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June 2007 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on June 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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4-Wheel & Off-Road
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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

Vehicle: '78 Ford Bronco
Owner: Lloyd Crites, Sparks, NV
Tires & wheels: 35x12.5R15 Cooper Discoverer Radial SST on American Racing 15-inch
Suspension: Rancho 3-inch lift with Rancho RS 5000 shocks front and rear
Drivetrain: Front Dana 44 with Warn axles and ARB Air Locker, rear 9-inch with Currie axles, ARB Air Locker, and TSM disc-brake conversion, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci bored 0.030 over with 9:1 compression, Edelbrock Performer Manifold, 95cc aluminum heads, 650-cfm Thunder Series carb, hypereutectic pistons, Crane Cam Roller Cam, Competition Cam roller rockers, Milodon 8-quart wet oil pan
Other Doodads: Power Master high-torque starter, Optima deep-cycle battery, Be Cool aluminum radiator, Flex-A-Lite fan, L&L nickel-plated headers, Magnaflow exhaust, custom dash with full set of Auto Meter gauges, Smittybilt leather bucket seats with center console.
Funniest Wheeling incident: Going out with a Dodge in the backcountry of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and pulling it out all day long
Anything to add?: Great magazine, look forward to my next issue

Vehicle: '04 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport
Owner: Thomas Pastore, Costa Mesa, CA
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50R16 Baja Claws on M/T Classic II
Suspension: 3-inch Currie lift, Currie Anti-Rock sway bar
Drivetrain: Five-speed tranny, Tera Low 4:1 transfer-case kit, Dana 44s front and rear with ARB Air Lockers
Performance Mods: Inline-six, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Sun Performance rock sliders, Skid Row engine/tranny skid
Funniest Wheeling incident: Sliding down the ice and almost rearending my buddy in front of me on the John Bull trail
Does Everything work the way you want?: Very nicely
Anything you would change: How about a Hemi swap?

Vehicle: '00 Chevy S-10
Owner: Joe Pierce, Shapleigh, ME
Tires & wheels: 44-inch Ground Hawgs on Marsh Racing Wheel 32-bolt bead locks
Suspension: Triangulated four-link front and rear, 16-inch Fox air shocks in front, 16-inch King coilovers in rear
Drivetrain: TH400 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with chromoly axleshafts, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci engine bored 0.060 over, MSD ignition, custom heads
Funniest Wheeling incident: Broke the upper front four-link and had to drive in brother-in-law's '06 Cummins Dodge up a Class II trail with a welder and generator in back
Anything you would change: I'd change to 44-inch TSLs and an Atlas II transfer case

Vehicle: '98 Ford Explorer
Owner: Harold Nacion, Germantown, MD
Tires & wheels: 36-inch Swamper SXs on steel
Suspension: Front three-link with Fox air shocks, rear stock leaf-pack sprung-over axle, longer rear shackles
Drivetrain: Stock 5R55E tranny, BW 1354 transfer case, front Dana 44 with Aussie Locker, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L SOHC engine
Other Doodads: Whatever is visible in the pics
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes! Lots of fun on the trails
Anything you would change: Hoping to do a four-link in the rear next Spring
Anything to add?: (Ed-Notice how Harold is winching with his hood up to protect him if the cable breaks? Smart!)

Vehicle: '01 Jeep TJ Wrangler
Owner: Autumn Rodgers, Marsailles, IL
Tires & wheels: 31-inch mud tires
Suspension: 2-inch lift, sway-bar disconnects
Drivetrain: Stock tranny, transfer case, and axles, front and rear lockers
Performance Mods: High-flow air filter
Anything to add?: I look forward to putting my application in for next year's Ultimate Adventure

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