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June 2007 4x4 Readers' Rides

Passenger Side
Posted June 1, 2007

Send Us Your 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?

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Readers' Rides
4-Wheel & Off-Road
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Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
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Vehicle: '87 Dodge Power Wagon 1/2-ton
Owner: Craig Henry, Harrisonville, PA
Tires & wheels: 37-inch Swampers on 16x10 Center Line
Suspension: 4-inch lift
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, Chrysler 9 1/4 rear axle with a limited-slip diff, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 318ci V-8 with dual exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Funniest Wheeling incident: I was backing out of my garage and forgot to put the door up, and I tore down the garage door

Vehicle: '73 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Tom Dirkes, Gardnerville, NV
Tires & wheels: 35x13.50x15 M/T Baja Claws on 15-inch aluminum wheels
Suspension: Spring-over-axle swap
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front and rear, dual lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Chevy 350ci V-8 engine
Other Doodads: Onboard welder, Powertank, Art Carr shifter, ACCEL electronic ignition

Vehicle: '85 Chevy Crew Cab 1-ton
Owner: Roger Bean Jr., Clanton, AL
Tires & wheels: 44-inch Swampers on 15x14
Suspension: 12-inch springs
Drivetrain: TH400 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, 14-bolt rear axle
Performance Mods: 350ci engine
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom front bumper
Does Everything work the way you want?: Too much truck for a 350ci

Vehicle: '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
Owner: Anthony Hilbers, MI
Tires & wheels: 35x14.50-16 Boggers on 16x10 8-Ball Stazworks dual bead locks
Suspension: Rubicon Express XJ long-arm kit in front, R.E. four-link rear from TJ, Bilstein 9100 shocks
Drivetrain: 4.0L inline-six, 42RE tranny, NP231 transfer case, Dana 44 front and rear with Superior axles and ARB Air Lockers, Warn lockout hubs
Other Doodads: Jeep Outfitters custom-built exoskeleton with quick-release pins, Jeep Outfitters custom high-steer kit, PSC hydraulic-assist steering kit, four-wheel disc brakes, braided ARB hoses, dual Optima batteries, air snorkel, Bushwacker XJ cut-out flares
Anything you would change: Brake system, axles, transfer case
Anything to add?: I couldn't have done this project without my friend Nick and Jeep Outfitters

Vehicle: '99 Nissan Pathfinder
Owner: Dan Ceresi, Phoenix, AZ
Tires & wheels: 32x11.50-15 Dunlop Mud Rovers on 15x8 Unique 297 Soft 8s
Suspension: 2-inch AC Suspension lift, KYB struts, and Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Rear limited-slip diff
Performance Mods: Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: CO2 tank, sliders, Black Panther skidplates, safari rack
Does Everything work the way you want?: So far so good

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