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June 2008 4x4 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on June 1, 2008 Comment (0)
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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.

Write to:
Readers' Rides
4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704

E-mail to:
readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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: '04 Jeep Wrangler Sport
Owner: Mike Morgan, Mesa, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Maxxis Creepy Crawlers on 15x8 Allied bead locks
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rubicon Express long arm, Rancho RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: NV3550, Tera 4.1, Dana 44 axles, ARB Air Lockers, chromoly axleshafts, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Airaid intake
Other Doodads: Warn 9,000-pound winch, Currie steering and Anti Rock sway bar, TXT sport cage, lots of body armor
Does everything work the way you want?: I absolutely love it
Anything you would change?: Upgrade the rollcage
Anything to add?: Can you believe that I almost bought a Rubicon? It sure would have been a lot cheaper!

Vehicle: '85 Ford Bronco
Owner: Chris Bradley, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 16x10 steel
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp, RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: BW1345, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, ARB Air Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 302ci bored 0.030 over, RV cam, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Safari snorkel, SMF front bumper, York air compressor
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Right now no, but I'm sure by next month there will be something

Vehicle: '00 Nissan Frontier
Owner: Mike Ball, Syracuse, NY
Tires & Wheels: 32-inch BFG A-Ts on Cragar Soft 8
Suspension: 3-inch Calmini
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom skids and upgraded steering components
Does everything work the way you want?: Runs like new with 128k on the clock
Anything you would change?: Body lift, locker, and 33-inch tires

Vehicle: '99 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Bud Norman, Gilbert, AZ Tires: TSL SXs
Suspension: Custom multilink front with 4.5-inch Skyjacker front coils, Valley Spring rear leaf pack, RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: NP241HD, front ARB Air Locker, rear Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: V-10
Other Doodads: Randy Ellis bumper, 12,500-pound winch, York air compressor, custom steering setup using Ford knuckles, Warn hubs
Funniest wheeling incident: Watching all the short wheelbases try to follow my lines
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Cory Cambell, Burlington, VT
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG Bajas on 15x8 Rock Crawlers
Suspension: 4.5-inch BDS with Kevin's Off Road track-bar conversion
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter, mini snorkel
Other Doodads: Hanson bumper, Warn M8000, junkyard skidplates
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Swap in a Dana 44 in the rear and add a slip-yoke eliminator

Vehicle: '00 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Nathen Brill, Cave Creek, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 38-inch TSLs on 16x10 steel
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion
Drivetrain: Marlin 4.7 dual cases, high-pinion Dana 60 front with Lock-Right, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 3.4L, supercharged with URD fuel mods
Other Doodads: Custom driveshafts, bobbed bed 14 inches, custom bumpers
Funniest wheeling incident: Seeing the expression on my wife's face when I took the torch to my perfectly functional and recently paid-off truck!
Does everything work the way you want?: Needs hydraulic assist

Vehicle: '94 Isuzu Rodeo
Owner: Troy Bernard, West Valley City, UT
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Pro Comp Xterrains
Suspension: 12-inch custom lift via solid-axle conversion
Drivetrain: Dual cases with Tera 3.07 low in second case, front and rear Dana 44 axles with ARB Air Lockers, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air intake
Anything you would change?: Make it a three-link front instead of radius arms

Vehicle: '89 Toyota pickup
Owner: Gary Hewitt, Renton, WA
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Goodyear MT/Rs on 15x10 Ultra 50s
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion, 2.5-inch CJ-5 springs, Chevy 63-inch rear springs
Drivetrain: SM465, 203 doubler, Dana 300, Dana 44 front, Lock-Right, 14-bolt rear, ARB Air Locker, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: Chevy 350, Crane ignition, Flowmaster mufflers, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Warn winch, A/C pump converted into an air compressor
Does everything work the way you want?: Other than the HEI distributor, everything works great

Vehicle: '05 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Shawn Allois, Moorpark, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch BFG A-Ts on 17x8
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi
Other Doodads: Bed-mounted Hi-Lift, shovel, and axe
Does everything work the way you want?: The truck works great off-road and the winch is especially helpful when I need to pull out others that get stuck
Anything to add?: 11 mpg isn't the best gas mileage, but for what you get to drive, it's well worth it

Vehicle: '88 Suzuki Samurai hardtop
Owner: Tim May, Agua Dulce, CA
Tires & Wheels: 28-inch General Grabbers on 15x8 steel
Suspension: 4-inch springs
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Doug Thorley header
Other Doodads: CB radio
Does everything work the way you want?: Not really
Anything you would change?: Just about everything

Vehicle: '78 Ford F-150 Ranger
Owner: Jose Gomez, La Puente, CA
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x18 Boggers on 15x14 Eagle Alloys
Suspension: 9-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 351ci, Edelbrock carburetor, Holley intake manifold, K&N air intake, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: Optima red-top battery
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but steering sucks
Anything you would change?: Front and rear Dana 60 axles

Vehicle: '93 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Felipe Dodge, Albuquerque, NM Tires: 33x12.50 BFGoodrich A-Ts
Suspension: HD torsion bars and keys, Ram 2500 springs in the rear
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.9L, Mopar Performance computer, throttle body, MSD ignition coil
Other Doodads: Dual Optima batteries, electric fans
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works perfectly
Anything you would change?: Hemi

Vehicle: '88 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: Ryan Luniewski, Wyoming, MN
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50x15 LTBs on Cragar Soft 8s
Suspension: Custom 10-inch solid-axle conversion with S-10 rear leaves used in the front, spring-over axle rear
Drivetrain: NP231, Dana 30 front axle with chromoly shafts, 760 U-joints, and Lock-Right locker, Ford 8.8 rear axle with disc brakes, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L
Other Doodads: Rusty's Off-Road tie rod, custom shock mounts, transmission crossmember, and bumpers, MileMarker 9,500-pound winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely, it's not only reliable, but can drive safely down the road at 70 mph.
Anything you would change?: Needs a rear locker
Anything to add?: It's a combination of Chevy, Ford, Jeep, and Oldsmobile parts that I built piece by piece in my garage with spare time between school and work.

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