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April 2010 Readers' Rides

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Young Gun
Vehicle: '90 Toyota
Owners: Matt Nelson and Son, Iowa Falls, IA
Tires: 235/75/15 Tread Wright Mud Terrains
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 22RE
Other Doodads: Custom rack, grilleguard, and recovery mount
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Front winch and a rear locker
Anything to add?: This is my 14-year-old son's project truck

Pritchett Over
Vehicle: '02 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Corey Osborne, Montrose, CO
Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 15x10 Champion beadlocks
Suspension: 3.5-inch Rubicon Express, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Drivetrain: Tom Wood's drivelines, Tera 4:1 kit
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Currie 1-inch body lift, Rock Hard cage and bumpers, PSC hydraulic assist, Currie Anti-Rock sway bar
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Laying it over in Pritchett Canyon while Rick Russell shot video of the entire thing!
Does everything work the way you want?: It works well, but there are more mods coming
Anything you would change?: Gen-Right fuel tank, coilovers, long-arms, and 37s

Cummins Cure
Vehicle: '79 Ford F-350
Owner: Ben McKinney, Nyssa, OR
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 16.5-inch wheels
Suspension: 6-inch springs with Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: 48RE, NP205, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear
Performance Mods: 5.9L Cummins, pumped & turned up
Other Doodads: A/C and all power, rear helper airbags
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Having my wife stand in the middle of the river to get this picture.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, I finally was able to build a classic truck that I can afford to drive every day
Anything you would change?: Mud terrains and 16-inch wheels
Anything to add?: Thanks for a great magazine!

Warner First
Vehicle: '79 GMC
Owner: Brian Warner, Sierra Vista, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch MTRs on 17x9 American Racing Chambers
Suspension: Custom 6-inch
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, 10-bolt front, 12-bolt rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Sending the front driveshaft into the oil pan at the last mud bogging competition.
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet
Anything you would change?: Better axles, drivelines, and lockers are all on the to-do list.
Anything to add?: Your magazine is awesome! Keep up the good work.

Quick Resurrection
Vehicle: '42 Dodge WC-56
Owner: Erik Haugland, Lyle, MN
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch military on stock wheels
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Flat-head six
Other Doodads: 10,000-pound winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I hit a wet patch of quicksand in our creek and the truck sank about 3 feet. It took two hours and every log chain we had to pull it out. Then I had to spend the following week draining and replacing all the fluids!
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Lockers, brakes, and lights would all be a good start
Anything to add?: It sat untouched for 25 years and only took my dad and me one week to get it running again

Wheelin' Will
Vehicle: '99 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Will Coburn, Alamogordo, NM
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 Eagle alloy wheels
Suspension: 3-inch BDS
Drivetrain: NP231 with an Advance Adapter slip-yoke eliminator, Tom Woods driveshaft, Dana 30 front with a Lock Right, Dana 35 rear with a Super 35 kit and a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Airaid intake
Other Doodads: 1-inch Daystar body lift, Poison Spyder Customs rocker guards and corners, custom front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Time for a new lift and wheels!
Anything to add?: Thanks to all my friends for helping with the build

A Real Safari
Vehicle: '89 Nissan Safari
Owner: Jesy Tan, Lubao Pampanga, Philippines
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Boggers on Zumbo wheels
Suspension: 2-inch Ironman with 3-inch coil spacers in the front and 2-inch spacers in the rear, KYB shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: TD42, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Upgraded steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Needs lockers
Anything you would change?: Custom bumpers and a snorkel

Super Grizzly Vehicle: '04 Ford F-250
Owners: Jason & Tracy Crockett, Wasilla, AK
Tires & Wheels: 18.4x16.1 Titan Hi Lug AG tires on 16.1 steel
Suspension: 6.5-inch Rubico
n Express with 2.5-inch King remote reservoir shocks Drivetrain: Solid Axle Dana 60 front hub conversion, ARB Air Locker front, Detroit Locker rear, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 5.4L
Other Doodads: ARB Safari Snorkel, hydraulic assist, Warn winch, onboard air
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling a group of Jeeps out of a mud hole, the same group that earlier in the day was giving me grief about how my truck was too big and too long to wheel!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: High steer kit and an aluminum flatbed

Free Silverado
Vehicle: '00 Chevy 1500
Owner: Steven Free, NV
Tires & Wheels: 325/60/18 Toyo All Terrains on 18x12 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Fabtech
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Grilleguard
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there
Anything you would change?: Lower gears and more lift

Well-Tuned Toy
Vehicle: '88 Toyota
Owner: Andrew Kalke, Washington, IL
Tires & Wheels: 35x14.50 SSRs on 15x10 American Racing Bajas
Suspension: All Pro Offroad solid axle kit with 5-inch front springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks
Drivetrain: NV4500, 4:1 Atlas, Toyota 8-inch axles, Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: 350ci Ram Jet
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, custom bumpers, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Add hydraulic assist
Anything to add?: I have been reading your magazine for nearly 20 years. Keep up the good work!

The Halls
Vehicle: '79 Jeep CJ-7
Owners: Kenny & Emily Hall
Tires: 39.5-inch TSLs
Suspension: Custom spring-over axle with YJ springs
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
Performance Mods: 350ci with tuned port injection
Other Doodads: Custom cage and body mods
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great and I don't have a lot of money into it
Anything you would change?: Beadlocks

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 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file. Write to: Readers' Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245, fax 310.531.9368Email to:

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