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November 2010 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on November 1, 2010
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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

Snow Run

  • Vehicle: '00 Toyota 4Runner
  • Owner: Randy Kestler, Hermiston, OR
  • Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Dick Cepeks on 16x9 Moto Metal wheels
  • Suspension: 3-inch Revtek
  • Drivetrain: Rear E-locker
  • Performance Mods: V-6
  • Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Roof rack and a winch

Fort JK

  • Vehicle: '07 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Ryan Hogan, Fort Myers, FL
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x13 Boggers on 16x10 Pro Comp wheels
  • Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp, Fox shocks
  • Drivetrain: Dynatrac Pro Rock 44 front with Mopar E-Locker
  • Performance Mods: 3.8L
  • Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom H-Lift hood mount
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Bumpers, winch, fenders

Mud Co.

  • Vehicle: '93 Ford Bronco
  • Owner: Chris Swendsen, Bethlehem, CT
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x14.50 Boggers on 15x10 American Racing wheels
  • Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech straight-axle conversion with 6-inch Skyjacker rear springs
  • Drivetrain: E4OD, BW1356, Dana 44 front, 8.8-inch rear
  • Performance Mods: 351ci, Flowmaster exhaust
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Breaking both my front axleshafts and my rear driveline all at once while trying to power through a mud bog.
  • Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
  • Anything you would change?: Next time I would like to start with a Bronco with fewer miles on it. This one has over 200K on the clock!

Trail Swamper

  • Vehicle: '97 Jeep Cherokee
  • Owner: Justin Reister, Sparta, MI
  • Tires: 35x12.50 BFG A-Ts for the street, 35x15.50 SXs for the trail
  • Suspension: 8-inch Rusty's Offroad coils and springs, with a Clayton MFG long-arm conversion
  • Drivetrain: AW4, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: 4.0L
  • Other Doodads: Modified ARB front bumper, Mile Marker winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
  • Anything you would change?: V-8 conversion and a four-link rear suspension

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
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