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Readers’ Rides - February 2014

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Readers’ Rides - February 2014
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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

1990 jeep wrangler yj laredo

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

1990 jeep wrangler yj

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

1995 ford ranger

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

1951 willys m 170 ambulance

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

2001 ford f 350

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

2012 gmc k1500

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

1935 custom dodge brothers sedan

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

1948 willys cj 2a

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.

2000 jeep tj

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.

1994 ford explorer

Tacom-Eh?
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

1995 toyota tacoma

$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.

1999 jeep wrangler xj

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

2002 ford f 150

“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!

1997 jeep tj

Mud Toy
Vehicle: 1981 Toyota SR5
Owner: Daryl McCart, Panama City, FL
Tires & Wheels: 35x10.5R15 Super Swamper Boggers on 15x10 aluminum rims
Suspension: 4-inch lift in front, 2-inch lift in rear
Drivetrain: Stock, welded rear spider gears
Performance Mods: 22R I-4 bored 0.040 inch over, RV cam, 2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Electric fuel pump, 5-gallon fuel cell
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, it’s built for slinging mud
Anything You Would Change?: Weber carb, high-angle front driveshaft

1981 toyota sr5

Newfound JK
Vehicle: 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited
Owner: Ben Rauman, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 General Grabbers on 17-inch alloy rims
Suspension: 3-inch TeraFlex lift with Flexarms and adjustable track bars
Drivetrain: NVG370 6-speed manual, sleeved and gusseted Dana 30 front axle with ARB Air Locker, Dana 44 rear axle with Aussie Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 3.8L V-6
Other Doodads: Poison Spyder bumpers, flares, and rock sliders, modified AEV tire carrier, Warn 9.5CTI winch, 150-psi onboard air system, custom relay switch system
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Dynatrac ProRock44 front and ProRock60 rear axle, heavy- duty knuckles, draglink, and tie-rod, ram-assist steering, 4-speed Atlas transfer case, 37-inch tires

2011 jeep wrangler jk

Beefaroni
Vehicle: 1982 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
Owner: Jake Head, London, Ontario, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 35x14.5R16 Super Swamper Boggers on TMR beadlocks
Suspension: Spring-over with 2-inch Skyjacker lift springs
Drivetrain: NV3550 5-speed manual transmission, D&D Machine NP231/Dana 300 Doubler transfer case, Dana 44 front axle with RCV axleshafts and Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear axle with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: AMC 360 V-8
Other Doodads: Onboard air, cutting brakes, Warn M12000 winch, dovetailed tub, fuel cell, 6-point rollcage, Corbeau seats, SSOR fenders
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Cooking Chef Boyardee on the intake manifold
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yep, it hauls ass!
Anything You Would Change?: More places open to wheel at
Anything to Add?: It’s not the prettiest truck, but it works pretty good

1982 jeep scrambler cj 8

Future Exo XJ
Vehicle: 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ Laredo
Owner: Jonathan Mullins, Richwood, OH
Tires & Wheels: 33x11.5R15 Super Swamper Thornbirds on 15x9 Cragar Soft 8s
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country with custom upper arms, Rough County lower arms, shocks, and rear springs
Drivetrain: 32RH 3-speed automatic transmission, NP231 transfer case with SYE, Dana 30 front axle, Chrysler 81⁄4 rear axle, Aussie Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: H.O. 4.0L I-6, throttle-body spacer, MSD coil, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Unibody is wrapped in 1⁄8-inch steel plate, custom bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I broke the front ball joints on a waterfall in Ohio and had to get dragged out by a buggy
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, I point it and it goes
Anything You Would Change?: Cupholder for my beverage
Anything to Add?: Added exo-cage and snorkel since this photo. Would like to add more lighting. It gets dark in the woods.

1992 jeep chevokee xj

Ranger in Progress
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger
Owner: Jeremy Bendt, North Charleston, SC
Tires & Wheels: 235/75R15 Cooper Discoverer A/Ts on 15x8 American Eagles
Suspension: Factory
Drivetrain: Factory V-6 Performance Mods: Little stuff here and there
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yep!
Anything You Would Change?: 4-inch lift, 35-inch Boggers, a 302 V-8, lockers
Anything to Add?: It’s my first truck. I drive it up to my hunting club once a week and see what she’ll do. She’s a work in progress, and I’m building her up little by little.

2000 ford ranger

Soldier’s F-150
Vehicle: 2002 Ford F-150 Super Crew
Owner: Carlos Moon, Brownsville, TX
Tires & Wheels: 38x15.5R17 Super Swamper SSRs on 17x9 Pro Comp 8089s
Suspension: Fabtech 6-inch suspension lift, 3-inch body lift, 2-inch leveling spacers
Drivetrain: Stage 2 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission, stock transfer case, Ford 8.8 IFS front axle, Ford 8.8 rear axle with factory limited-slip, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock Triton V-8, cold air intake, Hypertech programmer, dual exhaust
Other Doodads: GoRhino lift bar and side steps, remote control Golights
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: So far
Anything You Would Change?: A set of Rockwells so I can run the 52-inch Michelins leaning up against my house
Anything to Add?: This is my pride and joy. I built it during my days in the infantry.

2002 ford f 150

Bermy Z71
Vehicle: 1996 Chevrolet, K1500 Z71
Owner: James DeVasure, Enterprise, AL
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Goodyear Duratracs on 15x8 American Racings
Suspension: 3-inch Rough Country front lift with torsion keys, 2-inch rear blocks with load-helper spring, custom traction bars, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: NV3500 5-speed transmission, Posi-Lok front axle lock, heavy-duty tie-rod ends, 4.56 gears, stock G80 rear limited-slip
Performance Mods: Stock Chevy 305 V-8, Black Forest reprogrammed ECU, stainless headers, custom dual exhaust, MagnaFlow 40 Series mufflers, Ford Tempo power steering pump pulley, high-amp alternator, electric fan
Other Doodads: Front and rear receiver hitches for portable 12,000-pound winch, dual batteries with solenoid connect, Marlin Crawler Toyota rock sliders welded to the frame
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: No
Anything You Would Change?: Locker in the rear and 35-inch tires
Funniest Wheeling Incident: The first time out I got high-centered on a sand berm
Anything to Add?: I bought the truck for $1,500 and now have about $8,000 in it with parts, having done 99 percent of the labor myself

1996 chevy k1500

Suzi on Propane
Vehicle: 1987 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Drew Wetzel, Wiconisco, PA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 BFGoodrich KM2s on aluminum Mickey Thompsons
Suspension: 3-link with YJ leaf springs with missing links in front, coils in the rear, frame stretched to 97-inch wheelbase, Doetsch Tech shocks
Drivetrain: Factory 5-speed manual transmission with heavy-duty clutch, stock transfer case with 6.5:1 gears and twin sticks, stock axles with Rock Assault front shafts and 5.38 gears, welded rear spiders, Lock-Right front locker
Performance Mods: 1.3L I-4 engine running propane, Pacesetter header, Rock Assault power steering, MSD ignition
Other Doodads: KC lights, suspension seats, aluminum bed, Grant steering wheel
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Trying to climb steep hills when it was stock wheelbase—gets a little sketchy
Does it work the way you want?: Yes, everything works good
Anything You Would Change?: Add front links, Fox 2.0 shocks, Yota axles eventually
Anything to Add?: People keep telling me I’m gonna break axles since they are basically toothpicks. Three years on 35s on very hard trails and haven’t broken one yet.

1987 suzuki samurai

Keystone Tacoma
Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner: Chris Graulich, Cornwall, PA
Tires & Wheels: 235/85R16 Goodyear Authority ATs on 16x8 Pro Comp street locks
Suspension: 21⁄2-inch Daystar leveling kit with Rancho RS9000 shocks in front, 3-inch shackle lift with Pro Comp MX6 shocks in rear
Drivetrain: Stock with 2-inch diff drop
Performance Mods: 2.7L I-4, K&N air filter, Amsoil fluids, custom 21⁄2-inch exhaust with MagnaFlow muffler
Other Doodads: Optima RedTop battery, 6,000k HID headlights, LED interior and marker bulbs, Alpine stereo
Funniest Wheeling Incident: It had to be when I got stuck in a hole in Florida and had 6 inches of water in my cab. It only took a tug from my buddy and I crawled right out. Then my buddy figured he would have no problem in his F-250 on 40-inch tires, but it took three days, a lot of digging, a really long chain, and load binders to slowly break the suction and get him out.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works very well
Anything You Would Change?: I would like to convert the front to a straight axle
Anything to Add?: My dream is to drop a Cummins 4BT in her

2002 toyota tacoma

4BT XJ
Vehicle: 1989 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Kevin Aivazian, Panorama City, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Pro Comp Mud-Terrains on 15x10 aluminum Boyd Coddingtons
Suspension: Rough Country 61⁄2-inch lift
Drivetrain: AX5 transmission, rebuilt NP231 transfer case, 30-spline Dana 30 front axle from late ’90s XJ, Dana 44 rear axle with Power-Lok, 3.55 gears
Performance Mods: 3.9L Cummins 4BT I-4 turbodiesel, upgraded turbo and intake
Other Doodads: O-R Fab front winch bumper, KC foglights, roof rack, body chopped and rear Comanche parts added
Funniest Wheeling Incident: First time off-road at Azusa Canyon I broke the rear driveshaft and lost it in the mud. I had to drive it back with only the front axle.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, but it will need lockers.
Anything You Would Change?: Gear up to 3.73s, add E-Lockers and much more. It never ends.
Anything to Add?: I bought the Jeep for $500 and the not-running donor truck for $300. The body idea came from a MythBusters show where they chopped the top off a Cherokee.

1989 jeep cherokee xj truck

Cypriot Chariot
Vehicle: Custom buggy
Owner: Marios Nicolaou, Klirou, Nicosia, Cyprus
Tires & Wheels: 15/42R15 Super Swamper TSLs on 15x10 steel wheels
Suspension: Custom 4-link front and rear with 18-inch Fox Shox
Drivetrain: AW4 automatic transmission, NP231 transfer case, Unimog 404 portal axles with custom disc-brake conversion
Performance Mods: Jeep 4.0L H.O. I-6 with free-flow air filter and 21⁄2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom cage
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For now, yes
Anything You Would Change?: High-angle drivelines, 4:1 transfer case
Anything to Add?: Thanks to my friend Dafnios for all of the help building stuff and draining the fridge of beers

custom buggy

Bronco Fan’s Jeep
Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Ray Garcia, Littleton, CO
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 BFGoodrich KMs on 15x10 Unique 252s
Suspension: 3-inch Pro Comp lift, Sawzall-cut fenders
Drivetrain: T-176 4-speed manual transmission, Dana 300 transfer case, Dana 44 axles, 35-spline chromoly axleshafts, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Chevy 350 V-8, Howell fuel injection, Hedman headers, aluminum radiator, electric pusher fan, 16-inch flex fan with homemade shroud, custom exhaust
Other Doodads: Warn front bumper, Warn XD9000i winch, M.O.R.E. frame plates and motor mounts, Poison Spyder rocker knockers, Tuffy center console with Alpine CD player, XM, CB, Wilderness rear bumper/swing-a-way spare carrier, 6-point rollcage, onboard air
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling a Ram 2500 out of the mud
Anything to Add?: Go Broncos!

1980 jeep cj 5

The Squirrel
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ,
Owner: Eric Redford, Knoxville, TN
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Hankook Dynapro MTs on 15x8 steel rims
Suspension: Rusty’s Off Road 61⁄2-inch long-arm kit with high-steer
Drivetrain: AW4 4-speed automatic transmission, NP231 transfer case with SYE, high-pinion Dana 30 front axle, Dana 35 rear axle, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, K&N cold air intake
Other Doodads: Custom front and rear bumpers, Smittybilt XRC8 winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Tried to go through mud puddle with the wife and kids. She told me to go right when we should have gone left. The Jeep sank like a ton of bricks and had to be pulled out by tractor.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything on this Jeep works and works well
Anything You Would Change?: Upgrade to 35-inch BFGoodrich Krawler KXs, add a roof rack

2000 jeep cherokee xj

The Mutt
Vehicle: 1995 Ford F-350 body on ’70 Mack DM 800 6x6 chassis
Owner: James L. Turley, Cranberry Township, PA
Tires: 18x22.5 Super Singles
Suspension: Camelback leaf springs
Drivetrain: Mack front driver, 5x42-speed transfer case, 55,000-pound tandem axles
Performance Mods: 237hp Mack turbodiesel
Other Doodads: Front clip stretched 10 inches to cover engine, bed stretched 11 feet with second set of wheelwells added
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, this truck is PA state-inspected and street-legal
Anything You Would Change?: No
Funniest Wheeling Incident: None, does not get stuck
Anything to Add?: Recovery boom for later date so when other wheelers get stuck we can pull them out

custom 1995 ford f 350 mack truck

Driver’s Ed YJ
Vehicle: 1994 Jeep YJ
Owner: Gary Wainwright, Bradford, AR
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.5R16.5 Super Swamper TSL/SXs on custom 16.5x10 re-centered double beadlocks
Suspension: Superlift/Black Diamond X2 7-inch lift kit: coilover front conversion, SOA rear leaves, frame stretched to 1101⁄2-inch wheelbase
Drivetrain: AX15 5-speed manual transmission, NP231 transfer case with 4:1 TeraLow kit, Dana 30 front axle, Ford 8.8 rear axle, ARB Air Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L I-6
Other Doodads: None really, just a basic rig
Funniest Wheeling Incident: My wife almost gave birth to our fourth child in it on her first trip out!
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: It’s lasted through three teenagers. I’m leaving it the way it is.

1994 jeep yj

Chopped & Boated
Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Jake Scheib, Etters, PA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Hankook Dynapro MTs on Pro Comp D-Windows
Suspension: 41⁄2-inch lift: homemade 3-link front, homemade shackle-relocation bracket in rear
Drivetrain: AW4 4-speed automatic transmission, NP231 transfer case, Dana 44 front axle with Zip locker, Dana 44 rear axle with Spartan locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, ported/polished head, 21⁄2-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Chopped top, cowl hood, boatsides, chromoly steering and Panhard bar with Heims, flat belly crossmember
Does it work the way you want?: Crawls over almost anything Anything
You Would Change?: 40-inch tires, cage, Dana 60 front, shaved 14-bolt rear, NP231/300 Doubler
Anything to Add?: Build it, don’t buy it

1997 jeep cherokee xj

Combat JK
Vehicle: 2013 Jeep JK Rubicon Unlimited
Owner: Chad Wronka, Menifee, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers on 17x9.5 Spyderlock beadlocks
Suspension: Rebel Off-Road coilover kit with 2.5x14-inch King IBP shocks
Drivetrain: W5A580 5-speed automatic transmission, NP241 transfer case, Dana 44 axles, factory Rubicon lockers
Performance Mods: 3.6L V-6, K&N drop-in filter, MBRP exhaust Other Doodads: Custom hi-line fenders, ARB dual compressor with air tank, Combat LED lights: 50-inch bar, 10-inch bar, two 4-inch floods, two 2-inch backups, two 2-inch undercarriage rock lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: We rolled the Jeep two days after it was done. Thankfully, it was in 2 feet of snow so there was no damage.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: It works great. The guys at Rebel Off-Road have an exceptional product.
Anything You Would Change?: Definitely Atomic Axles someday and an Atlas transfer case

2013 jeep jk rubicon unlimited

Chevy in Recovery
Vehicle: 1985 Chevy K30
Owner: Joe Osuch, Mesa, AZ
Tires & Wheels: Military 37x12.5x16.5 Goodyear MT/Rs on stock 16.5-inch steel dualie wheels
Suspension: Stock 1-ton in the rear, Rancho 4-inch leaves in the front
Drivetrain: TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle with spool, full-floating Chevy 14-bolt rear axle with Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock Chevy 350 V-8
Other Doodads: Front 9,500-pound Warn winch, dual Optima batteries, rear 17,500 Brute Force winch from Recon, custom flatbed with built-in toolboxes, dual 20-gallon saddle tanks, 25-gallon bed tank with refueling hose
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything but the 350 motor. The truck could use more horsepower.
Anything You Would Change?: Maybe dual winches on the rear one day soon
Anything to Add?: We also remove junk from the deserts for the Tonto National Forest Service

1985 chevy k30

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