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November 2010 Readers' Rides

2003 Gmc Z71 And Camper
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted November 1, 2010

Eleven of Your Coolest Rides!

GM Camp

  • Vehicle: '03 GMC Z71
  • Owner: Skip Gay, Windsor, ME
  • Tires & Wheels: 38.5x16 Boggers on 16x10 wheels
  • Suspension: 7.5-inch Superlift
  • Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance Mods: 4.8L
  • Other Doodads: 3-inch Body lift
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
  • Anything to add?: I use the truck to pull my tent camper that's custom-lifted and sitting on a set of 35-inch Thornbirds.

Candy Chop

  • Vehicle: '79 Chevy Suburban
  • Owner: Kyle Harshbarger, Suisun City, CA
  • Tires: 38-inch Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains
  • Suspension: Custom 6-inch
  • Drivetrain: SM-465, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
  • Performance Mods: 350ci
  • Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom rear chop
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Add a soft top and shackle flip and get out on the trail more!

Busby Guy

  • Vehicle: '96 Geo Tracker
  • Owner: Ed Busby, Columbus, IN
  • Tires: 35x13.50 Baja Claws
  • Suspension: Custom spring-over
  • Drivetrain: Front axle from an '85 Toyota pickup, rear axle from a '90 Toyota pickup, open front, welded rear, 4.10 gears
  • Performance Mods: Stock
  • Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, Warn winch Does everything work the way you want?: It's moving along one part at a time.
  • Anything you would change?: Lower gears and more power!

Class Leader

  • Vehicle: '72 Ford Bronco
  • Owner: John F. Thomas, Slidell, LA
  • Tires: 33x12.50 Maxxis Bighorns
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  • uspension: 2.5-inch lift
  • Drivetrain: NV3550, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, 3.55 gears
  • Performance Mods: 5.0L pulled from an '87 Mustang
  • Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, custom bumpers and cage
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Showing up at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
  • Anything you would change?: Lockers and lower gears
  • Anything to add?: Thanks for the great magazine. My son who is a shop teacher in Covington, Louisiana, built this from top to bottom. I taught auto shop for 33 years and often kept many of your magazines in my classroom for reference and to let the students enjoy.

Hay Row

  • Vehicle: '01 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Owner: Allen Wellborn, Laramie, WY
  • Tires: 285/75/16 mud-terrains
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: NV5600, NV241, Dana 60 front, Dana 80 rear, 3.55 gears
  • Performance Mods: 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel, Edge programmer, RV275 injectors, AFE intake, FASS fuel pump and filter, 5-inch custom exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Valair clutch, Ranch Hand bumpers, Pro Comp steering stabilizers, Auto Meter gauges Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling out a stuck Suburban with a 35-foot trailer still attached to my truck!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: 100hp injectors, bigger turbo, ARB Air Lockers, and 35s
  • Anything to add?: Since I am working on a college student's budget it's a pretty slow build. Overall the truck works great as my daily driver, hay hauler, and farm service truck.


  • Vehicle: '94 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Tim Yocum, Fenton, MI
  • Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Iroks on H1 wheels
  • Suspension: Custom front and rear four-link with 21/2-inch Fox air shocks
  • Drivetrain: SM465, 4.3 Atlas, Dana 60 front with a Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear with a spool, 5.13 gears
  • Performance Mods: 350ci
  • Other Doodads: CJ front end conversion, custom cage and bodywork Funniest Wheeling Incident: There was a small engine fire on our second trip out. My stepdaughter sent a text to all her friends saying she was at a Car-B-Q.
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Coilovers

Formula Toy

  • Vehicle: Hendrix Motorsports Formula 4 chassis
  • Owner: Jeff & Tracy Koens, Antioch, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Iroks on 15-inch wheels
  • Suspension: Custom leafs
  • Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, Detroit Lockers, 5.29 gears
  • Performance Mods: 22R with EFI upgrade
  • Other Doodads: Drivetrain moved back 8 inches
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Everything but the winch
  • Anything you would change?: Front and rear four-link suspension with coilovers
  • Anything to add?: Buggy started off life as an '84 Toyota pickup

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