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Showin Off! - November 2013

1999 Ford F 150
The Staff Of Mud Life | Writer
Posted November 14, 2013
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Home Built Mud Trucks

With 88,000 miles on this ’99 Grand Cherokee Limited, the factory 4.7l V-8 motor is still in great condition and can handle some muddin’. The axles are fitted with 4.56 gears and Aussie lockers to give it digging power. The Jeep is modified with a number of cool components, like a JKS adjustable track bar, DDCO 1-inch sway bars, Iron Rock off-road sway bar spacers, JKS quick disconnects, and a TeraFlex sway bar for a smooth ride on the trails. The rollers are 18-inch Pro Comp Metal Mulisha wheels that are wrapped in 325/65R18 Fierce Attitude M/T tires. The Jeep also sports Bushwacker fender flares, an Engo 12,000 winch, a Hi-Lift 48-inch jack, and an Airflow snorkel.

Hailing from Mena, Arkansas, is Allan Garret and his ’95 F-350 named Junkyard Dog. The fairly stock 460ci V-8 engine is equipped with reliable EFI to feed the engine and a manual transmission. The truck is still running the factory suspension, but a 3-inch body lift allows the fitment of big ol’ 11.2x24 (44-inch) tractor tires. They installed a locker in the rear of the factory axle for better traction, and the truck took First in Class at the AMMP Motorsports mud races in Searcy, Arkansas.

David Grubb’s ’86 GMC 1500 has a 383ci stroker motor, a 14-bolt rear axle, and a Dana 60 up front. Both axles are equipped with 5.38 gears. A 6-inch suspension lift and 6-inch dual stacks help this truck tower over the mud. David would like to thank his wife, his dad, Deming’s, Bauer’s, and the Mafia Mudslingers of Ohio for their help with the truck.

JJ Rupp’s daily driver is a Monster Truck! This beast is built for anything, including towing airboats and four-wheelers. JJ is also known for taking it to play in the mud and to drive down the interstate! The truck started life as an ’00 F-250, then JJ added 53-inch Michelins, 2½-ton Rockwell axles, four-wheel disc brakes, and a custom suspension lift. JJ says, “I would say very few trucks this size are driven half as much as I do mine!”

This ’97 Chevy two-door Tahoe is owned by Woody. The Tahoe still runs the stock 5.7L engine and a five-speed NV4500 transmission but gets him where he needs to go. A Sky Manufacturing suspension kit with 8-inch leaf springs and custom-made rear hangers uses a 4-inch shackle flip kit to increase the rig’s height. The axles are filled with 4.56 gears and have 44-inch Super Swamper TSL tires for traction.

Scott Herrick owns this ’01 Jeep Cherokee XJ with a 5.5-inch Rubicon Express lift that rolls around on Firestone Destination tires. The front Dana 30 axle has G2 chromoly axleshafts and a Spartan Locker. A few other additions are a cowl snorkel intake, Dodge Neon four-pin injectors, an Optima YellowTop battery, an RLC Fab front bumper with a Smittybilt XRC 8 winch, and a JCR off-road steering box brace.

A daily driver, this ’99 Ford F-150 on 44-inch tires loves highway as much as mud. It was originally built with a 3-inch body lift and a solid front axle and was like that for four months before Eric Talatinian of Spring Hill, Florida, sank it in a deep hole and then decided to go bigger. Now it is four-linked with Big Shocks, 5-ton Rockwell axles, 23.1x26 R2 tractor tires, and a fully built 435 big-block Ford motor. Eric did all the work himself at home. The truck is known as Big Red.

This ’87 Suzuki Samurai named Going Green has been built with a 1.6L Sidekick motor that is propane powered. Josh Nevels installed a full rollcage, a spring-over axle conversion, and some 3-inch Trail Gear springs. A locker in the front and a spool in the rear axle, along with 5.13 gears, get this Sami where it needs to go. “Everything works awesome!,” says Josh. “Special thanks to Trail Tough, Got Propane, and Low Range Off-Road.”

This ’90 GMC suburban is rockin’ 2½-ton axles and 14.9-24 BKT tires. Dirt Road Performance Lucky 7 wheels are 24x12 inches. An SCS drop box transfer case handles gearing. Out in the pits or on the trail, safety is ensured with the full rollcage.

Cole Reynolds’ ’06 Silverado has 10 inches of lift and rolls on 37/13.50R17 tires. The wheels are Moto 951s, and an air ride suspension system gives the truck a smooth ride. Custom-made front and rear bumpers give the truck a cool look. Long-tube Edelbrock headers and a cold air intake allow this rig to breathe freely. Cole is a proud member of the Coast Guard, and he bought the truck stock in 2009.

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