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February 2006 Giant Readers Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2006
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Vehicles: '78 GMC Jimmy, '99 Jeep Wrangler TJ
Owners: Kyle Tourtellot & Travor Tourtellot, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Tires: 44x19.5-16.5 Boggers on the Jimmy, 38x15-15 Boggers on the Jeep
Suspension: 12-inch Superlift (Jimmy), 5 1/2-inch Rubicon Express long arm (TJ)
Drivetrain: TH400 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with spool, 14-bolt, 5.13 gears (Jimmy), Dana 30 reverse-rotation front, Ford 9-inch rear, 4.88 gears (TJ)
Performance Mods: Bored 0.040 over, roller rockers, headers, 3-inch exhaust (Jimmy), K&N air filter (TJ)
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Hula girl fell off Jimmy on third rollover
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Not the winch (Jimmy)
Anything You Would Change: Would like to have 39-inch Boggers and overdrive (TJ)

Vehicle: '79 Ford F-150
Owner: David Swahlen, Canutillo, TX Tires & Wheels: 44x19.5-16.5 Boggers on 16.5x12 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: 9-inch lift front coil springs, 8-inch-lift rear leaves and a shackle flip
Drivetrain: Ford big-block, C6 tranny with E4OD gear cluster and mild shift kit, 1350 CV driveshafts, kingpin Dana 60 front with posi, Dana 60 rear with Detroit Locker and disc brakes, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: TRW pistons, Hooker headers, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley Commander 950 fuel injection, MSD ignition (15.015 quarter-mile @ 93 mph, 4,000-foot elevation)
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Auto Meter gauges, 35-gallon fuel tank, split bench seat
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Sand dragging with the parking brake on.
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes, now that I pulled the front moon visor (your mag proclaims it looks bad, but fails to mention how many low-hanging branches they catch!)
Anything You Would Change: Put an electric locker in front

Vehicle: '94 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: Mike McEachern, Orlando, FL
Tires & Wheels: 49-inch Swamper Iroks on 20x14 Stockton
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp leaves, Belltech lowering shackles re-applied, 11-inch custom shackle reversal in front
Drivetrain: 4.0L, NV4500 manual tranny, Atlas 5:1 low-range transfer case, Rockwell axles with disc brakes and Detroit Lockers Other Doodads: Hydraulic steering assist, K-link steering
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck on a Palmetto root about 4 inches tall while backing up in 4WD on flat ground when the Jeep was still stock. That won't happen anymore.
Anything You Would Change: Add a winch, rollcage, and a fuel cell

Vehicle: '00 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Ron Pongracz, Southgate, MI
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.5-16.5 Swamper Boggers on 16.5x14 Weld Scorpio Vs Suspension: 6-inch Superlift with dual front shock kit
Drivetrain: 6.8L V-10, Dana 50 front with Detroit Locker, 10 1/2 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air intake, Borla exhaust, Optima battery
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Bushwacker cut-out fender flares, Smittybilt nerf bars and rollbar, Fabtech lightbar, Pro Comp lights, Auto Meter tach

Vehicle: '88 Chevy pickup
Owner: Joe Cunningham, Plant City, FL
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.5-16.5 Boggers on 16.5x14 Bart Modular
Suspension: 8-inch Superlift ('73-'87) front leaves, 5 1/2-inch Pro Comp rear leaves
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, SM465 manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, custom driveshafts, Dana 60 front with Detroit Locker, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Holley 650-cfm Double Pumper, Edelbrock intake manifold, roller rockers, 202 World Products heads, Crane cams, ACCEL spark-plug wires, Mallory distributor
Other Doodads: CB, custom seats
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Taking my truck on its first outing and finding out I had too much angle in my driveline by having the driveshaft spin into my frame and body and break the output yoke off my transfer case
Anything You Would Change: Maybe a 2WD tranny and divorced transfer case to lengthen front driveshaft

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