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December 2005 Readers 4x4 Trucks - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on December 1, 2005
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Write to:
Readers' Rides 4-Wheel and Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax: 323.782.2704

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An Off-Roaded H2!
Vehicle: 2003 GM Hummer H2
OWNER: Ed Phillips, Fayetteville, GA
TIRES & WHEELS: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich AT KOs on Atlas 17x10 powdercoated wheels
SUSPENSION: Rancho 4-inch, Edelbrock trailing arms
PERFORMANCE MODS: GMS mass air sensor, Borla headers, Flowmaster exhaust, Predator Programmer, Airaid air intake, Magnecor wires, ported and polished throttle body
OTHER DOODADS: Rubberduck 4x4 heavy-duty tie rods, undercarriage protection, PML diff covers, Warn receiver-mounted 9.5ti, custom body armor and rockers by Angry Iron
DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT?: No bling, just a real truck

Stuck in Iraq, but Rather Be Wheelin'
Vehicle: 1993 Jeep Cherokee
OWNER: Nick Cappo, North Bend, WA
TIRES & WHEELS: 33x12.50-15 Les Schwab mudders on 15x10 black steel
SUSPENSION: 4 1⁄2-inch Rubicon Express Superflex kit
DRIVETRAIN: 4.0L engine, stock auto tranny, NP231 with slip-yoke eliminator, Currie 9-inch rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
OTHER DOODADS: Truckfarm bumper, Tom Woods driveshaft, Herculiner interior
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Told everyone I rolled over in the woods because I almost hit a bear (I was actually just being a delinquent)

Little Brown Mudbuggy
Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Dakota
OWNER: Chris Smith, Kauai, HI
TIRES & WHEELS: 265/70-16 Goodyear Wranglers on stock alloy wheels
DRIVETRAIN: 3.9L V-6, four-speed auto tranny
PERFORMANCE MODS: Airaid cold-air intake
ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE: Add Flowmaster exhaust, leveling kit, spray-in bedliner

Vehicle: 1989 Isuzu Trooper
OWNER: Jason Carr, Las Cruces, NM
TIRES & WHEELS: 37x12.50-16.5 Goodyear militaries on 16.5x8 steel wheels
SUSPENSION: Custom leaf spring
DRIVETRAIN: Stock four-banger, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, custom driveshafts
PERFORMANCE MODS: Straight exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Custom frame and suspension mods
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: This is my daily driver!
DOES EVERYTHING WORK THE WAY YOU WANT?: Nothing fits, but it all works!

Pic of the Month
Colorado Red
Vehicle: 1967 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
OWNER: John Hembel, Basalt, CO
TIRES & WHEELS: 37x12.50-15 Swamper SSRs on 15x10 Champion bead locks
SUSPENSION: Spring-over conversion, Rancho 9000 shocks
DRIVETRAIN: Police-issue TBI 350 engine, Australian Toyota four-speed tranny, Advance Adapters Rock Box (3.44:1), Toyota transfer case (3.2:1), 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, custom 3-inch exhaust, four-wheel disc brakes
OTHER DOODADS: 1-inch body lift, Warn 9,000-pound winch, Thomas Air compressor and tank, Premier Power welder, dual Optima batteries, Con-Ferr 22-gallon fuel tank, hood louvers
ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE: I'd put an ARB Air Locker in front, and some ram-assist steering

Vehicle: 1984 Chevy pickup
OWNER: Deric Ourso, White Castle, LA
TIRES & WHEELS: 42-inch Swampers on 15x12 Classic IIs
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Superlift
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci engine, TH700R4 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Eaton lockers, 4.88 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: 650-cfm Edelbrock carb, Hooker headers, Flowmaster exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: 3-inch body lift, Pioneer sound system

Swamp Monster
Vehicle: 1946 Chevy truck
OWNER: Corie M. Herberger, Covington, LA
TIRES & WHEELS: Swamper Boggers
DRIVETRAIN: Blown 350ci engine, TH350 tranny, race car rear end
OTHER DOODADS: 1994 Rayburn frame, full rollcage, extended wheelbase

Vehicle: 1973 Chevy Suburban
OWNER: Tarry Schuster, Fairbanks, AK
TIRES & WHEELS: 35x12.50-15 Cooper Discoverers on 15x10 American Racing wheels
SUSPENSION: 4-inch Rough Country lift
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci engine, TH350 auto tranny, NP208 transfer case, 10-bolt front, 12-bolt rear, 3.73 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Engine bored 0.020 over, flat-top pistons, Comp Cams cam, Edelbrock intake manifold, Flex-a-lite electric fan, Jacobs ignition, high-flow oil pump
OTHER DOODADS: 2-inch body lift, Cobra CB, Auto Meter gauges, dual batteries

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