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September 2005 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on August 25, 2005
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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 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.

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Readers' Rides 4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515

Vehicle: '90 Geo Tracker
Owner: Neil Tackett
Tires: 31x9.50-15 Swamper TSL radials
Wheels: 15x8 black steel
Suspension: 11/2-inch coil spacers with front upper strut flip mount and Crown Victoria rear shocks
Drivetrain: 1.6L eight-valve engine, five-speed manual tranny, 5.13 gears
Performance: K&N air and oil filters, Calmini header, 2-inch exhaust system
Other Mods: 2-inch body lift, custom-built front bumper, skidplate/truss for front A-arm mounts, Mile Marker E3000 winch, Bosch driving lights, CB, Hi-Lift Jack, auxiliary back-up lights
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, nothing has let me down yet
Anything You Would Change: I would've built the bumper before the body lift for better fitment
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Going for one last loop around the trails and finding a new offshoot that had a bottomless quagmire at the end of it

Vehicle: '73 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: James Cochran, Mena, AR
Tires: 36x12.50-15 Swamper TSLs
Wheels: 15-inch American Racing
Suspension: 31/2-inch Rancho, RS 5000 shocks
Drivetrain: AMC 304ci engine, T-18 manual tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, Dana 44 rear, 4.27 gears
Performance: Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and cam and 500-cfm carb, D.U.I. distributor
Other Mods:Chevy alternator, power brakes
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yep, definitely the best is the custom hydraulic clutch and power brakes
Anything You Would Change: In hindsight, I would've put in a 4.3L Vortec instead of the 304ci V-8, and vinyl seats instead of cloth (dirt)
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Going up a loose climb totally open, while a buddy couldn't make it up with a locker

Tame Ride
Vehicle: '91 Chevy S-10
Owner: Keith Maclennan, Ithaca, MI
Tires: 40x17-15 Gumbo Monster Mudders
Wheels: 15x12 aluminum
Suspension: 4-inch, custom body lift
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, TH350 tranny, NP203 transfer case, 10-bolt front, 12-bolt rear welded up, 4.56 gears
Other Mods:All built with help from my dad
Best Mod: Keeping it light
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Watching my buddies

Range Riding
Vehicle: '88 Land Rover Range Rover
Owner: Tim Woolford, Mabelvale, AZ
Tires: 245/75/R16 Dunlop Radial Rover
Wheels: Stock alloys
Suspension: Old Man Emu springs, 2-inch spacers in front, 1-inch spacer in rear, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: 3.5L aluminum V-8, ZF four-speed auto tranny
Performance: K&N air filter, replaced three catalytic converters with one
Other Mods:8,000-pound Warn winch, Garmin GPS, CB, KC lights, Hella lights
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works great for now
Anything You Would Change: I would add taller mud tires, axle upgrades, a rear locker, and a limited-slip front diff

Fuelie Wannabe
Vehicle: '59 Jeep CJ5/M38A1
Owner: John Peterson, Elks, NV
Tires: 35x16-15 Boggers
Wheels: 15x10 white spoke
Suspension: Wheelbase stretched to 100 inches, rear XJ leaves front and rear, revolver shackles
Drivetrain: Chevy small-block V-8, NP465 four-speed manual tranny, Warn overdrive, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 44 front with Detroit Locker, Dana 44 rear with welded diff, 5.38 gears
Performance: V-8 engine
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Doesn't sidehill very well
Anything You Would Change: Need to add a fuel cell and fuel injection

Wild Watsonvillian
Vehicle: '99 Chevy Tahoe two-door
Owner: Rory Jensen, Watsonville, CA
Tires: 13x10.50-16 Saveros mud tires
Wheels: Stock
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Vortec 350ci, 4L60E auto tranny, 10-bolt rear axle, IFS front
Performance: K&N air filter, Flowmaster mufflers, Power programmer
Other Mods:Loud-ass stereo system
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: The exhaust is too loud; sets off car alarms
Anything You Would Change: Maybe the suspension
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Borrowed my grandpa's Tahoe while mine was in the shop, got it so stuck that it took two Z71s to get it out.

Vehicle: '84 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Brian Longmire, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada
Tires: Free 31-inch Uniroyals
Wheels: Stock
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 1.6L Chevette engine, auto tranny, divorced transfer case, 5.13 axle gears
Performance: Doesn't the Chevette engine speak for itself?
Other Mods:Rear floor and fenderwell rusted away a long time ago, replaced with plastic bedliner and sheetmetal screws, Chevette seats
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: The engine is a tad unresponsive
Anything You Would Change: A little snappier engine, like from a Tracker

Vehicle: '90 Ford Bronco II
Owner: Matt Francis, Columbus, OH
Tires: 33x13.50-15 Swamper LTBs
Wheels: 15x10 American Racing
Suspension: First generation Bronco front suspension, custom front coil buckets, Skyjacker long-travel shocks, 6-inch rear leaves
Drivetrain: 2.9L stock engine, Tom Woods driveshafts
Performance: K&N air filter
Other Mods:Shortened front driveshaft, Warn hubs, Harbor Freight 8,000-pound winch, chopped top and handmade soft top, six-point rollcage
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: No, the front brake line setup is too short
Anything You Would Change: The open diffs need to be changed to lockers

True Blue
Vehicle: '88 Toyota FJ62 Land Cruiser
Owner: Chad Jones, Lake Alfred, FL
Tires: 37x12.50-15 Swamper SSRs
Wheels: 15x12 American Racing 589s
Suspension: 121/2-inch lift, 6 inches via spring-over-axle conversion, 4-inch re-arched springs, add-a-leaf
Drivetrain: Inline six-cylinder engine, A440F auto tranny, 4.11 gears
Performance: Juice Box computer module, K&N air filter, dual exhaust
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: I couldn't ask for more, a great daily driver and off-road runner
Anything You Would Change: More horsepower to the torquey engine

Big Sheep
Vehicle: '00 Dodge Ram Sport
Owner: Steven Wallace, Bentonville, AR
Tires: 37x12.50-17 Swamper TSL radials
Wheels: 17x9 MHTs
Suspension: 7-inch Skyjacker double-flex kit, 21/2-inch spacers
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, Chrysler 9.25 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance: K&N air filter, Magnaflow muffler
Other Mods:Rollbar, Hella lights, nerf bars, spray-in bedliner, braided brake lines
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: The brake lines were giving me issues, so I replaced them with braided ones, now everything is great
Anything You Would Change: The stock tranny

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