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May 2001 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on October 20, 2004
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Mario DiAngelo of Woodbine, Maryland, started with a wrecked '96 Ford Ranger and went to work. First, the smashed panels were replaced with fiberglass fenders, bedsides, and a hood. Next to go on was a mix of Superlift, Skyjacker, and Trailmaster parts to achieve six inches of lift to make room for 35-inch Boggers on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Challenger wheels. An Auburn limited slip was put in the rear and 4.56 gears went into both ends. Finally, the flashy flame paint job was added.

Stomping around Devine, Texas, is Brandon Wheeler's '82 Chevy. Improving its stance is an 8-inch suspension lift, a 4-inch body lift, and 39.5-inch Swampers on 15x10 Alcoas. Powering the big Chevy is a swapped-in 454 that was punched out to 468 cubic inches. Helping out the big block is a Holley 750 carb, K&N air filter, Hedman Headers, and a Comp cam. Horsepower then flows through a TH 350 tranny, NP205 transfer case, and the stock axles.

Ryan Hatch spends plenty of time exploring the Colorado backcountry with his '88 Wrangler. To help prevent breakage, a Ford 9-inch was swapped to the rear, complete with 4.56 gears, disc brakes, and a Detroit Locker. The front axle is stock but also received a set of 4.56 gears and a Detroit Locker. Lift and flex come in the form of 3.5-inch Superlift springs and a 2-inch body lift from Dick Cepek. Remington Mud Brutes in the 33-inch flavor wrapped around 15x8 Prime Gambler II rims provide traction.

Stacey Shepard of Pulaski, Mississippi, bought her '98 Chevy Z71 with every option she could think of. Then she set about improving it. First to go on was a 6-inch Superlift with traction bars for the rear. Fitting 36x16 Dick Cepek Fun Country tires required more clearance in the form of a 3-inch body lift. To add a bit more horsepower, a K&N air filter and Flowmaster exhaust system were installed. Finally, so that she could play her favorite tunes, Stacey installed an Alpine CD player along with MB Quart and JBL speakers.

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