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March 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

Posted in Features on March 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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You know, there are more women than you think in the 4x4 world. So this month, we've dedicated the Readers' Rides department to all the ladies with a transfer case under their butts. And we don't want to hear any of you guys complaining about not being included this month; you know you love a lady with a 4x4.

Just Beautiful
Vehicle: '65 Chevy
Owner: Elizabeth Filer, Longview, WA
Tires & Wheels: 9.00x16.00 Michelin XXZL Military on 16-inch homemade bead locks
Suspension: 6-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: 454ci, TH350 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with welded gears, 14-bolt rear with welded gears and shaved housing, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Big tube headers, roller cam, Victor Jr. intake manifold
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, '77 Chevy 4x4 frame, Warn winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Being run into by a monster truck at the local mud bog
Anything You Would Change: Giving my husband a spare set of keys (second motor, third tranny!)

Vehicle: '78 Ford F-150
Owner: Stephanie Vail, Medora, IL
Tires & Wheels: 35x15-16.5 Boggers in rear and 35x12.50-16.5 Swamper in front on chrome spoke wheels
Suspension: 6-inch suspension
Drivetrain: 460ci engine bored 0.040 over, C6 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear with welded gears, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: L&L headers, DUI distributor
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom aluminum flatbed, '79 Bronco chassis
Funniest Wheeling Incident: During a race I sorta decided that the truck would look better on the berm in between lanes, spinning all four tires helplessly. (Won Third Place in the next class though!)
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Now that I put on a DUI distributor

Power Hungry
Vehicle: '81 Jeep Scrambler
Owner: Kristy Wickland, via
Tires: 35x12.50-15 SSRs
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp, revolver shackles, front shackle reversal
Drivetrain: 4.0L engine, T19 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Tom Woods driveshafts, Dana 44 front with EZ locker and chromoly axles, Dana 44 rear with full-floater kit and disc brakes
Performance Mods: Aftermarket air filter
Other Doodads: Axle truss, Warn winch, six-point exterior/interior cage, Borgeson steering shaft, 3-inch body lift
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Maybe a little underpowered
Anything You Would Change: Should've swapped in a big-block

Panhandle Ram
Vehicle: '94 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Megan Leigh Johnson, Sandpoint, ID
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50-15 Wild Country Mudders on 15-inch Ultra wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 5.9L engine, 518 tranny, NP231HD transfer case, Dana 44 front, 9 1/4 rear
Performance Mods: Dual exhaust
Other Doodads: Diamond-plate toolbox
Funniest Wheeling Incident: When my boyfriend's truck died, and my much older truck ran past him all day
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: It works great, especially for a stock truck
Anything You Would Change: I would add 5 inches of lift and 35-inch tires

Cowgirl Cadillac
Vehicle: '02 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: Crystal Deschaine, Milton-Freewater, OR
Tires & Wheels: 315/75-16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 16x8 wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Tuff Country
Drivetrain: Stock Power Stroke diesel
Performance Mods: 90hp Superchips
Other Doodads: Dee Zee bedcaps, Bushwacker fender flares, Protech cab guard

Cowgirl Up
Vehicle: '76 Chevy Silverado 3/4-ton
Owner: Erin Uhden, Addy, WA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50-15 Trailfinders on 16.5x10 Western wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country lift
Drivetrain: TH350 tranny, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock carb
Other Doodads: Sticker on windshield that says, "Cowgirl up," CB radio (better than a cell phone)

Silver Stud
Vehicle: '01 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Ronda Slade, Springerville, AZ
Tires: 285/75-16 Big Foot
Suspension: 3-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Grizzly rollbars, Alpine CD player

Pink Panther
Vehicle: '70 GMC 3/4-ton
Owner: Kurstin Maddox, St. Joseph, MO
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs or 38-inch tractor tires
Suspension: 8-inch
Drivetrain: 454ci engine, TH400 tranny, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 750-cfm Holley carb, 200hp nitrous shot
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift

Lesly's Toy
Vehicle: '00 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Lesly Borges, Aumsville, OR
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50-15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 15x8 Ultra wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Trail Master suspension
Drivetrain: Stock
Other Doodads: Rocker guards, nerf bars, foglights, custom power-steering line

She's Trouble
Vehicle: '96 Chevy K1500 Z71
Owner: Jenna Geibe, Menononie, WI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50-15 Climmers on 15x10 American Racing Atlas wheels
Suspension: 6-inch
Drivetrain: 350 Vortech, 4L60E tranny, Auburn posi, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: Ported throttle body
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Driving sideways past a cop in a snowstorm because I could.

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