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January 2008 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on January 1, 2008
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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
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Vehicle: '05 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Ryan Robb, Forrest City, AR
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFG M-Ts on 17x8 Panther
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker, Rancho RSX shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi, K&N air filter, straight pipes, Hypertech programmer
Other Doodads: Optima battery
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck while attempting to drive through a pond when the truck was still new just to prove I could
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes, but it needs lockers
Anything you would change?: Should have gotten a 2500 with the diesel

Vehicle: '91 Chevy S-10
Owner: Scott Cowee, Denver, CO
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50 TSLs on 15x10 steel
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion, 8.5-inch XJ coils, radius arms, rear spring-over axle, 2-inch blocks, Revolver shackles
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP231C, Dana 44, Ford 9-inch, front and rear Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L, bored 0.030 over, Vortech heads, Edelbrock intake manifold and chip, K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and rock sliders, Ramsey 8,000-pound winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: My girlfriend flooded the cab while driving through a creek crossing
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Almost, I would like to change out the front springs to gain more flex
Anything you would change?: Rollcage, bead locks, and Atlas

Vehicle: '00 Toyota Tacoma double cab
Owner: Kirk Young, Redding, CA
Tires & Wheels: 265x75 SXT radial MTs on 16-inch Ultra
Suspension: 3-inch Fabtech
Drivetrain: TRD package with factory rear locker
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Warn 9.5ti winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: One week after this picture was taken my wife rolled the truck off a country road and landed upside-down in a creek. She didn't think it was so funny.
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion with a 6-inch liftC

Vehicle: '99 Isuzu Trooper
Owner: Steve Hales
Tires & Wheels: 265/75/16 Yokohama Geolander ATs on 16x8 MB
Suspension: 2-inch Old Man Emu, Rancho RS 5000s
Drivetrain: Stock
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Swap in a solid front axle and a V-8

Vehicle: '00 Nissan Xterra
Owner: David Cheli, Union City, NJ
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 BFGoodrich A-Ts on stock 15x7
Suspension: 3-inch Spencer Low Racing stage 3, Calmini HD torsion bars, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Factory five-speed, H233b rear axle with ARB Air Locker
Performance Mods: 3.3L, Volant cold-air intake
Other Doodads: ARB winch-mount bumper, Skidrow skidplates, SLR steering, onboard air
Funniest Wheeling Incident: High-centering on the only rock pile on the access trail
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '86 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Joseph Vitale, Louisville, OH
Tires & Wheels: 38.5-inch Boggers in rear, 38.5 TSLs in front on 16.5 Welds front, 16-inch black Bart rear
Suspension: 8-inch springs, Pro Comp ES 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: NV4500, NP241, Dana 80 rear with a limited slip, Dana 60 front, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: '96 Cummins turbodiesel, No. 5 torque plate, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, Auto Meter gauges
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I blew a tire driving on the edge of my pond then proceeded to get myself stuck along with my friend's dump truck. We ended up using a bulldozer to get us both out!
Does Everything Work the way you want?: No, I have a little axlewrap, and the Boggers ride rough in the winter
Anything you would change?: I wish I had started with a body with less rust, needs lockers

Vehicle: '98 Dodge Ram
Owner: Michael Hearn, Las Palomas, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch TSLs on 15x10 American Racing
Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 360ci, Air Raid cold-air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, throttle-body spacer
Anything you would change?: Needs a winch

Vehicle: '90 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Cam Gedak, Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x14.50 Boggers on 15x10 Eagle Alloy
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Stock
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes, the Jeep is awesome!

Vehicle: '98 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Robert Molinet, NJ
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Thornbirds
Suspension: 6-inch custom lift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Headers, snorkel
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper, sliders, skidplates
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Manual hubs, lockers, and gears

Vehicle: '91 Chevy K-5 Blazer
Owner: Dale Rencher, Taylor, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 38.5 TSL SXs on 16.5x12 Mickey Thompson
Suspension: 4-inch springs
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP241C, 14-bolt with Detroit Locker, Dana 44 with Lock-Right
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: Rollcage, narrowed front clip
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Everything works but the heater
Anything you would change?: Put the drivetrain under a YJ

Vehicle: '02 Ford Ranger FX4
Owner: Tori Harris, Pensacola, FL
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x8 Pro Comp 8179
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air intake
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, modified shock brackets
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Slid into a deep rut and bent my grilleguard
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Of course, it's a Ford!
Anything you would change?: Add a supercharger and lockers
Anything to add?: This is what I spent all my combat pay on!

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