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February 2008 Giant Readers Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2008
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Vehicle: '66 Ford pickup
Owner: Brad Swartz, Delta Junction, AK
Tires & Wheels: 49-inch Iroks on 12-inch wheels
Suspension: Home-brewed with Rancho 5000 shocks
Drivetrain: 429ci engine, NP435 manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 70s front and rear with front welded and Detroit Locker in the rear
Performance Mods: 750-cfm Holley carb, ACCEL ignition, headers, roller rockers, 11:1 pistons
Other Doodads: 2WD frame that was fully boxed, Warn 8274 winch, bed is shortened and bobbed
Funniest Wheeling incident: Doing donuts on asphalt and almost rolling it after the tires heated up
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works good
Anything you would change: The D70s are getting stressed, will put on Rockwells this winter

Vehicle: '85 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo
Owner: Daniel Riner, Florrisant, CO
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 15x12 custom bead locks
Suspension: Three-link coil suspension
Drivetrain: 4.2L engine, five-speed manual tranny, Dana 300 transfer case, 1350 driveshafts, Unimog 404 portal axles with factory lockers
Other Doodads: 15-gallon fuel cell, 8,000-pound Warn winch, fully hydraulic steering
Anything to add?: I have 40 inches of wheel travel at each tire

Vehicle: '02 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Owner: William Blalock, Flowery Branch, GA
Tires & Wheels: 395/80R20 Goodyear radials
Suspension: 12-inch National springs, 3 1/2-inch drop shackle, eight Edelbrock shocks
Drivetrain: 7.3L diesel, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker rear, ARB Air Locker front
Performance Mods: Banks kit
Other Doodads: Warn 15,000-pound winch, driving lights, Bushwhacker fender flares

Vehicle: '95 Chevy 3500
Owner: Dee Singleton, via e-mail Tires: 40-inch Bogger
Suspension: 15-inch lift with solid-axle swap
Drivetrain: Stock
Anything to add?: I love big trucks and goin' muddin'

Vehicle: '95 Nissan XE-V-6
Owner: Wiley Pardue, Bell Buckle, TN
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.50-15 Boggers on 15x12 Mickey Thompson Classic II
Suspension: 4-inch Trail Master, 2-inch rear add-a-leaves, longer rear shackles, 1-inch ball-joint spacers, cranked torsion bars, 3-inch body lift
Drivetrain: Stock with ARB Air Locker in the rear and 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Homemade rock sliders, fenders trimmed
Funniest Wheeling incident: Thrashed centerlink at a trailride and had to rent a U-Haul to tow it home
Does everything work the way you want?: My spare parts do
Anything you would change: Drivetrain

Vehicle: '70 Ford truck
Owner: Randy Sorenson, Cromwell, MN
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers
Suspension: Custom leaf springs and shackles, 14 inches of lift
Drivetrain: 460ci engine, C6 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: ACCEL ignition, Edelbrock intake manifold and carb, Mallory distributor
Other Doodads: Homemade ladder bars
Anything to add?: Best part was when I finished this truck

Vehicle: '81 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Ramone "Moner" Soto, Austin, TX
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 15x12 Eagle 589s
Suspension: Custom spring-over axle with 4-inch lift springs
Drivetrain: 360ci V-8 engine, auto tranny, Dana 44s front and rear, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Comp Cams cam, headers, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: Custom rollcage, tubular flat front fenders, custom front and rear bumpers with tire carrier, Auto Meter gauges
Funniest Wheeling incident: The horns on the front help me move stuff off the trail

Vehicle: '96 Dodge Ram
Owner: Jon Gustafson, Hawthorne, WI
Tires & Wheels: 42x15-16.5 Swamper TSLs on 16.5x9.75 steel
Suspension: 6-inch Dick Cepek long arm and 3-inch spacers
Drivetrain: 5.9L engine, 518 tranny, NP231HD transfer case, Dana 60s front and rear
Performance Mods: Disc brakes all around
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, homemade bumpers, 12,000-pound winch
Funniest Wheeling incident: When a little puddle devoured half the truck
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but I still want to swap stuff out
Anything you would change: Yes, regear to 5.13s, 440ci swap, Atlas II transfer case, 44-inch Boggers next time

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