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November 2008 4x4 Trucks - Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on November 1, 2008
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Readers' Rigs
Four Wheeler
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.

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The Weapon
Kim Schwint of Cloverdale, California, drives this '07 Dodge Ram 2500. Designed to handle the rugged outback of Baja, Mexico, this custom chariot has everything you need for go-fast desert action. A KORE Unlimited series suspension system makes room for 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts on Walker Evans beadlocked wheels. A Road Armor front bumper houses a Warn 15,000-pound winch. Out back, a PreRunner Series TireGate keeps tabs on the fullsize spare tire. A Bully Dog programmer adds juice, while a 4-inch turbo-back exhaust system expels the soot. A set of fiberglass bedsides and front fenders from Glassworks Unlimited ensure tire clearance while keeping in line with the desert theme. Under the truck, a set of long-travel Carli airbags help equalize weight distribution for the long haul.

Army Green
This '00 Toyota Tacoma belongs to Gareth King of Fort Bragg, California. The truck features a whole assortment of aftermarket goodies to allow fitment of 33-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires. At the heart of the suspension is a Fabtech drop bracket 6-inch system. Gareth customized the suspension further by adding King coilover shocks up front and Pro Comp remote reservoirs with a set of soft-riding Downey leaf packs out back. Also, there's a set of Total Chaos upper control arms up front. A JET chip and throttle-body spacer help the factory V-6 move the truck.

Kelowna Super Duty
Cody Mapson of Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada, uses this '99 Super Duty for work and play. The rig sports a 2-inch shackle lift to help clear 285/75R16 Toyo Open Country M/Ts. Cody built the custom roof rack himself, and then had it coated with durable bedliner material to prevent rust. The 7.3L Power Stroke gets help from a K&N intake and a Superchips programmer. Up front, two Maxtel auxiliary lights remain ready for night action. Cody tells us he's also building a trail rig out of an early Bronco, but for now his Super Duty gets the job done.

NoCal Toy
Jeremy Standley drives this '91 Toyota pickup to and from work and the local wheeling spots near his home in Ukiah, California. Motivated by an LC Engineering 22RE engine, this little rig can really wind up when the mud gets deep. A stock five-speed manual is mated to an OE Toyota transfer case. The axles are also stock, aside from the 5.29:1 gearing and a welded rear differential. The rig is supported by a front solid-axle swap by All Pro, and the rear features Chevy 1/2-ton leaf packs. The 37-inch Interco TrXus tires are mounted to Mickey Thompson wheels. Jeremy bobbed the factory bed 10.5 inches for a better departure angle.

West Coast Krawler
This custom-built FJ-40 is owned by Will Santan of Santa Rosa, California. The rig was built to tackle tough rockcrawling trails found in Northern California. A Chevy small-block is paired up with an SM420 transmission and dual transfer cases. For traction, Will added ARB Air Lockers to the stock axles. A custom leaf-pack configuration allows plenty of room for 38-inch Super Swamper TSLs on aluminum wheels. Hanson bumpers reside front and rear to protect each end of the rig, and a freshened interior comprised of bucket seats, Rhino Lining, and a powdercoated internal cage remain noticeable throughout.

Backwoods Chevy
This '00 Chevy pickup is owned by Greg Dirt, aka "Dirty G" of Boonville, California. Powered by a Duramax turbodiesel, this rig serves as Dirt's primary tow rig and dedicated work truck. A CST 6-inch suspension lift makes room for 35-inch Toyo M/Ts on Pro Comp Extreme Alloy wheels. Up front, a Road Armor bumper houses a Warn 16.5ti winch. The rear bumper is by Reunel, and above it in place of the tailgate is a VT-series TireGate to handle the fullsize spare. For power, Dirt added an Edge Juice with Attitude, an aFe Stage II intake, and a 4-inch Magnaflow exhaust system.

Daily Pounder
Wes Wilson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, drives this '90 Ford Bronco with a 4.0L V-6 and a Mazda five-speed manual transmission. A Ford Explorer 8.8-inch rear axle offers Wes better gearing and improved traction thanks to a factory limited-slip differential. Wes also added 31-inch General Radial MTs and a pair of custom-made bumpers to help protect the rig's nose and tail on the trail. Up front, there's a 9,500-pound Champion winch just in case Wes gets in too deep.

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