front with open differential, 10-Bolt rear with limited slip differential, 3.73 gears
Suspension: 4-inch-lift leaf springs all around, dual front shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.50R15 BFGoodrich All Terrains on 15x10 Eagle Alloy wheels
Interior: Stock
Favorite Off-Road Area: Red Sands near El Paso, Texas.

White Lightning

Vehicle: 1984 Ford Bronco
Owners: Michael Liakos
Location: Simi Valley, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 351W V-8, shorty headers
Drivetrain: C6 transmission, NP 208 T-case, TTB Dana 44 front, Ford 9-inch rear
Suspension: 2-inch over Dana 44 front beams, Solo Motorsports radius arms, 17-inch Bilstein 9100 coilovers with ACVs, 3-inch wide National springs reworked by Deaver, 12-inch Bilstein 9300 smooth body shocks
Steering: Giant Motorsports WIT single swing steering
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 BF Goodrich All Terrains on stock 15-inch 10-hole forged aluminum Alcoas
Interior: 1.75-inch DOM roll cage, PRP suspension seats, Crow harnesses, Lowrance 7-inch black and white GPS, Race Radio, Intercom
Favorite Off-Road Area: The Mojave Desert
Other: Photo credit goes to Elliott Strickler AKA DW Photo

Hungry for Mud!

Vehicle: 1994 Ford F-350 4X4
Owner: Cornelius Bartholomew
Location: Northridge, California
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 7.5L V-8, Flowmaster 50 Series muffler
Drivetrain: E4OD automatic, BW1356 T-case, Dana 60 front with Warn hubs, Sterling 10.25 limited slip rear
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33X12.50R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 16-inch American Racing Outlaw II wheels
Interior: Camouflage leaf seat covers, rear seat delete, Cobra CB with PA system
Other Parts: Dual fuel tanks, four LED brake lights mounted on camper, Chevy Suburban clearance lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Hungry Valley in Gorman and anywhere there’s mud, just not too much!

Deep Woods Dodge

Vehicle: 1997 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Cullin Rodia
Location: Cape May County, New Jersey
Chassis: Extended cab short bed
Engine: 5.9L V-8, K&N air filter, Flowmaster Super 44 cat-back exhaust
Drivetrain: 46RE automatic, NP231 T-case, Dana 44 front, 9.25 rear differential
Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker lift kit, Skyjacker shocks
Steering: Dual Skyjacker steering stabilizer
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 Trail Cutter Radial R/Ts on 15-inch American Racing wheels
Interior: Camouflage interior, Connex 3300 CB Radio
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere in South Jersey that has mud!

Top Truck Toy

Vehicle: 1981 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Al Rhodes
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 20R four-cylinder, Got Propane conversion kit
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual, Dual Toyota T-cases with Trail Gear 4.7:1 doubler kit with twin sticks, Toyota 8-inch front with Detroit Locker, Trail Gear Dirty 30s and Six Shooter knuckles, Trail Gear Trunion Bearing eliminators, new Aisin locking hubs with Trail gear chromoly hub gears, ARP hardware, Toyota 8-inch rear with Trail Gear spool and 5.29 gears
Suspension: Trail Gear front and rear 5-inch lift kit, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Steering: Trail Gear full hydraulic steering
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 39.5x13.50R17 Super Swamper Iroks on 17-inch Allied steel wheels with home made outer rock rings and Inner Air Lock internal beadlocks
Interior: 1.75-inch x 0.120-inch. wall DOM six-point rollcage, modified and cut cab
Other Parts: Corbeau Baja suspension seats, Corbeau four-point harnesses
Favorite Off-Road Area: Hollister Hills; competed in the 2011 Idaho Top Truck Challenge and bent my front axle housing in the Obstacle Course, but went on to finish all of the events and was awarded the Best Effort Trophy by the Wild West Offroad Club.

Mini Harley Dually

Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger
Owners: Ryan Pearce
Chassis: Custom push bar with lights
Engine: 4.0L V-6, cold air intake, throttle body spacer, NGK platinum spark plugs
Drivetrain: 4R55E automatic, Borg Warner 1354 T-case, Dana 35 front, 8.8 rear differential, 3.73 gears
Suspension: Independent front suspension with double A-arms, leaf-sprung rear
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: Front 245/75R15 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 15-inch stock wheels, 245/75R16 Kelly Safari TSR’s on 16-inch 8-lug dually wheels
Interior: Clarion VX409 Double Din deck
Other Parts: 2-inch wheel spacers in front, 8-lug wheel adaptors in rear to fit dually wheels, 4-inch Bushwhacker fender flares, hidden hitch, orange box lights.

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