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October 2013 - Reader's Rides

1989 Jeep Wrangler Yj
Harry Wagner | Writer
Posted August 9, 2013
Photographers: Readers

Homegrown 4x4s

Standing Tall
Vehicle: 1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: Cary Randol, Colorado Springs, CO
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.5-15 Super Swamper TSL SXs on 15x8 Eagle Alloy rims
Suspension: Spring-over with 3-inch Alcan springs, boomerang shackles, and 2-inch body lift
Drivetrain: AX15 transmission, NP231 transfer case with TeraLow 4:1 gears and SYE, Dana 44 front with Ox Locker, Dana 44 rear with Lincoln Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.2L I-6 with K&N filter, Borla header, catback exhaust
Other Doodads: Electric fuel pump, Optima YellowTop battery, Warn winch, full rollcage, onboard air, Pioneer sound system, custom rocker guards, steel tube front bumper, buttload of stickers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Dumped it over on top of White Knuckle Hill in Moab
Anything you would change?: Add fuel injection
Anything to add?: The TeraLow kit, axles, and lockers have been the best modifications

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Propane BarbeCruiser
Vehicle: 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Owner: Les Burris, Tenino, WA
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.5x15 Interco Super Swamper Iroks on 15x10 steel wheels with DIY beadlocks
Suspension: Springover with stock front springs, XJ springs in rear for a 100-inch wheelbase
Drivetrain: SM420 transmission, factory transfer case, Toyota front axle with 30-spline Longfields, disc brakes, and welded diff, Toyota rear axle with welded diff
Performance Mods: Propane powered 3.9L I-6
Other Doodads: Custom rollcage, harnesses, suspension seats, cut fenders, dovetailed rear, Ramsey winch
Does everything work the way you want?: It works great
Anything you would change?: Get a better winch

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Bump It
Vehicle: 1989 Ford Bronco II
Owner: Daniel Esperanza, Morgan Hill, CA
Tires & Wheels: 265/75R16 Firestone All-Terrains on 16x7 Mickey Thompson Classic Locks
Suspension: Bone stock
Drivetrain: 5-speed manual, stock transfer case, factory Dana 27 front TTB axle and Ford 7.5 rear axle
Performance Mods: Stock 2.9L V-6
Other Doodads: Krylon khaki paint scheme
Does everything work the way you want?: For $800 it sure does
Anything you would change?: Since the photo, I added Skyjacker springs and lift shackles
Anything to add?: This is my first wheeler

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One-Owner ’5
Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Charles Donaldson, Bradenton, FL
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Trail Maker D/T on 15x10 Eagle rims
Suspension: 4-inch lift springs with shackle reversal
Drivetrain: 4L60E automatic, Dana 300, Dana 30 front axle, Model 20 rear axle with one-piece axleshafts and Superlift diff guard, ARB Air Lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.3L V-6 from a Chevy Blazer with custom wiring harness and exhaust
Other Doodads: AGR power steering box and bump, Warn XD9000i winch, Rock Hard cage, 3ARacing seats with 4-point harnesses, Bushwacker fender flares, heave-duty radiator and fan
Anything to add?: I bought this Jeep new and have done all of the work on it myself

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Happy Trails
Vehicle: 2002 Chevy Trailblazer
Owner: Mark Carlson, Sioux Falls, SD
Tires & Wheels: 265/70R16 Goodyear Duratracs on stock rims
Suspension: 21⁄2-inch Suspension Maxx leveling kit, Monroe front struts, Tahoe Z71 rear coils, Rancho RS5000 rear shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.2L with K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Homemade light bar, homemade oil pan skidplate, 11⁄2-inch wheel spacers
Anything you would change?: Westin Safari Bar, more lights, radiator skidplate, 3-inch body lift

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Greenie
Vehicle: 1975 Land Rover Range Rover
Owner: Stephen Spranza, Grass Valley, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R15 Goodyear MT/Rs on 15x10 steel rims
Suspension: 5-inch RTE coil springs, Safari Gard 3-link front and 4-link rear suspension, RTE 2-inch body lift, Fox remote-reservoir shocks
Drivetrain: Rover LT95 4-speed transmission, factory transfer case with 3.32 low range, solid axles with Great Basin Rovers heavy-duty 24-spline axleshafts, front ARB Air Locker, rear Detroit Locker, cryogenically frozen 4.75 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci Chevy V-8 with TBI and 21⁄2-inch dual exhaust
Other Doodads: ’88 Rover leather seats, Corbeau 4-point harnesses, Hella lights, Smittybilt winch, lots more
Does everything work the way you want?: It currently works great.
Anything you would change?: 1-ton axles, finish bumpers, coilovers, hydraulic assist, the list goes on and on
Anything to add?: My 5-year-old daughter Audrey was the one who persuaded me to finish Greenie so she could go play in the mud with me

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Submission Information
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Tires & Wheels (size, make, model)
Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
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Performance (engine mods)
Other mods
Does it work the way you want?
Anything you would change?
Funniest Wheeling Incident
Anything to add?

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