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December 2012 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on December 12, 2012
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Big Body Wheeler
Vehicle: 1979 Ford F-250
Owner: Gary Grela Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrains on 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: Custom springs and sway bar quick disconnects
Drivetrain: C6, NP205, high-pinion Dana 44 front with a Powertrax Locker, Dana 60 rear with a limited slip, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 400ci, headers, MSD ignition, performance cam
Other Doodads: Rear bed cover and roof rack, Hi-Lift jack
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting trapped in a canyon that was way too tight for my fullsize truck!
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there Anything you would change?: Add a rear locker, winch, and 4-speed Atlas transfer case

Vehicle: 1993 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Mike Grayson, Austin, TX
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 2-inch shackles
Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, ARB Air Locker
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Turbo City intake, stainless header, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom bumpers, Ramsey winch, KC lights, sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

Black Tie Affair
Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Jacob Springwater, Fort Smith, AR
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts on 16-inch Eagle Alloys
Suspension: Pro Comp with ES9000 shocks
Drivetrain: Built 4L60E
Performance Mods: 5.3L, K&N air intake, Diablo Sport programmer, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Rhino Lining throughout the entire truck
Does everything work the way you want?: Most of the time
Anything you would change?: New wheels and tires

Holding On
Vehicle: 1996 Chevy 1500
Owner: Curtis Holden, Fenton, MI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZs on 15-inch Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 5.7L, performance cam, Hypertech tuner, Edelbrock headers, MagnaFlow high-flow converters, Thrush mufflers
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom traction bars
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Straight-axle conversion with 1-ton axles and 38-inch tires

Ford Front, Chevy Rear
Vehicle: 1995 Ford F-150
Owner: Keith Repke, Alpena, MI
Tires: 38.5-inch Boggers
Suspension: Custom 8-inch
Drivetrain: C6, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 557ci big-block
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Better steering

Manual XJ
Vehicle: 1999 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Matt Ramsey, Fresno, CA
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch BFG A-Ts on 15-inch Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 31⁄2-inch Rubicon Express with 1-inch spacers up front
Drivetrain: AX-15, NP231 with a slip-yoke eliminator, Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Airaid intake, Flowmaster ex-haust
Other Doodads: Defender roof rack, KC lights, onboard air, AJ’s Offroad front bumper, receiver mounted winch, dual batteries
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Swap out the rear axle for a Ford 9-inch
Anything to add?: This was my first vehicle and I have had it since I was 17 (2007). It is steadily coming together and works great as my wheeler and daily driver.

Gear for Go
Vehicle: 19993 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Ryan Brock, Spanish Fork, UT
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Big Foot XTs on 16-inch wheels
Suspension: Trail-Gear solid-axle swap with 4-inch springs and Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Rear Spartan locker, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: Cam, Rock Ripper header, custom exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: Bucket seats from a ’94 4Runner
Does everything work the way you want?: Works better than I ever expected!
Anything you would change?: Rock Assault axles and an ARB Air Locker up front

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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Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles)
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Funniest Wheeling Incident
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