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May 2005 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on May 6, 2005
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Vehicle: '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
OWNER: Jeff Pullinger, via e-mail
TIRES: 33x12.50-15 Dunlop Mud Rovers
WHEELS: 15x8 American Racing 767s
SUSPENSION: 41/2-inch Rubicon Express Superflex kit
DRIVETRAIN: Stock 4.0L engine and tranny, Ford 8.8 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
OTHER DOODADS: Tom Wood's slip-yoke eliminator kit, custom cage, custom soft top for cut-up rear
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: I was called to get a friend unstuck and I ended up on my roof.
BEST MOD: Detroit Locker
WORST MOD: Haven't regretted anything yet

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Vehicle: '92 Ford Explorer
OWNER: Brandon Hudson, Chattanooga, TN
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
WHEELS: 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic Lock
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Superlift with spring-over in rear
DRIVETRAIN: Stock 4.0L six-cylinder
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, Flowmaster 40 Series muffler
OTHER DOODADS: 3-inch Trail Master body lift, Manik brushguard with matching taillight covers, Trail Master dual shock steering stabilizer, Yakima Megawarrior roof basket
BEST MOD: Superlift
WORST MOD: Attaching roof basket to factory luggage rack (which broke off four wheeling)

Vehicle: '88 Suzuki Samurai
OWNER: Zach Kohl, Homewood, IL
TIRES: 38x12.5-15 SXs
WHEELS: 15x9 bead locks
SUSPENSION: Spring-over axles swapped with YJ leaves
DRIVETRAIN: 1.6L with EFI, dual transfer cases and a 4:1 ratio in the rear case, high-pinion Dana 44 with Ford flat-top knuckles and Detroit Locker with custom axleshafts, Dana 60 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Custom cowl snorkel, header
OTHER DOODADS: John Deere full hydraulic steering, full exo cage, gas tank in the bed, PTO long-travel front driveshaft that was cheap, custom traction bar, Warn 8274 winch
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Rolling over due to a 55-gallon drum full of glass bottles falling on me while driving through an off-camber spot while cleaning up an off-road area (note, use more than two ratchet straps to hold the 55 gallon drum to the cage!)
BEST MOD: Full exo cage
WORST MOD: Sticking Scout axles in it for a year (lost major turning radius)

Girls Drive Big Trucks Too
Vehicle: '74 Chevy K-10
OWNER: Stephanie Allen, Albertville, AL
TIRES: 18.5x44-15 Super Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 15x10 American Racing
SUSPENSION: Custom 17-inch with Rancho shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 402ci V-8, TH350 tranny, NP203 transfer case, Dana 44 front, 12-bolt rear
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock 750-cfm carb topped with a 14x6 K&N filter, Flowmaster exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Warn 8,000-pound winch
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: I ran off into a neighbor's ditch after installing a new tie rod and dug huge ruts through his yard and the guy never knew it. I did go back to fix it and he told me not to worry about it.
BEST MOD: 402ci engine and 44s
WORST MOD: Weak 1/2-ton axles

Vehicle: '98 Jeep Wrangler TJ
OWNER: Christopher Taylor, Algonquin, IL
TIRES: 33x12.50-15 Swamper Trxus
WHEELS: 15-inch Rockcrawlers
SUSPENSION: 41/2-inch Rubicon Express
DRIVETRAIN: 2.5L four-banger, five-speed manual tranny
OTHER DOODADS: AtoZ Fabrication rock sliders and rear bumper, onboard air, JKS sway-bar disconnects, Warn skidplates
WORST MOD: Buying it! Now I'm frickin' broke.

Vehicle: '99 Nissan Frontier
OWNER: Mike and Norma Marrero, Deltona, FL
TIRES: 35x12.5-16 Trxuss M/Ts
WHEELS: 16x10 cast aluminum
SUSPENSION: Custom radius arms, 4-inch coils
DRIVETRAIN: 3.3L engine, auto tranny, Dana 44 front
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, Optima battery
OTHER DOODADS: The typical stuff
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: They are all too funny
BEST MOD: Solid axle swap
WORST MOD: Not using a high-pinion Dana 44 to start with

Vehicle: '86 Toyota 4Runner
OWNER: Andy Lincourt, Camden, NY
TIRES: 35x12.5-15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs
WHEELS: Black wagon wheels
PERFORMANCE MODS: Custom snorkel, bobbed rear
OTHER DOODADS: 3-inch body lift, custom rear bumper, Pro Comp lights on custom windshield mounts, CB
BEST MOD: Bobbed bed
WORST MOD: Not doing the solid axle swap and gears yet

Ooh, 5.9!
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited
OWNER: Chris Nickell, Oceanside, CA
TIRES: 285/75/16 Xterrains
WHEELS: 16-inch Rockcrawlers
SUSPENSION: 41/2-inch Rubicon Express
DRIVETRAIN: 360ci, auto tranny, Atlas II transfer case, custom driveshafts, stock axles
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N intake, Optima battery, Flowmaster exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Warn 8,000-pound winch, custom bumpers, custom four-point rollcage, Viair tank, Yakima rack with Hi-Lift jack
WORST MOD: No lockers yet

Vehicle: Nissan Kingcab XE
OWNER: Jake Jones, The Ozarks
TIRES: 32x11.50-15 Bridgestone Dueler ATs
WHEELS: 15-inch American Racing chrome
SUSPENSION: 3-inch lift
DRIVETRAIN: Stock V-6, auto tranny, custom driveshafts
OTHER DOODADS: Trimmed front fenders, bedliner
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Letting my older brother (the photographer) try and dirty-up the truck for this shot
BEST MOD: Perfect original black paint
WORST MOD: Not finding a five-speed

Vehicle: '94 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
OWNER: Alvin Kuenster, Tucson, AZ
TIRES: 285/75-16 Yokohama Geolanders
WHEELS: 16x8 black American Racing
SUSPENSION: 21/2-inch Old Man Emu
DRIVETRAIN: 4.5L engine, stock tranny, stock transfer case
PERFORMANCE MODS: Synthetic oil, K&N air filter, Bosch Platinum 4 spark plugs
OTHER DOODADS: Custom front bumper, Surco roof rack
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Almost putting it in a ditch while sliding off a steep hill
BEST MOD: Old Man Emu suspension
WORST MOD: Not enough cash for more mods

Vehicle: '72 Chevy Stepside
OWNER: Adrian Pelletier, Belmont, NH
TIRES: 35-inch Pro Comp Xterrains
WHEELS: 15x10 white spokes
SUSPENSION: 5-inch Rancho front, flipped shackles and add-a-leaves in rear
DRIVETRAIN: Big-block 409ci, SM465 manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, trussed 12-bolt rear with limited-slip diff
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, 650 Holley carb
OTHER DOODADS: 3-inch body lift, homemade bumper, short-wheelbase frame shortened 4 more inches, '69 grille, industrial paint, Hi-Lift, Ramsey 8,000-pound winch on receiver, Line-lock, dubbed "Dolly" cause she's big in all the right places
BEST MOD: 409ci

Rare One
Vehicle: '77 Plymouth Trailduster
OWNER: Matt and Becky Pearson, Salem, OR
TIRES: 38x12.50-15 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 15x10 Prime five-spoke
SUSPENSION: 3-inch lift springs, 2-inch custom spring mount
DRIVETRAIN: 360ci engine, TF727 tranny, NP203 transfer case, posi rear diff, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: 9:1 pistons, cam, headers, Edelbrock intake and carb, TCI tranny kit, TransGo stage 3 shift kit, Summit chamber mufflers
OTHER DOODADS: Front bumper my dad built, Herculiner throughout cab
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: My dad, brother-in-law, and I were at the dunes jumping a sand drift when some guys stopped to judge who got the most air
BEST MOD: Tranny and exhaust
WORST MOD: 4.10 gears - need lower

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.

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6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
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