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October 2009 Readers 4x4 Trucks - Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on October 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?

Orange Pro
Vehicle: '84 GMC K-15
Owner: Matthew Dean, Mansfield, OH
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on 15x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP205, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 355ci, Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, headers, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Should have gone with the 6-inch lift
Anything to add?: Supercharger is in the works

Off Range
Vehicle: '08 Ford Ranger FX4
Owner: Danny Taylor, Chippenham, England Tires: 265/75/16 Cooper Discoverer STTs
Suspension: Truxx 3-inch torsion keys up front and an add-a-leaf and 2-inch block in the rear, Superlift shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Airaid intake
Other Doodads: AMP Research bed extender
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Breaking a shock while stationed here overseas and not being able to get a replacement for months. I got a lot of strange looks from the hop and noise my truck made.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion
Anything to add?: I love the magazine and look forward to reading all of the new articles each month!

On Par
Vehicle: '88 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Jared Howatineck, Markleton, PA
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Trailmark All Terrains on Summit V5 rims
Suspension: 1-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: 3.95 gears
Performance Mods: V-6
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom skidplates
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great so far
Anything you would change?: Bigger tires, lockers, and a 318ci would be nice

Mega Chevy
Vehicle: '95 Chevy S-10
Owner: Aaron Lynch, Davisville, WV Tires: 13.6x28 Tractor tires
Suspension: Custom via a straight-axle swap and leaf springs
Drivetrain: NP208, 21/2-ton Rockwell axles, welded rear and open front, 6.72 gears
Performance Mods: 355ci, World Products heads, custom headers, Demon carburetor
Other Doodads: Aluminum radiator and custom bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, but there is always room for improvement
Anything you would change?: Fully hydraulic steering, 454, TH400, NP205, cage, selectable hubs, and a real set of lockers
Anything to add?: I would like to thank all my friends that spent long nights and many hours helping me get the truck where it is today. This was the first truck that I bought in high school and it has been a blast to turn it into this.

General Power
Vehicle: '77 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Buddy Nelson, Wellington, AL
Suspension: 8-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: 727, NP203, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 440ci, Edelbrock carburetor
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front and a four-speed transmission

Grande Go
Vehicle: '07 Chevy Tahoe Z71
Owner: Francisco Gonzalez, Casa Grande, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 18x9 KMC wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: K&N intake, Airaid throttle body spacer, Hypertech programmer, Dual 50 series Flowmaster mufflers
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 4.10 gears

Do Dak
Vehicle: '02 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Kenny Carney, Happy Camp, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Toyo Mud Terrains on 15x10 Rock Crawlers
Suspension: Custom 10-inch via a straight-axle conversion and Rancho springs
Drivetrain: High Pinion Dana 44 front, 91/4 rear
Performance Mods: None
Other Doodads: Steering gearbox from a '79 F-250
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 5.7L Hemi, Dana 60 axles, and 38-inch tires

Spring Jeep
Vehicle: '04 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Mark Vester, Colorado Springs, CO
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Durango Mud Terrains on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Teraflex long arm
Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 2.4L, Airaid intake
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, custom sliders, Currie bumpers, Hi-Lift
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Nope

Vehicle: '95 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: Ron Flaurr, Crawfordsville, IN
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x14.50 SXs on 16.5x12 steel wheels
Suspension: Custom straight-axle conversion via a Sky Manufacturing mounting kit
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there
Anything you would change?: A custom front bumper and winch are in the works

Stone Cold
Vehicle: '99 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Grant Stone, Fort Collins, CO
Tires & Wheels: 285/70/16 MTRs on 16-inch AEV wheels
Suspension: 5.5-inch Rubicon Express long-arm with Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: AX-15, NP231, Dana 30 front, 8.25 rear, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Jet Performance chip, K&N filter
Other Doodads: ARB bumper, Warn winch, Rockhard rear bumper, Safari Snorkel, Optima battery
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Finding out that the snorkel works great and the carpet sucks to replace!
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great, but could use a little more power
Anything you would change?: Interior cage, rear coil conversion, and a turbo

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