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July 2011 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on July 1, 2011
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The Ultimate Runner
Vehicle: ’06 Toyota 4Runner Owner: Dave Crosby Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Irok radials on 17-inch ATX beadlocks Suspension: 3-link front with 14-inch travel King coilovers and bumps, 3-link rear with 12-inch travel King coilovers and bumps, solid aluminum links from Branik Motorsports, Ballistic joints Drivetrain: 4.70:1 Marlin Crawler transfer case Dynatrac Pro Rock 60s, DynaLoc hubs, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears Performance Mods: 4.7L Other Doodads: Modified Shrockworks front bumper, Ramsey winch, Viking winch line, custom rear bumper with a swing-out tire carrier, custom body work Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything to add?: I’ve driven the 4Runner from George to the Rubicon trail and back with no problems. It works just as well on road as it does off.

Sami Stomper
Vehicle: ’87 Suzuki Samurai Owner: Scott Husemann, Elmwood, IL Tires & Wheels: 32x12.50s on 15-inch beadlocks Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion with TeraFlex shackles and Edelbrock shocks Drivetrain: Chromoly axleshafts, Warn hubs, Detroit Lockers Performance Mods: 1.6L Other Doodads: 9,500-pound Warn winch Does everything work the way you want?: Works like my stomper toys that I played with as a kid!

Mass Taco
Vehicle: ’06 Toyota Tacoma Owner: Carver Bliss, Boston, MA Tires & Wheels: 33x11.50 BFG KM2s on 16-inch AMX wheels Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu Drivetrain: Factory rear E-locker Performance Mods: K&N cold air intake, Gibson exhaust Other Doodads: All Pro Offroad bumper, sliders, PIAA lights Does everything work the way you want?: Needs lower gears Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion

King Commando
Vehicle: ’72 Jeep Commando Owner: Matthew King, Latrobe, PA Tires: 33-inch TrXus M/Ts Suspension: Spring-over axle with stock springs and Rancho shocks Drivetrain: TH400, Dana 20, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with a Lock-Right, 3.73 gears Performance Mods: 401ci, Comp Cams cam, Edelbrock intake, carburetor, and fuel pump Other Doodads: Painless wiring harness, 6-point cage, custom bumpers Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time Anything you would change?: Fuel injection and a front locker Anything to add?: This 6-year frame-off resto-mod has been a labor of love

The Muddy Mrs.
Vehicle: ’88 Jeep Wrangler Owner: Dave & Tear Potts, Monroe, WA Tires & Wheels: 57-inch Tractor tires on custom wheels Suspension: Custom front leaves, multilink rear with air shocks Drivetrain: NP205, 21⁄2-ton Rockwells Performance Mods: 383ci, 200 shot of NOS Other Doodads: Custom cage and bodywork, fully hydraulic steering Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything to add?: So far the truck has taken us to a few First Place wins at some of the local mud bogging races. My husband told me that if I lost he would put a big block in the Jeep. Either way I am having a blast!

Rad Rover
Vehicle: ’98 Range Rover Owner: Jeffery Corwin Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 BFG KM2s on stock wheels Suspension: Modified air suspension that adjusts 2-4 inches over stock Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 4.10 gears Performance Mods: Ported heads, custom exhaust Other Doodads: Custom front bumper with a hidden winch, gas tank skid, HD tie rods Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: Trim up the rocker panels, add sliders and a rear bumper Anything to add?: I’ve been reading the magazine for years. Keep up the great work!

AB Chevy
Vehicle: ’90 Chevy S-10 Owner: Kalvin Joesting, Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on custom beadlocks Suspension: Custom front and rear 4-links with Walker Evans 12-inch travel coilovers up front and XJ coils in the rear Drivetrain: NP241, Dana 60 axles, Welded spider gears Performance Mods: 4.3L Other Doodads: 10,000-pound winch Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: Currently building a ’98 Jimmy so the rest of the family can wheel with me!

DIY Grit
Vehicle: ’69 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 Owner: Steven Girt Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 17x9 Pro Comp wheels Suspension: Spring-over axle with stock springs Drivetrain: NV4500, FZJ 80 axles Performance Mods: 5.3L Other Doodads: Warn winch, Pro Comp seats, Metal Tech cage, EZ Wiring engine harness, ididit steering column, custom bumpers Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything to add?: After four years of building in a little two-car garage, I finally have the Cruiser you see today

Model 800
Vehicle: ’67 International Scout Owner: Rob Storrie, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Tires: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s Suspension: Custom 4-link front, 2-link rear, King coilovers and bumps at all corners Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, Dana 44 axles, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: Ram Jet 350ci, aluminum radiator, Flex-a-lite fans, Flowmaster exhaust Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, Warn winch, custom cage and dash Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Year One
Vehicle: ’84 Chevy K-10 Owner: Shaun & Mellissa Heimer, Concordia, KS Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Baja Claws on 16x8 American Racing wheels Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country Drivetrain: TH350, NP203, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.10 gears Performance Mods: 350ci, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, Hedman Hedders Other Doodads: Hydra-boost, oak flooring in the bed Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: NP208, Detroit Lockers, more power, a larger fuel tank Anything to add?: We started with a bare frame and a few spare parts. One year later ended up with this!

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:
> Vehicle (year, make, model)
> Owner (name, city, state)
> Tires & wheels (size, make, model)
> Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
> Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles)
> Performance (engine mods)
> Other mods
> Does it work the way you want?
> Anything you would change?
> Funniest wheeling incident
> Anything to add?

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