Reader's Rigs - February 2004
Austin West from Tarpon Springs likes to explore the wilds of his native Florida in his '02 Toyota Tacoma. It has been equipped with a 6-inch Fabtech suspension system that clears the way for 36x12.50 Super Swampers on 15x10-inch steel wheels. A brushguard was put up front to protect the nose, and on the bumper were hung two KC Daylighters for nighttime illumination. Further mods are planned, but for now, Austin enjoys hitting the trails with his truck just as it is.
Proof that there is always time for 'wheeling, SFC Bruce Barnes from the 5th Combat Engineer Battalion, currently stationed in Iraq and his fellow soldiers came across this Iraqi 6x6 and had some fun 'wheeling it. Back home in San Diego, Bruce drives a '00 S-10 that he is turning into a prerunner. He also has a ZR2 Blazer that is used as a daily driver. We hope Bruce and all his battalion buddies stay safe.
SUPER SIZE ZR2
Jami Moore likes to cruise around Seneca, South Carolina in her '00 Chevy ZR2 Blazer. Its most head-turning feature is its straight-axle conversion up front. Custom-built spring mounts are used to hold 8-inch Superlift Chevy springs. The front axle is a Dana 44 out of a '78 Ford stuffed with 5.38 gears. A Ford 9-inch axle is found in the rear, also equipped with 5.38 gears. The new suspension makes room for 42-inch Super Swampers on Eagle aluminum wheels. Future plans call for a V-8 conversion and custom paint.
Showing that there are some good examples of Ford Rangers out there is Shane McGuire from Carrollton, Georgia and his '95 Ranger. It comes with a 4.0L V-6 that breathes through a K&N air filter system. The engine turns 33-inch Super Swampers. Making the tires spin a bit more easily are 4.10 gears stuffed in the stock axles. The rear 8.8-inch axle also received a Detroit Locker, along with 31-spline Moser axleshafts. A 5.5-inch Superlift suspension lift provides more flex, while a 3-inch body lift is used for extra clearance.
Dennis Langston of Rochester, New York likes to hit the trails in his '94 Geo Tracker. A 3-inch Calmini suspension system provides some extra height and flex. A set of 5.83 gears helps to turn the 31-inch Super Swampers. A Detroit Locker in the front and Lock-Right in the rear help to provide traction. A Warn 3500 winch rests up front, should traction run out. A host of skidplates also protects the little guy from getting bashed on the trail.
Albert Anderson of Chatsworth, New Jersey is the proud owner of this '84 Toyota pickup. It features 13 inches of suspension lift that clears 44-inch Super Swampers. A stock 22R four-cylinder is used to power the rig and gets much-needed help from a Weber carb and Hedman headers. Axles consist of a 12-bolt rear that contains Moser shafts, a spool and 5.89 gears, and disc brakes. Up front is a stock Toyota axle with 5.71 gears, a Detroit Locker and Warn hubs.
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