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December 2009 Readers Rides

Posted in Features on December 1, 2009
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Worthy Cause
Vehicle: '41 Dodge WC-43
Owner: Ken Johnson, Beaumont, CA
Tires & Wheels: 7.50-16 Firestone military-issue tires on split-rims
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 230ci
Other Doodads: Aftermarket turn signal system and seatbelts
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Add a winch
Anything to add?: After a four-year ground-up restoration, she's finally complete

3 Plus T
Vehicle: '09 Hummer H3T
Owner: David Nichols, Farmington, IL
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Goodyear MT/Rs on stock wheels
Suspension: Leveling kit, Bilstein shocks, extended bumpstops
Drivetrain: Factory front and rear selectable electronic lockers
Performance Mods: I-5, custom PCM tune
Other Doodads: Boulder Accessories front bumper, Mile Marker winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Sliding off a rock too fast and reshaping the rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Pretty much
Anything you would change?: Sliders and skids
Anything to add?: I'll order a V-8 in it next time

FJ Options
Vehicle: '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Mike Paulson
Tires & Wheels: 305/75/16 Dick Cepek Mud Countrys on 16x8 Classic Locks
Suspension: Custom 3.5-inch via a mixture of All-Pro, Camburg, and Icon parts
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: TRD Intake
Other Doodads: Safari Snorkel, Wet Okole seat covers, Warn winch, Road Armor front bumper, All Pro rear bumper, Bud Built skids, TRD sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Red & Green
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Richard Green, Lakewood, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Goodyear MT/Rs on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rubicon Express
Drivetrain: 4.3:1 Atlas, Dana 44 front, high pinion 9-inch rear, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: K&N filter
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change?: Long arm upgrade

GP Nation
Vehicle: '77 International Scout II
Owner: Gerard Peters
Tires: 33x12.50 Maxxis Buckshot Mudders
Suspension: 2-inch spacers
Drivetrain: 727, Dana 44 axles
Performance Mods: 345ci, Holly carburetor, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom bumpers and sliders, Warn winch, Bushwacker flares
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Lower gears and lockers

XJ Tide
Vehicle: '89 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Billy Volmer
Tires: 35-inch Maxxis Creepy Crawlers
Suspension: 5.5-inch TNT Customs long arm
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, Detroit Locker front, spool rear
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Mastercraft seats, TNT sliders and bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Hall Ice
Vehicle: '03 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Halli Hauksson, Iceland
Tires & Wheels: 38x15.50 AT405s on 15x14 Weld wheels
Suspension: Custom 4-inch via a multilink coil-spring rear suspension with Rancho shocks and Jounce bumps, and Light Racing 2.5-inch front coilovers
Drivetrain: 4.7:1 Marlin Crawler transfer case, ARB Air Locker front, factory TRD electric rear locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 3.4L, TRD supercharger, K&N filter
Other Doodads: 2.5-inch body lift, rear axle moved back 3 inches, custom fender flares, front bumper doubles as air tank, Garmin 276 GPS
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Submission Information
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.
Write to: Readers' Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515, fax 323.782.2704
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Funniest Wheeling Incident
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