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November 2006 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on November 1, 2006
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Submission InformationSend us a picture of your ride if you've never done so. We keep a surplus of Readers' Rides submissions, but only one submission per person, and we love all off-road vehicles so send in your entries whether your rig is stock or not. Please use the new e-mail address shown below. Make sure each digital image is at least 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file.

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 it work the way you want?
Anything you would change?
Funniest Wheeling Incident
Anything to add?

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Vehicle: '88 HMMWV (Highly Mobile Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle)
Owner: Taxpayers
Tires & wheels: Wrangler M/T
Suspension: Military stock
Drivetrain: Military stock
Performance Mods: Can't tell you
Other Doodads: Bulletproof windows (you can see we use them), turret with MK-19 40mm high explosive rounds, fully automatic grenade launcher, lots of Secret Squirrel gear
Does everything work the way you want?: Not the country we're stuck in
Anything you would change: Our location
Anything to add?: Courtesy of: Sra Matt Fortin, 407th Security Forces

Vehicle: '03 Ford F-350 chassis cab bobtail
Owner: 386 Aerospace Expeditionary Air Wing, Ali al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
Tires & wheels: Pizza cutter on 22.5-inch wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 6.0L Powerstroke, auto tranny, 4.10 limited slip rear
Performance Mods: Just the opposite! Governed to 38 mph!
Other Doodads: Custom bed, 89-inch wheelbase, four pintle hooks, A/C
Funniest wheeling incident: You're looking at it
Anything you would change: Add 4WD, onboard radio, winch, toolbox
Anything to add?: Thank you to all the Americans that support our military with such force. Yours and magazines like yours make the hours go by much faster when you are in the desert!

The Duck
Vehicle: '76 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Howard Shields, ID
Tires & wheels: 35-inch Wildcats on 15x10 black spoke wheels with 2-inch wheel spacers
Suspension: 2 1/2-inch 4WD Hardware with 1-inch extended shackles, custom antiwrap bar
Drivetrain: AMC 360, Ford T-18 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 with one-piece rear axle, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, MSD ignition, Hooker headers, 3-inch Maganflow exhaust
Other Doodads: Sawzalled the front and rear fenders, Poison Spyder rocker guards, Warn 8,000-pound winch, six-point rollcage, 2-inch body lift, big brown dog security system
Funniest wheeling incident: Still working on one
Anything you would change: I'd give it more suspension

Vehicle: '81 Ford Bronco
Owner: Wes Ewait, Hamilton, MT
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-15 Goodyear Wrangler MTRs on American Racing wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: 460ci big-block, C6 tranny, NP208 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Ford 9-inch rear with Detroit Locker, 4.6 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock carb and intake manifold, Flowmaster mufflers, L&L headers, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, L&L motor mounts, onboard air, rollcage, four Daylighters
Funniest wheeling incident: Having Trucknutz on my truck
Anything you would change: IFS on the front

Grand Plan
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
Owner: Alan Laidlaw, Naugatuck, CT
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50-15 BFG Mud Terrains on 15x8 American Racing wheels
Suspension: Clayton Off Road Manufacturing Hard Arm long-arm kit, 7-inch Rock Krawler coils
Drivetrain: 4.0L, four-speed auto tranny, NP242 transfer case, Tom Woods driveshafts, high-pinion Dana 30 with ARB Air Locker and 30-spline chromoly axleshafts, Ford 8.8 rear with ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: HD steering stabilizer, extreme-duty tie rod, Warn and Poison Spyder diff guards
Funniest wheeling incident: The day we finished the 7-inch lift, I went down a dirt road, broke through some ice, and had to call a buddy to get me out
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works perfectly now, but I had to redo every mod I'd ever done to please myself
Anything to add?: Who says Grands can't wheel?!

Vehicle: '86 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Shauna Hembel, Basalt, CO
Tires & wheels: 37-inch Swamper SSRs on 15x10 Champion bead locks
Suspension: Custom four-link front and rear, Rocky Road Outfitters front coils, rear Sidekick coils
Drivetrain: Sidekick 1.6L engine, auto tranny from 2WD Sidekick, Samurai transfer case with 6.5:1 low range, Toyota front axle with Lock-Right locker and Longfield inner axleshafts, Toyota rear axle with spool
Performance Mods: 1.6L engine swap
Other Doodads: Toyota seats, full exo-cage, International power steering, Land Cruiser brakes, narrowed tub, polycarbonate windshield
Funniest wheeling incident: Strapping a Jeep up Tipover Challenge in Moab, Utah
Does everything work the way you want?: It has exceeded all expectations-I love it!
Anything you would change: Add hydraulic-assist steering

Vehicle: '92 Ford F-150
Owner: Gary Melchet, Wentzville, MO
Tires & wheels: 33x14.50-15 Swamper SSRs on 15x10 Weld Typhoons
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 351W, E4OD tranny, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Everything's been changed but the steering box
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, spare-tire rack, Auto Meter gauges

Vehicle: '89 Isuzu Trooper
Owner: Jason Carr, Las Cruces, NM
Tires & wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 16.5-inch steel
Suspension: Custom leaf spring
Drivetrain: Stock engine and tranny, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
Other Doodads: Crappy fender trimming
Does everything work the way you want?: Sure, it peels out great with the huge 2.4L engine
Anything you would change: Engine, tranny, transfer case, axles, suspension, body, brand...that's all

Vehicle: '04 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Mike Johnson, Placentia, CA
Tires & wheels: 37-inch MTRs on Trailready bead locks
Suspension: Four-link long-arm front and rear, Fox shocks, ACOS spacers
Drivetrain: Stock Rubicon with chromoly axles and Warn hubs
Other Doodads: Poison Spyder rollcage and corners, onboard air, tranny cooler with fans, high-steer knuckles with aluminum tie rod, Currie bumpers, Warn 9500ti winch, Cobra CB, Garmin GPS
Anything to add?: Everything on this Jeep was done by me and a buddy. And your magazine kicks ass.

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