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March 2008 4x4 Readers Rigs

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March 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 0803 04 z+1987 suzuki samurai+rear view

Graham Sampson, of Melbourne, Australia, sent us this shot of his trail-prepped '87 Suzuki Sierra. The rig sports 34-inch Super Swampers on 15x8 US Wheel alloys. Lift comes from a set of 2.5-inch Old Man EMU rear springs on extended shackles, with the rears being 3/4-elliptic. A stock engine and gearbox mate to a 6:1 transfer case. Wide-track axles packed with an ARB up front and a Detroit in the rear help keep this lightweight foreigner going through even the roughest of Australian outback.

129 0803 06 z+1990 toyota pickup+front drivers side view

Matt Nelsen of Iowa Falls, Iowa, drives this '90 Toyota pickup every day. He also uses it for hunting trips with his 13-year-old son Fenton. As such, Matt has kept the rig fairly stock for now. It rides on 31-inch tires, has a K&N filter, and a custom brushguard with Desert Fox auxiliary lights.

129 0803 07 z+1992 ford bronco+front view woods

Tyler Hunt from Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, isn't afraid to hammer down in his '92 Ford Bronco. Sporting a 6-inch Pro Comp lift and a Detroit Truetrac differential up front and a Trac-Lok out back, Tyler has no problem keeping up with his buddies in their built Jeeps.

129 0803 05 z+2003 jeep wrangler rubicon+drivers side view

This '03 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon belongs to David McNaught of Humboldt, Kansas. Sporting the factory 4.0L six-cylinder, five-speed, and Dana 44s, all David needed was a Rubicon Express 3.5-inch suspension system and a 1-inch body lift to clear Pro Comp 35-inch M/Ts. David tells us his shop built the tube fenders, front stinger bumper, and side nerf bars. Up front, a trusty Ramsey 9,000-pound winch is on standby for frequent trips to Disney, Oklahoma.

129 0803 09 z+1987 toyota truck+rear view

This built '87 Toyota pickup is owned by Eric Lorinez of Burlington, Kentucky. It features a GM 4.3L V-6 mated to a built 700R4 transmission. From there, torque is split by a pair of Toyota transfer cases. Axles are both Toyota with 4.88:1 gears and lockers. The front axle also features Longfield axleshafts. The custom home-brew suspension consists of a combination of Toyota and Dodge leaf packs and Rancho shocks. A set of 36-inch Super Swamper TSLs provide the traction. A bobbed bed and full interior rollcage round out the list of mods.

129 0803 08 z+1997 jeep grand cherokee+front view

This '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo belongs to Brett Davis of Raleigh, North Carolina. It features a stock drivetrain for now. To help the 5.2L V-8 breathe better, Brett added a K&N FIPK and a Flowmaster exhaust system. For additional cargo space, Brett added a Surco roof rack. To clear 32-inch Goodyear MT/Rs, Brett installed a 3.5-inch Rubicon Express Superflex kit with monotube shocks. Brett plans on adding 2 more inches of lift, 33s, a custom-fabbed front winch bumper, and rear tire-carrier bumper soon.

129 0803 02 z+1997 jeep cherokee+front view

Randy Buescher of O'Fallon, Missouri, drives this '97 Jeep Cherokee. It features a 3.5-inch Tuff Country suspension lift, 31-inch Trail Digger tires, a Flowmaster exhaust system, an Airaid intake setup, and a skidplate by The Four X Doctor. Nice rig, Randy.

129 0803 12 z+1978 ford f250+side view jump

Dean Greucich of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, flies this '78 Ford F-250 flatbed whenever possible. The rig is powered by a 351 Windsor V-8. Underneath there are Dana 60s locked and loaded with 4.11:1 gearing. Thirty-five-inch Boggers cushion the landings, and a full rollcage provides some margin of safety during Dean's high-flying adventures. Nice shot, Dean.

129 0803 11 z+2001 jeep tj+front view water

Steve Kraft of Orlando, Florida, drives this '01 Jeep TJ equipped with the 4.0L and NV3550 five-speed transmission. The transfer case has been upgraded with a short-shaft conversion kit, while the stock Dana axles also feature upgrades. Up front, Steve installed an ARB Air Locker; and out back he added a Super 35 axleshaft kit with a Detroit Locker. Flex comes from a Rubicon Express 4.5-inch Superflex kit. Thirty-five-inch Baja Claws ensure grip while a Warn HS 9500i sits ready for extractions. Other additions include Allied bead locks, rock rails, corner guards, and Bushwacker fender flares.

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