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January 2013 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on January 1, 2013
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Tribute Chassis
Vehicle: 2011 Dynamic Off-Road buggy
Owner: Cody Consford, Lufkin, TX
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch TSLs on 16.5x12 Trail Ready beadlocks
Suspension: Front and rear double triangulated 4-links with 16-inch ORI struts
Drivetrain: 4L80E, Stak 3-speed transfer case, Dana 60 front with RCV axleshafts, 14-bolt rear, ARB Air Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci, Hedman Hedders, Ron Davis radiator
Other Doodads: PSC Motorsports fully hydraulic steering, hydro-boost from a Chevy Astro Van, DJ Safety fire suppression system, Warn winch, 12-Volt Guy switch panel, Lokar pedal and throttle cable
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: This buggy was built to honor war veterans and for the Wheelers for the Wounded events in Marble Falls, Texas

Snow Runner
Vehicle: 1991 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: John Wiley, Humboldt County, CA
Tires: 38.5-inch Boggers
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion
Drivetrain: Dual Toyota transfer cases, Detroit Locker front, spool rear
Performance Mods: 4-cylinder Other Doodads: High-steer, front bumper, winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Sheep Scout
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Ram 1500
Owner: David & Emily Caudill, Aztec, NM
Tires: 315/75/17 Mickey Thompson MTZs
Suspension: 3-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.9L
Does everything work the way you want?: Works well
Anything you would change?: Keep the truck the way it is and finish up our Scout build!
Anything to add?: Love the magazine

Open Mane
Vehicle: 1979 Ford Bronco
Owner: Trey Motley, Midland, TX
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Dominator Sport A/Ts on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: C6, NP205
Performance Mods: 400ci, headers
Other Doodads: Cobra 29 CB
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Gears, lockers, lift, tires, and maybe an engine swap one day

In the Dark
Vehicle: 1986 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Chad Lacey, Whittier, CA
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 BFG KM2s on 15-inch Rock Crusher wheels
Suspension: PetroWorks spring-over with 11⁄2-inch Calmini springs, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: PetroWorks transfer case, front and rear lockers
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: PetroWorks belly pan and sliders, custom cage and rear bumper, Calmini front bumper, Smittybilt winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck behind a group of broken rigs on Sledgehammer Canyon late at night. Luckily I didn’t break and was able to make it back to camp and scavenge some spare parts for my broken wheeling buddies. We had no phone service, so my wife became worried and called the highway patrol and sheriff station. They were just about to send out a search helicopter to find us. It’s funny now, not very funny for her then.
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

Beach Behemoth
Vehicle: 1999 Ford F-250
Owner: Nigel Raymer, Bremerton, WA
Tires: 39.5-inch TrXus STSs
Suspension: 8-inch Fabtech with 21⁄2-inch hangers and custom shackles, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Six-speed manual
Performance Mods: 7.3L, DynoMax exhaust
Other Doodads: Stripped-out interior and custom mud flaps
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Scout Shocker
Vehicle: 1972 International Scout II
Owner: Scott Holenick, El Mirage, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x8 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country with aftermarket shackles front and rear
Drivetrain: TH350, Dana 44 front with a Detroit Truetrac, Dana 44 rear with a Powertrax, disc brakes front and rear, custom driveshafts
Performance Mods: 396ci, Edelbrock intake, Holley carburetor, HEI distributor, Novak Block Hugger headers, custom exhaust with DynoMax mufflers
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift
Funniest Wheeling Incident: While heading off of the trail my friend said he heard a noise coming from the back. I said Scouts always make noise and just then I tried to corner a bit and it seemed unstable. I stopped and looked under the Scout and found that I had broken both of the old shock mounts and the shocks were dragging the ground!
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great. It is an absolute powerhouse. Anything you would change?: Dana 60 rear axle with a Detroit Locker and hydraulic assist steering

Jeepin’ Jeffry
Vehicle: 1983 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Jeffry Pope, Tishomingo, OK
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x15 Boggers on 15x12 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle with 4-inch Rough Country springs, Superlift shocks
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 44 front, GM 12-bolt rear with welded spider gears, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, Mile Marker winch, custom bumpers and cage
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: Fuel injection, automatic transmission, and Dana 60 axles
Anything to add?: A special thanks to all of my friends that helped make my Jeep what it is today

Good Sport
Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport
Owner: James Nielsen, Appleton, WI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Rusty’s Off-Road long arm with Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: NP231 with a slip-yoke eliminator, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with a Lock Right
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Rusty’s air tube with a K&N air filter, Pacesetter header, custom exhaust, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: Fender trimming, onboard air, JCR Offroad bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
Anything you would change?: High steer, Dana 44 front axle, and 4.56 gears

Chevy Sell
Vehicle: 1984 Chevy Scottsdale K-20
Owner: Kevin Sell, Salem, OR
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x16 TSLs on 16.5-inch wheels
Suspension: Custom 8-inch with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: TH400, NP208, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, front and rear lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Propane injection, 42s, ARB Air Lockers, 5.13 gears

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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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