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September 2011 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on September 1, 2011
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Willy Chevy
Vehicle: ’94 Chevy S-10 cab and frame, Willy’s pickup front end
Owner: Tom Ross, Corbett, OR
Tires & Wheels: 46x15 Michelins on 20-inch double beadlocks
Suspension: Custom 3-link front with a track bar, triangulated 3-link rear, 16-inch travel Fox coilovers
Drivetrain: Atlas 4-speed, Dana 60 front with an ARB Air Locker, 101⁄2-inch Sterling rear welded, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L Other Doodads: Fully hydraulic steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time
Anything you would change?: More power and better tires

Snow Goings
Vehicle: ’98 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Chas Palmer, OR
Tires: 235/75/15 Michelin All Terrains
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: I-4, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Cobra CB radio
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: More lift and taller tires

Daily Taco
Vehicle: ’11 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Kurt Clemens, Kenosha, WI
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers on 18-inch KMC wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Pro Comp Stage II
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: V-6, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: N-Fab steps
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

WA Zuk
Vehicle: ’87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: John Garrison, Kennewick, WA
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 Cooper Discoverer STTs on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle with YJ springs and Sky Mfg. brackets
Drivetrain: 6.5:1 transfer case, rear Lock-Right
Performance Mods: I-4, 40mm Harley carburetor, Doug Thorley header, 2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Davesport cage, custom bumpers and sliders, Geo Tracker power steering conversion
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, but these rigs are never done!
Anything you would change?: 4.30 gears, a front locker, and chromoly axles are all soon to come

The Green Lean
Vehicle: ’83 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Bryan Coleman, Holland, MI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Mud Kings on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift springs, 1⁄2-inch lift shackles, MORE shackle reversal
Drivetrain: NV3550, Dana 300, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L from a ’98 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: 1-inch Daystar body lift, custom bumpers, Corbeau seats
Does everything work the way you want?: For now, yes
Anything you would change?: It’s a work in progress

Dana Destroyer
Vehicle: ’78 Chevy K-10
Owner: Dan Ols-zewski, Shamokin, PA
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 16.5x14 wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: TH350, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 427ci, Hooker Headers, 2½-inch custom exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers, Weiand intake, Edelbrock carburetor
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, hydro-assist, crossover steering, front clip from a ’90s Blazer
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front, lower gears, and maybe a little more lift Anything to add?: I am currently rebuilding my Dana 60 front end that was originally under the truck. I practically exploded every part in it after an impromptu four-wheel burnout!

Low-Buck Disco
Vehicle: ’95 Land Rover Discovery
Owner: Matthew First, Louisville, KY
Tires: 265/70/16 SSRs
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 3.9L
Other Doodads: Cut fenders, gutted interior, Hella lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Add a cage
Anything to add?: The Rover was purchase for $400 after it had been rolled at 55 mph. It has been a blast to drive and was worth every penny.

Family Ford
Vehicle: ’00 Ford F-250
Owner: Jacob & Cyndie Munoz
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Toyo Open Country A/Ts on 17x9 Dick Cepek wheels
Suspension: 7-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 7.3L, 4-inch exhaust, Diablo Sport programmer, K&N intake
Other Doodads: Auto Meter gauges
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Almost flopping the truck on a trail that my friend said would be no trouble for my F-250. He definitely underestimated how tough a normal “Jeep” trail can be for a fullsize rig with no lockers!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Lockers, a winch, a few more lights
Anything to add?: A big “thank you” to my wife and family, who always support my four-wheeling habit

Built to The 9s
Vehicle: ’97 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Nate Smith, Santa Rosa, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MTRs on 15x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: AX-15, 3.8 Atlas, Currie 9-inch axles, ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Borla exhaust, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Poison Spyder Customs cage, MasterCraft seats
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, very well

Red Sled 2
Vehicle: ’98 Chevy 1500
Owner: David Stidham, Georgetown, KY
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15x10 steel wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L, cold-air intake, Cherry Bomb exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom bed shell.
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Being rescued by a Flat Fender after getting the truck high-centered off-road.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion and a rear locker

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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