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January 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

Posted in Features on January 1, 2006
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Keep sending in those entries! We love getting them all from you, and we love to see what you own, even if we don't have enough room to show off every picture of every truck that's sent to us. Just in case you're fuzzy about what to put in your submission, refresh your brain and take a look at the sample list below. For you digital-savvy photographers, please make sure the photos measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file.

Vehicle (year, make, model)
Owner (name, city, state)
Tires & wheels (size, make, model)
Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
Drivetrain (tranny, t-case, axles)
Performance (engine)
Other mods
Does everything work the way you want?
Anything you would change?
Funniest wheeling incident

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4-Wheel & Off-Road
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Snow Bound
Vehicle: '96 Ford F-250
Owner: Jeremy Walker, Avondale, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50-16.5 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 16.5x9.75 American Eagle wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift, Rancho RS 9000X shocks
Drivetrain: 460ci engine, E40D, Borg-Warner transfer case, stock axles, rear Trac-Loc differential, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Vortech supercharger, MSD ignition, 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust, Hughes toque converter, shift kit, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Grilleguard, sprayed-in bedliner, Warn hubs
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Having to fold both mirrors in to follow a Toyota
Anything you would change: Get rid of the 16.5-inch wheels

Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: John Kinney, Newport, VT
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50-15 TrXus MTs on 15x10 Eagle 589 wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Skyjacker with 2-inch coil spacer and 2-inch shackle
Drivetrain: 355ci Chevy V-8 engine, TH700R4 tranny, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 with spool, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock Performer intake, carb, and camshaft
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, ladder bars
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Breaking a front axle joint, knuckle, and axle to prove I could to a friend
Does everything work the way you want?: I would lock the front end

Big Bad Burb
Vehicle: '89 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Jay Hamlet, St. Louis, MO
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on Weld Stonecrusher wheels
Suspension: 20-inch leaf-spring lift, ORD shackle flip
Drivetrain: Dana 60 with 35-spline axles, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Other Doodads: Ladder bars, axle trusses, disc brakes front and rear, Rockram steering
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Throttle stuck and I rolled in front of 2,500 people
Anything you would change: Not use the 1/2-ton frame to start with

SS Mud Dragger
Vehicle: '78 Chevy 4x4
Owner: Manuel "Bo" Sanchez, Questa, NM
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x16-15 Swamper TSLs on 15x14 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift, add-a-leaves in rear
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Centerforce clutch, Purple Hornie mufflers
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift

Tangerine Toyota
Vehicle: '85 Toyota Xtra Cab
Owner: Dan Reed, Redbridge, Ontario, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x14.50-15 Boggers on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker, 1 1/2-inch shackle lift
Drivetrain: Chevy 307ci engine, TH350 tranny, Toyota transfer case, Toyota axles with lockers
Performance Mods: Four more cylinders, dual exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, oil cooler, custom radiator, custom rear bumper, MileMarker 9,000-pound winch
Anything you would change: Soft springs

Wicked Rebuild
Vehicle: '98 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Allen Godard Jr., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50-15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on 15x8 Xtreme Alloys
Suspension: 2 1/2-inch Daystar spacers
Drivetrain: Stock
Other Doodads: Homemade rock sliders, rear bumper and skidplate
Does everything work the way you want?: It should, we rebuilt the entire truck

Sweet As a Cherry
Vehicle: '69 Chevy K20 4x4
Owner: Thomas Griffiths, Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50-16.5 on 16.5x9.75 wagon wheels
Suspension: 3-inch lift
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, SM465 four-speed manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 4.09 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock carb, Weiand 8004 intake manifold, Centerforce clutch
Other Doodads: Factory tachometer
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change: No, because the truck works so well. This is my only truck and daily driver for the last 23 years. It's no boulevard queen.

All In One XJ
Vehicle: '96 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Mark Johnston, San Diego, CA
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch BFGoodrich ATs on Rock Crawler wheels
Suspension: 4 1/2-inch Pro Comp coils, Rough Country rear leaves, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Stock, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear
Performance Mods: Firepower ignition, Turbo City throttle body, MAP sensor adjuster, throttle-body spacer, Magnaflow muffler
Other Doodads: Onboard air, 110-volt power inverter, 7-gallon solar hot-water system, hood louvers that work great to let heat out
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep, works great, and better mileage and power with mods

King Zukie
Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai long wheelbase (Canadian)
Owner: Tom Bentzen, Seattle, WA
Tires & Wheels: 38 1/2-inch Swamper SXs on Marsh Racing 15x10 bead locks
Suspension: Custom four-link rear with Ranger coils, three-link front with Ranger coils, Doetsch Tech shocks
Drivetrain: Toyota 2.4L diesel with custom turbocharger, Toyota 1-ton five-speed tranny, Marlin 4.7 transfer case, Toyota front axle with ARB locker, chromoly inner axles, and Longfields, Toyota V-6 third member rear ARB locker, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: Custom turbocharger
Other Doodads: Herculiner in body tub, Auto Meter gauges, Extremaire compressor, Davesport rockers, rollcage, and exo, Corbeau seats, Ramsey Patriot winch, IPF lights, custom soft top, Trailtough fender flares, Amsoil bypass filter, Trail Tough fold-down windshield

No Lift Necessary
Vehicle: '03 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Jeremy Mosley, Farmersville, TX
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50-17 Goodyear MTRs on MB Motoring Off Road Gunner 5 17x10s
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 5.7L Hemi
Performance Mods: Airaid cold-air intake, Superchips programmer, Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers
Other Doodads: Sony head unit, Kenwood amp, CB, towstraps
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Letting "Billy" drive it at only two weeks old, and he slid it into a tree
Does everything work the way you want?: Shouldn't have bought a 1/2-ton, should've gotten a Cummins
Anything you would change: Red River Off Road solid-axle conversion

Four Years of Savings
Vehicle: '05 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Owner: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Williams, Altus AFB, OK
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs on 15-inch Eagle 589 wheels
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-inch double-flex kit
Drivetrain: 4.0L engine, Rocktrac NP241J transfer case, Dana 44 front and rear with factory selectable lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster 40 Series muffler, Optima battery, Rubicon Express 62mm throttle body, Airaid cold-air intake
Other Doodads: Garmin GPS
Anything you would change: Maybe a Hemi swap

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