Sam and Teresa C de Baca have plenty of good trails near their hometown of La Cienega, New Mexico, so it is no surprise that their '89 Toyota 4Runner received lots of mods. First, the IFS got ditched with the help of an All Pro live-axle conversion using 6-inch Alcan springs. This made enough room for 35-inch Mud Rovers on 15x10 Rock Crawler wheels. Spinning these tires are 4.88 Yukon gears while front and rear ARB Air Lockers provide traction. The stock V-6 received some help in the form of Downey headers and a custom exhaust.
Jeff Alberson of Southaven, Mississippi, owns a cool '78 Bronco. These rigs come fairly stout straight from the Ford factory, so not much was needed in the drivetrain department. Jeff wanted some more tire though, so he installed a 7-inch Rough Country lift using Heckethorn shocks. All that lift made enough room for 39.5-inch Swampers, though a little fender trimming was required. Future mods include a 460 V-8 swap and a horn that plays Dixie.
Bothell, Washington resident Jeremy Cooks explores the backwoods in his '73 Jeep J4000. The first mod Jeremy undertook was piecing together elements of Rancho, Trailmaster, and Tuff Country lifts to supply 4 inches of altitude. That made enough room to fit 35-inch Wild Countrys on 15x8 Superior black modular wheels. Powering the J4000 is a rebuilt 360 V-8 that was fitted with an Accel ignition and Holley carb to get some more power. Spent exhaust gases exit through a 2 1/2-inch exhaust with Warlock racing mufflers.
Rolling around Daviston, Alabama, is Wayne Willoughby and his '90 Chevy Blazer. First to go on was a 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit with Rancho shocks. Next came 39-inch Mickey Thompson Baja tires on 15x10 American Eagle wheels. Helping the 350 V-8 spin the big tires are 5.13 Precision gears while an Auburn limited slip helps to supply traction. Finally a host of interior mods was made to make the inside plenty comfy.
Randy Wood, of Lexington Missouri, wasted no time in voiding the warranty on his '01 Chevy 2500 pickup. First went on 8 inches of lift to clear enough room for 36-inch Swampers mounted on 16x10 Eagle rims. Rancho shocks were then put at every corner to smooth out the ride. Under the hood rests a stock 8.1L V-8 which provides plenty of power when combined with 4.10 gears.
Quincy, California resident Chad Dale is just 18 years old but his '78 Ford F-250 is pretty darn nice for a first 4x4. The 400M V-8 was rebuilt and is fueled by an Edelbrock 700cfm carb running through an Edelbrock aluminum intake. The V-8 exhales through Hedman headers and Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers. The C6 also received a rebuild while the NP205 remained untouched. A 4-inch Rough Country lift made room for 36-inch tires off a Hummer. Finally, Chad's dad pitched in to help paint the truck.
Billy Kimball, of Lilbourn, Missouri, has not one, but two Dodge trucks. The red one is the milder of the two and features a 3-inch body lift and 35-inch Trail Cutter tires on Eagle wheels.
In addition to the red truck, Billy also owns a silver Dodge with a few more mods. A 3-inch body lift combined with a 3-inch suspension lift makes enough room for 35-inch Trail Cutters on chrome steel wheels. Dress-up items include fender flares and a billet grille while a K&N filter makes the engine breathe a little easier.
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