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September 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

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September 2006 4x4 Readers Rides

Remember, we only want pics shot in the dirt. And if you're sending them via e-mail, make sure each image is at least 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file, or our art director is gonna hang me out to dry. And then who would write your precious Readers' Rides section?

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.vLos Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704

E-mail to: rides@4wheeloffroad.com

131 0609 01 z+1979 ford f150+drivers side view

Wild Ride
Vehicle: '79 Ford F-150
Owner: Brett & Courtney Bassett, Montrose, CO
Tires & wheels: 37x12.50-15 Goodyear MTRs on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker, Skyjacker shocks
Drivetrain: 400ci engine, C6 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Ford 9-inch rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Engine bored 0.030 over, ported and polished heads, Comp Cam, Edelbrock intake manifold and 600-cfm carburetor, NOS 100hp nitrous shot
Other Doodads: Five-point racing harnesses
Anything to add?: It's a really fun ride

131 0609 02 z+1998 dodge dakota+passenger side view

Masher
Vehicle: '98 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Mike Maskalans, Rochester, NY
Tires & wheels: 39.5-inch Swamper Iroks on 17x9 steelies with 4 1/4 inches of backspacing
Suspension: Modified radius arm with Panhard bar, rear fullsize Bronco leaves
Drivetrain: 318 V-8 engine, NP231HD transfer case, Dana 44 front with Aussie Locker, Warn hubs, Moser axles, CTM U-joints, rear Visteon 10.25 axle with limited-slip differential, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Superchips programmer, JBA headers, Magnaflow exhaust
Anything you would change: Need to add a doubler, winch, and some rock rails

131 0609 03 z+1995 jeep yj wrangler+front view

Too Far From His Jeep
Vehicle: '95 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner: David Looye, Fort Polk, LA
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50-15 BFG KM Mud-Terrains on Rockcrawler wheels
Suspension: 2 1/2-inch Pro Comp leaves, M.O.R.E. 1-inch-lift Boomerang shackles
Drivetrain: 2.5L four-banger engine, AX-5 tranny, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front with Detroit Truetrac, rear Dana 35 with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L throttle body and Poweraid T.B. spacer, Turbo City air intake, Accel super coil and spark-plug wires, Borla header
Other Doodads: 1-inch Daystar body lift, homemade bumpers, TJ flares, Jensen marine stereo, Poison Spyder rocker guards, Warn M8000 winch with Amsteel synthetic rope
Funniest wheeling incident: Pulling out a fullsize Chevy
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep
Anything you would change: Nah, not even the four-banger. I like it!
Anything to add?: My dad snapped this shot before I was deployed to Afghanistan.

131 0609 04 z+2002 ford ranger+passenger side view

2-By Off-Road Toy
Vehicle: '02 Ford Ranger Edge
Owner: Brent Puerschel, Pismo Beach, CA
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50-15 Dunlop Mud Rovers on 15x10 (front) and 15x8 (rear) Eagle Alloy 589s
Suspension: 3-inch Fabtech lift spindles, Fabtech shocks
Drivetrain: 3.0L V-6
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: NR speed white-face gauges, APC racing pedals, custom prerunner bumper and skidplate, clear corners, Hanneman 4-inch bulge fiberglass fenders, Camburg 4-inch bulge fiberglass bedsides, tint
Anything you would change: Pull off the spindles

131 0609 05 z+1970 ford bronco+front passenger view

Cow Camo
Vehicle: '70 Ford Bronco
Owner: Austin and Bill Landers, via 4wheeloffroad.com
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-15 BFG Mud-Terrains on Rockcrawler wheels
Suspension: 5 1/2-inch Wild Horses system 12
Drivetrain: 302ci V-8, NP435 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case with 3.89:1 low range, Dana 44 with Trac Lock and disc brakes, Ford 9-inch rear with Moser axles, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: K&N X-Stream, cam
Other Doodads: Blow-up doll when there's room, a cooler, five-point harnesses, full cage
Funniest wheeling incident: Almost flipping and having my dad and his friend jump onto the rear tire to keep me down
Anything you would change: The cam: its best power starts at 3,000 rpm
Anything to add?: You guys should do an Old Iron Challenge!

131 0609 06 z+1993 gmc sierra 1500+front view

Redneck Girl
Vehicle: '93 GMC Sierra 1500
Owner: Heather Jonas, Midland, MI
Tires & wheels: 315/75/R16 Pro Comp Mud-Terrains on 16x8 MB Motoring
Suspension: 6-inch BDS suspension
Drivetrain: 350ci engine
Other Doodads: Euro lights, spray-in bedliner


131 0609 07 z+1986 custom chevy deluxe+front view rolled

Like an Egg
Vehicle: '86 Chevy Custom Deluxe
Owner: Nelson Chong
Tires & wheels: 37x12.50-16.5 Goodyear Mud Terrains
Suspension: Skyjacker 6-inch kit Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.56 gears
Other Doodads: Auxiliary lights, custom dentwork, CB radio
Funniest wheeling incident: I soon found out that I had to reverse, I blipped the throttle too much, and over I went

131 0609 08 z+1992 gmc sierra z71+drivers side view

Trail Paint
Vehicle: '92 GMC Sierra Z71
Owner: Tyler Smith, Unit 25431 VFA-154, FPO-AP 96601-6123
Tires & wheels: 36x12.50-15 Swamper TSL radials on Mickey Thompson Classic Alcoa
Suspension: Rancho kit, rear traction bars
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, Dana 44 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Be Cool radiator, 200-amp alternator
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Flex-a-lite electric fans, Warn 12,000-pound winch
Funniest wheeling incident: Having a front loader pull me out of a river
Anything to add?: I am a loyal reader of your magazine for quite some time. Currently my squadron and I are deployed in the Middle East, but every chance I get I'm reading the three issues I've been able to get a hold of on this cruise

131 0609 09 z+2001 dodge dakota 4x4+drivers side view

Workhorse
Vehicle: '01 Dodge Dakota 4x4
Owner: Hunter Dalton, Gretna, VA
Tires & wheels: 34x10.50-15 Swamper LTBs on 15x8 Pro Comp Extreme Alloy 1069s
Suspension: Torsion bars cranked 2 inches
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Reese hitch, minor fender trimming, diamond-plate toolbox, 3-inch body lift
Anything you would change: I'd go with more lift and less trimming, need gears
Anything to add?: It takes everything I can dish out

131 0609 10 z+1978 chevy truck+front view muddy

Rough Rider
Vehicle: '78 Chevy 3/4-ton
Owner: Chris Eich, DeMotte, IN
Tires & wheels: 37x13.00-16.5 Swamper Boggers
Suspension: 6-inch Genuine Suspension leaves, traction bars
Drivetrain: 454ci engine, TH350 tranny with heavy-duty clutches and shift kit
Performance Mods: Demon 625-cfm carb, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, Pertronix HEI Flame Thrower ignition
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, MileMarker E-12000 winch, crossover steering, handmade tube bumpers
Funniest wheeling incident: Had the grille fly off after hitting a deep hole
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but I'm not sure about the winch because I've never had to use it
Anything you would change: I'd go to a 38.5x15 Bogger

131 0609 11 s+1998 chevy zr2 blazer+front view

KOZ-Built Blazer
Vehicle: '98 Chevy ZR2 Blazer
Owner: John Ensink, Canadian Lakes, MI
Tires & wheels: 33-inch Goodyear MTRs on Trailready bead locks
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion with modified TJ Rubicon Express three-link front, triangulated four-link rear
Drivetrain: Stock engine and tranny, stock transfer case with slip-yoke eliminator, CV driveshafts front and rear, Dana 44 front with ARB locker, Dana 44 rear with ARB locker, 4.56 gears
Other Doodads: Warn M8000 winch
Anything to add?: I wish I would've had this done by Koz Off Road the day I got it home from the dealer

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