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July 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

Passenger Side View
Posted 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

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