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June 2012 Readers’ Rides

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Three Wheeling
Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Owner: Tim Apel, Stow, OH
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch Mickey Thompson Classic Lock IIs
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Dana 44 axles, factory Air Lockers, Tom Wood’s driveshafts
Performance Mods: 4.0L, AEM intake
Other Doodads: Off Road Only steering, ARB front bumper, Four Wheel Drive Hardware rear bumper, OR-Fab cage, Warn winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Watching my friend almost roll my Jeep while I stood outside and grabbed this photo!
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

Solid Convert
Vehicle: 1986 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: James Hilton, Tacoma, WA
Tires: 36x12.50 TSLs
Suspension: Custom straight-axle conversion with Jeep Wagoneer front springs, spring-over rear with 2-inch blocks
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP231, Dana 44 front with a Detroit Locker, Toyota mini-truck rear axle with welded spider gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L V-6
Other Doodads: Custom cage, sliders, bumpers, and high steer, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time
Anything you would change?: Remove all of the windows so I have less stuff to worry about breaking on the trail

MO Silverado
Vehicle: 1982 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Zach Carroll, St. Charles, MO
Tires: 33x12.50
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 350ci, intake, cam, Holly carburetor, custom exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: 4-inch lift and 37s
Anything to add?: This has been a fun project truck. Thanks to my dad and uncles for all of their help.

Dovetails
Vehicle: 1985 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Nathan Tooley, Petersburg, IN
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x15 Boggers on 16½-inch Hummer beadlocks
Suspension: Spring-over axle front with 11⁄2-inch Rubicon Express springs, custom 4-link rear with 14-inch travel Fox coilovers
Drivetrain: NP435, NP205, Dana 60 front with a Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear with a spool, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 5.0L, fuel injected, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom cage, bumpers, and dovetailed rear, Warn winch, Auto Meter gauges
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: C6 transmission and an Atlas II transfer case

Land O’ Wheeling
Vehicle: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Owner: David Cannoot, Land o’ Lakes, FL
Tires & Wheels: 385/70/16 Toyo Open Country M/Ts on 16x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp with Daystar 13⁄4-inch coil spacers
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 3.8L, American Outlaw intake
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, Pure Jeep rear bumper, 12,000-pound winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Add a snorkel
Anything to add?: We’ve learned over the years that it’s always best to wheel with a friend and a winch is much cheaper than a tow bill

Texas Mudder
Vehicle: 1953 Willys pickup
Owner: Dusty Moor, Pleasanton, TX
Tires: 35-inch Super Swampers
Suspension: Custom spring over with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: TH350, Dana 44 front, 12-bolt rear
Performance Mods: AMC V-8, DEC heads, Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom fuel cell
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting real close
Anything you would change?: 4.56 gears and power steering

More Freedom
Vehicle: 2004 Jeep Liberty
Owner: Jason McKinnon, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 245/75/16 Hercules on 16-inch Incubus wheels
Suspension: 21⁄2-inch, custom rear long arms
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet
Anything you would change?: More lift and bigger tires

Grand Charger
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Eli Trujillo, Espanola, NM
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50s on 15x8 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: 44RE, NV249, Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: K&N intake
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now.
Anything you would change?: Front and rear lockers, taller tires, and a winch

Toy Junction
Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Steve Marshall, Hopewell Junction, NY
Tires: 265/75/16 BFG KM2s
Suspension: 11⁄2-inch Old Man Emu, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 2.7L, K&N air filter
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Front winch and numerically higher differential gears

Canadian Herd
Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: Anthony Ronald, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Toyo Open Country M/Ts on 17x9 Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi, K&N intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Ripping the front bumper clean off of the truck while playing in the mud. The truck had less than 500 miles on it at the time!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: More power and 37s
Anything to add?: We love you guys up here in the North. Keep up the great work!

Land Finder
Vehicle: 2001 Land Rover Discovery
Owner: John Veen
Tires: Tread Wright All Terrains
Suspension: 3-inch Terrafirma
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom differential guards
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Bumpers and a winch

Done, but Not Finished
Vehicle: 1972 Ford Bronco
Owner: Eric Dones, Nelsonville, KY
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: Custom 5-inch, extended front radius arms, 3-link rear
Drivetrain: C6, NP203/205 doubler, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear with a spool, 4.11 gears Performance Mods: 302ci, fuel injected, headers, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom cage and fuel cell, Mile Marker winch
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Upgrade to a more powerful Warn winch
Anything to add?: I’ve been building the Bronco with my dad for five years. It’s getting close to being “finished”, but let’s be honest, you’re never really finished with a 4x4 project! Special thanks to my dad for all of his help.

Big Horn
Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chris Hapka, Fort Benton, MT
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Iroks on 17-inch Mickey Thomson Sidebiters
Suspension: 5-inch Rough Country with Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Rear locker
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi, cold air intake, MSD ignition, headers, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Bushwacker flares, Ranch Hand rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part.
Anything you would change?: 4.88 gears and add a front locker
Anything to add?: Great job with the magazine!

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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