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September 2012 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on September 1, 2012
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Comp Ready
Vehicle: 1987 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: David Clemensen, Carson City, NV
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 competition compound TrXus M/Ts on 17-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Solid-axle conversion with 6-inch All Pro springs and Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases with a 4.7:1 ratio, Toyota axles with a Lock Right front and spool rear, chromoly shafts, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22RE
Other Doodads: Custom cage, 6-stud steering knuckles, hydraulic assist steering, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: 3-link the rear

American Classic
Vehicle: 1953 Chevy 1⁄2-ton
Owner: Bob Gibson, Petoskey, MI
Tires: 35x12.50 Mud Kings
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Everything was pulled from a ’70s series Blazer
Performance Mods: 402ci
Other Doodads: Trimmed fenders, roof chopped 5 inches
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Showing the local mud runners that I wasn’t afraid to get it dirty. Then having to drive home and spend 6 hours washing it!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Needs A/C!

Half and Half
Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: J.D. Hubbard
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Mud Kings on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rusty’s
Drivetrain: 1-piece rear axle conversion
Performance Mods: Stock
Does everything work the way you want?: Half the time it works great
Anything you would change?: Power steering, 4-speed transmission, and lockers

Mountain Ram
Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Chris Hapka, Fort Benton, MT
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Iroks on 17-inch Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
Suspension: 5-inch Rough Country, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Rear locker
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi, K&N cold air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, MSD wires
Other Doodads: Ranch Hand rear bumper, Bushwacker flares, steps, grilleguard, Line-X on the rocker panels
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: 4.88 gears and a front locker
Anything to add?: I love the magazine! Keep up the great work.

Recovery Lift
Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Jimmy Erdman, Osceola, WI
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Goodyear Authoritys on 15x7 wheels
Suspension: 41⁄2-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: NP249, Dana 30 front, Dana 44A rear
Performance Mods: 5.2L
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling out two stuck forklifts that drove off of the cement pad at work. I always carry recovery gear in my Jeep, and on that day it helped out a lot!
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: Lockers, long arms, and an 8.8-inch rear axle

First Impressions
Vehicle: 1993 Ford F-150
Owner: Travis Johnson, Summerville, OR
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front axle from a ’78 Bronco, 8.8-inch rear, Eaton E-Lockers, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci, racing cam, headers, dual exhaust, K&N cold air intake
Other Doodads: Iron Bull bumper, Warn 9.5ti winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I broke the front axleshaft, U-joint, and slip-yoke trying to impress my then girlfriend, now wife, on our first date
Does everything work the way you want?: Sure does
Anything you would change?: Chromoly axleshafts, new cam, and ZF-5 transmission

Lady Runner
Vehicle: 1987 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Erin Broughton, Santa Fe, NM
Tires & Wheels: 235/75/15 Goodyear Dura Tracs on stock 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 2-inch Toytec, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 22RE, custom exhaust
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Keeping up with my boyfriend’s lifted Bronco off-road!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Bigger tires, 4.88 gears, and more power

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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