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July 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

Posted in Features on July 1, 2006
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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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Vehicle: '02 Chevy Avalanche
Owner Vanessa Teya Pillar, Hopewell, OR
Tires & wheels: 38x15.50-16 Swampers on American Racing wheels
Suspension: Cognito 10-inch lift with coil springs and complete suspension upgrade, Rancho rear shocks, DJ limiting straps
Drivetrain: 5.3L engine, 4L60E auto tranny, stock transfer case, Jasper posi in rear axle
Performance Mods: Superchips Power Programmer, 3-inch Flowmaster dual exhaust, K&N air intake, Optima Red-Top battery
Other Doodads: Clarion CD player, amplifier (no subs), heated leather seats, stainless steel braided hoses
Funniest wheeling incident: Before my birthday when I mixed J.D. with Godsvalley (Oregon), the truck had never been off-road. The truck sat overnight until we could muster up the energy to winch it out the next morning.
Does everything work the way you want?: Nope, at least not yet. The suspension, engine, and drivetrain all suck, so watch out, boys...more pics next year!
Anything you would change: Almost everything

Vehicle: '04 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner Rich Buckley, Warrior, AL
Tires & wheels: 46x19.5-16.5 Baja Claws on 16.5x12 Monster Mods
Suspension: 15-inch coil springs, four-links front and rear, dual shocks in rear, triple shock in front
Drivetrain: HO Cummins diesel engine, six-speed NV5600 tranny, NV272 transfer case, AAM axles front and rear
Performance Mods: 4 1/2-inch exhaust, 120hp injectors, cold-air intake
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, triple steering stabilizers
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep, I drive it every day to work 60+ miles
Anything you would change: Nope

Vehicle: '75 Jeep CJ-5
Owner Eric Poppelreiter, Sacramento, CA
Tires & wheels: 35x14.50-15 Boggers on 15x10
Suspension: 6-inch spring-over axle conversion using YJ front springs, rear quarter-elliptic setup
Drivetrain: 258ci engine, Ford T-18 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 44 front with Warn axles and mini-spool, Dana 44 rear with Superior axles and mini-spool, 5.38 gears
Other Doodads: High-steer crossover steering, Warn M6000 winch

Vehicle: '47 Willys CJ2A
Owner Gary Roberts, Trinity, NC
Tires & wheels: 29x8.50-15 TSL Swampers on 15-inch Ford wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Flathead four-cylinder, T-90 tranny, Spicer 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front, Dana 44 rear, 5.38 gears
Other Doodads: Rollbar
Does everything work the way you want?: Nah, the vacuum-driven wipers need fixin' and the tranny jumps out of 2nd gear

Vehicle: '87 Chevy
Owner Dale Nunez, Socorro, NM
Tires & wheels: 38x12.50-15 Swampers on 15x12 forged Weld Racing
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: 350 TBI engine, TH400 tranny, NP208 transfer case, 14-bolt rear axle with Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Funniest wheeling incident: Running from the cops...but then I went to jail.

Vehicle: '90 Nissan Patrol
Owner AJ Rheinberger, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Tires & wheels: 34x10.50-15 Simex Jungle Trekker 2 on Nissan steel wheels
Suspension: Old Man Emu long travel
Drivetrain: 4.2L I-6 diesel, limited-slip diff in rear, ARB locker in front
Performance Mods: 2 1/2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Snorkel, dual batteries, Warn XD9500i winch, onboard air
Funniest wheeling incident: My 2-year-old pointing out to me that we had 3 inches of water in the cab

Vehicle: '03 Jeep TJ Wrangler
Owner Sandy Van Zandt, Talala, OK
Tires & wheels: 35-inch Goodyear MTRs on Hutchinson 15x8 bead locks
Suspension: 4-inch Full Traction long-arm kit, Rancho RS 9000X pro series shocks
Drivetrain: Tom Woods driveshaft, 4.88 Randy's Ring & Pinion gears
Performance Mods: Banks header, AEM air intake, Airaid throttle-body spacer, Optima Red-Top battery
Other Doodads: Custom rack and bumpers by Hem Industries, 9,500-pound Warn winch
Funniest wheeling incident: Teaching my Rubicon the backstroke in a stream in Utah

Vehicle: '98 2500 Chevy
Owner Darrell Patterson, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Tires & wheels: 38.5x16-16 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on 16x10 Eagle
Suspension: Solid-axle swap with 12-inch leaf springs
Drivetrain: 6.5L turbodiesel, front high-pinion Dana 60 with 4.10 gears, rear 14-bolt
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, 4-inch Dynaflow exhaust
Other Doodads: Warn 8274 winch front, and 9,000-pound Warn winch rear
Funniest wheeling incident: License plate reads YBLO

Vehicle: '93 Ford Bronco
Owner Eric Earnest, Charlotte, MI
Tires & wheels: 35x14.50 Boggers on Mickey Thompson Classic II
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift front, rear Pro Comp leaves, Rancho steering stabilizer
Drivetrain: 302ci V-8, TTB Dana 44 front with Truetrac, Ford 8.8 rear with Eaton posi, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Flowtech headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Funniest wheeling incident: Hitting a drainage ditch and bending a radius arm
Does everything work the way you want?: Not enough power
Anything you would change: Put a four-linked Ford 9-inch in the rear

Vehicle: '60 Jeep CJ-5
Owner Justin Hartung/Dan Myers, Apollo, PA
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-15 Swampers on 15x10 white wagon wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion in front, custom four-link with Chevy cargo springs in rear
Drivetrain: 134ci F-head, twin Spicer T-90 trannies (14 forward gears, 6 reverse), Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front, Dana 44 rear, 5.38 gears, welded differentials
Performance Mods: Thrush glasspack, ACCEL wires, lead additive
Other Doodads: MileMarker 8,000-pound winch, custom snorkel, quick-release rear axle custom rollcage and bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: Nothing works the way I want it to, but everything still seems to work
Anything you would change: Fuel injection would be great
Anything to add?: 190:1 final crawl ratio, 88-inch wheelbase

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