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June 2011 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on June 1, 2011
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Vehicle: ’95 Chevy S-10
Owner: Chris Knaffle, Jackson, MI
Tires & Wheels: 42x15 SXs on custom 17-inch beadlocks
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion, four-link front with coils, Fox bumpstops, and Bilstein shocks, spring-over rear with Alcan springs and a custom antiwrap bar
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203/205 doubler, Dana 60 front with a Lock Right, Dana 60 rear with a Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 4.3L
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, cage, and sliders, dual batteries and winches, Corbeau seats, bobbed 18 inches from bed
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: L92 coming soon

605 CJ
Vehicle: ’80 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Soren Coats, Santa Cruz, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 General Grabbers on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 212-inch springs
Drivetrain: NP435, Dana 300, Dynatrac 60s, ARB Air Lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 6.0L Vortec V-8, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and cargo rack, Warn winch, 1-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Light Charge
Vehicle: ’82 Dodge Ramcharger
Owner: Erik Stroud, Newton, KS
Tires & Wheels: 35x14.50 Boggers on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: 727, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 354ci Hemi bored to 366 ci, Crane cam, high-rise intake, Ross Racing pistons
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, chopped top, and custom cage. We cut out all the extra stuff we didn’t need to lighten it up.
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

Spring Cruiser
Vehicle: ’76 Toyota Land Cruiser
Owner: Dana Benn, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 4-inch BDS with 2-inch Daystar shackles
Drivetrain: 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Pro Comp lights, Warn winch and bumper, Bushwacker flares, Painless wiring dual battery setup, power steering conversion
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Breaking all but one of my leaf packs out wheeling when the FJ was still stock. Great reason to upgrade!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 4:1 transfer case gears, 35-inch TrXus MTs, cage, fuel injection, ARB Air Lockers

Asleep At The Wheel
Vehicle: ’80 International Scout II
Owner: Bob Shaffer, Cascade, CO
Tires: 32x11.50 Pro Comp All Terrains
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country, Pro Comp shocks in the front, air shocks in the rear
Drivetrain: 727, Dana 300 with a Tera Manufacturing 4:1 gearset, Dana 44 axles, Detroit Lockers, 3.54 gears
Performance Mods: 345ci, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Warn 8274 winch, D&C Extreme front bumper, Viair, custom sliders and cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great, but I wouldn’t mind a little more power
Anything you would change?: Change over to TBI
Anything to add?: The IH is a real sleeper. It frequently wheels some of Colorado’s toughest trails and has even conquered most of Moab.

Burley ’Yota
Vehicle: ’82 Toyota Pickup
Owner: A.J. Buttars, Burley, ID
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Mud Terrains on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Custom 312-inch Drivetrain: Welded rear
Performance Mods: 22R
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom bed, cage, and rear bumper
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Rolled the truck shortly after taking this photo!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Lower gears, winch, 36-inch Iroks
Anything to add?: Love the magazine! Keep up the good work.

Horse Summit
Vehicle: ’71 Ford Bronco
Owner: Dave Langham, Lee’s Summit, MI
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Dunlop Radial Rovers on 15x10 Shelby Slot wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: NP435, Dana 20, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci, Mallory ignition, Holly carburetor
Does everything work the way you want?: Works well
Anything you would change?: Swap out the manual for an auto, 212-inch lift, and 33-inch KM2s

Fond Chevy
Vehicle: ’74 Chevy K-10
Owner: Brian Ferguson, Fontana, CA
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50 TSLs on 1612-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: TH400, NP208, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L, Hooker headers, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Crossover steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: 6.0L LS engine, overdrive transmission, numerically higher differential gears

Sierra Control
Vehicle: ’09 GMC Sierra 1500
Owner: Brad Arnold, McCall Creek, MS
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Cooper Discoverer STTs on 18x912 KMC Badlands
Suspension: 712-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Hypertech programmer
Other Doodads: Westin bumper guard
Does everything work the way you want?: Needs more power and less traction control!
Anything you would change?: Cold air intake, Flowmaster exhaust

Full Ruby
Vehicle: ’05 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Stephen Caproni, Ashland, KY
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Pit Bull Rockers on 15-inch Eaton beadlocks
Suspension: 6-inch Full Traction
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, factory air lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Mile Marker winch, Currie steering, Smittybilt bumpers, Tom Wood’s drivelines, Hi-Lift jack, Gen Right fenders, Bestop soft top
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great!
Anything you would change?: Dana 60s would be nice

Toy Wash
Vehicle: ’81 Toyota pickup
Owner: Josh Wilson, Washougal, WA
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Iroks on custom beadlocks
Suspension: Custom 3-inch lift
Drivetrain: Dual cases, ’85 Toyota front axle with a Lock Right, rear axle from a ’91 Toyota pickup fitted with a spool, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 22R
Other Doodads: Custom bed, bumpers, doors, and sliders, Warn winch, Trail Gear ram assist
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

submission information Send us a picture of your ride if you’ve never done so. We keep a surplus of Readers’ Rides submissions, but only one submission per person, and we love all off-road vehicles so send in your entries whether your rig is stock or not. Make sure each digital image is at least 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file. Write to: Readers’ Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245 Email to:

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