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September 2008 Readers Rigs

Posted in Features on September 1, 2008
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Landon Fausett of Lehi, Utah, built this '08 Toyota Tundra Crew Max as a daily driver. It features Armor Lined exterior body cladding, Bushwacker fender flares, a Pro Comp 6-inch suspension system, 20-inch RBP wheels, and a set of 35-inch Toyo Open Country A/Ts. Inside, the rig sports a pimpin' sound system and custom-colored leather accents.

Nick Bawdon of Hollister, California, romps this '72 Chevy Blazer weekly. Seen here at Pismo State Beach in Central California, the rig packs a punch via a blown 383 stroker, Turbo 350 transmission, and an NP205 transfer case. For axles, Nick runs a 14- and 10-bolt combo with Detroits and 4.56:1s. The 35-inch Boggers on Weld wheels allow the 600+ horsepower to make traction.

This clean '71 Bronco belongs to Aaron Frahm of Parker, Colorado. The whole rig was rebuilt so that Aaron could spend his time enjoying the trails throughout the Rocky Mountains. A built 351 Windsor gets help from a set of Edelbrock headers, a pair of Flowmaster mufflers, and an MSD Off-Road ignition upgrade. Feeding the beast is a 640-cfm Holley Truck Avenger carburetor mounted to an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. A C4 automatic transmission is kept cool by dual B&M coolers, while a stock transfer case does the gear splitting. Front and rear disc brakes allow the rig to stop effectively, while a Dana 44 front and Ford 9-inch rear receive torque through a pair of custom-built driveshafts. Aaron runs 4.11:1 gearing, and there's even a spool out back. A 31/2-inch suspension lift, combined with a 3-inch body lift, easily clears 33-inch tires on Eagle Alloy wheels.

This '62 Scout belongs to Dirk Walker of Twin Falls, Idaho, at least for now. You see, Dirk's son Scott has his hopes set on taking possession of the rig before he heads off to college. The truck is lifted 4 inches to clear 36-inch IROKs and the Dana 44 axles feature lockers and 4.11:1 gearing. A built 304 V-8 sends power through a T-18/Atlas 2 combo. Inside, a custom rollcage keeps occupants safe. Will dad let go of his baby? Keep dreaming, Scott.

Scott Walker credits Dirk his dad for building this '87 Jeep XJ so that he could have his own trail rig for weekend outings near their home in Twin Falls, Idaho. The Jeep rides on a Rubicon Express suspension system. This clears the way for 33-inch BFGs on steel wheels. A custom-fabbed front bumper improves approach angle, while a rocking sound system keeps Scott happy around town. Scott says his dad is still working on his next rig, a built Scout with all the fixings.

China Circuit Technologies, located in China, purchased this used '06 H1 Alpha for $170,000 and then handed it over to the fabrication gurus at Triple X Traction in Seaside, California, in preparation for a month-long Tibetan overland expedition. As the story goes, Communist rules in China prevent large corporations from giving employees cash bonuses, so instead, the corporation figures out creative ways to reward good workers indirectly. In the case of this Hummer, four lucky computer geeks will get to thrash a $200,000 rig until it simply won't go anymore, and then simply wait for the charter helicopter to come pick them up. While we're not exactly sure how the four lucky Chinese dudes earned this dream trip, we do know for a fact that they are in for a good time. To ready their rig for Tibet travel, Triple-X fabricated a custom tubular roof rack to house four Baja Designs HID lights, a trick rear bumper assembly that holds a trusty Warn 16.5 winch, a custom snorkel, and rock sliders. A Warn front brushguard resides up front and protects the Baja Designs LED lights and a Warn 12.5ti winch. Inside, there's a top-of-the-line Lowrance GPS navigation unit, perimeter camera monitors, and a satellite phone to call for help. Our only question is what happens to the rig once the Chinese break it?

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

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