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March 2008 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on March 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. 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.

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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 (year, make, model)
Owner (name, city, state)
Tires & wheels (size, make, model)
Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles)
Performance (engine)
Other mods
Does it work the way you want?
Anything you would change?
Funniest Wheeling Incident
Anything to add?

Vehicle: '88 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Tony Vincent, Mobile, Al
Tires & wheels: 42-Inch Tsls On 15x10 Bart Bead Locks
Suspension: Blue Torch Fab Wide Axle Conversion, Custom Four-Link Rear With Quarter-Elliptical Springs
Drivetrain: Th350, 3.0 Atlas, Front And Rear Dana 60 Axles, Detroit Lockers, 35-Spline Shafts, 5.38 Gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, Howell Fuel Injection
Other Doodads: Custom Rollcage, Rci Fuel Cell, Warn Winch, Poison Spyder Customs Side And Rocker Armor, Art Carr Shifter, Redneck Ram, Tom Woods Driveshafts
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Four-Link The Front Axle And Add Coilovers To All Four Corners
Anything To Add?: The Jeep Was Built In Two Months After Returning From Iraq

Vehicle: '67 Datsun Pickup
Owner: Chad Eastman, Spring Branch, Tx
Tires & wheels: 37-Inch Ssrs On Steel
Suspension: Custom Leaf Springs In The Front, Four-Link Rear With Aerostar Minivan Coils
Drivetrain: C4, Dana 18, Toyota Fj-40 Axles
Performance Mods: 2.8l V-6
Other Doodads: Propane Conversion
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Backing Up To Get A Better Line Only To Flop It On Its Side
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: The Brakes Still Need Some Work

Vehicle: '77 Ford Bronco Sport
Owner: Steve Bennett, Ontario, Ca Tires: 35x12.50 Bfg M-Ts
Suspension: 3.5-Inch Rancho
Drivetrain: C4, Dana 20, Dana 44 Front, Ford 9-Inch Rear, Arb Air Lockers, 4.10 Gears
Performance Mods: 351ci
Other Doodads: 2-Inch Body Lift, Warn Xd 9000i, Custom Bumpers, Onboard Hot Water For Trail Showers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Rolling My Bronco Five Minutes After Telling My Wife That We Were Now On The Easy Part Of The Trail
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Works Great! I Love The Arbs

Vehicle: '96 Isuzu Bighorn (Japanese Spec Trooper Imported To England)
Owner: Adrian Taylor, England Tires: 235/75/16 Bfg A-Ts
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N Air Filter
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Almost
Anything You Would Change?: Needs Bigger Tires

Vehicle: '96 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Aaron Tempel, Lyons, Il
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials On 15x10 American Racing Outlaw Iis Suspenasion: 5-Inch Trail Master, Ssv Shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.3l
Other Doodads: Trimmed Finders And Reinforced The Upper Control Arms
Anything You Would Change?: Bigger Tires, Solid-Axle Conversion, Lt1

Vehicle: '01 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Reid Wackermann, Ridgecrest, Ca
Tires & wheels: 35-Inch Mt/Rs On 15-Inch Marsh Racing Bead Locks
Suspension: 8-Inch Claytons Long Arm, Rock Krawler Coils, Bilstein 5150 Shocks
Drivetrain: Front And Rear Currie 9-Inch Axles With Arb Air Lockers, Warn Hubs, 4.86 Gears
Performance Mods: 4.7l, Jet Performance Chip, K&N Air Filter, Flowmaster Muffler
Other Doodads: Arb Front Bumper, Warn M8000 Winch, Custom Rear Bumper With Tire Carrier, Dynatrac Steering, 4xair System
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Everything Works Well Except The E-Brake

Vehicle: '92 Dodge Ramcharger
Owner: Tom Dunlap, Twain Harte, Ca
Tires & wheels: 39.5-Inch Tsls On 16.5-Inch Eagle
Suspension: 8-Inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Np431 Transfer Case, Dana 60 Front, Dana 70 Rear, Detroit Locker, 5.86 Gears
Performance Mods: 318ci, Summit Headers, K&N Air Filter
Other Doodads: Custom Crossover Steering, Transfer-Case Crossmember, And Shackle Reversal By Kaiser Kustoms
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Front Arb Air Locker And More Fender Trimming

Vehicle: '95 Suzuki Sidekick
Owner: Brian Olowiany, Newark, De
Tires & wheels: 34x10.50 Super Swamper Ltbs On 15x8 Eaton Bead Locks
Suspension: 6-Inch Modified Calmini With Old Man Emu Struts, Doetsch Shocks
Drivetrain: 4.24 Transfer-Case Gears, Arb Air Locker Front, Lock-Right Rear, Warn Hubs, 5.12 Gears
Performance Mods: 1.6l, Safari Snorkel, K&N Air Filter, 2-Inch Calmini Exhaust With A Magnaflow Converter
Other Doodads: Shockworks Winch Bumper, Milemarker E9000 Winch, Optima Battery, Calmini Skidplate
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Having A Perfectly Functioning Snorkel Only To Drive Into A 4-Foot-Deep Water Hole And Stall Because My Distributor Got Soaked
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes, Finally Figured Out How To Keep The Distributor Dry
Anything You Would Change?: Solid Front Axle And 5.38 Gear

Vehicle: '95 Toyota 4runner
Owner: Stuart Mackintosh, Sewanee, Tn
Tires & wheels: 33x12.50 Bfg A-Ts On Stock 15-Inch Toyota
Suspension: Solid-Axle Front With 5-Inch Springs, 4-Inch Rear Coils With 1.5-Inch Spacer
Drivetrain: Toyota 8-Inch Axles, 4.56 Gears
Performance Mods: 3.0l
Other Doodads: Arb Bumper
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Rolling Over At The Only Stoplight In Town Because My Suspension Was Too Soft
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Almost
Anything You Would Change?: Swap The Rear Suspension To Leaves So It Will Be More Stable

Vehicle: '94 Ford Bronco
Owner: Scott Senko, Chandler, Az
Tires & wheels: 35x16-16.5 Boggers On Steel
Suspension: 6-Inch Lift Via Solid-Axle Conversion
Drivetrain: Built E4od Transmission, Borg-Warner 1356 Transfer Case, '78 Dana 44 Converted To Eight-Lug With Dual Piston Calipers, Sterling 10.25, Front And Rear Lockers, 4.56 Gears
Performance Mods: 351ci Windsor, Custom Intake, Headers
Other Doodads: Dual Optima Yellow-Top Batteries, York Air Compressor, Milemarker Winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Leaving The Truck In Neutral And Forgetting To Set The Parking Brake! Run Forest, Run!
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes

Vehicle: '04 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Owner: Jeff Doster, Brentwood, Tn
Tires & wheels: 35-Inch Pro Comp Mts On 17x8 Mickey Thompson
Suspension: 5.5-Inch Rubicon Express Long Arm, Rs 9000 Shocks
Drivetrain: Arb Air Lockers Front And Rear, 4.88 Gears
Performance Mods: 4.0l
Other Doodads: Rollcage, Warn 9,000-Pound Winch, Orb Tire Carrier, Tuffy Lockbox
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting Lost In Tellico And Ending Up Climbing The School Bus Trail My First Time Out
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: 5.7l Hemi And Dynatrac Pro Rock 60s

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