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January 2010 Readers Rides

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Keels' Deal
Vehicle: '74 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40
Owner: Michael Keels, Neosho, MO
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x14.50 SXs on 15x8 custom steel beadlocks
Suspension: Custom four-link front and rear, coil springs, Rough Country shocks
Drivetrain: SM465; NP205; Dana 44 front with a spool, Warn hubs, and Yukon shafts; 12-bolt rear with Superior shafts, disc brakes, and a spool; 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: Fully hydraulic steering; Corbeau seats; custom cage, sliders, and skids; Optima battery; Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, it works great!
Anything you would change?: Fuel injection, tube doors and fenders

Taco Way
Vehicle: '03 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Paul TerBorch
Tires & Wheels: 32-inch MTRs on 16-inch Classic IIs
Suspension: 2.5-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N cold air intake, Borla exhaust, JBA headers, PowerAid throttle body spacer
Other Doodads: Glassworks front fenders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Body 'Burban
Vehicle: '89 Chevy Suburban body/'74 Suburban frame
Owner: Daniel Standley, Coos Bay, OR
Tires & Wheels: 36-inch Goodyear R/Ts on recentered H-1 wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: TH400, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 454ci
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Front locker and a winch

Trail Badge
Vehicle: '04 Jeep Liberty
Owner: Brad Cahn, CA Tires: 265/75/16 Dick Cepek Radials
Suspension: 2.5-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N cold air intake
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, Warn winch, Mopar skids Funniest Wheeling Incident: Losing a rear coil spring and watching the guy at the bottom of the hill run up with it in his hand!
Does everything work the way you want?: The KJ does have its limits, but I enjoy finding just how far and how hard I can push it.
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap, 4.56 gears, and a few more inches of lift
Anything to add?: It's not just trail rated, but trail driven

DIY XJ
Vehicle: '97 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Jonny Zastrow, Bemidji, MN
Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6 1/2-inch Rough Country coils, Iron Rock Offroad control arms, 5 1/2-inch Iron Rock rear springs, 1-inch Rough Country shackles, Rough Country shocks
Drivetrain: AW4, NP241, Dana 30 front, 8.25 rear
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N filter
Other Doodads: Custom sliders and bumpers, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Surprisingly well for what it is
Anything you would change?: Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, lockers, 4.56 gears
Anything to add?: I did all the work myself at the house and had fun doing it!

Mud Truck Slayer
Vehicle: '88 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Chris Crowley, Poplar Bluff, MO
Tires: 31x10.50 Daytons front, 31x12.50 Pro Comp Mud Terrains rear
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion with stock leaf springs
Drivetrain: Welded rear, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Skidplates and custom cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: New engine, 4.16 transfer case gears, front locker, and 33s
Anything to add?: The Samurai is way more fun than my old monster mud truck

DG-7
Vehicle: '81 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Dave Groenjes, Kaukauna, WI
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch SSRs on 15x10 steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch springs with a U-bolt flip
Drivetrain: TF999, Dana 300, Dana 44 front with a OX Locker, Dana 60 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 258ci
Other Doodads: Tie rod flip, 1-inch body lift, custom bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Front shock mounts are too short and limit travel

Simple Green
Vehicle: '83 Toyota
Owner: Dave and Jen Grunert
Tires: 37x12.50x15 SSRs
Suspension: 3-inch springs with 2-inch shackles
Drivetrain: Limited slip front, spool rear, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22r, Cherry Bomb exhaust, Weber carburetor
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vortec 78
Vehicle: '78 Chevy K-10
Owner: Larry Wittman, Pueblo, CO
Tires: Super Swamper Q78x16
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift springs up front, custom rear setup via Offroad Design parts
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 44 front with a Trutrac, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 8.1L
Other Doodads: Front and rear winches, roof rack Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there
Anything you would change?: NV4500 and a Dana 60 front axle
Anything to add?: This buildup has been going on for the last 15 years

Thirsty Horses
Vehicle: '74 Ford Bronco
Owner: Ryan Cucullu, Wasilla, AK
Tires: 37x13 Boggers Suspension: Custom 4.5-inch
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear with a Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 351ci, bored and stroked
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, 'cage, Wild Horses traction bar
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Front locker and beadlocks
Anything to add?: A gas station at the top of the mountain would be nice!

Italian Toy
Vehicle: '95 Toyota KZJ70
Owner: Matteino Zampieri, Ferrara, Italy
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Maxxis on 16-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: 2.5-inch Old Man Emu
Drivetrain: R150F, 8-inch Toyota differentials, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 3.0L Turbo diesel (1KZ-T)
Other Doodads: 1 3/4-inch body lift, custom snorkel, Optima battery, Warn winch, custom bumpers, onboard air and water system, hydraulic assist steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: Ditch some of the weight

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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. Email to: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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Tires & Wheels (size, make, model)
Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
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Performance (engine mods)
Other mods
Does it work the way you want?
Anything you would change?
Funniest Wheeling Incident
Anything to add?

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