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1985 Jeep CJ7 - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on November 1, 2003
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Submission information: All submissions to Readers' Rides must include an address or a telephone number. Include a complete list of all modifications made to the vehicle. Unfortunately, if we can make out faces of people in the photos, we cannot use them. Also, letters must be signed by the vehicle's owner. Due to the large volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photos. Please send submissions to: Readers' Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.

Old Friend of the Corporate Machine
Vehicle: '85 Jeep CJ-7 Owner: Bob Wohlers, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Tires: 33x12.50R15 Yokohama Geolander A/T Wheels: Eagle Alloy Suspension: Custom 6-inch BDS with 1-inch body lift Drivetrain: 4.0L with 4.10:1 regeared diffs, ARB lockers, upgraded rear CV driveshaft, Moser one-piece rear axles Performance Mods: Mopar fuel injection, Superwinch hubs Other Doodads: Totally Stainless bolts/nuts throughout, Stainless dash, Rock-It diff armor, Currie U-bolt skid armor, Currie steering-box brace, sway-bar disconnects, classic Warn 8274 winch, Smittybilt side bars, Hella and Bosch off-road lights, Kustom Fit seats, GPS Funniest Wheeling Incident: Speeding with non-calibrated speedometer (thinking I was going 45 mph) Best Mod: A/C compressor conversion for airing up tires/air tools Worst Mod: Red 4x4 decal

Easy Clean
Vehicle: '87 Ford F-250 Owner: Ryan, by e-mail Tires: 37x13 Boggers Wheels: Ultra 589 Lift: Tuff Country 4-inch Drivetrain: 302 ci, AOD tranny, 13-56 transfer case, Dana 70 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears Performance Mods: None Other Doodads: None Funniest Wheeling Incident: [Ed.-Why not tell us about the photo, Ryan?] Best Mod: Ditching the Sterling rear for the Dana 70 Worst Mod: None

Toyota Gone Good
Vehicle: '91 Toyota Xtra Cab Owner: Alex Gauthier, Beaverton, OR Tires: 35x12.50R15 Goodyear Wrangler MTR Wheels: 15x8 American Eagle Series 058 Suspension: 4-inch All Pro springs rear, 4-inch Old Man Emu front (spring over) Drivetrain: 3.0L 3VZ-E engine, R-150 tranny, All Pro solid axle swap to Toyota 8-inch, 5.29 gears, ARB Air Lockers front/rear, Longfield joints Performance Mods: K&N FIPK, MSD off-road ignition with MSD Blaster SS coil Other Doodads: Hella headlamps, PIAA bulbs, IPF dual-beam lights, Warn M8000, ARB bullbar, custom nerf bars, ARB air compressor, Optima Red Top, extended diff breathers Funniest Wheeling Incident: Use of sidewalk to get into tight parking places Best Mod: Dumping the lame IFS Worst Mod: None

Big Horn
Vehicle: '99 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner: John Shea, Jacksonville, FL Tires: 35x12.50R15 Pro Comp Mud Terrain Wheels: 15x10 American Racing Lift: 5-inch Skyjacker Drivetrain: 318ci Magnum V-8, five-speed, Dana 44, Chrysler 911/44 rear, Trac-Loks Performance Mods: Flowmaster exhaust, K&N intake Other Doodads: Ranchhand bumpers, diamond-plate toolbox, Rhino liner, Hi-Lift Funniest Wheeling Incident: None Best Mod: None Worst Mod: None

Vehicle: '84 Jeep "Heep" CJ-7 Owner: Jim and Pauline Kline, San Antonio, TX Tires: Old 33 MT Wheels: Got 'em Suspension: 6-inch spring-over, 2-inch body Drivetrain: 258ci, auto tranny Performance Mods: None Other Doodads: Tilt steering for auto tranny, Best Top bucket seats and top Funniest Wheeling Incident: None Best Mod: Garage paint job Worst Mod: Tires and wheels

Sand Quad Cab
Vehicle: '99 Dodge Ram Quad cab 4x4 Owner: Jon Gleasman, Jacksonville, FL Tires: 35x14.50x15 Super Swamper Thornbird Wheels: 15x10 Weld Racing Mountain Crusher Suspension: Skyjacker 5-inch Drivetrain: 5.9L 360 Magnum, ARB Air Locker front, Detroit Locker rear, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: Flowmaster dual exhaust Other Doodads: GTS headlight covers, Rhino Linings sprayed-in bedliner Funniest Wheeling Incident: None yet Best Mod: The whole shebang!!! Worst Mod: No winch yet

Icelandic 'Yota
Vehicle: '91 Toyota 4Runner Owner: Brandon Beaumont, Omaha, NE Tires: 35x12.50 Goodyear Wrangler A/T Wheels: 15x10 American Racing Lift: 3-inch body, rear blocks Drivetrain: 3.0L V-6, five-speed tranny, 5.29 gears, rear ARB Locker Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Rancho 5000s Other Doodads: Front lightbar Funniest Wheeling Incident: None Best Mod: All Worst Mod: No front suspension lift

Sound of White Noise
Vehicle: '87 Chevy K5 Blazer Owner: Gino Williams, Maricopa, AZ Tires: 35x14.50x15 Swamper Thornbird Wheels: 15x10 Eagle Alloy Suspension: 7-inch spring-over custom Drivetrain: 5.7L V-8 FI, 700R4 tranny, Lock Right lockers front and rear, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: Poweraid throttle-body spacer, K&N filter, dual batteries, single 3-inch pipe/glasspack exhaust, lengthened rear driveshaft Other Doodads: Alpine CD/MP3 player, four Alpine type R 6x9s, 400-watt Punch amp, two 10-inch Alpine type R subs, custom leather front seats, GT woodgrain steering wheel Funniest Wheeling Incident: None Best Mod: Front and rear lockers. Saved me from many opportunities of getting stuck and put me that much ahead of my friends Worst Mod: Leather seats. Cost too much and make you want to fall asleep all the time.

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