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August 2011 Reader's Rides

Posted in Features on August 1, 2011
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Red Ruby
Vehicle: ’07 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: Carlo Couture, Quebec, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claws on 17x9 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Superlift with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles with factory E-lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L, AEM intake
Other Doodads: Rugged Ridge bumpers, armor, and skids, Bushwacker flares, Warn winch, Optima battery, KC lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: Hemi, Pro Rock 60s, long arms, 37s
Anything to add?: The Jeep looks great when it’s clean, but is always a blast to get dirty!

Mini Friends
Vehicle: ’82 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Matt, Tacoma, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x15.50 SXs on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 5-inch Trail Gear
Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, rear Detroit Locker, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22R, Weber carburetor, header
Other Doodads: Can-Back bed cover, custom armor, removable doors, rock lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: Bob the bed and 1-ton axles
Anything to add?: Thanks to all of my friends that helped make this truck come together

Chevy Float
Vehicle: ’73 Chevy K-10 Owner: Steve Schissler, Fallston, MD
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Iroks on 16-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Tuff Country
Drivetrain: TH350, NP205, 10-bolt front, semifloat 14-bolt rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci Other Doodads: Bushwacker fender flares
Does everything work the way you want?: After 17-years it’s almost getting there!
Anything you would change?: Full-float 14-bolt and a built engine

C-Wheel Go
Vehicle: ’95 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Ryan Trela
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 TSLs on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 61⁄2-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Rear Lock Right
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Mile Marker winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I got to the top of a trail and heard a loud click. I thought it was just my locker unloading, then I looked back to see my entire axleshaft with my wheel attached rolling back down the mountain! Thanks for nothing, C-clip axles.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: A front locker, upgrade the axleshafts, a rollcage

Outer Banks Blazer
Vehicle: ’72 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Robert Brough
Tires & Wheels: 38-inch MTZs on 16x10 Weld wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Alcan springs
Drivetrain: TH350, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: 383ci
Other Doodads: Cage, Tuffy console, Auto Meter gauges, Bestop Wrangler seats
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Hydraulic assist, big-block, overdrive transmission

Pro Ford
Vehicle: ’10 Ford F-350
Owner: Scott Meek, Moore, OK
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Pro Comp Mud Terrains on 17-inch Ultra wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp stage II Drivetrain: 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 5.4L, Pro Comp programmer
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, Warn winch, Hitch Gate spare tire carrier
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: Add a little more auxiliary lighting

Mountain Spider
Vehicle: ’69 Toyota FJ-40
Owner: Paul Ness, Tacoma, WA
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Hankook Dynapro M/Ts on 17-inch Spyderlocks
Suspension: Spring-over with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 4L60E, Orion 4:1, FJ-62 axles, ARB Air Lockers, Longfield axleshafts
Performance Mods: 5.3L, headers, custom ECM
Other Doodads: PRP seats, custom cage, bumpers, and sliders, Smittybilt winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Works awesome.
Anything you would change?: 37-inch Irok radials

Vehicle: ’92 Chevy S-10
Owner: Mike Errett, Herminie, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: Custom front solid-axle conversion via leaf springs, spring-over rear with 2-inch blocks
Drivetrain: TH350, NP231, Dana 30 front with a Lock-Right, 8.8-inch rear
Performance Mods: 350ci, radiator from a 1985 Corvette, Flex-a-lite 18-inch puller fan with two additional pusher fans in the front
Other Doodads: Custom cage, GMC grille conversion
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Add a rear locker

Frontier Locker
Vehicle: ’06 Nissan Frontier
Owner: Bill Suen, Lake Tahoe, CA
Tires & Wheels: 265/75/16 Mud Kings on Pathfinder wheels
Suspension: 2-inch Drivetrain: Factory rear E-locker Performance Mods: MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Richard’s Offroad sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but I would like to be able to override the ABS.
Anything you would change?: Coilovers, upper control arms, and a front locker (hint hint, ARB!)

Mac Can
Vehicle: ’95 Chevy 1500
Owner: Cody MacRae, Prince George, B.C., Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Yokohama Geolander M/Ts on stock wheels
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 4L60E, semifloat 14-bolt rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, cold air intake, headers, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion, new rims, 38-inch tall tires

Boggin’ Rico
Vehicle: ’93 Suzuki Vitara
Owner: Waldemar Santos, Cidra, Puerto Rico
Tires & Wheels: 38x15 Boggers on 15x10 Allied beadlocks
Suspension: Custom
Drivetrain: Dana 60 axles, Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: Built engine from an ’02 Grand Vitara
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, Rugged Ridge winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Bigger engine

OH Sami
Vehicle: ’88 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Clay Clawson, McConnelsville, OH
Tires & Wheels: 35x16 Boggers on 15x10 aluminum wheels
Suspension: YJ springs with Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: 6.5:1 transfer case, ’84 Toyota front axle with a Detroit Locker, Sky Mfg. offset rear housing with disc brakes and welded spider gears, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 16-valve from a Geo Tracker
Other Doodads: Trail Gear fully hydraulic steering, custom cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Supercharger, transfer case doubler, 40-inch LTBs

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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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>Owner (name, city, state)
>Tires & Wheels (size, make, model)
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>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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