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May 2005 Readers' Rides

Driver Side View Roof Chopped Off
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted May 6, 2005

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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Spicy 'Sploder
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

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