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July 2010 Readers' Rides

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Works Well
Vehicle: '01 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: George & Natalie Otwell, Henderson, NV
Tires: 285/75/16 BFG KM2s
Suspension: All Pro Off Road parts, Bilstein coilovers
Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: All Pro front bumper, Otwell Fab sliders, custom bed
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Tundra CV shaft conversion
Anything to add? Special thanks to Otwell Racing and Fabrication

Muddy Start
Vehicle: '90 Ford F-150
Owner: Robert Mikos
Tires: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrains
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 3.09 gears
Performance Mods: 4.9L
Other Doodads: Hurst shifter
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Lift, lockers, gears, and more power!

Mile High
Vehicle: '93 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Dave & Uka Leonard, Mocksville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZs on 16x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 350ci, K&N intake, Magnaflow exhaust
Other Doodads: 2-inch Performance Accessories body lift, custom light bar
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, it works perfect for my off-road and towing needs
Anything to add?: It has over 285,000 miles and is still going strong!

Fluid Learner
Vehicle: '97 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Gregory Hoeffer, Harrison, OH
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch Tread Wright Mud Terrains on 15-inch Cragar wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Zone with Rubicon Express control arms
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom recovery points
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Tried to cross a creek without knowing how deep it was. I seized the motor as soon as I drove in and ended up getting pulled out by a bulldozer.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: I really enjoy owning a Jeep. It's a great learning experience each time I work on it, and I simply love to wheel!

Park Explorer
Vehicle: '92 Ford Explorer
Owner: Parker Buckley
Tires: 33-inch BFG M-Ts
Suspension: Custom lift and solid-axle conversion
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear with an Aussie Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Custom intake, K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Onboard air, custom SUT conversion and bumpers, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Four-link rear suspension, cage, and better lighting

Turkey Stuffing
Vehicle: '76 Dodge W-200
Owner: Koray Pars, Istanbul, Turkey Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 Cooper STTs on steel wheels
Suspension: Custom 3-inch
Drivetrain: NP435, NP205, Dana 44 front with an Aussie Locker and Mile Marker hubs, Dana 60 rear
Performance Mods: 225ci, propane conversion, electric fan, custom engine work
Other Doodads: Custom transfer case crossmember and belly skid
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting close!
Anything you would change?: Winch, V-8, cage, 35-inch tires, and a rear disc brake conversion
Anything to add?: I love my fullsize truck!

Same Team, Better Equipment
Vehicle: '05 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Owner: Paul & Sabine Anderson, Madera, CA
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains, on 16-inch Jeep wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Full Traction, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles with factory air lockers, Superior axleshafts, 4.88 gears Performance Mods: 4.0L, Edge module, cold air intake, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Poison Spyder front bumper and sliders, Warn winch, Big Daddy rear bumpe
r Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: A little more power would be nice
Anything to add?: Coming from a Dodge Ram, this Jeep was a real change and a nice one at that. It performed great right out of the box, and after a handful of basic modifications it feels practically unstoppable.

Smart Spender
Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Rick Eckerle, Georgetown, KY
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: AW-4, NP231, Dana 30 front with welded spider gears, 81/4 rear
Performance Mods: 4.0L from a '96 Cherokee
Other Doodads: Rugged Ride crossover steering, Rusty's skids, custom bumper, Black Mountain winch
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Add a rear locker
Anything to add?: I only paid $300 for the Jeep and have sunk about $3,500 into it. I love the magazine and read it cover to cover! Keep up the great work!

Suz Turn
Vehicle: '98 Isuzu Rodeo
Owner: Brandon Turner, Ridgeland, MS
Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers on 16x7 Cragar wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu
Drivetrain: Dana 44 rear with an ARB Air Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: ARB bumper, Airflow snorkel
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 4.56 gears

Just Apply PW
Vehicle: '05 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Rodger & Angie Francois, Gillett, WI
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Super Swamper M-16s on 17-inch factory wheels
Suspension: Custom 21/2-inch with Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: Custom exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch Performance Accessories body lift
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Having to anchor seven of my friends on one side of the truck so I wouldn't roll into a waterhole!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 5-inch lift, 42-inch tires, and a cage would be nice.
Anything to add?: I hope to participate in future Ultimate Adventure so I can demonstrate how the Power Wagon works great as a dual-purpose vehicle

Dayton Wheels
Vehicle: '87 Toyota
Owner: Spencer Morrison, Dayton, VA
Tires: 38x12.50 TSLs
Suspension: Trail Gear solid-axle conversion with 4-inch springs and 1-inch shackles
Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, Lock Right front, welded rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 22R
Other Doodads: Bobbed frame; custom flatbed, tube doors, and spare tire carrier; Trail Gear Hy-steer; skidplates; twin stick shifters
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 5.29 gears, ARB Air Lockers, an exo-cage
Anything to add?: Thanks to everyone that helped get my truck out of the shop!

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 310.531.9368 Email to:

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