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December 2010 Reader's Rides

2005 Toyota 4runner Front Passenger Shot
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted December 1, 2010

Twelve of Your Hottest Rides!

Hot Shot

  • 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!


  • 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.]

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