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July 2008 4x4 Readers' Rides

1999 Chevy Tahoe
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted July 1, 2008

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4-Wheel & Off-Road
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Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
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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?

Mandigo Mudder
Vehicle: '99 Chevy Tahoe
Owner: Joel Mandigo, Orlando, FL
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Toyo Mud Terrains on 15x10 Pro Comp
Suspension: 6.5-inch Dick Cepek stage II, Offroad Design 4-inch shackle flip, U-bolt flip, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: 4L60E, NP246, semi-float 14-bolt rear with Detroit Truetrac, 4.56 gears
Performance mods: K&N air intake, FAST programmer, Hooker muffler
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Ditch the IFS for a straight axle and add rock sliders
Anything to add?: It's my daily driver

Indo Wheeler
Vehicle: '81 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Widodo Teguh, Solo, Indonesia
Tires & Wheels: 36-inch TSL SXs on the front, 37-inch Boggers in the rear mounted on 15x10 Pro Comp with Staun internal bead locks
Suspension: Front shackle reversal, stock springs, additional buggy springs in rear
Drivetrain: 4:1 Dana 300 using JB Conversion, Currie twin-stick, custom DOM driveshafts, Dana 30 front, 20 rear, Detroit Lockers, chromoly front shafts, Superior one-piece rear shafts, 4.88 gears
Performance mods: Port and polished, custom headers, DUI ignition
Other Doodads: XJ brake booster with Isuzu master cylinder, Warn winch, cutting brakes at all four wheels, custom bumpers and cage, flat belly skid
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Dynatrac axles, fuel injection, and hydraulic assist
Anything to add?: We cannot get parts so readily like you can in the States. This forces us to be very innovative when it comes to making our Jeeps stronger. You should see how many flatfenders are still kicking butt here. It's impressive to see their mods without all the big brand parts.

Crozet Crawler
Vehicle: '85 Toyota mini-truck
Owner: Paul Gilbert, Norfolk, VA
Tires: 33x12.50x15 BFG M-Ts
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Trail Gear dual transfer cases, Lock-Rights, 4.88 gears
Performance mods: '94 22RE, LC Engineering fuel injection, Pro Street EFI cam
Other Doodads: Bud Built skidplate, custom front bumper, Warn winch, Safari snorkel
Does Everything work the way you want?: Better than it did stock
Anything you would change?: Delete the body lift and improve the suspension

In The Mits
Vehicle: '92 Mitsubishi Montero
Owner: Santos Ramirez, Donna, TX
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Remington Mud Brutes on 15x10 coated with spray-on bedliner
Suspension: 2-inch
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance mods: 2.9L, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Truck Nutz
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck in a mud hole that was devouring 44-inch tires then making my brother crawl out of the window into waist-deep mud to hook up the tow strap.
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, but the motor is a little weak.
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion and a bigger engine

Rusty Pines
Vehicle: '69 Jeepster Commando
Owner: Harry Rehder, Pollock Pines, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x16 Boggers on AR767s with Inch Worm bead locks
Suspension: Spring-over axle with inboard Rubicon Express springs, Currie shackles, RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: SM420, Dana 20, front and rear Dana 44 axles, Detroit Lockers, 5.38 gears
Performance mods: Buick 225ci, Magnaflow muffler
Other Doodads: Hydraulic-assist steering, Beard seats, Warn 8274 winch
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Front shackle reversal with better springs and a fresh engine with fuel injection
Anything to add?: After four years of work I had converted a complete rust bucket into the rig you see here

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