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December 2011 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on December 1, 2011
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Solid Terra
Vehicle: ’05 Nissan Xterra
Owner: David Parrish
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Goodyear MTRs on 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: Custom multilink solid-axle conversion with Bilstein 9100 series front coilovers, Ruff Stuff spring-over rear with Bilstein 7100 series shocks
Drivetrain: JK high-pinion Dana 44 front with a Mopar E-locker, RCV axleshafts, and Synergy axle gussets; JK Dana 44 rear with a Mopar E-locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, PSC hydraulic assist, Reid high steer knuckles, Tom Wood’s drivelines, Hella lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Summer Snow
Vehicle: ’92 Ford F-250
Owner: Cliff Grexton, Summerland, BC, Canada
Tires: 35-inch BFG M-Ts
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 5-speed, Dana 50 front, 101⁄4-inch Sterling rear
Performance Mods: 5.8L, headers, cam, performance chip
Other Doodads: Custom Moose bumper, 12,500-pound winch, custom rock sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Gears and lockers

Air Jordan
Vehicle: ’09 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Kyle Jordan, USAF
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 18-inch KMC wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: Bully Dog programmer, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust, American Racing headers
Other Doodads: Front brushguard
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: More lift and 38-inch-tall tires

Trail Gear Toy
Vehicle: ’94 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Ryan Carlson, Marquette, MI
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.50 TSLs on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Trail Gear solid-axle conversion with 3-inch springs
Drivetrain: Welded rear Performance Mods: 3.0L
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Lower gears and a winch

Hardee Toy
Vehicle: ’80 Toyota
Owner: Jaydee Hubbard, Eastaboga, AL
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.50 TSLs on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Trail Gear, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: W-56, dual transfer cases, Lock-Rights, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22R Other Doodads: Fully hydraulic steering, Trail Gear high steer arms
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good

Daily Con
Vehicle: ’10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: Axle Kemple, Houston, TX
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers on stock 17-inch wheels with 11⁄2-inch wheel spacers
Suspension: 4-inch TeraFlex
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles with factory E-lockers, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L, AEM intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Mopar high-clearance bumper, Warn winch, Poison Spyder Customs evap skid, Hi-Lift jack
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, it works great

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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