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January 2011 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on January 1, 2011
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Grand Start

  • Vehicle: '04 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Tony Holland, Sacramento, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MT/Rs on 15-inch Pacer wheels
  • Suspension: 31/2-inch Rubicon Express long arm
  • Drivetrain: NV3550, NP231, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
  • Performance Mods: 4.0L
  • Other Doodads: Currie steering system, JKS bar-pin eliminators
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything to add?: I'd like to thank my grandpa who helped me with the down payment on the Jeep in 2006

Stock Oval

  • Vehicle: '90 Ford F-150
  • Owner: Robert Mikos
  • Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrains on 15-inch stock wheels
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance mods: 4.9L
  • Other Doodads: Hurst shifter
  • Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
  • Anything you would change?: Lift, lockers, gears, and 35s are all on the wish list.


  • Vehicle: '98 Jeep Cherokee
  • Owner: Bob Lamoureux, Fitchburg, MA TIRES: Firestone Destination A/Ts
  • Suspension: Custom 21/2-inch
  • Drivetrain: NP231, High-pinion Dana 30 front, 81/4 rear
  • Performance mods: 4.0L, K&N intake
  • Other Doodads: Hella lights, Auto Meter gauges, Optima battery, lots of radio receivers
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: A rear locker
  • Anything to add?: I built the XJ to get me out on the New England beaches for surf fishing and diving

Ninja Truck

  • Vehicle: '85 Suzuki SJ-40T Pickup
  • Owner: Dan Arreola, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Tires & Wheels: 245/85/16 Simex Extreme Trekkers on 16-inch steel Toyota pickup wheels
  • Suspension: 4x4 Eng. leaf packs with Gabriel shocks
  • Drivetrain: Samurai axles, Lock Rights, 5.12 gears
  • Performance mods: 1.6L from a Grand Vitara
  • Other Doodads: Custom cage, bumpers, and sliders, front and rear winches
  • Does everything work the way you want?: More or less
  • Anything you would change?: Front ARB Air Locker and high steer

Power Cooker

  • Vehicle: '78 Dodge Power Wagon
  • Owner: Steve Baker, Hartselle, AL
  • Tires & Wheels: 44x19.50 Pit Bull Rockers on 16.5x14 Bart wheels
  • Suspension: Custom 12-inch with Skyjacker springs and Tuff Country shocks
  • Drivetrain: 727, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
  • Performance mods: 440ci
  • Other Doodads: Corvette master cylinder, crossover steering, tilt hood
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: 21/2-ton Rockwells, hydraulic assist steering, and 4 more inches of lift


  • Vehicle: '76 GMC K-10
  • Owner: Nathan Jeffery, Tualatin, OR
  • Tires: 39.5 TSLs
  • Suspension: Custom 8-inch
  • Drivetrain: NP203, Dana 44 front with Warn hubs, 14-bolt rear with welded spider gears, 5.13 gears
  • Performance mods: 305ci, Edelbrock carburetor, headers, Flowmaster muffler
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Driving into a mud hole with the front hubs unlocked and then having to jump out into the pit to lock them in!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there Anything you would change?: Needs softer rear springs Anything to add?: Great magazine!

Sandy Claws

  • Vehicle: '78 Chevy 1/2-ton
  • Owner: Safia Pew, Eugene, OR
  • Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Baja Claws on 15x10 steel wheels
  • Suspension: 4-inch Drivetrain: TH350, NP203, 3.73 gears
  • Performance mods: 350ci, Edelbrock carburetor, dual exhaust
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: While driving in the Oregon sand dunes I dropped off of a 6-foot razorback, which instantly buried the truck in the sand. Moral of the story: Always double-check the ridge in front of you when you are driving through the dunes!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Good enough for now
  • Anything you would change?: Needs lockers and more power!
  • Anything to add?: Even though I am a girl I have tried to do most of the work on the truck myself. I've only got about 1,500 bucks into the rig, but I usually can keep up with the big boys. Well, most of the time!

Toy Lover

  • Vehicle: '73 Toyota FJ-40
  • Owner: Dan DeCicco, Lemoore, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x10 wheels
  • Suspension: Spring-over with stock springs, Rubicon Express shocks
  • Drivetrain: SM420, Dana 18, FJ-60 front axle, Lock Right's
  • Performance mods: Stock
  • Other Doodads: 12-inch wheelbase stretch, custom cage
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there Anything you would change?: Hydraulic assist steering Anything to add?: My wife wants to burn my FJ to the ground because she thinks I love it more than her. I know I wouldn't want to put it to the test!

IFS Eliminator

  • Vehicle: '87 Toyota
  • Owner: Doug Funderburg, Sulphur Springs, AR
  • Tires & Wheels: Maxxis Buckshot Mudders on 15x8 Outlaw Iis
  • Suspension: Cranked torsion bars up front, 3-inch block in the rear
  • Drivetrain: Lock-Right front, welded rear, 5.29 gears
  • Performance mods: 22R, K&N air filter, Flex-a-lite fan
  • Other Doodads: Warn bumper, MileMarker winch
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Twisting the rear driveshaft while trying to pull a dead log out of a mud hole.
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet
  • Anything you would change?: Trail Gear IFS Eliminator Kit.
  • Anything to add?: You guys have the best off road magazine on the market!

Long Lander

  • Vehicle: '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Owner: Ron Saenz, Riverside, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Yokohama Geolandar Mud Terrains on 15x10 Cragar wheels
  • Suspension: 41/2-inch Rubicon Express with Rancho shocks
  • Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
  • Performance mods: 4.0L, Flowmaster exhaust
  • Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Rock Hard sliders and front bumper, LOD rear bumper, Skid Row belly plate
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great!
  • Anything you would change?: Cage, winch, ARB Air Lockers

Rusty Rock Classic

  • Vehicle: '46 Willys CJ-2A
  • Owner: Tyler Merriam, Herriman, UT
  • Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 MTRs on 15x8 American Racing wheels
  • Suspension: Rusty's 4-inch with Skyjacker shocks
  • Drivetrain: SM420, Warn overdrive, Dana 18, Dana 44 axles, Warn full float rear conversion, Lock Rights, 4.56 gears
  • Performance mods: 4.3L
  • Other Doodads: Warn winch, cage
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: It's a Jeep. It's always changing!
  • Anything to add?: Thanks to my dad for all of his help

SD Mudder

  • Vehicle: '03 Ford F-250
  • Owner: Greg Ramos
  • Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Michelins on 20-inch KTM wheels
  • Suspension: Custom 16-inch
  • Drivetrain: Dynatrac steering and hub conversion, 4.88 gears
  • Performance mods: Stock
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

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