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May 2011 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on May 1, 2011
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Pretty in Pink
Vehicle: '95 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Lenora Schultz, Marianna, FL
Tires & Wheels: 39.5 Iroks on 20-inch Goliath wheels
Suspension: Custom 12-inch Drivetrain: 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L
Other Doodads: Custom paint job, low-pro toolbox, bed liner
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there!
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap, more lift, and bigger tires
Anything to add?: This is my daily driver and I'm definitely not done with the build. And yes, boys, it's all mine!

Toy Bandit
Vehicle: '88 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Darrell Anthony, Creswell, OR
Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 15x10 beadlocks
Suspension: 5-inch All Pro springs with a Sky Manufacturing solid-axle kit up front, 63-inch Chevy rear leaves, Bilstein 5150 shocks
Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, Toyota axles, E-Locker front, spool rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 3RZ from an '00 Toyota pickup Other Doodads: High steer, sliders, bed rack, custom bumpers, Warn winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting the truck back after it was stolen for three weeks, then heading directly to the Rubicon!
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: Hydraulic assist and 5.29 gears

The WI Scout
Vehicle: '73 IH Scout II
Owner: Josh Shymanski, Brillion, WI
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Boggers on 15x10 Weld wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion with 4-inch springs and Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 727, Dana 20, Dana 44 front with an Aussie Locker, Dana 44 rear with welded spider gears, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 392ci, Holly carburetor, 345ci heads, electronic ignition
Other Doodads: Custom cage and bumpers, crossover steering, KC lights, Hi-Lift jack
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 axles and 40-inch tires
Anything to add?: I have been a subscriber of your magazine since I was 12 (now 31). I hope to join you guys one day on the Ultimate Adventure!

Steep Seven
Vehicle: '82 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Mike Martin, Alameda, CA
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.50 Iroks on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch BDS springs with a spring-over axle, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: NP435, Dana 300, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
Performance Mods: Stock Other Doodads: Winch, body armor, PSC fully hydraulic steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, except on steep hillclimbs
Anything you would change?: Four-link suspension and a fuel cell

Silver Sand
Vehicle: '03 Chevy Z71
Owner: Jose Rodriguez, Lewisville, TX
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Pro Comp Xterrains on 16-inch Eagle Alloy wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Headers, Superchips programmer
Other Doodads: Warn winch, Road Armor front bumper, Hi-Lift jack
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, it works great in the sand!
Anything you would change?: Bigger lift and tires, K&N intake, and a Road Armor rear bumper

Support Our Troops
Vehicle: '98 Suzuki Jimny
Owner: John Buonanno, Okinawa, Japan
Tires: 30x9.50 Yokohama Geolander Mud Terrains
Suspension: 2-inch OME coils with 1-inch spacers
Drivetrain: Lock Right rear
Performance Mods: Stock 60hp engine
Other Doodads: GM 105 amp alternator, 5,000-pound Viper winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Of course not!
Anything you would change?: Toyota diesel engine, axles, and front and rear lockers
Anything to add?: More companies need to ship to Marines stationed overseas!

Aussie Patrol
Vehicle: '88 Nissan Patrol
Owner: Simon Van Gelder, North Queensland, Australia
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Maxxis Creepy Crawlers on 16x8 Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superior Engineering Drivetrain: High pinion rear differential
Performance Mods: Denco turbo, 3-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom sliders and rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Beadlocks, front locker, and a front bumper
Anything to add?: Thanks for the great magazine. I hope to one day make it to the U.S. and wheel over your terrain.

Above Range
Vehicle: '03 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II
Owner: Adam Barry, Tremont, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Mastercraft Mud Terrains on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic Iis
Suspension: Rancho front shocks, Edelbrock rear shocks, James Duff traction bars
Drivetrain: 8.8-inch rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, AEM air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Funniest wheeling incident: Pulling a Chevy 2500 out of the sand while wheeling in Oklahoma.
Does everything work the way you want?: Of course. It's a Ford!
Anything you would change?: Front coilover conversion and rock sliders

Chevy XD
Vehicle: '08 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Kurt Frazier, Clovis, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Toyo Mud Terrains on 17-inch XD wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Throttle Down Kustoms front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Hobart Wheeler
Vehicle: '85 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Shawn Lough, Hobart, WA
Tires: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s
Suspension: 5-inch Trail Gear, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22RE
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, onboard air, Warn winch, custom sliders and front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good
Anything you would change?: Beadlocks and a 4.7:1 transfer case
Anything to add?: It's my first Toyota and I love it. It's great having room for all of my gear, dogs, and even the old lady!

Tree To You
Vehicle: '98 Mercury Mountaineer
Owner: Christopher Alter, Barksdale, LA
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Goodyear All Terrains on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.0L
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet, but the build plan is shaping up nicely
Anything You Would Change?: New transfer case, solid-axle swap, bumpers, and a winch
Anything to add?: The rig was donated to me after a tree fell on it!

Night Crawler
Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Raul Omil, Cidra, Puerto Rico
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Boggers on 15x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front with Warn hubs and Moser axles, 81/2-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.38 Yukon gears
Performance Mods: 1.6L engine with a turbocharger that puts down 180 brake horsepower running 121/2 pounds of boost.
Other Doodads: Front and rear Rugged Ridge winches
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: Needs A/C

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