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Readers’ Rides - January 2014

1987 Suzuki Samurai
Harry Wagner | Writer
Posted November 8, 2013
Contributors: Tom Morr
Photographers: Readers

Homegrown 4x4s

Stump Jumper
Vehicle: 1985 Chevy CUCV M1008
Owner: Tyler Price, Blounts Creek, NC
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.5R16.5 Goodyear Wrangler MT on 16.5x8.5 12 Bolt Hummer rims
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country lift springs
Drivetrain: TH400 3-speed automatic, NP208 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, 14-bolt rear axle with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 6.2L V-8 diesel with clean air filter
Other Doodads: Dusty interior, clean military paint from Performance Paint & Body
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Taking my girlfriend (now fiancée) wheeling and getting stuck. Then calling a buddy to pull me out before the Panthers opening kickoff. Luckily I have good friends and an awesome fiancée!
Does everything work the way you want?: I can’t complain
Anything you would change?: Better shocks, front locker, crossover steering

Rocky Mountain High
Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Wrangler TJ
Owner: Jason Fjeld, Fredrick, CO
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Cooper Discoverer STT on 15x8 Cragar Soft 8 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch custom lift, adjustable control arms, heavy-duty tie rod
Drivetrain: 30RH transmission, PN231 transfer case, high-pinion Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, selectable Ox lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Good ol’ stock 2.5L
Other Doodads: 1-inch Brown Dog motor mount lift, 1-inch body lift, winch, armor
Funniest Wheeling Incident: My inability to pick the correct line over obstacles, pretty much anywhere
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely
Anything you would change?: Want to add a SYE and beef up the rollcage

S10 for the Win
Vehicle: 1984 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner: Jake Johnson
Tires & Wheels: 36-14.5x15 Super Swamper TSLs on 15x10 chrome rims
Suspension: Wagoneer leaf springs
Drivetrain: TH350 3-speed automatic, NP208 transfer case, Wagoneer Dana 44 front axle, Isuzu Rodeo Dana 44 rear axle with welded spider gears, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 307ci V-8
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper with 8,000-pound winch, custom sliders and rear bumper coming soon
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulled the driveline apart on the second trip out. Amazed how much Wagoneer springs flex!
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great so far
Anything you would change?: Need a front locker Anything to add?: I built the whole thing in a one-car garage for a little over $1,000

Michigan Mudder
Vehicle: 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: John Coyne, Escanaba, MI
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50R15 Pro Comp MTs on 15x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: Spring-over with S-10 springs in front, Rubicon Express springs in the rear, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: AX5 manual transmission, NP231 transfer case with slip-yoke eliminator, Dana 30 front axle out of a Cherokee with Aussie Locker and JB Offroad crossover steering, Ford 8.8 rear axle with factory limited-slip and disc brakes, 4.10 gears Performance Mods: 2.5L 4-cylinder with 4.0L throttle body
Other Doodads: Optima YellowTop battery
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Just about every time I go wheeling with good friends
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, but it is always changing
Anything You Would Change?: Lower gears, rear locker, 37-inch tires

Bruiser
Vehicle: 1987 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Jason McGuire, Wichita, KS
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R16.5 Goodyear MTs on recentered 16.5x8.5 Hummer rims
Suspension: XJ main leaf with Wagoneer leaves in front, YJ main leaf with YJ, XJ, and Wagoneer leaves in the rear
Drivetrain: TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 44 axles out of a Wagoneer with locker in front
Performance Mods: 4.3L TBI V-6
Other Doodads: Stretched frame, Toyota power steering, custom aluminum half cab
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I was trying to climb a set of stair-step ledges at Tuttle Creek and not having any luck. My spotter suggested that I bump it a little. Well, that little bump sent my front end straight up, giving my spotter a good look at the underside of my rig. After looking at the sky for a second I got the front end back down to see everyone cheering.
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, when I don’t have it tore apart
Anything you would change?: I would like to change out the lunchbox locker in front for an electric locker
Anything to add?: Honestly, this rig will never be finished. There will always be something else that I want to do that I just don’t have the money for.

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