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June 2010 Readers' Rides

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Driven Dover
Vehicle: '86 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Blaine Fauth, Dover, PA
Tires: 35x12.50 Hankook Dynapro Mud Terrains
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: TH400, NP208
Performance Mods: 6.2L
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Add a turbo
Anything to add?: I'm only 16 and I built the truck working within my limited budget. Thanks for making a great magazine and I'll be reading for years to come!

1-Ton Wishes
Vehicle: '99 Ford F-150
Owner: Ben Johnson, Tyler, TX
Tires & Wheels: 325/80/16 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrains on 16-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech
Drivetrain: 4.56 gears Performance Mods: Throttle body spacer, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Auto Meter gauges, KC lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck while trying to cross a creek with a trailer in tow.
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part, but it needs tractions bars to eliminate the axlewrap.
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion, traction bars, and a supercharger
Anything to add?: Knowing what I know now, I would have been better off starting with a 1-ton diesel.

Cruiser Lover
Vehicle: '71 Toyota FJ-40
Owner: Justin Abrahamson, Aurora, CO
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Iroks on 16x8 Rock Stomper beadlocks
Suspension: Custom three-link front with Bilstein coilovers, Spring-over rear with Alcan springs and orbit eye bushings
Drivetrain: TH400, 3.8 Atlas, Dana 60 front with an ARB Air Locker, Warn hubs, and 35-spline shafts, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit locker
Performance Mods: 5.7L Vortec
Other Doodads: Custom cage and sliders, onboard air, fuel cell
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Picking up a complete stranger on the trail and then rolling it only minutes after he got in!
Does everything work the way you want?: The rig works great, but it did take seven years of hard work to get it exactly the way I wanted it.
Anything you would change?: Fully hydraulic steering and rear steer
Anything to add?: I (Mandy) submitted this for my boyfriend Justin. He's built an awesome rig, and every time we get on the trail I get to hop in the driver seat and we have a blast!

Vehicle: '07 fou-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Fred Dear, Kirkland, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains on 17x9 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 4-inch TeraFlex
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles with factory electric lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L, Jet Performance chip, Airaid intake, Pro Comp Accu programmer, Gibson exhaust
Other Doodads: Optima battery, OR Fab front bumper, Olympic rear bumper, Mile Marker winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change?: 37s, 5.13 gears, and custom rocker guards

In Commando
Vehicle: '72 Jeepster Commando
Owner: Jack Hassenbusch, Broomfield, CO
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.50 Iroks on 17-inch H2 wheels
Suspension: 3.5-inch BDS Wrangler springs
Drivetrain: 700R4, StaK, Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 front, Dana 70 rear
Performance Mods: LT1, Flowmaster exhaust, K&N intake, ceramic coated headers
Other Doodads: Custom TJ front end, cage, bumpers, and sliders, high steer, Auto Meter gauges, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: Wider framerails to tuck the StaK and have a flat-belly skid
Anything to add?: This was all handbuilt by me. Seven years and two kids later, it's finally on the road.

Golden Days
Vehicle: '97 Ford F-350
Owner: Bryce Thomas, Macclenny, FL
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x15 TSLs on 16.5x12 Bart Super Truckers
Suspension: Custom 5-inch via a Sky Manufacturing shackle flip and Skyjacker leaf springs, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Borg Warner 4407, Dana 60 front with a spool, 10.25 rear with a limited slip, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci, Jet Performance chip, throttle body spacer, K&N filter, headers
Other Doodads: PSC hydraulic assist
Does everything work the way you want?: Works like a Mule!
Anything you would change?: More lift and 44s

Howard's Harbor
Vehicle: '02 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: John Howard, Manassas, VA
Tires & Wheels: 305/70/16 Dunlop Mud Rovers on 16-inch Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: Custom 3-inch
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 2.7L, K&N filter, Gibson exhaust
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Hi Hemi
Vehicle: '07 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Steve Langley, Kailua, HI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZs on 18x9 KMC Rockstars
Suspension: 2-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L, Superchips programmer, Flowmaster exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: So far so good
Anything you would change?: Diesel engine, N-Fab steps, and a toolbox

Eco Booster
Vehicle: '86 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Brian Ferguson, Fontana, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MTRs on 15-inch alloy wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift springs with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 4L60e, NP208, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L Vortec, Doug Thorley headers, Magnaflow exhaust
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Watching in slow-motion as the spare tire mount broke off the rear bumper!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, better than I ever expected.
Anything you would change?: A slip-yoke eliminator kit for the NP208 would be nice
Anything to add?: For some reason my bank account never seems to recover from this hobby!

Solid Future
Vehicle: '07 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Jason Harrington, Mooresville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrains on 18-inch KMC Rockstar wheels
Suspension: 6-inch BDS
Drivetrain: 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Superchips tuner, Corsa exhaust
Other Doodads: Lots of Line-X sprayed throughout the truck
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, yes, but it hasn't been truly tested yet
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap once the truck is paid for

Super American
Vehicle: '00 Ford F-250
Owner: Chris Andresen, While City, OR
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Toyo Mud Terrains on 17-inch AWS wheels
Suspension: 6.5-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 7.3L, Predator programmer, AEM intake, 4-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, Mile Marker winch, KC lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but it's a little big for trails in Oregon
Anything you would change?: Bigger tires
Anything to add?: This is my work truck, weekend wheeler, and fullsize grocery getter!

Grand New
Vehicle: '06 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Mike Slattery, Bainbridge Island, WA
Tires: 285/70/17 BFG A-Ts Suspension: 4-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N cold-air intake
Other Doodads: Superlift EGR module
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: 4.10 gears, 4xguard skids and sliders

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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 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 310.531.9368
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