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April 2011 Readers' Rides

1997 Ford F250 Front Shot
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted April 1, 2011

Eleven of your hottest rides!

Tom Tom

  • Vehicle: '85 Toyota 4Runner
  • Owner: Tom Glen, Burnie, MD
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrains, on High Impact beadlocks
  • Suspension: 4-inch Marlin Crawler
  • Drivetrain: Marlin Crawler dual transfer cases, Lock Rights, 5.29 gears
  • Performance Mods: 22RE from LC Engineering
  • Other Doodads: All Pro bumpers and sliders, Warn winch, Safari Snorkel
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Elk Tracker

  • Vehicle: '97 Ford F-250
  • Owner: Matt Bolf, Raton, NM
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG KM2s on 17x8 Pro Comp wheels
  • Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, Dana 80 rear, 4.10 gears
  • Performance Mods: 460ci
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Hunting partners and I went to retrieve two dead elk and ended up getting stuck up to the doors only a few feet away from them!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Usually
  • Anything you would change?: Needs lockers

Classic Camo

  • Vehicle: '83 Chevy
  • Owner: Dave Folla, Reno, NV
  • Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50 TLS on 15x10 wheels
  • Suspension: Custom 8-inch
  • Drivetrain: 700R4, NP208, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
  • Performance Mods: 350ci
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Crossover steering

Stroked K-10

  • Vehicle: '86 Chevy K-10
  • Owner: Steve Luchak, Austin, TX
  • Tires: 35-inch MTRs
  • Suspension: 4-inch Tuff Country
  • Drivetrain: 700R4, NP241, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker
  • Performance Mods: 383ci
  • Other Doodads: Crossover steering, dual batteries, custom rocker guards
  • Funniest Wheeling Incident: Exploding the stock rearend twice in one month!
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes!
  • Anything you would change?: Add a hidden winch mount behind the front bumper

Hot IH

  • Vehicle: '62 International Scout
  • Owner: Fletcher Buckler, Rangely, CO
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on 15-inch wheels
  • Suspension: 6-inch Rancho
  • Drivetrain: 700R4, NP205, Dana 44 front with a spool, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker
  • Performance Mods: Fuel-injected 355ci from a Chevy
  • Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, sliders, and cage, 20-gallon fuel cell, hydraulic assist, Warn winch
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Mostly
  • Anything you would change?: Needs a larger radiator, as it runs a little on the warm side

The Right Ram

  • Vehicle: '07 Dodge Ram Power Wagon
  • Owner: Brandon Turley, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 20-inch Incubus wheels
  • Suspension: Stock
  • Drivetrain: 91/2-inch front, 101/2-inch rear, factory selectable lockers, 4.56 gears
  • Performance Mods: Airaid intake
  • Other Doodads: Factory locker switch bypass
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely!
  • Anything you would change?: Road Armor bumpers, sliders, and a 4-inch Carli suspension
  • Anything to add?: Dodge did it right when it built the Power Wagon

Stage II Tundra

  • Vehicle: '07 Toyota Tundra
  • Owner: Chris Cochran, Florence, MT
  • Tires & Wheels: 35-inch BFG A-Ts on 18-inch wheels
  • Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
  • Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance Mods: 4.7L
  • Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
  • Anything you would change?: Wish I had gotten the 5.7L!

Morrow Mud King

  • Vehicle: '91 Jeep Wrangler
  • Owner: Steve Winningham, Morrow, AR
  • Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Mud Kings on 15-inch beadlocks
  • Suspension: Spring-over axle with Rough Country springs
  • Drivetrain: NP435, NP205, Dana 44 front with a Lock Right, 9-inch rear with a mini spool
  • Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Swap out the mini spool for an ARB Air Locker

Chevy Ties

  • Vehicle: '53 Chevy body/'79 Blazer chassis
  • Owner: Bill Roses, Yucca Valley, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x10 wheels
  • Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance Mods: 350ci
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: 6-inch lift and 40s

Weather Jeep

  • Vehicle: '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Owner: Kyle O'Brien, CA
  • Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG KM2s on 16-inch wheels
  • Suspension: 4-inch Iron Rock Offroad long arm
  • Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 44A rear
  • Performance Mods: 4.7L
  • Other Doodads: Iron Rock sliders and skids
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
  • Anything you would change?: Fox shocks, front bumper, and a winch
  • Anything to add?: Wrangler guys like to laugh about my Jeep having factory navigation and heated leather seats, but on bad-weather wheeling trips, the joke's on them!

3/4-Ton Wants

  • Vehicle: '02 Chevy 1500 Z71
  • Owner: Josh Hapka, Highwood, MT
  • Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 BFG A-Ts on 16-inch Eagle Alloys
  • Suspension: 6-inch RCD with rear springs from a Chevy 2500HD, Bilstein shocks
  • Drivetrain: Stock
  • Performance Mods: 5.3L, K&N air filter, dual exhaust, HP Tuners computer
  • Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Bushwacker flares, PIAA lights
  • Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now.
  • Anything you would change?: A drivetrain swap from a 2500HD would be nice
  • Anything to add?:: Great magazine! Keep up the good work!

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