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December 2010 Reader's Rides

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4Romero

  • Vehicle: '05 Toyota 4Runner
  • Owner: Phillip Romero
  • Tires: 37x12.50 BFG KM2s
  • Suspension: Custom straight-axle conversion via a three-link with a track bar and 14-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers up front and a three-link rear with 6-inch coils and 12-inch remote-reservoir Sway-A-Way shocks
  • Drivetrain: Toyota front axle from an 80 series Land Cruiser, 91/2-inch rear, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
  • Performance Mods: TRD intake, Magnaflow exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Bumpers, rack, custom sliders, Warn winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything to add?: It's my daily driver and it works great both on- and off-road!

A-ZJ

  • Vehicle: '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Owner: John Bundy, Glendale, AZ
  • Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 wheels
  • Suspension: 31/2-inch Rubicon Express
  • Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear
  • Performance Mods: 4.0L, Rugged Ridge header, Flowmaster exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Ramsey 9K winch, Optima battery
  • Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part.
  • Anything you would change?: Lockers, lift, and bigger tires

AttA Wheeler!

  • Vehicle: '90 Dodge W-250
  • Owner: Kevin Atteberry, Stratford, OK
  • Tires & Wheels: 305/70/16 Fierce Attitudes on 16x8 wheels
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: NP203, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
  • Performance Mods: 360ci, K&N air filter, custom exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Trimmed fenders
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time

Big Ford, Littleton

  • Vehicle: '74 Ford F-250
  • Owner: Martin Schlott, Littleton, CO
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Wild County's on 161/2-inch aluminum wheels
  • Suspension: Highboy leaf pack with Rancho shocks
  • Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance Mods: 390ci, Holley carburetor, Edelbrock intake, custom exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Warn hubs, custom rollbar
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Ox Lockers and BFG A-Ts

Florida Tech

  • Vehicle: '01 Toyota Tacoma
  • Owner: Shannon Chapman, Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Tires & Wheels: 36x15.50 Baja ATZs on 16x10 Classic Iis
  • Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech
  • Drivetrain: TRD rear locker, 4.88 gears
  • Performance Mods: K&N intake, performance programmer
  • Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes for now
  • Anything you would change?: Rockwells and 44s!

JK 2.5

  • Vehicle: '07 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Steve Gomez, Montebello, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 BFG KM2s on 16x8 Dick Cepek wheels
  • Suspension: 21/2-inch Rough Country
  • Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear
  • Performance Mods: 3.8L, Banks intake and exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Smittybilt front bumper, Hella lights, Rugged Ridge sliders
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
  • Anything you would change?: 4-inch lift, 35s, and a winch

Low-Buck Buggy

  • Vehicle: '70 Chevy Blazer-Buggy
  • Owner: Joe Hardtner III
  • Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50 TSLs on 15-inch steel wheels
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: NP203, 10-bolt front, Dana 44 rear welded
  • Performance Mods: 350ci
  • Other Doodads: Moved the engine back 18 inches, custom tube work
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
  • Anything you would change?: I'll just keep upgrading as I need to.
  • Anything to add?: This buggy is about as low-buck as it gets, which makes it all the more fun to wheel!

'Bama Blazer

  • Vehicle: '92 Chevy K-5 Blazer
  • Owner: David Adair, Birmingham, AL
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MT/Rs on 15x10 American Eagle wheels
  • Suspension: 6-inch Rancho front, ORD shackle flip rear with a 1-inch block, Bilstein shocks
  • Drivetrain: Jet Performance 700R4, NP231, Detroit Locker rear, 4.56 gears
  • Performance Mods: Ram Jet 350ci, Magnaflow exhaust, Flex-A-Lite electric fan
  • Other Doodads: Warn bumper, winch, and lights
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
  • Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, ORD Doubler
  • Anything to add?: Love the magazine! Keep up the good work. [Thanks!-Ed.]

Pickup Zu

  • Vehicle: '91 Isuzu pickup
  • Owner: Ricky Pollreis, Lowell, AR
  • Tires: 225/75/16 Kumho Mud Terrains
  • Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Welded rear, 4.56 gears
  • Performance Mods: 2.6L
  • Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom rear bumper
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
  • Anything you would change?: Swap in a set of Toyota mini truck axles

Red Pony

  • Vehicle: '77 Ford Bronco
  • Owner: Daniel Ward
  • Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15x10 Mickey Thompson wheels
  • Suspension: 51/2-inch Wild Horses
  • Drivetrain: C-4, Dana 20, Dana 44 front with an Aussie locker, 9-inch rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
  • Performance Mods: Built 302ci
  • Other Doodads: PTO winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely, wouldn't change a thing

Take Stock

  • Vehicle: '97 Dodge Dakota
  • Owner: Peter Tarby
  • Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Toyo Open Country All Terrains on stock wheels
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: Dana 44 rear
  • Performance Mods: 5.2L
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck in a few feet of snow after making it through the hills and over the rocks without issue!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there
  • Anything you would change?: Rough Country lift, MT/Rs, and a Warn winch are all on the to do list
  • Anything to add?: For a mostly stock truck, it does surprisingly well on the trail

Fire Zuk

  • Vehicle: '88 Suzuki Samurai
  • Owner: Alan Johnson, San Simeon, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 BFG M-Ts on 15-inch American Racing wheels
  • Suspension: 4-inch Rocky Road
  • Drivetrain: 6:1 transfer case gears, Lock Right rear
  • Performance Mods: 1.3L
  • Other Doodads: Mile Marker winch, custom snorkel, ShrockWorks bumpers, Optima battery
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: 1.6L diesel engine swap

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 Email to: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

  • Vehicle (year, make, model)
  • Owner (name, city, state)
  • Tires & Wheels (size, make, model)
  • Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
  • Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles)
  • Performance (engine mods)
  • Other mods
  • Does it work the way you want?
  • Anything you would change?
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident
  • Anything to add?

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