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November 2007 4x4 Readers' Rides

Rear Passenger View
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted November 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
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704

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Vehicle: '87 Dodge Power Ram 50
Owner: Daniel Heatley, Vancouver, WA
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50 Wildcats on 15x8 steel
Suspension: 2.5-inch torsion-bar lift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Welded front and rear spider gears
Other Doodads: Lower gears from Montero third members
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Passing a group of heavily modified solid-axle rigs on the trail with my IFS truck
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: It's still my daily driver

Vehicle: '81 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
Owner: Dan Lock, Garden City, MI
Tires & wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 15x10 MRW bead locks
Suspension: Custom brackets with Rubicon Express springs, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Drivetrain: 5.7L TBI, TH350, twin-stick NP205, front and rear Dana 60 axles, 5.13 gears, lockers
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, single 3-inch exhaust, Flowmaster muffler, performance chip
Other Doodads: Custom 3/16-inch rocker guards, Optima battery, fuel cell, full hydraulic steering
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Charley Price, Houston, TX
Tires & wheels: 31x10.50 BFGoodrich ATs on 15x10 aluminum
Suspension: 4-inch spring-over axle, Ford shock mounts up front
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Hedman header, forklift carburetor
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Attempting to drive over a large pile of small rocks. Talk about high-centering!
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Lower gears, lockers, and fuel injection

Vehicle: '89 Chevy chassis cab
Owner: Scott Nixon, Phoenix, AZ
Tires & wheels: 35x12.50x16.5 BFGoodrich M-Ts
Suspension: 8-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: 6.2L, TH400, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear
Other Doodads: Rear Detroit Locker
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Smashed two rims on the same rock
Does Everything work the way you want?: No, my Warn 8274 winch is broken
Anything you would change?: Seats are too nice for a beater truck

Vehicle: '85 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Jason Bishop, Westerville, OH
Tires & wheels: 37-inch Goodyear MTRs on 15x10 Outlaw IIs
Suspension: 5-inch All Pro front springs, 63-inch rear Chevy spring pack with 1-inch block and shackles
Drivetrain: Four-cylinder 22RE, Marlin Crawler dual transfer cases, ARB Air Lockers, Longfields with chromoly inner axleshafts, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: Four-wheel disc brakes, transfer-case brake, snorkel, beltdrive air compressor, Warn M8000 winch, interior cage
Other Doodads: Truck nuts
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Losing my wedding ring on the trail one month after my wedding, then destroying my truck in the process of finding it
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, I love the dual cases
Anything you would change?: My wheelbase is too long and I would like to add rear steer

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