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November 2008 4x4 Trucks - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on November 1, 2008
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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.

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

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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?

Lady In Red
Vehicle: '08 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Kim Allen, Weatherford, TX
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFG M-T KM 2s on 17-inch Trail Ready bead locks
Suspension: 4-inch Poly Performance
Drivetrain: Currie Rock Jocks, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Ramsey winch, PSC hydraulic assist
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would Change?: Hemi and STaK transfer case
Anything to Add?: Let's see if the other soccer moms can wheel like this!

Land Bell
Vehicle: '99 Land Rover Discovery Series II
Owner: Charles Bell, Mobile, AL
Tires & Wheels: 265/75/16 Pro Comp All Terrains on stock
Suspension: 2-inch Rover Tym with Old Man Emu shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Midland CB
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes

Buddy Dodgin'
Vehicle: '97 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Aaron Mills, Guernsey, WY
Tires: 285/75/16 Toyo Open Country All Terrains
Suspension: Custom 4-inch
Drivetrain: Rear limited slip, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 5.9L
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Listening to my buddy and burying it in a 6-foot snow drift where the entire town could see
Does Everything work the way you want?: Nope, needs lockers
Anything you would Change?: 37-inch tires, skidplates, and axles

Vehicle: '94 Ford Explorer
Owner: Derrick Volk, Turlock, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x10 Welds
Suspension: 5.5-inch Superlift with F-150 coil spacers, spring-over axle rear with a 1-inch rear block, RS 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: ARB Air Locker front, Detroit Locker rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, Optima RedTop battery
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, rock sliders, and air tank
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck in my front yard and having to leave it overnight until the rain stopped and tow truck could pull it out
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would Change?: Dana 44 high pinion and 4.56 gears

Vehicle: '03 Ford F-150
Owner: Matt Hutchins, Denton, MD
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch BFG M-Ts on 16-inch Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.6L, Flowmaster exhaust
Does Everything work the way you want?: Everything works fine
Anything you would Change?: Bigger tires

Talley Up
Vehicle: '88 Chevy S-10
Owner: John Talley, America
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Mud Terrains on stock
Suspension: Cranked torsion bars and 3-inch rear lift shackles
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.3L, K&N air filter, Edelbrock cam and intake, Vortec heads
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now
Anything you would Change?: 2-inch body lift and better tires

Two By Eight
Vehicle: '82 Toyota longbed mini-truck
Owner: Bill Dotinga, Lynden, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Goodyear MTRs on 15x8
Suspension: All Pro 3-inch front springs with stock S-10 rear springs
Drivetrain: 4L60E, Longfields, ARB Air Lockers, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L Vortec with headers and dual exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom flatbed, bumpers, and cage
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would Change?: Lower transfer-case gears

Fly-By Bow Tie
Vehicle: '95 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Ben White, Windsor, VT
Tires: 39.5-inch TSLs
Suspension: Custom solid axle swap
Drivetrain: TH400, NP203/205 Doubler, high-pinion Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 355ci, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper with Warn winch, boxed frame
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Cracking the frame after a late-night antigravity experiment
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, the doubler is wicked awesome
Anything you would Change?: Stroked big-block

Forest Cruiser
Vehicle: '06 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Brett Bennett, Grayson, GA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Mud Terrains on 17x9 Pro Comp Alloys
Suspension: 2.5-inch Old Man Emu with All Pro rear control arms
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, custom sliders and skidplates from front to rear
Does Everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would Change?: 1-ton axles and 39-inch BFG Krawlers
Anything to Add?: Always tread lightly and support your local 4x shops

K-5 Country
Vehicle: '79 Chevy K-5 Blazer
Owner: Keith LaBaw, Tucson, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch MT/Rs on 15x8 aluminum bead locks
Suspension: 3-inch Tuff Country
Drivetrain: Part-time NP203 kit
Performance Mods: Dual exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and reinforced frame at steering box
Does Everything work the way you want?: Not yet, but it's getting there
Anything you would Change?: Lockers are next on the list
Anything to Add?: There's nothing wrong with an old budget-built leaf-sprung trail rig!

Under World
Vehicle: '94 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Greg Myers, Perth, Western Australia
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claw radials on 15-inch Pro Comp
Suspension: 4-inch Trail Master with 2-inch coil spacers and longer shackles, Rancho sway-bar disconnects, RS 9000 shocks with RSX in-cab kit
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter, 3-inch Magnaflow exhaust
Other Doodads: Dual batteries, upgraded steering, ARB air compressor, Warn TJ winch bar modified to fit, Bushwacker fender flares, Warn sliders and winch
Does Everything work the way you want?: Yes, so far
Anything you would Change?: 8-inch long arm and 40s

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