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February 2008 4x4 Readers Rigs

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February 2008 4x4 Readers Rigs

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.

129 0802 02 z+1988 suzuki samurai+front view

This '88 Suzuki Samurai is owned by Colin Buchanan has just enough muscle (65 hp) to crawl up whatever Colin attempts. Sprung-over with a total of 8 inches of lift, this little Sammy is perfect for weekend trips to the mountains. It sports 5.12 gearing and a high-steer setup. With 33-inch Pro Comp tires on a set of Pro Comp Rock Crawler rims it has a sweet traction-to-weight ratio.


129 0802 03 z+1979 jeep cherokee+drivers side view

Fred Greenwood of Pueblo,Colorado, owns this '79 Jeep Cherokee. Fred built custom rock sliders on each side that wrap around the rear. He also fabbed up a front bumper on his own. A built AMC 360 features a 401 torquer cam and Motor Craft 4350 4BBl carburetor. A K&N air filter helps the big engine breathe and a 2 1/2-inch dual exhaust system helps expel the stinky. A Blue Streak high-performance ECU and ACCEL coil manage the spark, while a TH400 automatic transmission and Quadratrac transfer case manage the torque. Fred installed a MileMarker part-time 4WD conversion and Warn Premium hubs. Both axles are Dana 44s with 4.56 gears and Detroit Lockers. For suspension, Fred did a spring-over conversion up front with Rusty's 4-inch lift springs. Out back, a custom shackle flip accommodates another set of Rusty's 4-inch springs and Pro Comp ES 3000 shocks. For traction Fred went with a set of 34-inch Interco LTBs.

129 0802 04 z+1994 jeep wrangler+drivers side view

Bob Jara of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, sent in this shot of his '94 Jeep Wrangler. Bob is no stranger to the world of 4x4s, as he is the guy who designs all the catalogs for Quadratec. Bob's YJ features a high-output 4.0L engine from Cherokee, an AW4 automatic transmission, and a stock transfer case. Lift comes from a Fabtech 8-inch Crawler kit, which makes plenty of room for 35-inch Mickey Thompson MTZs mounted to 15-inch Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. Up front there is a Warn bumper with a Warn xd9000i winch and synthetic rope. The OR Fab front Sport Cage protects occupants, while a pair of Mastercraft Rubicon seats provide comfort. The stout rear bumper is an OR Fab swing-away tire carrier. The stock axles are upgraded as well; a Dana 30 front features 30-spline Superior shafts, an ARB Air Locker, and 4.88:1 gearing. The rear Dana 35 also sports 30-spline Superior shafts, an ARB, and 4.88s.

129 0802 05 z+2004 jeep wrangler sahara+front view snow

Gregory Pasqua of San Juan Capistrano, California, drives this sweet '04 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. When he's not out fighting fires for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, he can be found negotiating the trails of the Southwest. Sitting on 30-inch Goodyear MT/Rs and stock wheels, Gregory only added a 1 1/2-inch lift to compensate for the Warn winch up front. He also added Bilstein Shocks, ARB Air Lockers front and rear, and 30-spline chromoly Superior axles up front. For more oomph, Greg swapped in an AEM Brute Force air intake and Borla after-cat exhaust.

129 0802 06 z+1991 toyota pickup+front view

Young Justin Gable from Chapin, South Carolina, wheels this '91 Toyota pickup. It sports a Rancho 5-inch lift kit and a 3-inch body lift. Together that combo easily clears 33-inch Super Swamper SSRs on Mickey Thompson Classic Locks. He's 18 years old and we bet Justin's buddies are all jealous of his cool toy.




129 0802 07 z+2005 ford ranger+front view

Check out this '05 3.0L turbodiesel Ford Ranger. It belongs to Marco Aurlio Guimares of Brazil. The International-built diesel features four valves per cylinder, a common-rail electronic injection system, and makes about 160 hp at 3,800 rpm and 280 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm. Marco added a chip that increased power to 198 hp. The truck has a 3-inch body lift and 33-inch Goodyear MT/R tires. Other mods include Koni shocks and a 9.5ti Warn winch with synthetic rope.

129 0802 08 z+2002 chevy s10 zr2+front view mud

Matthew Ritchie sent this submission in via the Internet. It's an '02 Chevrolet S-10 ZR2 4x4 Extended Cab with an automatic. Nonstock components include a Westin brushguard, Hella 500 driving lights, 15-inch Rock Crawler wheels, and a pair of 1.5-inch lift shackles.




129 0802 09 z+1978 jeep cj7+front view

Tony Sleeper of Flushing, Michigan, drives this '78 Jeep CJ-7 daily. He and his dad built it from the frame up over the course of four years. The drivetrain is pretty much stock, but does feature a potent 258 4.2L, which was bored 0.060 over. This powerplant also has a Crane Cam, an Offenhouser intake, a Holley 390 carburetor, Hedman headers, a Power Master alternator, and a DUI distributor. Power is sent to a rebuilt T-150 three-speed transmission and a rebuilt Dana 20 transfer case with twin-stick shifters. The Dana 30 front axle is stock for now, but the rear AMC 20 is trussed and houses Moser one-piece axles and an Ox Locker. The suspension is a BDS 2.5-inch lift. The tires are 33-inch Super Swamper SSRs wrapped around 15-inch Eaton steel wheels.

129 0802 10 z+2005 dodge ram 3500+drivers side view

Steven Boehm of Bullhead City, Arizona, romps this '05 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 daily. With help from the Cummins turbodiesel and a KORE Unlimited suspension system, Steven tames even the wildest of desert trails with ease. A set of Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass fenders and bedsides give this rig a truly unique look. The whole truck is coated top to bottom with Line-X. The rocker panels, along with the bumpers and Laramie grille were coated in black for aesthetics. The rig rides on 37-inch Toyo MT tires on forged Center Line wheels. The front axle was trussed by Hughes Racing Components. The axles feature 4.10:1 gearing, and an Eaton E-Locker handles traction up front.

129 0802 11 z+1988 chevy k1500+drivers side view

Casey Field of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, loves wheeling this '88 Chevy K1500. Underhood lies a built 350 V-8 with a Performance cam, an Edelbrock intake, an ACCEL ignition, an Edelbrock 650-cfm throttle body, Dynomax headers, and a pair of Flowmaster Super 40-Series mufflers. There's also an Optima battery, an electric fan, and a Hypertech chip. For lift, Casey runs a 6-inch Rough Country setup along with a 3-inch body lift. The tires pictured are 38-inch Super Swampers on Eagle alloy wheels.

129 0802 12 z+1990 ford bronco+front view

This '90 Ford Bronco belongs to Matt Penhollow of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It has the 300 inline-six cylinder and a five-speed manual transmission. Other goodies include a 2-inch suspension lift and 33-inch BFG M-Ts. Matt also added a Ramsey REP 8000 winch and a homemade front bumper.




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