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1998 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V-6 - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on December 1, 2003
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Since we're not Show Truck magazine, we don't wanna see your rig in the street, your driveway, or parked on your lawn. Your lawn doesn't like it either. From now on it's gotta be dirt. We're getting strict, aren't we? Deal with it. We're sure most of you readers out there agree with us. One of the reasons to own a 4x4 is to get away from manmade structures, and no one wants to see your house in the background. So keep sending your entries, because we cleared out a lot of room in the submission boxes. Entries can be e-mailed to And try to remember to actually attach the image (TIFF, EPS, or max-quality JPEG at no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels) to the e-mail!

X FactorVehicle: '00 Nissan XterraOwner: Jim Fiumara, Glendale, AZTires: 32x11.50R15 BFGoodrich M/TWheels: Used 15x8 steel Lift: 3-inchDrivetrain: Calmini 4:1 transfer-case gears, front and rear ARB Air LockersPerformance Mods: K&N air filterOther Doodads: Homemade rock sliders, homemade 11/44-inch plate skidplates, Calmini rear sway-bar disconnects, Calmini idler arm brace, GPSFunniest Wheeling Incident: NoneBest Mod: Calmini's Crawler gearsWorst Mod: The supercharger I don't have

Kiwi RoverVehicle: Land Rover/Range Rover Hybrid. Shortened '76 Range Rover chassis with '65 Land Rover bodyOwner: Chris Griffin, Hamilton, New ZealandTires: 33x12.50R15 BFGoodrich Mud-TerrainWheels: 15x8 steel spokeSuspension: About 2 inches on aftermarket coilsDrivetrain: 3.8L EFI GM V-6, 700R4 rebuilt as a 4L60, Range Rover LT 230 transfer case, standard axlesPerformance Mods: K&N, extractors, virtually no muffler, heavy right foot, Rancho 9000 shocksOther Doodads: Double rollbar to chassis, loud stereo to drown out exhaust and tire noise, home-fabbed barFunniest Wheeling Incident: No warrant of fitness, no registration, no windscreen or wipers, no doors, no seatbelts, thick fog, stopped by a traffic officer. D'oh!Best Mod: Loose nut behind the steering wheelWorst Mod: Keeping Range Rover axles and not forking out for stronger gear (three blown diffs)

4 PlayVehicle: '98 Toyota 4Runner SR5 V-6Owner: J. Watterson, Houston, TXTires: 285/7516 BFGoodrich MTsWheels: 16x7 ProCompXtreme Lift: 231/44-inch Sway-A-Way adjustable coilovers front, 3-inch Old Man Emu 891 HD coils rearDrivetrain: Stock five-speedPerformance Mods: Deckplate mod, intake silencer removedOther Doodads: Stainless braided brake lines, TJM T15 Bull bumperFunniest Wheeling Incident: Four-wheeling on a median strip on I-10Best Mod: Panhard bar drop bracket-eliminated rubbing in the rearWorst Mod: Windsurfer pads on rack-they vibrate over 30 mph!

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