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April 2008 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on April 1, 2008
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Send us a picture of you 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 Mods)
Other Mods
Does It Work The Way You Want?
Anything You Would Change?
Funniest Wheeling Incident
Anything To Add?

Vehicle: '99 Dodge Dakota Sport
Owner: ren pia, Stamford, Ct
Tires& Wheels: 35x12.50 SSrs on 15x12 Weld Scorpio-Vs
Suspension: 5.5-inch tuff Country
Drivetrain: Five-speed, Np205, 9.25-inch rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 5.2l, K&N intake, powerade throttle body, JbA headers, Hypertech programmer
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: it's been a great truck overall
Anything You Would Change?: lockers and a solidaxle conversion
Anything To Add?: the iFS lift has made the truck diffi cult to align and the front tires wear unevenly.

Vehicle: '55 Willys CJ-5
Owner: Stacy Krahn, Fresno, CA
Tires& Wheels: 37x12.50 Mt/rs on 15x8 rock Crawlers
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 2-inch rubicon Express yJ springs, pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: SM420, Dana 18, Dana 44 axles, rear Arb Air locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, rV cam, Manley stainless valves
Other Doodads: york onboard air
Funniest Wheeling Incident: breaking my E-Z locker urban wheeling a mile from my house
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Most of the time
Anything You Would Change?: the suspension, again
Anything To Add?: it's not my boyfriend's Jeep! I actually built it!

Vehicle: '90 toyota pickup
Owner: Alvaro bracamontes, guadalajara, Mexico
Tires: 31x10.50 uniroyal laredo
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 3.0l, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom front and rear bumpers, stainless steel skidplate
Anything You Would Change?: Not enough cash for more mods

Vehicle: '91 Suzuki Sidekick
Owner:Derek Jarman, Whistler, bC, Canada
Tires& Wheels: 31-inch Hankook Mts on Ford F-150 15-inch
Suspension: 2-inch BDS
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods:K&N air filter, 2-inch exhaust, Dynomax muffler
Other Doodads: 2-inch body
Anything You Would Change?: Needs a rear locker, a better transfer case, and sliders

Vehicle: '02 Ford Excursion
Owner: Chris borja, las Vegas, NV
Tires& Wheels: 37-inch pro Comp Extreme Ats on Diamo 18x9
Suspension: 6-inch pro Comp, MX6 shocks
Performance Mods: Flowmaster muffl ers
Other Doodads: Optima red-top battery
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Squeezing the biggest SuV through an extremely narrow creek bed. it sounded like nails on a chalkboard!
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: runs great
Anything You Would Change?: 4.88 gears

Vehicle: '92 Ford F-350
Owner: Dave gehrke, bismarck, ND
Tires& Wheels: 42x15 tSls on 15x10 steel
Suspension: Custom 8-inch lift and traction bar
Drivetrain: C6, Np205, Dana 60 front, 10.25 welded rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci, 0.030 over, Weiand intake, Edelbrock carburetor, K&N air filter, Hedman Hedders
Other Doodads: Homemade bed, '78 F-150 frame
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Not yet
Anything You Would Change?: gearing, front locker, and internal rollcage
Anything To Add?: this is one of two vehicles that my dad and i have built together

Vehicle: '90 toyota pickup
Owner:gerry leClaire Jr., godfrey, il
Tires& Wheels: 37x12.50 SSrs on 15x10 Center line Hellcats
Suspension: 4-inch pro Comp stage ii
Drivetrain: Front and rear Detroit truetracs, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: tri-y header, borla exhaust, Venom fuel pump, Schneider racing cam
Other Doodads: 3-inch performance Accessories body lift, Arb bumper, Warn M8000 winch, All-pro Off-road body armor, Warn fender flares
Anything You Would Change?: 5.71 gears

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