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April 2009 4x4 Readers Trucks - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on April 1, 2009
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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?

Vehicle: '02 Ford F-250
Owner: Brad Bahnsen, Clarence, IA
Tires: 36x16.5 Dick Cepek FC IIs
Suspension: 8-inch BDS
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: V-10, Dynomax exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Family Guy
Vehicle: '73 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Noah & Rebecca Daniels, Goleta, CA
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Iroks on recentered H1 beadlocks
Suspension: 6-inch Alcan front springs, 4-inch shackle flip in the rear with Alcan springs
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 60 front with a Lock-Right, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L
Other doodads: Custom traction bar, crossover steering, Corbeau seats, custom 'cage
Funniest wheeling incident: Letting my wife drive it through the mud and watching as her foot got stuck to the skinny pedal and she ran into a tree. Which is why I am now working on a new bumper, since the first one is toast.
Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time
Anything to add?: Wheeling at my house is a family affair

Wide Track
Vehicle: '79 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: John & Tonia Barrier
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 Eagle Alloys
Suspension: 3-inch
Drivetrain: T-18, Dana 20, Dana 44 axles
Performance Mods: I-6
Other doodads: 12,000-pound winch, Optima battery
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Not a thing

Kentucky Pop
Vehicle: '98 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Ryan Poppke, Lewisburg, KY
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Cooper Discoverer S/Ts on 15x10 Eagle Alloys
Suspension: 3-inch coil spacer with 4-inch rear blocks, Pro Comp MX-6 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 360ci
Other doodads: Custom bumpers and sliders, Warn winch, Hella lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: '06 Chevy Colorado
Owner: Craig Price, Thornton, CO
Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 MTZs on 16-inch Pro Comp 1079s
Suspension: 4-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: Eaton rear locker
Performance Mods: Airaid throttle-body spacer, K&N intake
Other doodads: Custom bumper, rollbar, and skidplates
Funniest wheeling incident: Having to use a hatchet and duct tape to hold together a leaf spring on a YJ
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Dana 44 axles and 4.56 gears
Anything to add?: Coloradoans can wheel too!

Mountain Man
Vehicle: '97 Lexus LX450
Owner: Seth Workman, Oak Hill, WV
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Cooper STTs on stock 16x8
Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu springs with 2-inch spacers, Old Man Emu shocks
Drivetrain: 9.5-inch full-float rear, 8-inch high-pinion front, Toyota E-Lockers
Performance Mods: 4.5L, Flowmaster exhaust
Other doodads: ARB front bumper, Warn winch, IPF lights, Iron Pig Off-Road skids, Metal Tech sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: No
Anything to add?: If you live near West Virginia then check us out!

Churched Up
Vehicle: '01 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Jeremiah Church, Fayetteville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 36-inch TSLs on 16-inch ATX Mojave
Suspension: 8-inch lift via JKS four-link and coilover conversion
Drivetrain: Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: 2.5L, Airaid intake, Poweraid throttle-body spacer, MSD ignition
Other doodads: Custom bodywork
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great so far
Anything you would change?: More power, stronger front axle, and new driveshafts

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