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June 2013 Readers’ Rides

Posted in Features on June 1, 2013
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Photographers: Readers

What Winch?
Vehicle: 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Rob Simons, Ofallon, IL
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R16.5 Goodyear Wrangler MTs on recentered Hutchinson beadlock rims
Suspension: 3-inch BDS YJ leaf springs in front, 4-inch Old Man Emu leaf springs in rear with drop mounts
Drivetrain: AW4 automatic transmission, NP231 transfer case with SYE, front Tera60 with Grizzly Locker, rear 14-bolt with Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears

Performance Mods: 4.7L stroker engine with Erson camshaft
Other Doodads: Hydraulic-assist steering, 14-inch reinforced frame, full exo-cage, lots of welding wire
Does everything work the way you want?: Are they ever done?
Anything you would change?: Need to install the winch that's been in the garage for a long time
Anything to add?: 6,000 pounds of Cherokee built on the backyard patio. Always driven, never trailered.

Scary Fun
Vehicle: 1985 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Ron Mesa, Burien, WA
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.5x15 Super Swamper TSLs on 15x10 DIY beadlock wheels
Suspension: 4-inch All-Pro leaf springs in front, 4-inch Pro Comp leaf springs on relocated hangers in rear, 16-inch travel Bilstein 5100s
Drivetrain: W56 transmission with Centerforce Stage 2 clutch, Trail Gear 4.7 transfer case gears, Toyota 8-inch front axle with ARB Air Locker and 30-spline Longfields, Toyota 8-inch rear axle with Detroit Locker, 5.29 Yukon gears
Performance Mods: Rebuilt 22RE with K&N air filter, NWOR tri-Y header, and 214-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: 109-inch wheelbase, Trail Gear long-travel front driveline, full exo-cage, tube doors, onboard air with factory A/C pump, Warn 9500 pound winch, racing seats front and rear with 5-point harnesses, GPS, 2,500-watt stereo
Funniest wheeling incident: Laying her on her side coming down the Moab Rim Trail and the look on my 5-year-old's face. She asked if she should be scared or having fun.
Does everything work the way you want?: It is still amazing where our family can drive
Anything you would change?: Dual cases with an automatic transmission
Anything to add?: All the metal and tube work done by myself with what little time I have.

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