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March 2007 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on March 1, 2007
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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?

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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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Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: De Wayne Willhoite, Bloomington, IL
Tires: 38x14.50-15
Suspension: 12-inch homemade lift
Drivetrain: Ford 302ci V-8, Samurai transfer case, Toyota axles with lockers
Performance Mods: The engine
Other Doodads: Suicide doors, full rollcage
Funniest wheeling incident: Going through a mudhole on the Orange Trail in Badlands and covering everyone with mud
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works fine
Anything you would change: I'd swap a stick shift for my auto tranny
Anything to add?: It took six years to build and it runs great

Vehicle: Nissan Winner (Israeli version of the Frontier)
Owner: Yuval Peled, Israel
Tires & wheels: 31x10.50R15 Goodyear MTRs on Brazilian wheels
Suspension: Tough Dog Australian shocks, torsion bars cranked
Drivetrain: 2.5L turbodiesel engine
Funniest wheeling incident: Crossing the same killer creek in one day, looking for the cell phone I was sitting on
Anything you would change: Maybe the scenery. Wish I could join your Ultimate Adventure someday

Vehicle: '67 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Mike Knepp, Broomfield, CO
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50R15 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x10
Suspension: 4-inch-lift leaves, front shackle reversal, Rancho RS 5000 shocks
Drivetrain: 350ci V-8, TH350 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: Mild camshaft, 0.040 bore, K&N air filter, 3-inch exhaust, Edelbrock carb and intake manifold
Other Doodads: Frame stretched 8 inches, 3-inch body lift, 10-point rollcage, custom dash
Does everything work the way you want?: So far everything is great
Anything to add?: My dad and I built this together

Vehicle: Ford F-150
Owner: Sam Jones, Burnsville, MN
Tires & wheels: 235/75R15 stock tires
Suspension: Bouncy
Drivetrain: Five-speed tranny with an 8-ball shifter
Performance Mods: Some new headlights
Other Doodads: Midland CB, hula girl air freshener
Funniest wheeling incident: When I first got the truck and didn't know I had to lock the hubs for 4WD
Does everything work the way you want?: I wish the fan wasn't so loud
Anything you would change: Lift, tires, bumper, winch, the list goes on....

Vehicle: '01 Jeep Wrangler Sport
Owner: Chris Moore, Centralia, WA
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MTRs on 15x8 Rock Crawlers with Staun inner bead locks
Suspension: 4-inch S4T springs, Superflex2 control arms
Drivetrain: 4.0L inline-six, NV3550 five-speed tranny, NP231 transfer case, High Angle Drivelines driveshafts, high-pinion front Dana 30 with Warn 5x5.5 premium hub conversion and 30-spline alloy axles, rear Dana 44 with alloy axles and ARB Air Locker
Performance Mods: K&N FIPK
Other Doodads: Teraflex rear disc-brake conversion, Currie adjustable track bar and steering arm, Poison Spyder tube fenders, crusher corners, and rockers
Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time

Vehicle: '94 Nissan D21 pickup
Owner: Dan "Danimal" Fryman, Kerens, TX
Tires & wheels: 36-inch Iroks on Rock Crawler wheels
Suspension: Solid-axle swap using Nissan, Toyota, and Jeep Wagoneer leaves, Edelbrock IAS shocks
Drivetrain: V-6 engine, Calmini 3.92 low-range transfer case, Dana 44 front with Detroit Locker, Nissan H233 rear with ARB Air Locker, 5.14 gears
Other Doodads: Custom adjustable shock mounts, custom sliders, bobbed bed
Funniest wheeling incident: Beating out some V-8 Jeeps and trucks at the local mud races
Does everything work the way you want?: Springs are too soft (I need to add some more leaves), would love hydraulic-assist steering

Vehicle: '78 Ford F-150
Owner: Darron Baker, Marble Hill, MS
Tires & wheels: 36x13.50-15 Swamper Iroks on 15x10 Dick Cepek DC1s
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: 400ci V-8, C6 tranny, NP203 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Ford 9-inch rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock intake manifold, Cater 625-cfm carb, ceramic-coated headers
Other Doodads: Homemade ladder bars
Does everything work the way you want?: Pretty much. I want to add a dump bed this winter
Anything you would change: No

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