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December 2006 4x4 Readers' Rides

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Posted December 1, 2006

Send Us Your 4x4 Rides!

Send 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?

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

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In Case You Haven't Seen One Off-Road Yet
Vehicle: '06 Jeep Commander
Owner: Randy Scott Wong, Newport Beach, CA
Tires & wheels: 265/70-17 Dueler Revos with custom billet wheel adapters by Fred Goeske
Suspension: Rocky Road 2 1/4-inch lift
Drivetrain: 5.7L Hemi V-8 engine, stock geartrain
Performance Mods: Gibson exhaust, Clifford Matrix with autostart
Other Doodads: Raingler cargo net
Anything to add?: Just wanted to dispel any misconceptions...

Vehicle: '99 Ford F-150
Owner: Corey Langdale, via e-mail
Tires & wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 16.6x14 Weld Typhoons
Suspension: Custom subframe with 14-inch coils, rear drop shackles and 10-inch leaves
Drivetrain: 4.0L engine, Dana 44 with 35-spline axles and Detroit Locker, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Powerdyne supercharger
Other Doodads: Dual steering stabilizers, crossover steering kit

Time To Buy a Bigger Jeep
Vehicle: Power Wheels Barbie Jeep
Owner: Macy Gard (age 4), Morrison, CO
Tires & wheels: 6-inch plastic Goodyear Wranglers
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock battery and motor
Performance Mods: Removed safety screw to get forward Hi gear
Funniest wheeling incident: When my dad forgets which Jeep is mine and which is his
Does everything work the way you want?: It's a little cramped
Anything you would change: More power

Rocky Wheelie
Vehicle: '90 Daihatsu Rocky
Owner: Staff Sgt. James McDonald, USAF, Yokota AB, Tokyo, Japan
Tires & wheels: 31x10.50-15 Kumho M/T on 15x8 Crager Nomad II
Suspension: 1 1/2-inch CJ shackle lift in rear, torsion bars cranked in front
Drivetrain: 1.6L inline four-cylinder, five-speed tranny, stock transfer case, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: K&N filtercharger
Other Doodads: 1 1/2-inch body lift, front and rear bumper trimming, YJ Safari top
Funniest wheeling incident: After breaking the diff in three pieces, I got stuck in the river and was sinking, but my buddies pulled me out and we all survived, but the tools were a bit wet
Does everything work the way you want?: It works really well for not being a Jeep
Anything you would change: I wish I could find a front locker for it

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