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October 2007 Readers' Rigs

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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 www.fourwheeler.com

Moab CJ
Brian Stimits of Divide, Colorado, wheels an '84 CJ-7. It features a stock 258 I-6 engine, stock T5 manual tranny, Dana 300 'case, and stock AMC Model 20 and Dana 30 axles. Mods include a three-core high-efficiency radiator, a LoMax 4:1 transfer-case conversion with custom skidplate, ARB Air Lockers front and rear, Crane diff covers, custom driveshafts, a Borgeson steering shaft, an AGR heavy-duty steering box and pump, a 4.5-inch Rubicon Express Lift with heavy-duty spring hangers front and rear, and a Warn 8274 winch. Sweet Jeep, Brian!

Danger Ranger
Check out Aaron Kirby from Parkersburg, West Virginia, with his '96 Ford Ranger. The truck rides on 31-inch BFG A-Ts with a 3-inch body lift for the clearance. Aaron also added a rear locker and a set of 4.10:1 gears. The stock V-6 gets help from a K&N filter and a dual 2 1/2-inch Flowmaster exhaust system. Someday, Aaron plans on doing a 302 V-8 swap with 35-inch Swampers. Keep us updated, Aaron.


Nick's Wheeler
Nick Moore is 16 years old and lives in Cedar, Michigan. This is a '73 MTD 1600 tractor. As a junior machinist, Nick decided trucks were too expensive, so he decided to custom-build something smaller and a lot more affordable. The rig sports custom-made axle hubs and a hand-fabricated front bumper. Under the hood resides a high-compression 16hp Briggs & Stratton motor, and the transmission is a two-speed shaft-driven hydrostatic. This whole combination rolls on a set of 33-inch Super Swamper TSLs on American Racing wheels and 23-inch turf savers up front. At half the weight of most rigs, Nick tells us his garden tractor will pass most trucks in the mud pit. Way to go, Nick!

Iceman's Sahara
Rony Yazbeck is from Lebanon and this is his '90 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Major modifications include a swapped-in 4.0L engine out of a '99 Cherokee. The axles, though stock, have been prepped with 4.10:1 gearing. The 33-inch Maxxiss Buckshot tires help the rig get plenty of traction in the Middle Eastern mud. A 5-inch Old Man EMU spring lift provides height. Other goodies include a Safari snorkel and a Ramsey 8,500-pound electric winch.

Slick Ramcharger
Rob "Slick" VanSlyke is from Tucson, Arizona, and this is his '92 Dodge Ramcharger. Aside from a heavy-duty winch bumper, dual batteries, a spotlight, custom rock sliders, and a homebuilt rear bumper, it's all factory Mopar. The stock 360 V-8 has no trouble turning 31-inch Cooper Discoverer STT tires on American Racing wagon wheels. Future mods include a custom roof rack, a lift, bigger tires, a winch, and a hi-steer conversion.

Chokecherry 1/2
Ton Bryan Crawford of Farmington, New Mexico, sent in this shot of his '95 Chevrolet Silverado wheeling at Chokecherry Canyon in Farmington, New Mexico. It features a 6.5L turbodiesel with a 4L80-E transmission. Bryan added a 3-inch suspension lift and 31-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires to help the oil-burner tackle New Mexico's toughest trails.


"Cool Guy" and His Former Rental Ford
George Fiore is the cool dude standing prudly in front of his '99 Ford F-150 4x4. Once upon a time, this truck was a bone-stock Enterprise rental truck from George's hometown of Chicago. Now it sports a 3-inch body lift and a 3-inch suspension lift. A set of 35-inch BFG M-Ts are mounted to Eagle 058 wheels. Other goodies include a pair of 8-inch Pro Comp HID lights and a fully rebuilt 9.75-inch rear axle with an Eaton limited-slip and 4.56:1 gearing.

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