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Readers’ Rides - February 2014

Custom 1995 Ford F 350 Mack Truck
4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff | Writer
Posted December 23, 2013
Photographers: Readers

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Mexicali Laredo
Vehicle: 1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ Laredo
Owner: Roberto Cuenca, Mexicali, Baja California
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As on 15x10 Eagle Alloys
Suspension: Rubicon Express 41⁄2-inch lift, Pro Comp MX6 shocks
Drivetrain: Ford Racing C4 4-speed automatic transmission, NP231J transfer case, narrowed Ford 9-inch axles
Performance Mods: Ford Mustang 5.0L H.O. V-8, GT heads, Cobra intake manifold, K&N intake, performance chip, shorty headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Other Doodads: Paton rollcage, tube fenders
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Racing overdrive transmission, Atlas 4-speed transfer case, 347 stroker motor

Rodhouse Wrangler
Vehicle: 1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: Bill & Miranda Rodhouse, Pittsfield, MA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Dick Cepek Mud Countrys on 15x10 Cragar Soft 8s
Suspension: Spring-over with Rancho 11⁄2-inch add-a-leaves, Rough Country shocks, JB4x4 high-steer conversion
Drivetrain: AX15 5-speed manual transmission, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, 31-spline Ford 8.8 rear axle, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 300hp Chevy 350 V-8
Other Doodads: Smittybilt SRC bumpers, XRC rock sliders
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Skyjacker M95 shocks, rear locker, winch
Anything to Add?: We take this wheeling with our two daughters every time we get a chance

Speed Racer
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Ranger
Owner: Josh Eggert, Lima, OH
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 Maxxis Razr SCRs on stock steel rims
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker coils and extended radius arms in front, 63-inch Chevy leaves in rear, extended shackles, dual shocks at each corner
Drivetrain: M50DR-1 5-speed manual transmission, B-W1354 transfer case, full-width Dana 44 TTB front axle with Yukon Grizzly Locker, Ford 9-inch rear axle with spool, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock V-6 for now
Other Doodads: Interior rollcage, PRP suspension seats, fuel cell, extra lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Going too fast in my first race and launching the truck
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Could use coilovers and triple bypass shocks

Sanitary M-170
Vehicle: 1951 Willys M-170 Frontline Ambulance
Owner: Henry Singer, Fairview, TN
Tires & Wheels: 16x7 military nondirectionals on 16x4.5 original steel wheels
Suspension: 1⁄4-ton load-rating leaves front and rear
Drivetrain: T-90 3-speed manual transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front axle, Dana 44 rear axle, 5.38 gears
Performance Mods: Willys F-head 134-ci Hurricane I-4
Other Doodads: Fully functioning fording gear (snorkel, exhaust stack, crankcase pressurizing pump and completely waterproof ignition and electrical system)
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Years prior to restoration we used the Jeep to haul firewood. We tried to climb a hill in reverse because we broke a rear U-joint, only to find that it was way too difficult to steer that way with manual steering.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Nope
Anything to Add?: This vehicle has been in my family for 35 years and was originally my father’s

Red Tide
Vehicle: 2001 Ford F-350
Owner: Clay Vuick, Dothan, AL
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 General Grabbers on black steel wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock 4R100 4-speed automatic transmission, stock New Venture transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, Sterling 101⁄2 rear axle
Performance: 7.3L Power Stroke diesel V-8, Edge programmer, K&N intake, MagnaFlow 4-inch exhaust system
Other Doodads: Ranch Hand bumpers, ’05 Super Duty grille, custom camo seats
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For the most part, yes
Anything You Would Change?: 6-inch suspension lift, on 38s

Daily Z71
Vehicle: 2012 GMC K1500 Sierra SLE Z71
Owner: Roger Ouchley, Farmerville, LA
Tires & Wheels: 305/55R20 Cepek Radial FC-IIs on Cepek 20x9 Torques
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch lift, Superlift SS/Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Factory
Performance Mods: 5.3L V-8, Edge CTS programmer, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: Bestop PowerSteps, Anzo lights, BedRug bedliner, Roll-N-Lock tonneau, Roadwire upholstery
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?:Yes

Mud Rod
Vehicle: 1935 Dodge Brothers Sedan on custom chassis
Owner: Rob Fife, Kerville, TX
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Super Swamper Boggers front, 44-inch Boggers rear on steel wheels
Suspension: Custom wishbone/links, airbags
Drivetrain: 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, 4.56 gears, GM 14-bolt rear axle with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 412ci Chevy LS V-8
Anything to Add?: Built with pure fun in mind

Fresh Flattie
Vehicle: 1948 Willys CJ-2A
Owner: Clint Clarke, Parker, CO
Tires & Wheels: P205/75R15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As on 15x7 wagon wheels
Suspension: 1-inch Rancho lift springs, Rancho RS5000 shocks
Drivetrain: T90 3-speed manual transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case with factory overdrive, stock axles
Performance Mods: Stock L-134 I-4
Other Doodads: Roll bar, Bestop soft top
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Runs great
Anything You Would Change?: I may upgrade the 6-volt charging system to 12-volt

Waterfall Climber
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep TJ
Owner: Mike Ewing, Tempe, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.5R16 Interco Iroks on 16x10 steel wheels
Suspension: Custom triangulated 4-link front and rear: TeraFlex arms and ends, 6-inch skyjacker springs, Rancho RS5000 shocks with 16 inches of travel
Drivetrain: Stock transmission, NP231 transfer case with TeraLow 4:1 kit and 2Lo shift fork, high-pinion 8-lug Dana 44 front axle with Detroit Locker, Warn hubs, Superior axles and Randy’s U-joints, welded Dana 60 rear axle, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, Banks header, AEM intake with throttle-body spacer
Other Doodads: Electric fan, Currie Anti-Rock swaybars, Warn 8274-50 winch, relocated gas tank, Renegade suspension seats, Sparco harnesses
Does it work the way you want?: Yes, it flexes for miles and climbs waterfalls with ease
Anything You Would Change?: Beadlocks, ARBs
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Flopping in the Desert Rat parking lot while crawling to the top of a buggy’s rollcage
Anything to Add?: Extended wheelbase to 107 inches. Rear suspension has a full 3 feet of wheel travel from a 16-inch-travel shock.

Ballistic Exploder
Vehicle: 1994 Ford Explorer
Owner: Ryan Yost, Newburg, PA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Super Swamper LTBs on 15x8 steel wheels
Suspension: BC Bronco 61⁄2 -inch Early Bronco coil lift, homebuilt extended radius arms with Ballistic joints
Drivetrain: M50D-R1 5-speed manual transmission from ’98 Ranger, Behemoth Drivetrain B-W 1354 Doubler transfer case (to be installed), ’79 F-150 Dana 44 front axle with Detroit Locker, ’89 F-150 Ford 8.8 rear axle with Detroit Locker, 5.13 Yukon gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L V-6 with 205,000 miles and counting
Other Doodads: Heavy-duty bumpers, ABS delete, A/C delete, carpet delete
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Once I get the Doubler installed
Anything You Would Change?: No
Anything to Add?: I got this vehicle when I was 16. I did all the work myself, building the bumpers, setting up the gears, the solid-axle swap, mounting the Swampers, extending the radius arms.

Vehicle: 1995 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Shawn Veinotte, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.5R15 BFGoodrich Krawler KXs on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: Custom solid axle swap with 4-inch springs and 21⁄2-inch body lift
Drivetrain: Stock transmission and transfer case, TRD electric locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 3.4L V-6 with custom exhaust Other Doodads: 10,000-pound receiver-mounted winch
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Works great on the trail and at truck pulls
Anything You Would Change?: Going to add rock sliders soon

$1,000 Thrill Ride
Vehicle: 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Tom Schaefer, Otisville, MI
Tires & Wheels: 265/75R16 Multi-Mile Wild Country XTXs on 16x8 Cragar Soft8s
Suspension: Rough Country 3-inch lift with Daystar 2-inch spacers in front and Dick Cepek adjustable upper control arms, lengthened Skyjacker lower control arms, add-a-leaf and extra main leaf in rear, Rough Country 2-inch lift shackles, Rough Country shocks
Drivetrain: Stock transmission, NP231 transfer case with homebrew SYE, Dana 30 front axle, Chrysler 81⁄4 rear axle
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, cold air intake, electric fan with manual switch
Other Doodads: JCR front bumper, JCR front frames stiffeners and steering box brace, Rough Country tie-rod, home-fabbed rear bumper with integrated hitch, mini boatside rocker panels, cut fenders with rear YJ flares
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I took my oldest teen out for her first “real” wheeling trip. As I was going around a notorious hole at the off road-park I commented that we can’t go out too far into it because it tends to drop off suddenly. Well, we found the drop-off! As the Jeep listed to the driver’s side, my wife and kids bailed out the passenger side. When my wife let go of the door, the truck started to roll, so as they all grabbed the door to keep the Jeep upright, my buddy put the yank strap on and pulled me out. Needless to say, that was her last wheeling trip!
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works great
Anything You Would Change?: Needs more armor
Anything to Add?: I bought this from my neighbor for $1,000. He was laughing when I told him my plans, but he is not laughing now when I drive by and honk.

Work in Progress
Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-150
Owner: Matt Heeringa, Fox Lake, WI
Tires & Wheels: 315/75R16 Hankook Dynapro MTs on 16x10 Ion 148s Suspension: Stock with 3-inch body lift Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 5.4L V-8, custom exhaust Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes Anything You Would Change?: 4.10 gears and a suspension lift

“Blurple” TJ
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep TJ
Owner: Tiffany Molohon Farmersville, IL
Tires & Wheels: 35x15R15 Super Swamper Boggers on 15x10 MRW beadlocks
Suspension: 2-inch Budget Boost spacers, ZJ V-8 coils, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: AW4 4-speed automatic transmission out of a ’98 XJ, NP231 transfer case with SYE, Dana 30 front axle, Dana 35 rear axle, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, free-flow exhaust
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Getting there!

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