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October 2011 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on October 1, 2011
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Tempted San
Vehicle: ’02 Nissan Frontier Owner: Aaron Pennell, Tempe, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on 17-inch wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with Toyota mini-truck leaves in the front, Fox shocks, and Radflo bumpstops Drivetrain: Calmini 3.9:1 transfer case gears, high-pinion Dana 44 front with an ARB Air Locker and Yukon axleshafts, 9-inch rear with a 35-spline Grizzly Locker, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: Supercharged V-6
Other Doodads: Custom snorkel, transmission pan, and tube work
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Possibly 4-link the rear

Hazardous Horses
Vehicle: ’86 Ford Bronco II
Owner: Jerry Ritchie, Hazard, KY
Tires: 31x10.50 Maxxis Mud Terrains
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Limited-slip rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 2.9L
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom snorkel, Mile Marker winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Senior Outlaw
Vehicle: ’99 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Jesse James Johnson Sr.
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme A/Ts on 18-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Optima battery
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: 14-bolt rear, selectable lockers, lower gears, and Smittybilt bumpers

Tech Savvy
Vehicle: ’08 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX4
Owner: Ron Chicha, Vulcan, MI
Tires: 33-inch MTRs
Suspension: 2-inch RevTech
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: DSC Fab brushguard, KC lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: During a river crossing my passenger opened up his door to see how deep the water was. As soon as he cracked it open, water rushed inside of the cab.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Selectable lockers and taller tires
Anything to add?: Thanks for the great magazine. I have been able to build four trucks just off of the tech that I learned in your magazine.

Max Out
Vehicle: ’08 Chevy 1500
Owner: Jason Wyrick, Springdale, AR
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Cooper SSTs on 18-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech with Firestone air bags in the rear
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 6.0L, K&N intake
Other Doodads: N-Fab steps and light bar, Pro Comp lights, Defender rack and cage, SnugTop shell, Optima YellowTop battery
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Nearly ripping off the rear bumper during a creek crossing.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: No

1-Ton WJ
Vehicle: ’99 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Joseph DeJesus, Miami, FL Tires: 37s
Suspension: 8-inch Rock Krawler long arm
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers
Performance Mods: 4.7L
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, Smittybilt winch, high steer
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: The Jeep works great, and I still use it as my daily driver

Top Truck
Vehicle: ’09 Hummer H3T Alpha
Owner: Jason Kokoska, Asheville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Yokohama Geolander M/Ts on 17-inch Alloy wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 4:1 transfer case, factory E-lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 5.3L, Superchips programmer
Other Doodads: Thor skidplates, bumpers, and tire carrier, custom snorkel, Viair onboard air, Rocky Road sliders, Mile Marker winch
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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