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October 2008 Off Road Trucks - Readers' Rides

1998 Jeep Tjz Sport
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted October 1, 2008

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

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