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July 2012 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on July 1, 2012
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Hot Shot
Ultimate Overdrive
Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Jesse Honl, Gaylord, MN
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Pit Bull Rockers on custom beadlocks
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 31⁄2-inch Jeep Cherokee XJ lift springs
Drivetrain: TH350, 5:1 STaK transfer case, Dana 60 front with a Detroit Locker, 14-bolt rear with welded spider gears, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, propane injection
Other Doodads: Warn winch, High Angle drivelines, custom hand controls
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: I have a spinal cord injury so my Jeep was converted to drive entirely with hand controls. This photo was taken on Petersen’s UA Alley at the Gilbert OHV Park.

Long Gallop
Vehicle: 1996 Ford Bronco
Owner: Kyle, Phoenix, AZ
Tires: 315/75/16 Kumho Road Ventures
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion using Ford Excursion leaf springs up front, 6-inch rear Rancho springs from a Chevy 1500, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: E4OD, BW1356, Dana 44 front with a Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front , rear locker, and a supercharger
Anything to add?: I purchased the Bronco completely stock over eight years ago and it has only gotten better since.

Trail Digger
Vehicle: 2005 Chevy Colorado
Owner: Jody Cooper, Kissimmee, FL
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Hercules Trail Digger Mud Terrains on 15x8 Alcoa wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 5-speed, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion and 37-inch tires
Anything to add?: Great magazine! Keep up the good work.

Willys Wheeler
Vehicle: 1947 Willys CJ-2A
Owner: Travis Durbin, San Mateo, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Toyo M/Ts on 15-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Spring-over conversion with a 21⁄2-inch Rancho lift
Drivetrain: Atlas II, Ford 9-inch rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, Professional Products Powerjection throttle body
Other Doodads: Custom cage and sheetmetal mods, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part it works great. I am still learning the rig and discovering its weak points.
Anything you would change?: Coilovers and a custom multilink suspension, 5.3L V-8, and a stronger front axle

Super Tractor
Vehicle: 2000 Ford F-350
Owner: Pete Magnus, Lilesville, NC
Tires & Wheels: 11.00R16 Michelin XZLs on stock wheels
Suspension: 31⁄2-inch
Drivetrain: Upgraded 4R100 transmission, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 6.8L V-10, headers, Flowmaster exhaust, Vivid tuner, K&N intake
Other Doodads: 2008 Super Duty center console
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Needs a winch
Anything to add?: The truck spends most of its time working on the farm during the week and wheeling on the weekends. It also serves as a great road trip rig for the family.

Injected Toy
Vehicle: 1984 Toyota pickup
Owner: Tim & Shelley Montgomery, Walla Walla, WA
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Iroks on 15-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: Custom 7-inch
Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases, Lock Right front, Detroit Locker rear
Performance Mods: 2.4L, fuel injection
Other Doodads: Custom rear bumper, Mile Marker winch, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Jeffrey Ashley, Yelm, WA
Tires & Wheels: 34x10.50 LTBs on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: AEM cold air intake, Banks exhaust
Other Doodads: Hi-Lift jack, 9,500-pound winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything you would change?: Detroit Lockers and 4.88 gears

Pickup Revolver
Vehicle: 1982 Toyota pickup
Owner: Remington Clark, Redland, OR
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 Cragar wheels
Suspension: Custom front spring pack with boomerang shackles, 63-inch rear Chevy springs with Trail Gear shackles, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Rear Detroit Locker, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom rock sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: Bob the bed, bigger tires, and drop the overload springs

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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