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The Writers’ Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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The Writers’ Rides
Photographers: 4WOR Staff

Editor-in-Chief
Vehicle: ’??Jeep CJ3B-6?
Owner: Rick Péwé
Tires & Wheels: Cracked Goodyears on white spokes
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: T-90, Dana 18
Performance Mods: 134ci F-4
Other Doodads: CJ-5 seats
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Haven’t wheeled it yet
Does everything work the way you want?: I don’t know if anything works!
Anything you would change?: At least the fuel filter
Anything to add?: I bought this on eBay. I hope it runs as it will be a DED (Dirt Every Day) tour from northern Washington to Southern California.

Tech Editor
Vehicle: ’79 Ford F-150
Owner: Fred Williams
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch General Grabbers on 15-inch Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels
Suspension: BDS 4-inch lift, Daystar radius arm bushings
Drivetrain: C-6, NP205
Performance Mods: 351ci with a new exhaust since it has to pass smog
Other Doodads: Fabworx full internal cage tied into rocksliders and frame
Funniest Wheeling Incident: First trip out, I was trying to convince my co-workers that my Ford was better than a Raptor, then the engine caught on fire.
Does everything work the way you want?: The steering whines, the brakes are weak.
Anything you would change?: Gears, lockers, steering, brakes, bumpers, winch, more obnoxious window stickers
Anything to add?: I never really wanted a Ford truck, having grown up with Chevys and Jeeps, but I really like this truck. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

Feature Editor
Vehicle: ’08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: Ali Mansour
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Falken Wild Peak A/Ts on 17-inch ATX Slab beadlocks
Suspension: Evo Mfg. Double Throw-down front and Evo-lever rear, Evo long-arm, King coilovers and bypass shocks
Drivetrain: NV241, JE Reel drivelines, Dana 44 front with RCV axleshafts, Dana 44 rear, Mopar E-Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L, DynoMax exhaust, Superchips FlashPaq
Other Doodads: Warn Power Plant; Evo sliders, front bumper, and axle gussets; Poison Spyder Customs Evap skid
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Losing brakes while driving down the Black Bear Pass trail in Colorado. Wasn’t funny at the time, but when you look back and see you didn’t kick the bucket, it makes for a good chuckle and a great story.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: The oil, it’s time
Anything to add?: I’ve driven the Jeep on three JK Experiences, the Ultimate Adventure, and to Moab and back. While the engine is not my favorite aspect of the Jeep, it is amazing how well this platform works.

Web Editor
Vehicle: ’99 Ford Ranger 4x4
Owner: Jason Gonderman
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Goodyear MTRs on 15x8 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Dixon Brothers Racing long-travel kit with 21⁄2-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers and 2.0-inch Fox hydraulic bumpstops limited to 14 inches of travel in the front, Giant Motorsports 4-link rear with 21⁄2-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers with 21⁄2-inch bypass shocks, and 2-inch hydraulic bumpstops limited to 28 inches of travel
Drivetrain: IFS Dana 35 hybrid front differential with Porsche 930 CV-joints and AVM manual locking hubs, 9-inch rear with a Strange nodular third member, Detroit Locker, 35-spline Currie axleshafts, Giant Motorsports rear axle truss, and Explorer disk brakes, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake Other Doodads: 13⁄4-inch DOM cage, Beard Ultra-Pro 2 seats, Crow 5-point harnesses, 22-gallon Jazz fuel cell, EBC brake pads and rotors, twin Optima YellowTop batteries, Sway-A-Way rear sway bar with Beaumont Motorsports arms, gusseted knuckles, Heim steering, Hella 4000 HID lights, Air Zenith compressor and tank, Eastwood sound deadener, four 21⁄2-pound fire extinguishers, extra fuel and coolers mounted in the rear
Funniest Wheeling Incident: On a particularly important wheeling trip in the local mountains I wanted to take my girlfriend up to a specific old fire lookout with the intention of proposing. When we got halfway there the trail was blocked. Taking an alternate line around the blockage put the truck literally between a rock and a hard place (tree). When I crawled over the rock it put the bed into the tree, and the resulting bark and scratches on the truck distracted my girlfriend enough for me to pull off the proposal without a hitch. The marks are still on the bed and she thinks that it is the funniest thing that’s happened to us wheeling. (In case you’re wondering, she said yes!)
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part, the truck is fast but it does break stuff occasionally
Anything you would change?: Needs more power to move its 5,500 pounds efficiently
Anything to add?: This truck was built by my hands in the backyard and has completed some of the toughest SoCal trails, has pre-run many desert race courses and covered literally thousands of miles of wilderness and backcountry trails, and has always driven home. If nothing else, it is reliable.

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