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November 2011 Reader's Rides

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Hot Shot
Wheel Nome
Vehicle: ’89 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Russell and Sandra Rowe, Nome, AK
Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 16-inch steel wheels
Suspension: RCD 2.5-inch
Drivetrain: TH400, Atlas, Dynatrac 60 axles, ARB Air Locker front, Detroit Locker rear
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Wouldn’t mind having a set of Mattracks for the snow

LA Crawler
Vehicle: ’97 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Ryan Pecot, Lafayette, LA
Tires & Wheels: 42x14 Iroks on 17-inch Trail Ready beadlocks
Suspension: Custom long arm and 11.5-inch stretch, Rubicon Express springs (51⁄2-inch front, 41⁄2-inch rear), custom valved Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: AX-15, 4.3 Atlas, high-pinion Dana 60 front, Dana 60 rear, both axles narrowed, ARB Air Lockers, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, Poison Spyder Customs corners, custom rockers, fuel cell, cage, Warn winch, Optima battery
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Big Sam
Vehicle: ’88 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Mark Goudy, St. Clairsville, OH
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x11 Boggers on 15-inch Dick Cepek wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 4-inch Wrangler springs
Drivetrain: SM465, Dana 300, Toyota mini truck axles, ARB Air Locker front, Detroit Locker rear, 4.28 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L from a ’78 Buick
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Could use a little more power and room for gear

Mighty Max
Vehicle: ’92 Mazda B2600i
Owner: Barett Strecker, Aurora, OR
Tires: 35x14.50 Boggers
Suspension: Custom straight-axle conversion with 5-inch Toyota mini truck front lift springs, 63-inch Chevy rear springs
Drivetrain: Toyota mini truck axles, Grizzly Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Factory four-cylinder
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, Ramsey winch, 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Supercharged 4.3L engine swap in the works, along with a SM420 transmission and Dana 300 transfer case.

Buggy Ally
Vehicle: ’87 Suzuki Samurai Buggy
Owner: Wilson Young, Magnolia, TX
Tires & Wheels: 38.5-inch Baja Claws on Allied beadlocks
Suspension: Custom multilink with coils
Drivetrain: Rock4x 6.5:1 doubler, Dana 44 front with RCV axleshafts, Dana 44 rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 1.6L, propane injection
Other Doodads: custom tube and body work, fully hydraulic steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Red State Wagon
Vehicle: ’76 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Rob Khaler, AZ Tires: 38-inch Ground Hawgs
Suspension: 10-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: 727, Detroit Lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 360 ci, bored 0.030, Edelbrock intake, RPM cam and lifters, custom heads
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there.
Anything you would change?: Fuel injection and a winch

Power Sling
Vehicle: ’90 Chevy Z71
Owner: Nate Cochran, Vancleave, MS
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch TSLs front, 39.5-inch Boggers rear, Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion, 8-inch Superlift springs, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: TH400, divorced mount NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Custom-built 598ci
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, Auto Meter gauges, fuel cell, custom cage, Flex-a-lite electric fans
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: 35-spline axleshafts and hydraulic assist

Rusty Rider
Vehicle: ’91 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Joe Zeleny
Tires & Wheels: 34x10.50 TSLs on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: 61⁄2-inch Rusty’s Offroad
Drivetrain: Rear locker
Performance Mods: 4.0L, cold-air intake
Other Doodads: Upgraded steering, custom cage, hood vents
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Bird Grappler
Vehicle: ’08 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Greg Bird, Fort White, FL
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 18-inch Moto Metal wheels with All Pro 11⁄4-inch wheel spacers
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Pro Comp lights
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: 37s, 4.88 gears, bumpers, a winch

Mud Master
Vehicle: ’01 Chevy 1500
Owner: Christopher Vigna, Ellisville, IL
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFG KM2s on 16-inch Helo wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Hypertech programmer, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Big Juggy
Vehicle: ’88 Jeep Wrangler/tube buggy
Owner: Bill Pahlmann, Sullivan, MO
Tires & Wheels: 49x21 Iroks on 20-inch Stazworks beadlocks
Suspension: Custom 4-links front and rear with 18-inch travel coilovers
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203/205 doubler, 21⁄2 -ton Rockwells, Detroit Lockers, 6.72 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci Other Doodads: Customs bumpers and chassis, Warn winch, driveline brakes
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Rear steer is in the works
Anything to add?: Keep up the great work at the magazine!

Oval Stone
Vehicle: ’89 Ford F-350
Owner: Brian Stone, Mocksville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 BFG KM2s on 16x10 Eagle Alloys
Suspension: 11⁄2-inch Rough Country leveling kit
Drivetrain: ZF S5-42HD 5-speed, BW1356, Dana 60 front, 10.25 Sterling rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci, Headman headers, Flowmaster exhaust, roller rockers
Other Doodads: Centerforce clutch, custom front bumper, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Figure out a way to get better fuel mileage!
Anything to add?: This truck took a few years and many parts from the local salvage yard and eBay to come to life

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: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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