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August 2006 4x4 Readers' Rides

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Posted August 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
Anything to add?

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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!

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

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?]

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

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

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