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August 2010 Readers' Rides

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Family Injection
Vehicle: '93 Dodge W-350
Owner: Anthony Kiszka, Jackson, MI
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on modified H1 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: NP205, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear
Performance Mods: 5.9L Cummins, 50hp injectors, custom turbo, larger intercooler, and tuned injection pump
Other Doodads: Buckstop bumpers, Mile Marker winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: After pulling a late-model Duramax GMC off of a sand dune they asked me what programmer I was running. I laughed and politely told them that my truck has mechanical injection. They didn't have a clue!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Gears and lockers
Anything to add?: This was my dad's truck and was handed down to me. I hope to be able to keep the truck alive long enough to hand it down to my boys as well.

Rad Rado
Vehicle: '07 Chevy Colorado
Owner: Lee Morrison, Trevor,WI
Tires: 30x9.50 Dayton Timberline Mud Terrains
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N air intake, custom cowl snorkel, custom ECM tune
Other Doodads: Custom sway bar disconnects
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Dragging a broke F-250 off the trail!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Needs a winch

Mo Dough
Vehicle: '01 Ford Sport-Trac
Owner: Justin Gleim, Hummelstown, PA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 TrXus Mud Terrains on 17x9 Moto 951s
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion via front coilovers, 8-inch rear springs
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, 8.8-inch rear, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Does everything work the way you want?: Still working out the front driveshaft issues
Anything you would change?: 4.6L
Anything to add?: I need more dough so I can make it bigger!

Walla Toy
Vehicle: '90 Toyota
Owner: Dustin Johnson, Walla Walla, WA
Tires: 36x12.50 TSLs
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion with 4-inch springs
Drivetrain: '85 Toyota front axle, welded front
Performance Mods: 22RE, K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Bobbed bed 12 inches
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: 3.4L, 5.29 gears, a winch

Mud Mixer
Vehicle: '74 Chevy K-20
Owner: Kosta Kafalias, Sherwood, OR
Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 15x10 chrome wheels
Suspension: 4-inch front springs, ORD rear shackle flip
Drivetrain: TH350, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a spool, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, Jet Performance carburetor, Edelbrock Performer intake, roller rockers, headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust.
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, ORD steering brace, Optima batteries, Auto Meter gauges, Mile Marker winch, onboard air, Hi-Lift jack
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet
Anything you would change?: High steer, more lift, and 39.5-inch TSLs
Anything to add?: Deep mud and open differentials don't mix well!

JJ's Co
Vehicle: '91 Jeep Comanche
Owner: Josh and Jen Haddox, Huntington, WV
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 5-inch Rocky Road Outfitters
Drivetrain: AX-15, NP231, Tom Wood's drivelines, Dana 30 front, 8.8 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.6L Titan stroker engine
Other Doodads: Nth Degree oil pan skid, Bushwacker flares, custom bumpers, Smittybilt winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Before I put on the new bumpstops the high-steer linkage punctured the oil pan. I tried to drive out of the trail as quick as I could, but hit a rock and blew a tire!
Does everything work the way you want?:Needs lockers
Anything you would change?: Rocker protection, lockers, and an olive-drab paint job
Anything to add?: Special thanks to my friend and technician Alex Webb, who did most of the work.

Running Start
Vehicle: '89 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Alec Stouwie, Vacaville, CA Tires: 32x11.50 BFG A-Ts
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Limited slip rear, welded front
Performance Mods: 22RE
Other Doodads: Custom battery box
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: Winch and solid-axle conversion
Anything to add?: I'm 16 and slowly building my rig on a budget

Simple Red
Vehicle: '87 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Mike Sulkowski, Shanksville, PA
Tires & Wheels: 30x.9.50 Tread Wrights on Grand Cherokee wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 3.9L
Other Doodads: Swapped in seats from a Dodge Stratus and made a custom center console
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Bigger engine with fuel injection and a straight-axle conversion with a Dana 44 front axle.

Coastal Comp
Vehicle: '02 Chevy Tahoe Z71
Owner: Marshall Mishoe, Myrtle Beach, SC
Tires & Wheels: 38x15.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 20x10 KMC wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.3L
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Pro Comp skidplate
Does everything work the way you want?: For now
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion and 42-inch tires

Mud Prince
Vehicle: '77 Ford F-205
Owner: Kevin Girroir, Prince George, B.C., Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch BFG M-Ts on 16.5-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 390ci, K&N air filter
Does everything work the way you want?: For what it is, it works great.
Anything you would change?: More lift, bigger tires, and a winch would be a good start to my long wishlist.

Reno Low
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: John Crabtree, Reno, NV
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Toyo Mud Terrains on 17-inch Robby Gordon beadlocks
Suspension: 3.5-inch Rubicon Express
Drivetrain: TF999, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, throttle body spacer, header, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Trent Fab hood, high-line fenders, body armor, skids, and cage; powertrain raised 2 inches to accommodate flat-belly skidpan; Gen Right oil pan and gas tank skids
Does everything work the way you want?: The low stance works great!
Anything you would change?: Dana 44 front axle

Gazaway Bros
Vehicle: '00 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Aaron Gazaway, Mapaville, MO
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50 MTZs on 20x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with radius arms and Fox coilovers up front and custom leaf springs with Fox shocks in the rear
Drivetrain: 46RE, Dana 44 front, 9 1/4-rear
Performance Mods: 5.9L, Procharger, Spearco intercooler, Aeromotive fuel pump, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, transmission cooler, Auto Meter gauges
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Four-link rear suspension
Anything to add?: With the exception of the Viper Red paint job, all work was done by my brother and me

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