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November 2007 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on November 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 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

Vehicle: '48 Willys CJ2A
Owner: Rob Heddleston, Petersville, KY
Tires & wheels: 31x10.50 Centennial Mud Campaigners on 15x8 chrome
Suspension: 11-leaf front spring pack with homemade shackles, 10-leaf pack in rear with stock shackles
Drivetrain: T-90, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front, Dana 41 rear, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: Stock L-134
Other Doodads: Saginaw steering conversion with a Chevy steering column
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I was out fixing the fence on the farm when I buried it to the frame in mud and covered both my daughters with mud
Does Everything work the way you want?: Not yet
Anything you would change?: Needs a cage for safety, Dana 44 to replace the 41, and a locker
Anything to add?: Real Jeeps have flat fenders!

Vehicle: '87 Nissan Pathfinder
Owner: Sean Fischer, Rapid City, SD
Tires & wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 15x10 America Racing wheels
Suspension: 5-inch All Pro springs, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, custom solid-axle swap
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front axle, factory Nissan rear axle with spring over, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 3.0L V-6
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck on a snow bank at the Wal-Mart parking lot after the plows came through
Does Everything work the way you want?: Steering works excellent off-road, but on road it is a little sloppy
Anything you would change?: Motor swap and 2 1/2-ton Rockwells someday!

Vehicle: '79 Ford F-150
Owner: Matthew Grubb, Elk Creek, VA
Tires & wheels: 36x11 TSLs
Suspension: Inboard rear leaf springs with stock Ford leaves and 2-inch add-a-leaves, 8-inch shackles, extended front radius arms, CAGE off-road 4-inch coils, shock hoops with crossover bar, 15 inches of travel
Drivetrain: NP435 transmission, NP205 transfer case, twin stick, Dana 44 high-pinion front axle, 760x universal joints, Warn hubs, Ford 9-inch rear, spool, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci, 0.060 over, Speedpro flat tops, E7TE ported heads, Comp Cams extreme 4x4 cam, ARP fasteners, GM HEI distributor
Other Doodads: Dovetailed bed, tube doors, custom front bumper
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: This truck was built by me and friends for less than $6,000

Vehicle: '90 Isuzu Amigo
Owner: Mike Maquet, Layton, UT
Tires & wheels: 37-inch BFGoodrich Krawlers
Suspension: Custom three-link front with 12-inch Fox remote-reservoir coilovers, custom four-link rear with 12-inch Race Runner coilovers
Drivetrain: Factory transmission, stock transfer case with Tera 4:1 low, Dana 60 front with spool, Dana 60 rear with Detroit Locker, 7.16 gears
Performance Mods: Stock four-cylinder
Other Doodads: MileMarker 9,000-pound winch mounted in the front, Champion 2,000-pound winch mounted in the rear, weld-on bead locks
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Rolling it before I even paid anything for it
Anything to add?: When in doubt, cut it out

Vehicle: '69 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404.1 Swiss-Radio Unimog
Owner: Joshua Bell, Elizabeth, CO
Tires & wheels: 10.5/20 Firestones (37-inch)
Suspension: Factory coil-sprung
Drivetrain: Stock axles with factory selectable lockers
Performance Mods: M180 2.2L six-cylinder
Other Doodads: 100w Halogen headlights, Eberspacher forced-air heater system for radio (camper) box, 5,000w generator, 800w AC inverter, 8-ball shift knob
Anything you would change?: The factory average highway speed is 30 mph

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