December 2002 Reader 4x4 Trucks - Reader's RigsPosted in Features on December 1, 2002 0) (
Hondo Rivera Jr. and his massive 2000 Ford Excursion hail from the small town of Helotes, Texas. The truck rolls on 44-inch Boggers and 16.5x14 Weld wheels, thanks to the space created by a custom 14-inch suspension lift. Dual shocks and triple steering stabilizers soak up the impacts. Rivera sits comfortably in leather seats surrounded by sound from a massive sound system that includes two 15-inch subwoofers. The 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine spews an extra 75 hp, thanks to a Superchip chip.
Travis Wehmeyer shows his '93 Ford F-250 no mercy on the trail around his hometown of San Antonio. Fortunately, the truck is built to take abuse, and is beefed with a Dana 60 front axle and a Sterling rear axle from a dualie. Altitude comes from a 22-inch suspension lift that easily clears 44-inch Boggers on 16.5x14 Bart wheels. Powering the truck is a 7.3L V-8 diesel engine and the interior features the Texas-mandatory massive sound system.
Texas resident Mike Rivera owns this bright-red Ford F-150. It is stuffed with a long list of goodies, and it's powered by the stock 5.0L V-8 engine backed by a five-speed manual. Non-stock equipment includes the 14-inch custom suspension lift, 5.13 gears and 44-inch Boggers. The inside of the truck also boasts a full-tilt audio system with enough boom to blast the paint off your house.
Mean and Green
Ray Lopez is lucky enough to get to spend his retirement exploring the backcountry near his home in Devine, Texas, in his heavily modified '94 Chevy pickup. It features an LT-1 350 V-8, Turbo 350 tranny, and an NP208 transfer case. Somehow standing up to the 44-inch Ground Hawg tires on 15x14 Rock Crawler wheels are 10-bolt axles front and rear stuffed with 3.73 gears. A custom crossover steering setup guides the big truck, while a set of Bushwacker fender flares keep the dirt off the paint.