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April 2005 Readers' Rides

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Ready for Snow
Vehicle: '72 Chevy K20
OWNER: Jeffrey Anderson, Esko, MN
TIRES: 36x12.50-16.5 Goodyear Wranglers
WHEELS: 16.5x9.75 Eagle 589s
SUSPENSION: 4-inch suspension, 3-inch body
DRIVETRAIN: 406ci small-block, Dana 44 front, 1-ton Eaton rear
PERFORMANCE MODS: Ceramic-coated headers, Pete Jackson geardrive
OTHER DOODADS: Heavy-duty bumpers
WORST MOD: Cedar tongue-and-groove bed--too soft

Pic of the Month
Hi Rise
VEHICLE: '86 Jeep J10
OWNER: James Goeldner, Milwaukee, WI
TIRES: 39.5x18-16.5 Boggers
SUSPENSION: 4-inch-lift leaves with a spring-over in front, 4-inch leaves in rear with 2-inch block, leaves moved inboard on rear to clear tires
DRIVETRAIN: 454ci engine, SM465 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with ARB locker, Dana 60 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: '87 GM TBI by Rueben Gosewich, 3-inch dual exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Four-wheel disc brakes, custom bumpers, dual Warn 8274 winches, Painless Wiring harness, fuel cell, aluminum radiator, Auto Meter gauges, dual Optima red tops
BEST MOD: The license plate you're going to send me (please!)

Thanks, Friend
VEHICLE: '03 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
OWNER: Chris Turner's friend (Chris forgot to add his friend's name. Thank him, Friend), Alberta, Canada
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 Pro Comp X-Terrains
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Full Traction long-arm kit
DRIVETRAIN: Superior front and rear axleshafts
OTHER DOODADS: Warn 9500i winch, custom rear bumper, Warn brushguard, custom tube fenders, Power onboard air, Lincoln onboard welder

A Simple Repair Gone Obsessive
VEHICLE: '66 Jeep CJ-5
OWNER: Daryl Spradlin, Homeland, CA
TIRES: 37x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs
WHEELS: 15-inch black bead locks
SUSPENSION: YJ leaf springs with spring-over conversion
DRIVETRAIN: Buick V-6 engine, SM420 tranny, Dana 44 front with ARB Air Locker, Dana 44 rear with Lock-Right locker, 5.38 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Headers, cam, four-wheel disc brakes
OTHER DOODADS: Custom built 2x3x1/4-inch frame, custom front and rear fenders, cage, sliders, onboard welder, custom toolbox countersunk into rear tub
BEST MOD: Spring-over
WORST MOD: Not having adequate traction bars

Hillbilly at Heart
VEHICLE: '98 Chevy Cheyenne 1500
OWNER: Robert Shoemaker, Linden, VA
TIRES: Goodyear AT/S WHEELS: 16-inch Mickey Thompsons
SUSPENSION: Stock
DRIVETRAIN: Stock
PERFORMANCE MODS: Flowmaster exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Grilleguard, lights

Lunch Box
VEHICLE: '75 Chevy Step Van
OWNER: Phil Wood, Newark, OH
TIRES: 44-inch Swampers
WHEELS: 12-inch-wide Weld wheels
SUSPENSION: Blazer front suspension with 8-inch lift springs
DRIVETRAIN: 355ci engine, TH350 tranny, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
PERFORMANCE MODS: 671 Blower

Pinzo
VEHICLE: '73 Steyr Puch Pinzgauer
OWNER: Mike Newton, Las Vegas, NV
TIRES: 33-inch Dunlop Mud Rovers
SUSPENSION: Stock
DRIVETRAIN: Factory hydraulic lockers in all three axles
OTHER DOODADS: 24-volt onboard air, CB radio, custom bumper
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Twisting a rear housing my first time out with my new vanity tag "4x4 Rescuer"
BEST MOD: Seatbelts for 12 passengers in the rear
WORST MOD: Unintended bodywork from an Arizona ravine

One of 4100 Built
VEHICLE: '99 Isuzu Vehicross
OWNER: Billy Oliver, Tucson, AZ
TIRES: 31x10.50-16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains
WHEELS: Stock SUSPENSION: 3-inch lift using Old Man Emu Trooper leaves in rear, front torsion bars cranked and ball joints flipped
DRIVETRAIN: 3.5L V-6
OTHER DOODADS: Transfer-case skidplate
BEST MOD: Lift and tires
WORST MOD: Arizona pinstriping

Swampered Dodge
VEHICLE: '96 Dodge Ram 2500
OWNER: Matt Black, Kamas, UT
TIRES: 38x13-16 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 16x8 Ultra wheels
SUSPENSION: 9-inch custom-built suspension
DRIVETRAIN: 360ci V-8, 518 tranny, NP241 transfer case, Dana 60s front and rear, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, Flowmaster, JBA headers, MSD ignition
BEST MOD: Suspension
WORST MOD: Aftermarket performance chip

Whitey
VEHICLE: '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
OWNER: Ryan Ritter
TIRES: 265/75-16 Marshal mud tires
WHEELS: Stock
SUSPENSION: 31/2-inch lift, Rancho RSX shocks
DRIVETRAIN: Stock 4.0L engine, NV242 transfer case, Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear
OTHER DOODADS: KC Daylighters on custom rack, Cobra CB radio, sway-bar disconnects
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Getting wedged between two hills during a winter outing
BEST MOD: Suspension

Taco Con Swampers
VEHICLE: '01 Toyota Tacoma
OWNER: Jeffrey Lang, Gloucester, VA
TIRES: 36x12.50-15 Swampers
WHEELS: American Racing
SUSPENSION: 9-inch suspension and body
DRIVETRAIN: V-6, stock
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter
OTHER DOODADS: Front brushguard, lightbar, six Hella lights
BEST MOD: Selling it to start a family
WORST MOD: Selling it to start a family

Donco
VEHICLE: '82 Ford Bronco
OWNER: Brian Langbien, Queensland, Australia
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains
SUSPENSION: Koni with King springs on front
DRIVETRAIN: 6.2L diesel, Dana 44 TTB front with Lock-Rite locker, Ford 9-inch rear
OTHER DOODADS: Homemade snorkel, U-bolts to hold steering in
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Having my passenger end up in my lap after taking a jump
BEST MOD: Teaching my 11-year-old son to fix it when I break it
WORST MOD: Playing too hard

Lesson Learner
VEHICLE: '95 Chevy K1500
OWNER: Brad Makepeace, Greenville, NC
TIRES: 44x19.5-15 Boggers
WHEELS: 15x12 American Eagle 589s
SUSPENSION: 8-inch Skyjacker springs in front, 6-inch Skyjacker leaves in rear with shackle flip, 3-inch body
DRIVETRAIN: TBI 350ci, 4L60E tranny, NP241 transfer case, reverse-rotation Dana 44 front with full spool, 10-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Dual exhaust, TCI shift kit
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Happened downtown: large crowd + big truck + loud pipes + cops = inciting a riot
BEST MOD: Straight axle and Boggers
WORST MOD: Wasting money on an IFS lift first

Submission Information
All submissions to Readers' Rides must include an address or telephone number so sender can be verified and 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. Digital photos must measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file.

Write to:
Readers' Rides 4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704


E-mail to:
rides@4wheeloffroad.com

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