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September 2010 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on September 1, 2010
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Vehicle: '94 Ford F-150
Owner: Travis Dutcher, Morrisville, NY
Tires: 39.5x13.50 Iroks
Suspension: Custom 10-inch
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

UA 1-Ton
Vehicle: '91 Chevy 1-ton
Owner: Faun Koplovsky, Braintree, VT
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.50 Boggers on 16.5-inch custom beadlocks
Suspension: Custom 12-inch
Drivetrain: 4L80E, NP205, Dana 60 front with an ARB Air Locker, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, ORD crossover, Redneck ram, Warn winch, custom bed
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: I built it as a multipurpose vehicle and hope to be able to take it on the Ultimate Adventure one day (hint, hint!)

Power Wheeler
Vehicle: '78 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Chris Hall, St. Leon, IN
Tires & Wheels: 38.5-inch TSLs on H1 wheels with Staz Works centers
Suspension: Skyjacker springs and a rear shackle flip
Drivetrain: 727, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: 360ci
Other Doodads: Custom cage, tube doors, Beard seats, fuel cell, PSC hydraulic assist
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Letting the wife tear it up at the Badlands.
Does everything work the way you want?: Somewhat
Anything you would change?: Four-link suspension, big-block engine, fuel injection

Daily Elk
Vehicle: '85 Ford F-250
Owner: Dustin Edmiston, Elk, WA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Goodyears on 16 1/2-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Custom 12-inch
Drivetrain: Dana 50 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci, Edelbrock intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: So far it does
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front, lockers, bigger tires, and numerically higher differential gears

Top Jeep Challenge
Vehicle: '88 Jeep YJ
Owner: Bruce Norval, Sturtevant, WI
Tires & Wheels: 48x14 Michelins on 20x10 wheels
Suspension: Custom multilink with 6-inch lift coils, Superlift shocks
Drivetrain: T-18, NP205, 2 1/2-ton Rockwells with welded spider gears
Performance Mods: 429ci Thunder Jet, 150-shot of nitrous
Other Doodads: Fully hydraulic steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: Needs better seats and maybe 48x31 V-tread tires
Anything to add?: You guys should put together your own Top Truck Challenge and make it more about budget rigs than the money show that the other magazine puts together. [We have Cheap Truck Challenge!-Ed.]

Global EX
Vehicle: '99 Ford Explorer
Owner: Teagan Klinger, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Tires & Wheels: 265/75/16 BFG A-Ts on stock wheels with wheel spacers
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 8.8 rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N filter
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Smittybilt bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: ARB Air Lockers, 33-inch tires, 4.10 gears

Grand Pro
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Adrian Cabrera
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.00 Boggers on 17-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Custom long-arm, 8 1/2-inch Rusty's coils, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, 10.50 Sterling rear, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 5.9L, Safari Snorkel, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, custom sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Kuwait 2 Wheel
Vehicle: '06 Toyota Land Cruiser
Owner: Abdulaziz Al Saleh, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tires: 265/75/16 Toyo Open Country A/Ts
Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu
Drivetrain: AVM hubs
Performance Mods: 4.5L inline-six
Other Doodads: Safari Snorkel, ARB bumper, Warn winch, IPF lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Nope

Vehicle: '86 Dodge W-150
Owner: Phillip Carranza, San Diego, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Does everything work the way you want?: Works OK.
Anything you would change?: Needs better headlights
Anything to add?: It's the best 600 bucks I ever spent!

Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Eddie Tolenitno, Lanai City, HI
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Boggers on 15x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Rocky Road
Drivetrain: 6.50:1 transfer case gears, ARB Air Lockers
Performance Mods: 44mm Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle CV carburetor setup, Doug Thorley headers, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, Rocky Road high steer and sliders, aftermarket 15-gallon fuel tank
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good
Anything you would change?: 4.3L Chevy V-6 and Toyota axles

Vehicle: '87 Toyota FJ-60
Owner: Ed Striebel, Black Hawk, SD
Tires & Wheels: 325/65/18 MTZs on 18-inch Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: 4-inch Alcan springs, Daystar shackles, BDS shocks
Drivetrain: ARB Air Locker rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 6.0L, Howell wiring and ECM, Davis Racing radiator, K&N air filter, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Centerforce clutch, ARB bumpers, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything to add?: This is my second rebuild of this rig after originally buying it wrecked and not running. I think I finally got it right!

East Coast LA
Vehicle: '07 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Owner: Scott Sundem, Baton Rouge, LA
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 BFG KM2s on 16x8 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Custom 2 1/2-inch with parts from Rough Country, Full Traction, JKS, Currie, and TeraFlex
Drivetrain: Dana 30 front with Evo Mfg. C2 gussets, Dana 44 rear
Performance Mods: Superchips programmer, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: B&M transmission cooler, custom-cut fenders, Evo front bumper, OR-Fab rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great, but there is still more to do!
Anything you would change?: ARB Air Lockers, Dynatrac Pro-Rock 44 front axle, Tom Wood's drivelines

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
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