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March 2002 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on January 20, 2005
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Two of a Kind
Brothers Brandon and Dustin Naivar of Taylor, Texas both own Chevy trucks. Brandon's is a 2000 1/2-ton and features a 4-inch Rancho lift along with a 3-inch body lift. All this elevation makes room for 35-inch General Grabber MTs on Weld Typhoon aluminum wheels. A K&N air filter and Flowmaster exhaust were used to gain power. Dustin's truck is a '91 1/2-ton and sports a 6-inch Pro Comp lift along with a 3-inch body lift. Tires are 35-inch Goodyear MTs on Eagle aluminum wheels. Just like his brother's, Dustin's rig also sports a K&N air filter and Flowmaster exhaust.

Tough Texas Ram
James Barragan, of El Paso, Texas owns this nice '96 Dodge Ram. First to go on was a 3-inch Rancho suspension lift along with a 3-inch body lift. This made enough room for 33-inch Swampers. A set of 4.10 gears help turn the tires while a K&N air filter, headers, and Flowmaster exhaust help produce more power. Inside of the truck rests a Kenwood CD player and stereo system to play the tunes.

Jim Riley hails from Donovan, Illinois and owns this '66 Chevy Stepside. Actually, the body is of '66 vintage but the rest of the truck is a '75 Blazer. Under the hood of the half '66, half '75 Chevy is found a 350 V-8 that has been left stock for now. A 4-inch lift was put into place to make room for 35-inch Dunlop Mud Rovers. Finally, a bright red shade of paint was fogged onto the transplanted '66 body.

In Progress
This Jeep Cherokee belongs to Ryan D'Ambra of Duvall, Washington. In the rear is a Corporate 14-bolt axle while a Dana 44 rests up front. A 258 I-6 powers the Jeep, backed by a Torqueflite 727. Currently the rig sits on 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains on steel wheels. A 401ci AMC V-8 is being built to replace the tired inline-six. Other plans call for 4.10 gears for the front Dana 44 to match the rear, and a spring-over conversion to help clear 38-inch tires.

Jason Bishop of Alabaster, Alabama built his '93 Jeep YJ to run the tough trails of Tellico and with its impressive list of equipment it should be more than up to the task. The 4.0L six was left alone and is backed by the stock transmission. From there power goes to an Atlas II 4.3:1 transfer case and a Dana 60 front axle along with a Corporate 14-bolt rear axle. A quarter-elliptical rear suspension and a buggy-leaf front suspension provide flex, along with room for 39.5-inch Swampers and Boggers on 15x10 MRT bead-lock wheels. A full rollcage along with a host of other mods makes this Jeep tough enough for Tellico.

Randy West of Perkin, Illinois transformed his '99 Dodge Ram 1500 into what you see here using a 5-inch Skyjacker suspension lift. New meats come in the form of 35-inch Super Swamper SSRs on 15x10 American Eagle aluminum wheels. Nerf bars were also put into place and to liberate a few extra horsepower, a new exhaust system was added. To help improve the looks of the big Dodge, front and rear light covers were used along with a hood guard. Randy claims that he still has a lot to do to the Ram but what he's done so far looks like a good start to us.

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