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December 2006 Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on December 1, 2006
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Want to see your vehicle in Readers' Rigs? Of course you do. So go ahead and send a description of everything you have done to your rig, and include a good photo of it. No, you don't need no stinking application. Just go ahead and send it to:
Readers' Rigs, Four Wheeler,
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.

Or, send your description and high-resolution digital photos to us via

Ryan Wilson of Beaufort, South Carolina, drives this Cummins-equipped '96 Dodge Ram 2500 every day, and when the opportunity arises for a fun-filled off-highway jaunt, Ryan takes it. The oil-burner gets help from a K&N Air Filter and Magnaflow exhaust. The truck rides on a 5-inch Skyjacker suspension lift, and a set of 35-inch BFG All-Terrains provide traction. Nice truck, Ryan-we're glad to see you actually use it.

This '84 Toyota SR5 belongs to Navin Reddy, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The stock 22R motor has been given a mild cam and header to help spin 33-inch Super Swampers. Navin also added a snorkel, Bushwacker fender flares, and a 4-inch suspension lift. This picture was taken on Saddle Hill on the trails surrounding Sexsmith, Alberta.

These two armored Hummers got bogged down crossing a farmer's field in a rural area near Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Sergeant David Campeau claimed it took their crew nearly 8 hours to recover the stuck pair. He said the recovery was assisted by two Bradley Fighting Vehicles, both of which also got stuck in the process.

Steve Ortner of Belleville, Michigan, ran his '80 Chevy pickup in the Bloomsburg Jamboree Tough Truck competition earlier this year. Steve says he completely went through this truck and upgraded everything. Highlights include a 502 big-block, a fully hydraulic steering system, a trussed Dana 44 up front, a 14-bolt in the rear, Deaver springs, and 2.5-inch King shocks. Nice rig, Steve!

Art Lilley of Fayetteville, North Carolina, sent in this shot of his '87 Suzuki Samurai. It has a fuel-injected 1.6L engine with a K&N Filter, a Ford Racing high-pressure fuel pump, a GM alternator, and a 2-inch exhaust. The drivetrain features a Rocky Road Outfitters 6:1 transfer case with mega-grip arms and poly mounts. Next, a Trail Tough 1.8:1 Rock Block takes the gearing down even further. The torque is sent out to a pair of Toyota axles with 4.10:1 gears and Lock-Right lockers. The steering consists of a Sky Manufacturing Hi-Steer conversion with a PSC hydro-assist kit. The suspension features a Rocky Road coil conversion front and rear. Doetsch Tech 8000 series shocks control damping. Art runs 35-inch BFG Krawlers mounted to Allied Rockathon bead-locked wheels. Other mods include a ShrockWorks front winch bumper, a Rocky Road rear Crawler bumper, a ShrockWorks gas-tank skidplate, a pair of custom rock sliders, and finally, a custom full interior 'cage by Rock 4x Fabrications.

This '93 Chevy S-10 belongs to Eric Pardy of Evans Mills, New York. The truck features 35-inch Pro Comp Mud Terrains mounted to 15-inch black steel wheels. A Solis front axle swap using a Dana 44 from a '72 Ford Bronco helps Eric achieve a custom 12-inch lift. The engine remains the stock V-6 for now because Eric claims everything works so well. However, he keeps thinking about swapping in a V-8.

Brandon Williams claims to have read every page of Four Wheeler ever since he was 7 years old. Now, at 21, he finally has a 4x4 and is anxious to see it in the magazine. This picture shows his '95 Jeep Cherokee wheeling around his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Brandon installed a set of stock TJ Rubicon wheels with 31-inch Goodyear MTRs wrapped around them. Brandon plans to do a lot more with his new rig some day. However, schoolwork and his day job are his first priorities for now.

Wayne Quinnell from Savage, Montana, sent in this shot of his '95 Chevy Silverado. It has a K&N intake, 3-inch suspension lift, and a limited-slip rear differential. The 33-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/Ts help Wayne pilot the Ford to just about anywhere he wants during hunting and fishing trips.

This '74 International Scout II belongs to John Forsman Jr. of Spokane Valley, Washington. For power, John relies on a 345 V-8 with a 392 intake and an Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor. From there, torque is managed by a TorqueFlite 727 automatic, and a Dana 300 transfer case. Both axles are stock for now, and the old 'Binder gets its height from a homebuilt combination of lift shackles and custom-made leaf packs. The rig rides on 34-inch Super Swampers.

Ben Jansen lives in Carnarvon, Australia. This '83 Ford Bronco is his pride and joy. It's running a modified 351 Cleveland with a 750-cfm Holley carburetor, a Weiand Xcellerator manifold, and a mild RV cam. The transmission is a built C6 with a B&M Supercooler and a Quicksilver shifter. The transfer case is an NP205. The rear axle was fitted with a Detroit Locker, and the front has a Detroit Truetrac. A 5-inch suspension lift features Rancho RS 9000 shocks, and tires are 35-inch Maxxis Buckshot Mudders. For extraction duties, Ben added a Thomas 8,000-pound winch. Ben loves driving in mud after heavy-but-infrequent rainstorms.

Michael Groesbeck is from Mason City, Iowa. This is his '92 Dodge Ram 150. It features a stock 318 Magnum V-8, a Dana 44 front axle, and a Corporate 9.25-inch rear axle, both with 3.55:1 gearing. Lift comes from a combination of Rough Country and Superlift Suspension components. The front is lifted 4 inches while the rear has 3-inch blocks. For grip, Michael relies on 31-inch Uniroyal Liberator All Terrains.

John Seaburn of Wichita, Kansas, loves wheeling his '81 F-250 in Disney, Oklahoma. By the looks of his photo, he isn't afraid of body damage, either. John's rig features an Edelbrock Performer intake and carburetor, an RV cam, headers, and 3-inch dual exhaust. A stout Dana 60 with a Detroit Locker is out back, while an HD Dana 44 with a Detroit Truetrac lives in the front for now. Other modifications include a 12,000-pound electric winch, custom bumpers, rock sliders, and 38-inch Boggers.

This '95 Ford Ranger belongs to Dale Dedman of West Valley City, Utah. Dale's Ranger looks to be the perfect compromise between weekend 'wheeling fun and everyday transportation. A Dana 44 axle equipped with an ARB Air Locker resides up front. A Ford 8.8 axle with a C-clip eliminator and Detroit Locker manage the rear. The engine, transmission, and transfer case are all stock Ford parts. A custom-made front suspension smoothes out terrain with help from 10-inch Jeep TJ coil springs. The rear suspension consists of Skyjacker 4-inch lift springs, a 4-inch block, and Skyjacker shackles. Everything you see from the 11/44-inch-thick front bumper back was built or installed by Dale and his father in Dale's own garage. Sweet ride, Dale!

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