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October 2008 Off Road Trucks - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on October 1, 2008
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Vehicle: '98 TJ Sport
Owner: Frank Etier, Dallas, TX
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch Goodyear MTRs on 17-inch American Racing
Suspension: Rubicon Express 4.5-inch long arm
Drivetrain: AX-15, NP231 with Tera low, front and rear 9-inch axles, Detroit Locker front, spool rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Warn winch, cage, high-clearance gas tank
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 knuckles and stretch the wheelbase 8 inches

Vehicle: '89 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: Brian Mahan, Carver, MA
Tires: 33-inch MT/Rs
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion, All-Pro Off-Road Toyota 4-inch front springs under the axle, spring-over rear with 1.5-inch shackles
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP231C, high-pinion Dana 30, Dana 35, Lock-Rights, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L
Other Doodads: Integrated square-tube rocker guards
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 8.8-inch rear axle, spray-in liner, and 35-inch tires
Anything To Add?: Total build cost was under $2,500 and that includes the cost of the vehicle!

Vehicle: '05 Nissan Titan
Owner: P. Viera, Sarasota, FL
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50x18 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 18x9.5 Pro Comps
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp with PGR upper control arms and Radflo 2.5-inch coilovers, 2.5-inch Deaver rear springs with Radflo reservoir shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: AEM intake and Banks exhaust
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '03 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Rich Blout, MI
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch BFG M-Ts on 17-inch Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: 5-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N cold-air intake, Dynomax 3-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom skidplates and differential guard
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 35-inch tires and performance programmer

Vehicle: '98 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Jeff Brown, Springfield, IL
Tires: 35x12.50x15 MT/Rs
Suspension: 3.5-inch Rubicon Express
Drivetrain: Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 front, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: 1.25-inch JKS body lift, OR Fab cage, Warn winch, custom bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Hydrolocking the engine during a creek crossing that went from 6 inches to 4 feet with quickness
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Ditch the Dana 30 and convert the rear to disc

Vehicle: '88 Ford F-350 Centurion
Owner: Gray Jones, Garden Valley, GA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Wild Countrys on 16x10 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, Sterling rear, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 7.3L, ATS turbo, custom intake
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper
Funniest Wheeling Incident: The constant looks from people trying to figure out what the heck it is
Does Everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Lockers, 6-inch lift, more power, and 40-inch tires

Vehicle: '81 K-5 Blazer
Owner: Evan Miller, Mountain Home, ID
Tires & Wheels: 35x10.50 Boggers on 15x8 steel
Suspension: Tuff Country 6-inch front springs, 64-inch rear springs with a shackle reversal
Drivetrain: Stock, welded rear spider gears
Performance Mods: 305ci
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Does Everything work the way you want?: Works great

Vehicle: '02 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Walt Kupson, Middlebury, CT
Tires & Wheels: 265/75/16 BFG A-Ts on stock 16x8 Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 4.7L, Airaid intake, throttle-body spacer
Other Doodads: Westin safari bar Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: A lift, bigger tires, and a winch

Vehicle: '00 Ford F-250
Owner: Mike Morton, Katy, TX
Tires & Wheels: 49-inch Iroks on 16.5x12 Mickey Thompson Classics
Suspension: Custom 16-inch lift, Fox 2.0 shocks
Drivetrain: One-piece rear driveshaft, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 7.3L, Superchip downloader, Airaid intake, Banks Exhaust Other Doodads: Transfer case clocked, Redneck Ram, Auto Meter gauges, Bushwhacker fender flares
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, but U-turns are a thing of the past
Anything you would change?: Four-link with coilovers and lower gears0

Vehicle: '94 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Josh Miller, Hoopeston, IL
Tires & Wheels: 31x11.50 TSLs on 16x10
Suspension: Custom 6-inch via spring-over axle
Drivetrain: 6.5:1 transfer-case gears, welded rear spider gears
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, 9,500-pound winch, snorkel, Tracker power steering
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, but there is always room for improvement
Anything you would change?: 4.3L, coils, Toyota axles, and bigger tires
Anything To Add?: Currently switching to YJ springs in the hopes of gaining more flex

Vehicle: '89 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Cory Koenig, Two Harbors, MN
Tires: 31x10.50 Firestone Destination Mud Terrains
Suspension: Rusty's 4-inch
Drivetrain: AW4, NP231, Ford 8.8 with an Aussie Locker
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Rusty's throttle-body spacer and intake
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, rock sliders, and beefier track bar and steering bars
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes; made the 3,000-mile trek to Moab with zero problems
Anything you would change?: Front locker, axleshafts, and skidplates
Anything To Add?: I paid $1,200 for the Jeep three years ago and it continues to be an extremely reliable wheeler.

Vehicle: '89 Dodge Raider
Owner: Pat Gayer, Urbana, IL
Tires: 31x10.50 Cooper Discoverys
Suspension: 3-inch with air shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 2.6L bored 0.040 over
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper, lightbar, and rack
Funniest Wheeling Incident: The look I always get on the trail when people try and figure out what it is
Anything you would change?: Take the powertrain out of an S-10 with the 4.3L

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