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131 1302 30 Readers Rides Roundup 1994 Toyota Pickup
Trevor Reed | Writer
Posted February 1, 2013
Photographers: Readers

Trailbusters, Daily Drivers & Oddball 4x4s

Jeeps Rule!
The Buddy System
Vehicle: 1992 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: James D. Pickett, Bend, OR
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5 Big O Bigfoot tires on 15-inch American Racing wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker military wrap leaf springs and shackles, Rancho 9000 shocks
Drivetrain: AX-15 transmission, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear, Richmond 4.88 gears, Lock-Right differentials
Performance Mods: None yet
Other Doodads: Warn Rock bumpers, 8,000-pound Smittybilt winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Attempting a hillclimb everyone said was too steep and having to use my buddy Rob like a counterweight to keep me from rolling over
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Upgrade to Dana 44 front and rear, more power

Lady’s Choice
Vehicle: 1994 Jeep Wrangler S
Owner: Austin Webber, Richfield, UT
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x16.5 tires on 16x10 black steel Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Front Rubicon Express 21⁄2-inch leaves with extra shackle reversal and rear XJ leaf springs with Bilstein 5150 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock I-4, AX5, NP231/Dana 300 doubler kit with custom twin sticks by DD Machines, front and rear Dana 60 with 5.86 gears with spools
Performance Mods: Custom cold air intake
Other Doodads: Full hydro steering, reversed front knuckles, rear disc brakes, rear anitwrap bar, custom crossmember skidplate for transmission and transfer case, custom coolant reservoir made with a Jägermeister tin
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Launched 3 feet over a hill and broke both motor mounts and other parts. Made it, though!
Does everything work the way you want?: Picked the wrong ram for the hydro steering
Anything you would change?: Double-ended ram steering and beadlock wheels

Jeepster Addiction
Owner: Russell Witkop
Vehicle: 1971 Jeepster Commando Hurst Edition (1 of 100 made)
Tires & Wheels: Original
Suspension: Original
Drivetrain: 225ci V-6, TH400 transmission
Other Doodads: All factory power options and chrome roof rack

Vehicle: 1969 Jeepster (for wheeling)
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Super Swampers
Suspension: Original
Drivetrain: Muncie 465 4-speed, Terra Low, 4.27 Dana 30 with Detroit Truetrac front and Dana 44 with locking rear
Other Doodads: Custom armor, rock rails, and cage

Vehicle: 1967 Jeepster Deluxe Sports Convertible
Tires & Wheels: Original wheels and mag caps
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: 225ci V-6, TH400 transmission
Other Doodads: Stayfast Hot Rodder red power top, every factory option available, including rare white on white paint

Vehicle: 1969 Jeepster Half Cab Pickup
Tires & Wheels: Original
Suspension: Original
Drivetrain: 225ci V-6 with 3-speed automatic
Anything to add?: Jeepsters are like nachos, I just can’t get enough

Will Wheel for Beer
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep TJ
Owner: Tracy Smith, Vancouver, WA
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x14.5 Super Swamper SX tires on 15x10 steel DIY beadlock wheels
Suspension: Custom 3-link front and rear, front 14-inch SAW coilovers, rear 5.5 RE coils
Drivetrain: TF999 with Currie deep pan, NP231 with slip-yoke, Terra Low 4:1, 5.38 front Dana 44 with Detroit Lockers, Yukon inner/outers, rear Ford 9-inch with spool, Yukon axles, and hydro steering
Performance Mods: K&N filters, dual Optima RedTop batteries, upgraded fuel injectors, and custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Stretched front 51⁄2 inches and rear 9 inches for 109-inch wheelbase; custom flat fenders, cage, body armor, and fuel cell
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Traded beer for ATF on the Rubicon after flopping it on its side
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes!
Anything you would change?: No!
Anything to add?: Tread lightly and always, if you pack it in, you pack it out!

I ❤ Mud
Vehicle: 1993 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Rob Kowalski, Long Island, NY
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5 Maxxis Bighorn tires on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift
Drivetrain: Stock with 6-speed manual Performance Mods: New 4.0L I-6 engine
Other Doodads: Custom toolbox, Cobra CB radio
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting stuck in a disguised 4-foot mud hole
Does everything work the way you want?: Other than a leaky fuel line, yes
Anything you would change?: Warn winch and Air Lockers

XJ His Way
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Christopher Ball
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5x17 BFG Krawler Red Label tires
Suspension: Rusty’s Long Arm Suspension
Drivetrain: Dana 60 front and rear with 5.38 Yukon Gears and spools
Other Doodads: Custom 8-point rollcage
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great, noises and all
Anything you would change?: Hydro steering
Anything to add?: I’ve done all my own work. Built not bought!

Daddy’s Girl
Vehicle: 1989 Jeep Wrangler
Owner: Cameron Weavil, Mobile, AL
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Pit Bull Rocker tires on 15x12 Eaton beadlock wheels
Suspension: Spring-over conversion, front stretched 3 inches, Pro Comp shocks, 3-inch body lift
Drivetrain: TH350 transmission; Dana 300 transfer case; Dana 60 front with 35 spline chromoly axleshafts, Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears, and Teralow hubs; 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker and 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci TPI V-8 from a ’92 Corvette, shorty headers, Flowmaster Series 10 race mufflers
Other Doodads: Entire Jeep is Rhino-lined inside and out, PSC full hydro steering, full rollcage
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Caught wheeling on city land with my 9-year-old daughter and she talked the cop out of a ticket!

Homeland Humvee
Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Scott Armstrong, Port Jervis, NY (currently deployed overseas)
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch Super Swamper tires on 15-inch Crager wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6 High Output, snorkel, Borla cat-back exhaust
Other Doodads: Removable doors, custom flat black front and rear steel bumpers with D-rings, Warn 9500 winch, new frame and floor pans, bedliner coating on floor pans and over fenders
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I was so eager to test out the snorkel and winch, I went straight for a mud pit after being warned about it swallowing every other truck. After creeping in, I couldn’t back out, so I went for it. I found myself up to the steering wheel in muddy water. The snorkel kept the engine running and I hopped on the hood to reach the winch under the water. The snorkel and winch both passed their first test and it took about two weeks for the truck to dry out.
Does everything work the way you want?: One of the most reliable and toughest trucks I’ve owned. I love it.
Anything you would change?: Lockers, bigger lift, 33-inch Boggers, and flat green olive drab paint
Anything to add?: I bought this Cherokee after my first tour overseas. I enjoyed driving the Humvees so much that I couldn’t wait to get home and get a rig of my own.

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