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September 2008 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on September 1, 2008
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Vehicle: '75 Ford Bronco Owner: David Weisser, Hanford, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch MT/Rs on Mickey Thompsons with Champion bead locks
Suspension: 4-inch with James Duff shocks
Drivetrain: C4, Cold Duck transfer-case kit, Currie 9-inch with Detroit Locker, Dana 44 with ARB Air Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 5.0L
Other Doodads:York onboard air, Warn winch, custom bumpers, sliders, and rollcage
Funniest wheeling incident: Falling through an ice bridge during a snow wheeling trip
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost. The Cold Duck transfer-case setup hangs down too low because of the clocking kit, and causes me to get hung up on my skidplate occasionally
Anything you would change?: Longer wheelbase and Atlas 2

Vehicle: '47 Willys CJ-2A Owner: Brannan Leonard, Truckee, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37x13x15 Boggers on steel Rock Crawler
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 3.5-inch Rubicon Express Cherokee springs, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: SM420, Dana 20 with Tera-low kit, Dana 44 axles, ARB Air Locker up front, spool rear, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, RV cam, high-flow water pump, K&N air filter, 2.5-inch exhaust
Other Doodads:Rear axle truss, Stewart Warner gauges, Beard seats
Funniest wheeling incident: While wheeling on the Rubicon I flopped it on its side, which stabbed my driver-side mirror through the tub and into my fuse box, resulting in a complete meltdown of my engine wiring!
Anything you would change?: I break the Dana 44 axles too much and the Dana 20 is weak, so a Dana 60, a 14-bolt, and an Atlas upgrade are all in the works Anything to Add?: I inherited it from my Grandfather who has pictures of it wheeling the Rubicon in 1961.

Vehicle: '96 Toyota Tacoma Owner: Matt-lock Russell, Kingston, TN
Tires & Wheels: 36-inch SXs on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion, BDS 4-inch Wagoneer springs up front, 6-inch Alcan rear springs with 1.5-inch Downey shackles, BDS shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads:Warn winch and Trans4mer bumper, bed-mounted radiator, Flex-a-lite electric fans, ARB Safari Snorkel
Does everything work the way you want?: It works good for now, but I am working towards a few upgrades
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 axles, hydraulic assist, 39-inch tires, and more lift

Vehicle: '07 Nissan Frontier Owner: Aaron Pennell, Chandler, AZ Tires: 285/75/16 Firestone mud terrains
Suspension: 2.5-inch front lift with Bilstein shocks and Total Chaos upper control arms, 3-inch rear lift comprised of 1.5-inch shackles, and 1.5-inch add-a-leaves with Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: NISMO edition rear axle with the selectable factory locker
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads:Custom bumpers and lightbar
Anything you would change?: Ready for a solid-axle conversion

Vehicle: '77 Jeep CJ-7 Owner: Glenn Vialpando, Rio Rancho, NM Tires: 315/75R16 BFG M-Ts
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion with 6-inch Rubicon Express springs
Drivetrain: NP207, Dana 44 front with Lock-Right, Dana 60 rear with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L, K&N air filter
Other Doodads:Warn winch, Poison Spyder Customs fenders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Atlas 2 and Superior axleshafts

Vehicle: '01 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner: Bill Kane, Katy, TX
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFG M-Ts on 17-inch Pro Comp Alloy
Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker Class-II, 2-inch coil spacers
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.9L, Airaid cold-air intake, Magnaflow 3-inch exhaust, Hypertech programmer
Other Doodads:Dual steering stabilizers
Does everything work the way you want?: The front is a little stiff, but works well in the Texas mud
Anything you would change?: Taller gears and Air Lockers Anything to add?: Love the magazine and keep Treading Lightly!

Vehicle: '94 Toyota Owner: Kyle Bachman, Rochester, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Baja Claws on 15x8 chrome
Suspension: Trail Master lift modified to 6 inches
Drivetrain: Welded front, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: V-6
Other Doodads:MileMarker winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion and 37-inch Boggers

Vehicle: '89 Chevy Blazer Owner: Branndon Coelho
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch SSRs on Stazworks bead locks
Suspension: 4-inch, flipped rear shackles
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Other Doodads:Hideaway toolbox, multipoint winch mount
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: NP241

Vehicle: '78 International Scout II Owner: Mike Roth, Silverton, OR Tires: Goodyear MTRs
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 4-inch Superlift springs
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP231 mated with a Dana 300, Dana 44s, ARB Air Lockers, rear disc, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L with headers and a K&N filter
Other Doodads:Auto Meter gauges, rollcage, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change?: Hydroboost, hydraulic-assist steering, and finish the rock sliders

Vehicle: '84 Chevy K-10 Owner: Kelly Blodgett, Corvallis, OR Tires: 37x13.50x15 Boggers
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP208, Dana 44, 14-bolt with Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 5.7L, Edelbrock Performer intake and carburetor, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads:Optima battery
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '96 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner: Justin Magill, Poplar Bluff, MO
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x15 Boggers on 15x10 chrome
Suspension: 5-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 360ci, K&N air filter, and custom exhaust
Other Doodads:3-inch body lift, Optima yellow top, Skyjacker dual steering stabilizers
Does everything work the way you want?: Actually, it does pretty good.
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 and 4.56 gears

Vehicle: '95 Geo Tracker Owner: Stacy Ritchie, Hazard, KY
Tires & Wheels: 235/75 Maxxis Bighorns on stock steel
Suspension: 2-inch coil spacers, Crown Victoria rear shocks, Nissan camber bolts
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads:2-inch body lift, Warn hubs, ARB Safari Snorkel
Anything you would change?: Lower gears and lockers

Vehicle: '00 Chevy S-10 Blazer Owner: Paul Buckmaster, Shawnee, KS
Tires & Wheels: 36-inch Goodyear RT IIs on recentered H1s
Suspension: Straight-axle conversion
Drivetrain: 4L60E, 3.8 Atlas, Ford high-pinion 60, welded 14-bolt rear axle with disc brakes
Performance Mods: 4.3L
Other Doodads:MileMarker 12,000-pound winch
Anything you would change?: Front locker, hydraulic assist, and better tires

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