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October 2010 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010
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Half Empty
Vehicle: '86 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: J.J. McMillion
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on 15-inch custom beadlocks
Suspension: Custom 3-inch with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Toyota mini truck front axle, ARB Air Lockers, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: Magnaflow muffler
Other Doodads: Custom cage, bed, and fenders, RCI fuel cell, Warn winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Running out of gas shortly after getting this photo taken. I had to hike out and get more fuel with my rig sitting dead in a frozen water hole. The gas gauge said I had half a tank left!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, it's a great little trail rig! Anything you would change?: 16-valve fuel injected Sidekick engine, coil springs, and a wheelbase stretch would be nice

Thorn Side
Vehicle: '80 Chevy K-20
Owner: Eric Regan, Springfield, GA
Tires & Wheels: 38.5-inch Thornbirds on 15x14 Bart wheels
Suspension: Custom Drivetrain: TH400, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 454ci
Other Doodads: Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

The Hills Have Square Eyes
Vehicle: '89 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Mueller Family, North Hills, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rocky Road spring-over conversion
Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear, Super-35 kit, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Flex-a-lite electric fan, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads:1-inch Daystar body lift, Centerforce clutch, custom sliders, tire carrier, and cage, Mile Marker winch, Gen-Right gas tank, TJ seats
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Dana 44 axles

Looking For More
Vehicle: '08 Nissan Frontier
Owner: Chris Rosales, El Paso, TX
Tires & Wheels: 285/70/17 BFG KM2s on 17-inch 7089 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Revtek leveling kit
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N intake
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: Custom Total Chaos and Calmini suspension kit in the works
Anything to add?: I sure wish there was a little more aftermarket support for my truck!

Vehicle: '85 Chevy M1009 CUCV
Owner: Matt Duncker, Chicago, IL
Tires: 40-inch LTBs
Suspension: Custom 7-inch
Drivetrain: TH400, NP208, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 6.2L
Other Doodads: Offroad Design crossover steering, PSC Motorsports steering gearbox
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: I've turned every nut and bolt on this truck, and after three months of hard work I was able to shape it into the vehicle you see here today

Long Learner
Vehicle: '97 Ford F-350
Owner: Michael Johnson, Jr., Springfield, OH
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Iroks on 16x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, Sterling 101/4 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci
Other Doodads:Mile Marker hubs
Does everything work the way you want?: Sure does
Anything to add?: I've gone through a lot of parts on this truck and have learned, if you can't fix it yourself, don't break it!

Disco Law
Vehicle: '04 Land Rover Discovery
Owner: Michael Law, Plano, TX
Tires: 285/75/16 Yokohama Geolander All Terrains
Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu with Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: LT230, front and rear Tru-Tracs
Performance Mods: 4.6L
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, custom sliders and rear bumper, Hella lighxs, Rovertym diff guards
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: The Rover needs a winch and I need more time to wheel!
Anything to add?: You guys are doing a great job, but I would love to see more Rovers in the magazine!

Weld Run
Vehicle: '89 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Alec Stouwie
Tires: 32x11.50 BFG A-Ts
Suspension: Custom 2-inch Drivetrain: Welded front, Tru-Trac rear
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but the welded front makes it difficult to steer off road
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion and a Warn winch

Sun Spyder
Vehicle: '06 Poison Spyder Custom
Owner: Chris Golden, San Antonio, TX
Tires & Wheels: 49-inch Iroks on 20-inch beadlocks
Suspension: Custom four-link with Bilstein coilovers and King bumpstops
Drivetrain: 4L80E, Atlas II, Unimog 404 axles, Air Lockers
Performance Mods: Supercharged Ram Jet 350ci
Other Doodads: Onboard air and welder, dual winches, fully hydraulic steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Needs a soft top. The sun can be brutal on a long day.

Pen 15
Vehicle: '02 Nissan Frontier
Owner: Aaron Pennell
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15-inch Soft 8 wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with leaf springs
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, Toyota 8-inch rear, Detroit lockers
Performance Mods: Supercharged V-6
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, sliders, and skids
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Beach Cruiser
Vehicle: '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Alex Bee, Honolulu, HI
Tires & Wheels: 32-inch Toyo Open Country A/Ts on 16x10 Axis Regulators with Spidertrax wheel spacers
Suspension: Custom 2-inch with King coilovers in front and Icon springs in rear
Drivetrain: Factory rear locker Performance Mods:AEM intake, E3 spark plugs, AFE exhaust
Other Doodads: Intense Fab front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Sliders, 34-inch tires, and more suspension travel
Anything to add?: Tread Lightly!

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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
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