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August 2012 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on August 1, 2012
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Hot Shot
Diamond in the Rough
Vehicle: 2000 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Nate Wass, Brighton, CO
Tires: 36x11 TSLs
Suspension: Old Man Emu front struts, custom Alcan rear springs with a 11⁄2-inch lift shackle and Bilstein shocks

Drivetrain: Inchworm dual cases, 71⁄2-inch IFS differential with welded spider gears, FJ-80 full-float rear axle with an Eaton E-Locker, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 3.4L, TRD headers, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Extended cab swap, gas tank from a ’94 F-150 retrofitted with Toyota Evap and pump, custom belly pan and skids, All Pro front bumper and skidplate, Smittybilt winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: I just ordered a pair of Diamond axles so the solid-axle conversion will begin soon!

TNT Country
Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Zach Nelson, Taylors, SC
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Goodyear MTRs on 15-inch Pro Comp Soft 8s
Suspension: 5-inch Rough Country long arm, T&T track bar
Drivetrain: High-pinion Dana 30 front with an Aussie locker, 3.55 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: T-link steering conversion
Does everything work the way you want?: Other than the bumpsteer, it works just fine

Country Armor
Vehicle: 2006 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Jeff Brathovde, Rochester, WA
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch BFG KM2s on 16-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Tough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Road Armor bumper, 9,000-pound Ramsey winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion

Vehicle: 1987 Ford F-150
Owner: Robert Wimsatt, Floyd Knobs, IN
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50s on American Racing wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.0L, DynoMax headers and exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Custom front bumper, 12,000-pound winch
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything you would change?: ARB Air Lockers and onboard air
Anything to add?: I continue to be impressed with how well the Twin Traction Beam frontend works off-road

T&T Coil Catchers
Vehicle: 1991 Dodge W-250
Owner: Tom & Tiff Hoffman
Tires: 42-inch Iroks
Suspension: Custom front and rear 4-links with coils upfront and springs in the rear
Drivetrain: NP205, Dana 60 front with a Detroit Locker, 14-bolt rear with welded spider gears, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 12-vavle Cummins diesel, POD injectors, HX35 turbo, fuel pin and governor spring mod
Other Doodads: Winch and custom cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Rear steer

GM Homebrew
Vehicle: 1975 Chevy K-20
Owner: Nick Racine, Ashby, MA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Thornbirds on 161⁄2-inch American Racing wheels
Suspension: 5-inch springs with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: SM465, NP203, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with a Grizzly Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, Comp cam, headers, TBI injection
Other Doodads: Warn M8000 winch, KC lights, Hi-Lift jack
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: OX locker up front, NP203/205 Doubler, and new tires
Anything to add?: Originally the truck was a single cab with an 8-foot bed. With some help from my brother and a few friends we modified an ’84 Crew Cab body to fit the original frame. We also shortened the bed 3 feet.

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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