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November 2004 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 21, 2004
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Fully Tired
This '95 Nissan pickup has a 4-inch-lift Trail Master suspension kit and a 3-inch body lift. Though not exactly trail-ready, this truck does see occasional dirt from time to time, though the 44x19.5-inch tires require consistent effort from the stock V-6 engine. Wiley Pardue of Belt Buckle, Tennessee owns this unique Nissan and claims it's a ton of fun to drive.

An Exotic on Dubs
We executed a double take when this one came to us. Not only did Dustin Reynolds of Anchorage, Alaska decide to build this rare Isuzu VehiCROSS SUV as a trail rig, he did it by himself. Mods include a Calmini dual-exhaust system, a Superwinch manual hub conversion, a custom-made body lift and a 3-inch suspension lift from Calmini. All this resides on a set of 20x9-inch Dante wheels and 36-inch tires. Well, at least it's not hard to spot in a parking lot.

Super Lifeguard on Duty
This '04 Ford F-350 belongs to Denis Houghton of Glen Cove, New York. Denis writes, "I think I finally have a rig that's worthy." We agree. The stock 6.0L Power Stroke engine is monitored by Auto Meter gauges, a Super Chip Micro Tuner helps increase torque and a Magnaflow 4-inch exhaust system lets the heat out. Complemented by a 4-inch Pro Comp suspension lift, 16-inch Weld wheels and a set of 315/75/16 Goodyear MTRs, this beach cruiser has no problem turning heads and making waves. Denis had the bed sprayed with Line-X to prevent rust, and a complete onboard air system is available for filling tires.

Newby Crawler
Tyler Anderson of Sandy, Utah built this '91 Cherokee for Moab slickrock. Running a stock drivetrain for now, Tyler invested in heavy-duty driveshafts from Six States to keep the power going to the ground. Mounted on American Racing Wheels is a set of 32-inch BFG MTs. A Rubicon Express 5.5-inch extreme-duty lift provides ample clearance, should Tyler stuff a wheel on the trail. Other mods include a custom set of bumpers and rock sliders, a Currie slip-yoke eliminator and an ARB Air Locker up front.

Retired Air Force Equipment
This '86 CJ-10A belongs to Steve Hendricks of Evington, Virginia. Formerly used to tug aircraft around on the tarmac, this Jeep has served more hours of duty than we can possibly imagine. Steve made many changes to the tug to ready it for trail use, some of which include a frame change and narrowed body. The stock six-cylinder diesel powerplant was kept for its low-end torque. A set of Dana 44 axles turns 33-inch mud tires on steel wheels.

Big, Bad, Carson Cruiser
This Carson City, Nevada resident spent the last four years building the truck you see here. Cody Cavin bored his truck's 454 big-block 0.030 over and installed Doug Thorley headers. Connected to the healthy motor is a stout Turbo 400 with a 2,000-rpm stall converter. A divorced NPT202 transfer case handles gear splitting and a custom set of driveshafts transmits the torque to the axles. A Corporate 14-bolt with a Detroit Locker handles the rear, while an open Dana 44 resides up front. A 10-inch-lift Superlift suspension system with a shackle flip in the rear make room for 39.5-inch tires mounted on Weld Typhoon wheels. A set of Bushwacker fender flares help maintain an aggressive look.

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