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March 2011 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on March 1, 2011
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Express Wheeler

  • Vehicle: '07 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Alex Coleman, Edwards, CO
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG KM2s on 17-inch AEV wheels
  • Suspension: 3 1/2-inch Rubicon Express, Fox shocks
  • Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, E-lockers
  • Performance Mods: 3.8L, Jet programmer, K&N air filter, Borla exhaust
  • Other Doodads: 1 1/2-inch body lift, Fab Fours front bumper, Mile Marker winch, Smittybilt rear bumper and sliders, Hi-Lift jack, Kargo Master roof rack
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, everything works great

Paso Time

  • Vehicle: '08 Chevy 1500
  • Owner: Rafael Brunet, El Paso, TX
  • Tires & Wheels: 285/55/20 BFG A-Ts on 20-inch factory wheels
  • Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech
  • Drivetrain: 3.73 gears
  • Performance Mods: Stock
  • Does everything work the way you want?: For sure!
  • Anything you would change?: Upgrade to a bigger set of tires just as soon as the A-Ts wear out
  • Anything to add?: Great magazine, guys! Keep up the good work.

Wagon Trails

  • Vehicle: '54 Willys Wagon
  • Owner: Steve McDoogle, Tucson, AZ
  • Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 MTRs on 15-inch Alcoa wheels
  • Suspension: Coil front, leaf rear
  • Drivetrain: BW1156, Dana 44 front with an ARB Air Locker, 8.8-inch rear with a Detroit Locker
  • Performance Mods: 5.8L, fuel injection, custom intake and cooling system
  • Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, Warn winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Needs A/C

Blue Oval Beater

  • Vehicle: '84 Ford F-150
  • Owner: Anthony Steineke, Rockford, IL
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch wheels
  • Suspension: Custom 4-inch Drivetrain: C-6, NP208, 8.8-inch rear
  • Performance Mods: 302ci, Edelbrock carburetor and intake
  • Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good.
  • Anything you would change?: 1-ton axles and a winch
  • Anything to add?: I have less than 800 bucks total in the truck. This old Ford has made for a lot of good times and great memories!

24-Valve 'Burban

  • Vehicle: '95 Chevy Suburban
  • Owner: Scott Davis, Houston, TX
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 17-inch wheels with internal beadlocks
  • Suspension: 6-inch Off Road Unlimited solid-axle conversion in front, ORD shackle flip and 4-inch blocks in rear
  • Drivetrain: NV5600, NP241, Dana 60 front with an ARB Air Locker, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 3.73 gears
  • Performance Mods: 5.9L Cummins diesel from an '05 Dodge Ram, Banks intercooler, 4-inch exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Ranch Hand front bumper, custom rear tire carrier and bumper, Ramsey winch
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: After having a trouble-free three-day wheeling trip in Arizona we got on the highway only to have the alternator die in the middle of I-10 in west Texas. Luckily I had my spare!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Not a thing

The San

  • Vehicle: '06 Nissan Titan
  • Owner: Shawn Robertson, Cottage Grove, OR
  • Tires: 285/75/17 BFG KM2s
  • Suspension: 2-inch Drivetrain: Rear ARB Air Locker
  • Performance Mods: Nismo air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
  • Other Doodads: ARB winch bumper with a 10,000-pound Smittybilt winch, PIAA lights, Bushwacker flares
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
  • Anything you would change?: 6-inch lift with Fox shocks

Big O Dodge

  • Vehicle: '05 Dodge Ram 2500
  • Owner: Chris Darcy, Frederick, CO
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Big O Bigfoot XTs on 17-inch wheels
  • Suspension: 2 1/2-inch Skyjacker
  • Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 5.9L, AEM intake, custom exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, Warn winch, N-Fab steps, Pro Comp lights
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Long-travel suspension, rock sliders, lockers

Rubi Bond

  • Vehicle: '10 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • Owner: Brand Bond, Kingsland, GA
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
  • Suspension: 3.5-inch Rough Country
  • Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, factory selectable lockers, 4.10 gears
  • Performance Mods: 3.8L
  • Other Doodads: Smittybilt bumpers and winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
  • Anything you would change?: Taller lift

LA Con

  • Vehicle: '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • Owner: Bob and John Haffey (father and son), Los Angeles, CA
  • Tires: 35x12.50 Baja Claws
  • Suspension: 5 1/2-inch Rubicon Express long-arm, Bilstein shocks
  • Drivetrain: NV241, Dana 44 axles, factory air lockers
  • Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air intake, Borla exhaust
  • Other Doodads: Optima battery
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Add onboard air, Warn winch, Currie steering

Rapid Wheeler

  • Vehicle: '88 Toyota 4Runner
  • Owner: Cody Hill, Rapid City, SD
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrains on custom beadlocks
  • Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with 1/2-ton Chevy leaves in the rear and Toyota rear springs in the front.
  • Drivetrain: Toyota mini-truck axles, E-locker front, Lock Right rear, 5.29 gears
  • Performance Mods: 22RE, port and polished head, TRD cam, header, and 2-inch custom exhaust
  • Other Doodads: A/C compressor converted to air pump, custom rock sliders and bumpers, onboard cameras
  • Does everything work the way you want?: It still has some bugs, but overall it works great
  • Anything you would change?: 4:1 transfer case gears
  • Anything to add?: Always remember to tread lightly and pack out what you pack in!

Quebec It Is

  • Vehicle: '77 Jeep CJ-7
  • Owner: Philippe Heon, Montreal, Quebec
  • Tires: 36x12.50 TSLs Suspension: 4 1/2-inch Rubicon Express
  • Drivetrain: T-5, Dana 300, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear
  • Performance Mods: 360ci
  • Other Doodads: Onboard air
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Pretty much
  • Anything you would change?: Bigger axles and lower gears

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