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August 2006 4x4 Readers' Rides

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August 2006 4x4 Readers' Rides

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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
Anything to add?

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Readers' Rides
4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704

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rides@4wheeloffroad.com

131 0608 03 z+1978 international scout traveler+drivers side

Vehicle: '78 International Scout Traveler
Owner: Steve McGrail, Cape Cod, MS
Tires & wheels: 32x11.50-15 Wrangler AT/5s on American Racing Diamond Back
Suspension: 4-inch lift, Rancho 5000 shocks, steering damper
Drivetrain: 345ci V-8, stock auto tranny, transfer case, axles
Performance Mods: Engine bored 0.040 over, Holley carb on high-rise manifold, dual exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers
Other Doodads: Sony MP3 player, Kicker subs, Kentrol fiberglass body with H2 yellow paint, recovered K5 Blazer seats
Does everything work the way you want?: No, the Kicker subs keep ruining window seals
Anything to add?: My son, Matthew, did an entire frame-off restoration on this during his senior year of high school. Made me proud!

131 0608 02 z+1969 ford bronco+front passenger side

Vehicle: '69 Ford Bronco
Owner: Andy & Kimberly Zinda, Citrus Heights, CA
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50-15 Wildcat EXTs on Ultra 65 wheels
Suspension: 3 1/2-inch Rancho lift, poly bushings
Drivetrain: 302ci V-8, three-speed transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 30 front with Trac-Lok, Ford 9-inch rear with Detroit Locker, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock cam, carb, intake manifold
Other Doodads: Warn 8274 winch, fiberglass bucket seats, custom console, ice chest/jerrycan rack with folding camp grille built by Dad
Anything to add?: This is the first gift my wife ever bought me

131 0608 04 z+1991 jeep wrangler+front view

Vehicle: '91 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Nick Sekulich, Cool, CA
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50 Swamper LTB
Suspension: Stock Wrangler springs with add-a-leaves, F-250 shock mounts
Drivetrain: 4.0L engine, NP435 tranny, NP205 transfer case, high-pinion Dana 44 front, rear Dana 35 with 30-spline axles, 4.88 gears, Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: Hacker-built homemade rear bumper, Cobra CB, Pioneer CD
Funniest wheeling incident: They're all funny
Does everything work the way you want?: There's no room for friends
Anything to add?: [Ed.-Nick, we got your first submission.... and your 15th one. You can stop sending them now, 'K?]

131 0608 07 z+1992 jeep yj wrangler+passenger side view

Vehicle: '92 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner: Jack Arrington, Santa Rosa, CA
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-17 Swamper SSRs on 17x10 Trailready bead locks
Suspension: Spring-over suspension with 112-inch Rubicon Express spring-over leaves, Rancho 9000X shocks
Drivetrain: 2.5L engine, Atlas II transfer case with 4.3:1 low range, WMS narrowed 64-inch high-pinion Dana 60 with 35-spline axles and Detroit Locker, rear Dana 60 with 35-spline Detroit Locker, Crane diff covers
Performance Mods: Dual Optima batteries, K&N air filter, exhaust, throttle body
Other Doodads: Fabworx high-steer, electric fans, Warn 12,000-pound winch, custom front and rear bumpers, Kilby tank skid, Poison Spyder corners, Fabworx complete rollcage, custom sliders made from X-10 steel, train horn
Funniest wheeling incident: Spent 15 minutes trying to climb a hill before I realized my transfer case was in front-wheel-drive only
Does everything work the way you want?: Rear spring wrap is a killer, it needs a traction bar
Anything you would change: More power and hydraulic-assist steering

131 0608 05 z+1976 jeep cherokee widetrack+front view

Vehicle: '76 Jeep Cherokee Widetrack
Owner: Billy Love, Columbia, SC
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50-15 all-terrains on 15x8 wagon wheels
Suspension: 4-inch lift, Rancho 5000 shocks
Drivetrain: AMC 360 engine, TH400 tranny, Quadratrac transfer case, Dana 44 front and rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock intake and four-barrel carb, MSD coil and spark-plug wires, Flowmaster 2 1/2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Anything you would change: I'd add a rear locker

131 0608 06 z+1957 ford f350 4x4+drivers side muddy

Vehicle: '57 Ford F-350 4x4
Owner: Mark Bellinger, Elmira, NY
Tires & wheels: 44x18.50-16.5 Ground Hawgs on 16.5x12 Eaton wheels
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-inch springs and shocks
Drivetrain: 390ci V-8, '57 F-350 four-speed with F600 clutch and flywheel, NP205 transfer case, high-pinion Dana 60 front with limited-slip diff, rear Dana 60 with limited-slip diff, 4.10 gears
Other Doodads: Power-assist steering with Rockram, 8,000-pound PTO Tulsa winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change: Maybe a lower ring-and-pinion combo

131 0608 08 z+1981 ford bronco+drivers side spin

Vehicle: '81 Ford Bronco
Owner: Chris Harrington, Nipomo, CA
Tires & wheels: 37x13.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws for $400
Suspension: Rancho 4-inch lift with extended radius arms
Drivetrain: 302ci V-8 engine, Dana 44 TTB front, Ford 9-inch rear, 3.54 gears
Performance Mods: Holley carb and K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Bully bar in front, cut fenders and sewer piping Sawzall'd to fit on the fenders
Anything to add?: I got it for $700 with a 4-inch lift and extended radius arms, and I bet I could keep up with all your magazine cheap trucks!

131 0608 10 z+1993 isuzu rodeo+drivers side crawl

Vehicle: '93 Isuzu Rodeo
Owner: Mike Bantz, Erie, CO
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs on 15-inch steel
Suspension: Wagoneer leaves
Drivetrain: Teralow 3.07 transfer-case gear conversion, Chevy Dana 44 front and rear factory Dana 44 packed with 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: M8000 winch
Funniest wheeling incident: Snapping two CVs and making a date with a plasma cutter
Anything you would change: The stock tranny
Anything to add?: There's a bunch of us miscreants who can't figure out how to 'wheel anything other than an Isuzu. How about givin' us some love? Thanks, and keep up the good work.

131 0608 09 z+1948 willys overland jeepster+front passenger side

Vehicle: '48 Willys Overland Jeepster
Owner: John Maguire, Ontario, CA Tires & wheels: P235/75/R15 street tires on plain ol' everyday steel wheels with "beauty rings"
Suspension: Rancho 2 1/2-inch lift, 6-inch long shackles
Drivetrain: 327ci Chevy V-8, T-90 tranny, Dana 18 transfer case with Saturn overdrive, 4.27 gears, and whatever could be salvaged from a '55 Jeep pickup
Other Doodads: Dolphin electronic instrumentation, Ford radiator with three electric fans
Funniest wheeling incident: Being passed on the freeway by a Cal Trans street sweeper when I had 5.38 gears
Anything to add?: It was hard trying to turn an antique touring car into a reliable 4x4

131 0608 11 z+1981 dodge power ram+passenger side beach

Vehicle: '81 Dodge Power Ram
Owner: Derek Rose, Casco, MI
Tires & wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 16x5x10 Rockcrawler steel wheels
Suspension: Custom 8-inch front leaves with 2 1/2-inch drop shackles, custom link to eliminate axlewrap, 6-inch Skyjacker spring rear, custom shackle flip in rear, Skyjacker shocks
Drivetrain: 360ci V-8, 727 TorqueFlite tranny, divorced NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle with Detroit Truetrac, rear Dana 60 with disc brakes and Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock intake manifold and carb, Comp cams, Hedman headers, MSD Off Road ignition and coil
Other Doodads: Corbeau seats and five-point harnesses, stainless steel dash, military toggle switches, Bushwhacker cut-out fender flares, frame sandblasted and coated with POR 15
Funniest wheeling incident: Every time I pull out my brother's Ford
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works flawlessly, no axlewrap, no broken U-joints, and it handles pretty well
Anything you would change: I should've worked two jobs so I could've thrown in a big-block
Anything to add?: I did 95% of the work myself, and I beat the snot out of this thing

131 0608 12 z+2001 ford explorer sport trac+drivers side view

Vehicle: '01 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Owner: John Johnstone, Houston, TX Tires & wheels: 35-inch Goodyear MTRs on American Racing 767
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion in rear
Drivetrain: Stock engine and auto tranny, Powertrax Lock-Right lockers front and rear, 4.10 gears
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, rocksliders, homemade snorkel, Hanneman fiberglass fenders
Funniest wheeling incident: The time I bent the tie rod 90 degrees. Wait, that wasn't funny...
Does everything work the way you want?: Not the front end, IFS does not need the antisway bar removed

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