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4x4 Trucks - Late-Model Machines - Readers' Rigs Bonanza!

Posted in Features on January 1, 2007
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Photographers: The Readers of Four Wheeler

Not Everyone loves old iron, and some want a few creature comforts like power steering and fuel injection. For those people out there, we've gathered a small sample of later-model rigs that have been hiding out in our Four Wheeler archives.

Newer Rig: '96 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Jon Gustafson
Location: Hawthorne, WI
The Dirt: Would you believe Jon's Ram has more than 209,000 miles on it, and despite all the mods, he still isn't done with it yet. So far, Jon's Ram includes a custom lift that is part 6-inch Dick Cepek long-arm kit, part 3-inch body lift, and part add-a-leaves, raising the Ram enough to clear 42-inch tires. Custom crossover steering controls the meats and homebuilt bumpers protect the body and provide a sturdy mount for the winch. Soon Jon plans to add 5.13 gears, Detroit Lockers, a rollcage, skidplates, and full hydro steering. An injected 440 big-block, Atlas II case, rear steer, and 44-inch Boggers are also in the works. Sounds to us like Jon is building a future TTC competitor.

Newer Rig: '95 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Steven George
Location: Pell City, AL
The Dirt: Steven George started with a '95 Wrangler, but got the bug to make a few minor changes to suit his wheeling style. The most noticeable difference is the stretch in wheelbase to 106 inches. The stock axles were traded for a Dana 60 up front and a 14-bolt in the rear, both holding 4.56 gears and Detroit Lockers and turning 39.5-inch Super Swampers on 15x10-inch bead-locked wheels. A Vortec 350 resides under the hood and sends power through a four-speed with a granny low and an NP205 with a twin-stick setup.

Newer Rig: '04 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Brenda Yates
Location: Raleigh, NC
The Dirt: Brenda sent us this picture of her wheeling her stock Wrangler Rubicon on the trails of Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, a favorite stomping ground of hers. She also says this Jeep is her daily driver and she loves reading Four Wheeler and to keep up the good work. Thanks for the pics and the compliments, Brenda.

Newer Rig: '04 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Travis & Monica Routh
Location: Battlefield, MO
The Dirt: Travis Routh (and his wife Monica, who reminds her forgetful husband that she owns the Jeep too) owns this very capable '04 Wrangler Rubicon, which has been outfitted with a 6-inch Rough Country suspension lift, making way for the 36x13.5 Super Swamper IROK tires. A cold air intake and 4.10 gears help to get the power to the ground. Travis also has a set of custom rock sliders and a bumper to hold the Superwinch and to keep the sheetmetal straight. For communications and entertainment, the cab of this daily driver is outfitted with a Cobra CB and Rockford Fosgate sound system.

Newer Rig: '05 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Steve Rumer
Location: Oreland, PA
The Dirt: Steve is pretty proud of his '05 Super Duty and tells us that his truck has a 2.5-inch Revtek lift with LT315/70R17 BFG A/Ts on stock wheels, the rear 10.25 rear axle has Dana 60 locking hubs, the front lightbar supports some Hella 4000 beams, and the stock 5.4L V-8 breathes through a Flowmaster exhaust. One thing Steve would have done differently is to have ordered his truck as a Crew Cab. Next on the list for Steve's Ford is an ARB rear locker. Way to keep things simple, Steve!

Newer Rig: '95 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Amanda Cubbage
Location: Elkton, VA
The Dirt: Amanda Cubbage of Elkton, Virginia, wants everyone to know it is "not what you buy, but what you build" and she has embodied that philosophy well in her '95 Toyota pickup. You see, Amanda and her boyfriend worked together to get a 3-inch body lift and 4-inch suspension lift on her Toyota, then went on to install a set of 35x15.5 Super Swamper TSL SX tires on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. Oh yeah, Amanda tells us that she loves Four Wheeler too. See the pattern here?

Newer Rig: '94 Chevy Silverado K1500 Z-71
Owner: Jeff Bauer
Location: Graham, WA
The Dirt: Jeff starts off his letter by saying, "I Love Your Magazine!" Flattering the editors is always a sure way to see your truck in "Readers' Rigs." That and having an impressive rig. Jeff's Chevy has so many modifications that we don't know where we'd get enough pages to list them all (Hey boss, how 'bout a special one-shot: "Jeff Bauer edition of Four Wheeler"?), but we'll start by covering the basics like the 12-inch Full Throttle suspension lift coupled with a 3-inch body lift, 4-inch blocks, 4-inch torsion-bar keyways, and 38-inch Interco 38-inch SSRs that bring the Silverado to new heights. The modified axles are stuffed with 4.88 gears and Detroit Lockers. Motivating this monster is a 383ci stroker small-block with 425 hp. We'd say Jeff is an enthusiast if we ever saw one.

Newer Rig: '97 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Jeff Grocke
Location: New Port Richey, FL
The Dirt: Jeff likes to run around Florida in his 2.7L Tacoma. A set of 31x10.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws tires keep him from sinking in to the terra firma, and a black canvas top can be erected over the bed to get some protection from the Florida sunshine, as well as downpours.

Newer Rig: '95 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: Dan the Mystery Man
Location: Anderson, CA
The Dirt: Here is another reader vehicle that has been built to tackle serious trails. Dan (who forgot to tell us his last name), from Anderson, California, and a member of the Bad Habits 4x4 Club, wrote in to tell us all about his YJ with its 3-inch body lift stacked on top of a Rubicon Express 4-inch suspension lift. This YJ sports 35x12.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws mounted on 15-inch alloys, 4.56s in the axles, and ARB Air Lockers, front and rear. A Warn 9000i winch handles the recovery duties, while the engine has been modified with an Akimoto intake, throttle-body spacer, and custom headers and exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler. Dan goes on to tell us how much he loves his Jeep and that his next modification will be a beefier front axle.

Newer Rig: '97 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Mando Ruiz
Location: San Antonio, TX
The Dirt: Texas resident Mando Ruiz owns this clean Tacoma. Since buying the truck, he has installed a 4-inch Pro Comp suspension lift and a set of 33x12.5 BFG A/Ts on a set of 15x10-inch Eagle Alloy 203 wheels. Westin step bars, stainless steel brake lines, and a Pro Comp skidplate round out the additions. He says he loves to hit the dirt whenever he gets the chance, but mostly uses his Toyota for commuting.

Newer Rig: '90 Ford Bronco
Owner: Robert King
Location: Nampa, ID
The Dirt: We love seeing fullsize Broncos on the trail, and this one is no exception. Owner Robert King, of the High Desert Off Road Club, built his trail machine with a 4-inch Tuff Country lift with 33x12.5 Wild Country EXT tires on 15-inch Mickey Thompson rims. A healthy 302, helped with some Flowtech headers and a Flowmaster exhaust, give this Bronco some grunt on the trail. Robert threatened to keep sending us pictures until he saw his truck in the magazine. Our inbox was full, so we decided to run it.

Newer Rig: '99 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Daniel Dunn
Location: St. Marys, GA
The Dirt: Daniel Dunn wanted to get a fullsize truck with a V-8, but couldn't afford it, so he bought the next best thing, what he calls one of the best minis money could buy. He also points out that his '99 Tacoma can go many places those big trucks can't and has given him more thrills during the short time he has owned it than he would have otherwise gotten in a fullsize truck, with cheaper gas and insurance to boot.

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