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4-Wheel & Off-Road Staff Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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4-Wheel & Off-Road Staff Rides

Captain's Treasure
Staffer: Editor-in-Chief Rick Péwé
Ride: '68 M-715
Years Owned: Five
Tires & Wheels: Most of them are present. The spare is brand new!
Suspension: Rusty, but works
Drivetrain: T-98, NP-200, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear
Performance: 230ci OHC six-cylinder that was coaxed back to life
Odds & Ends: Buried in a wash after a flood. Two years later we rescued it.
Current Use: Monument to unfinished DED tours
Plans: Actual DED tour

UA Revival
Staffer: Péwé
Ride: '75 Chevy K-10
Years Owned: One, after six by the company
Tires & Wheels: Rusty and flat street treads
Suspension: Swapped in flat stockers
Drivetrain: TCI TH350, no transfer case, 10-bolt front, 14-bolt rear
Performance: Ramjet 350ci
Odds & Ends: What the truck was left with after cannibalism for other projects
Current Use: Shop space taker-upper PLANS: Rebuild to better than former glory

Down By The River
Staffer: Tech Editor Fred Williams
Ride: Ford E-350 Van
Years Owned: Zero
Tires & Wheels: Knobbies on Steel rims, maybe 33s
Suspension: Leaves or coils.
Drivetrain: Automatic, divorced transfer case, 1-ton axles, rear locker
Performance: Diesel engine, programmer, air intake and exhaust
Odds & Ends: Fridge, futon, and full tank of fuel
Current Use: I'm looking for a low-mileage (under 150K) delivery or cargo van with plenty of life left sitting somewhere in America
Plans: Expedition/tow rig so I can pull my other projects around the nation. The goal is to be able to wheel with readers on their favorite trails and camp out in the van at night.

The Grand Executive
Staffer: Executive Editor Kevin McNulty
Ride: '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Years Owned: Eight
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains on 17-inch AEV beadlocks
Suspension: 41/2-inch Rubicon Express long-arm
Drivetrain: 44RE, NP231, Dana 44 axles from a Jeep Wrangler JK, Mopar selectable lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance: 5.2L
Odds & Ends: ARB front bumper
Current Use: Daily driver, slight trail use for adventure and photo shoots
Plans: Find a more efficient vehicle!

Limitless Features
Staffer: Feature Editor Ali Mansour
Ride: '08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Years Owned: One
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Falken Wildpeak All Terrains on stock 17-inch wheels with 11/2-inch TeraFlex wheel spacers
Suspension: 31/2-inch Evo Manufacturing Enforcer Kit
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, Mopar E-lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance: 3.8L, Superchips programmer
Odds & Ends: Bestop hard top, Warn Power Plant, Evo bumper and sliders, Poison Spyder EVAP skid
Current Use: Daily driver and trail wheeler PLANS: Continue to wheel and build as I see fit

Technically It's Clampy
Staffer: Williams
Ride: '86 Toyota pickup, aka Clampy
Years Owned: 11
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch tires (brand varies) on 17-inch beadlocks
Suspension: Atlas leaf springs
Drivetrain: five-speed manual, dual transfer cases, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 Rear, Detroit Lockers, 7.17 gears
Performance: 3RZ four-cylinder
Odds & Ends: Rust
Current Use: Wheeling rig
Plans: Charge the battery, fill the cooler, work less, wheel more

Web FX
Staffer: Web Editor Jason Gonderman
Ride: '07 Ford F-150 FX4
Years Owned: Three
Tires & Wheels: 325/65/18 Nitto Terra Grapplers on factory 18-inch FX4 wheels
Suspension: Bilstein 5100 2-inch leveling shocks front, Bilstein 5100 series shocks rear
Drivetrain: Ford 8.8 IFS Front, Ford 93/4-inch rear with an ARB Air Locker
Performance: 5.4L, PHP Gryphon programmer
Odds & Ends: Shox Speed strut tower brace, AMP Research Power Steps and Bed Step, KC light bar, EBC GD Sport slotted/dimpled brake rotors, Ford Harley-Davidson smoked taillights for the extra cool factor Current Use: Daily driver, tow rig, and light wheeling duties
Plans: Add a hidden winch behind the bumper, a front ARB Air Locker, and maybe a taller set of gears. Mostly just keep it reliable to tow around the toys.

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