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June 2005 Readers' Rides

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June 2005 Readers' Rides
Photographers: The Readers of 4-Wheel & Off-Road

Tonka Ram
VEHICLE: '96 Dodge Ram
OWNER: A1C Ben Heiney, Luke AFB, AZ
TIRES: 39x15-15 Mickey Thompson Baja Belted
WHEELS: 15x12 American Eagle 589s
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Cepek suspension
DRIVETRAIN: Dana 44 front, 91/4 rear with locker, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N filter, dual exhaust, chip, Comp Cam
OTHER DOODADS: Rollbar, brushguard, KC Daylighters, nerf bars, Blazer seat in back for buddies to ride in
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Breaking on the trail 45 miles from home, had to get towed by a Scout
WORST MOD: No front locker

Submission Information
Hey readers! We appreciate you sending in pics of your rides, and we'd like you to keep doing so, but we encourage you doing it via e-mail from now on. We can still receive 'em by the slow, old snail-mail, but you'd make our lives a lot easier by sending us a submission electronically. 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. Please send them to rides@4wheeloffroad.com. Also, we haven't included any submission form in quite a long time, yet you all seem to be able to figure out what we need just by looking at the story. What smart readers! We definitely appreciate it, but we were hoping you could add something else to your future submissions:

We'd like to know (1) Is everything working the way you want it to? and (2) What would you change? We'd be grateful if you'd include this new information instead of your Worst Mod and Best Mod. So grateful, in fact, that we'll send 4-Wheel & Off-Road license plates and stickers to the first 50 e-mail submissions that include the new information.

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

College Cadillac
VEHICLE: '90 Land Rover Range Rover
OWNER: Steve Tullar, Billings, MT
TIRES: 235/75-16 Cooper Discovery ST
WHEELS: Stock 16-inch
SUSPENSION: Old Man Emu springs, Rancho 5000 shocks
DRIVETRAIN: Stock aluminum V-8, four-speed auto tranny
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, electric fan
OTHER DOODADS: Warn 9,000-pound winch
BEST MOD: Anything I can afford as a college student

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Scary Air
VEHICLE: '86 Chevy Stepside
OWNER: Mike Stralkowski, Pottstown, PA
TIRES: 39.5x13.50-16.5 Swamper IROKs
WHEELS: Eagle 589
SUSPENSION: 8-inch Skyjacker, 3-inch body
DRIVETRAIN: 358ci engine, TH400 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front with Detroit Locker, 14-bolt with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: 194 heads, Hooker headers, Edelbrock 600-cfm carb, Crane cam
OTHER DOODADS: JAZ race seats and five-point harnesses, air tank
BEST MOD: Five-point harnesses
WORST MOD: 3-inch body lift

T.S.A. Assault Van
VEHICLE: '78 Ford E-250 van
OWNER: Jon Dilks
TIRES: 38x15.50-16.5 Swamper TSL radials
WHEELS: 16.5x10 Outlaw ll's
SUSPENSION: 11-inch coil front, leaf-sprung rear
DRIVETRAIN: 460ci engine, Dana 44 front with Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock 650 carb, K&N air filter, headers with cherrybomb mufflers
OTHER DOODADS: Dual batteries, 110-amp alternator, 13 shocks, spare 36-inch tire, Blazer lightbar with 12 off-road lights, multi-siren/P.A.
BEST MOD: Camo paint
WORST MOD: Front and rear sunroofs that leak

Supa Crewser
VEHICLE: '02 Ford Super Crew
OWNER: Lance Ortemond, Youngsville, LA
TIRES: 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler MTRs
WHEELS: 16x10 Weld Stone Crushers with 1-inch billet-aluminum spacers
SUSPENSION: 5-inch RCD, 3-inch Performance Accessories body lift
DRIVETRAIN: 5.4L V-8, auto tranny, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Aftermarket exhaust and Superchips programmer, B&M shift kit
OTHER DOODADS: Warn Transformer grilleguard with PIAAs and a 9,000-pound MileMarker winch, remote start and alarm
BEST MOD: Suspension lift and bed cover
WORST MOD: Wheel spacers

Ford Finder
VEHICLE: '88 Ford F-250
OWNER: Dylan Brown, Bethel, WI
TIRES: 38x12.50-16.5 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 16.5x9.75 steel
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Skyjacker
DRIVETRAIN: 351ci engine, T-18, Dana 50 front end, Sterling 10.25 rear, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Headers, dual exhaust
BEST MOD: Engine, lift

Savvy CJ
VEHICLE: '83 Jeep CJ-7
OWNER: Brian Pikerowski, Clear Spring, MD
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs
WHEELS: 15x10 American Racing
SUSPENSION: 4-inch Superlift, 2-inch body
DRIVETRAIN: 258ci engine, T-4 tranny, Dana 300 transfer case with twin-stick kit, Dana 30 front with Powertrax locker, AMC 20 rear with Detroit Locker and one-piece axles, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, ACCEL ignition
OTHER DOODADS: Ramsey 8,000-pound winch, trimmed fenders with TJ flares, braided brake lines, diamond-plate corners and rocker, custom front and rear bumpers, hand throttle
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: At one time thinking 31-inchers were going to be the biggest tire I wanted
BEST MOD: Detroit Locker

Taco Con Playa
VEHICLE: '02 Toyota Tacoma
OWNER: Mike Finck, Long Island, NY
TIRES: 315//75/16 Pro Comp X-Terrains
WHEELS: 16x10 Weld Sidewinders
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Fabtech
DRIVETRAIN: V-6 engine, stock everything except front locker
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, Poweraid throttle-body spacer, Gibson exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Braided brake lines, off-road lights, billet grille, Warn multimount winch

Xtra-Cab Exploration
VEHICLE: '85 Toyota Xtra Cab
OWNER: Jared Dunlop, Concord, CA
TIRES: 33x12.50-15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains
WHEELS: 15x8 chrome American Racing
SUSPENSION: 6-inch spring, 2-inch body lift, Rancho RS 9000 shocks
DRIVETRAIN: Marlin Crawler gear-reduction unit, Detroit Lockers front and rear, 4.88 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, Flowmaster mufflers
OTHER DOODADS: CB radio, matching spare tire!
BEST MOD: Flatbed
WORST MOD: 33-inch tires (should have gotten 35s)

Moogler
VEHICLE: '94 Jeep Wrangler
OWNER: Christopher Hewls, Hickory, NC
TIRES: 48-inch Michelin XMLs
WHEELS: Avalanche bead locks
DRIVETRAIN: Vortec 350 engine, SM465 tranny, flipped Dana 300 transfer case, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear

Old Skool
VEHICLE: '52 Jeep CJ3A
OWNER: Don Richter, Bend, OR
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 Pro Comps
WHEELS: 15x10 Weld Typhoons
SUSPENSION: Spring-over conversion using Wrangler springs
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci engine, SM420 tranny, Spicer 18 transfer case, 1/2-ton Chevy axles, 5.13 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Bored engine 0.040 over, flat-top pistons, roller rockers, Edelbrock Q-Jet carb
OTHER DOODADS: 8,000-pound winch, Summit seats, six-point rollcage
BEST MOD: Power steering

Kyle's K5
VEHICLE: '76 Chevy K5 Blazer
OWNER: Kyle Macklin, Lindenwood, IL
TIRES: 39.5x15-15 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 15x10 aluminum
SUSPENSION: 6-inch
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci engine, TH350 tranny, NP203 transfer case, Dana 44 front, GM 12-bolt rear
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock intake manifold, headers, dual Flowmasters, K&N air filter, flex fan
OTHER DOODADS: Steering stabilizer, off-road lights
BEST MOD: Lift kit and Swampers
WORST MOD: Need lower gears

Seasoned Wheeler
VEHICLE: '71 Ford Bronco
OWNER: Hugh Wright, Folsom, CA
TIRES: 38x12.50-15 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 15x10 Rock Crawlers
SUSPENSION: 6-inch coils, 5-inch leaves
DRIVETRAIN: 302ci engine, NP435 tranny, reverse-rotation Dana 44 with welded diff, 9-inch rear with spool, 4.11 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Engine balanced
BEST MOD: Power steering with chromoly tie rod and drag link

Submission Information
Hey readers! We appreciate you sending in pics of your rides, and we'd like you to keep doing so, but we encourage you doing it via e-mail from now on. We can still receive 'em by the slow, old snail-mail, but you'd make our lives a lot easier by sending us a submission electronically. 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. Please send them to jerrod.jones@primedia.com. Also, we haven't included any submission form in quite a long time, yet you all seem to be able to figure out what we need just by looking at the story. What smart readers! We definitely appreciate it, but we were hoping you could add something else to your future submissions:

We'd like to know (1) Is everything working the way you want it to? and (2) What would you change? We'd be grateful if you'd include this new information instead of your Worst Mod and Best Mod. So grateful, in fact, that we'll send 4-Wheel & Off-Road license plates and stickers to the first 50 e-mail submissions that include the new information.

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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