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May 2012 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on May 1, 2012
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Hot Shot
Flat-Top Wheeler
Vehicle: 1982 Chevy K-5 Blazer
Owner: Eryc Espinoza, Peoria, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG Krawlers on 17-inch H2 wheels
Suspension: Custom shackle flip and 4-inch lift springs
Drivetrain: NP208, TH350, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, front and rear welded spider gears, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 355ci, flat tops, cam, Weiand intake, propane injection
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, hydraulic assist, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: I wish I would have started with a lighter rig like a Toyota pickup

Getting It
Vehicle: 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor
Owner: John Gittings, Las Vegas, NV
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFGs on stock 17-inch wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Factory-equipped selectable rear locker
Performance Mods: 6.2L
Other Doodads: Addictive Desert Designs bumpers and sliders, 12,000-pound winch, custom gun racks
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

The Force
Vehicle: 1988 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Mark Force, Laramie, WY
Tires & Wheels: 33x13.50 LTBs on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: Custom spring-over axle with stock springs
Drivetrain: 6.5:1 transfer case gears, rear mini spool, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 1.3L, bored, cam, Screaming Eagle carburetor, high-flow converter, custom 2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom snorkel, 4-inch fender trim, boat sides, seats from a ’91 Eagle Talon
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: YJ springs, Toyota axles, 35s, and a front locker

CT Cruiser
Vehicle: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Luke Anderson, Bristol, CT
Tires: 295/70/17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Suspension: 3-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: TRD intake and exhaust
Other Doodads: Expedition One front bumper and rocker guards, front and rear Super Winch winches
Funniest Wheeling Incident: My old ’79 Blazer got stuck so badly we had to call a tow truck. After finally showing up with a truck that could actually get back to us he pulled me out and then got stuck himself! We ended up having to pull him out, but this didn’t help us with our tow bill.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Expedition One rear bumper

NY Bow Tie
Vehicle: 1986 Chevy K-20
Owner: Ian Krywe, Locke, NY
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.50 Iroks on 16-inch wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: TH400, NP208, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci, Flex-a-lite electric fans
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, 12,000-pound winch
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: Selectable lockers and crossover steering
Anything to add?: Living in central New York I am always fighting rust. If you live where the DOT doesn’t use rock salt to fight ice on the roads, consider yourself lucky.

Humming Along
Vehicle: ’99 AM General Hummer H1 Wagon
Owner: Allen Ling, San Rafael, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Goodyears on 17-inch wheels
Suspension: UORVA springs and sway bars
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 6.5L turbodiesel, runs on waste vegetable oil, biodiesel, and pump diesel, Predator fuel pump, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: UORVA extreme-duty upper ball joints and idler arm, Mile Marker winch, Ibis Tek tire carrier, custom hoodscoops
Funniest Wheeling Incident: After a day of crazy and successful rockcrawling, I crashed the Hummer over a boulder hiding behind a dead bush at dusk. The undercarriage and radiator were badly damaged, but we still managed to limp 30 miles back to the highway.
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost. The alternative fuel system is a bit higher maintenance than I like.
Anything you would change?: Better wheels and a more powerful engine

Moore Ford
Vehicle: 1988 Ford F-150
Owner: Geoff Moore, Abbs Valley, VA
Tires & Wheels: 36x14.50s on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front, 8.8 rear, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 4.9L, K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there.
Anything you would change?: Lockers, custom bumpers, and bigger tires

Express Climber
Vehicle: 1983 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Neil McMickell, Lapoint, UT
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Pro Comp Xterrains on Cragar beadlocks
Suspension: 41⁄2-inch Rubicon Express with TeraFlex Revolver shackles
Drivetrain: Modified
Performance Mods: 258ci
YeOther Doodads: Custom cage and bumpers, Smittybilt seats, sliders, and flares
Does everything work the way you want?: yes

Rugged Vista
Vehicle: 1991 Isuzu pickup
Owner: Christy Pollreis, Bella Vista, AR
Tires: 33x12.50 TSL radials
Suspension: Custom 4-inch
Drivetrain: Running gear from a V-6 Toyota pickup, welded front and rear spider gears, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 2.6L
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: Works well for now
Anything you would change?: Custom multilink suspension with coils

Rubi Red
Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Tony Brown, Wayne, WV
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x12.50 TSL SXs on 15x9 Trail Ready beadlocks
Suspension: 4-inch Rock Krawler
Drivetrain: Superior axleshafts and 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, AEM air intake, Banks header and exhaust, JET performance chip
Other Doodads: Daystar 1-inch body lift, Nth Degree skids, Viair onboard air, Warn winch, OR-Fab cage, Tom Wood’s driveshafts, custom highline fenders
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely!
Anything you would change?: Long arm, wheelbase stretch, and coilovers

TX JK Vehicle: 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: Jimmy McAdams, Midland, TX
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.50 Iroks on 17x8 Trail Ready wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Full Traction, Fox shocks
Drivetrain: Mopar e-lockers, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L, Superchips programmer, Airaid intake
Other Doodads: Smittybilt bumpers and fenders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: High steer conversion and chromoly axleshafts

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