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Readers’ Rides - April 2014

1973 Ford F 250 4x4 Highboy Readers Rides
Tom Morr | Writer
Posted February 7, 2014

Homegrown 4x4s

Three-Seat Jeep
Vehicle: ’92 Jeep YJ (well, the body is)
Owner: Tyler Cox, Hobbs, NM
Tires & Wheels: 43x14.50 Super Swampers on Trail Worthy Hummer beadlocks
Suspension: Custom double-triangulated 4-link front and rear, 14-inch front King coilovers, 16-inch rear King coilovers
Drivetrain: 5.0L V-8 302 out of a ’98 Ford Mustang, Ford AOD 4-speed automatic transmission, Atlas II transfer case, Dana 60 axles
Other Doodads: Custom 3-seater cage
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Goes wherever you point it
Anything You Would Change?: Would like a stronger tranny

Minimal Maintenance
Vehicle: 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
Owner: Tyler Reiter, Clarion, IA
Tires & Wheels: 285/70R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on stock 17s
Suspension: Rough Country leveling keys, 3-inch block, and shock kit
Drivetrain: Stock. “Luckily it has 4.10s and a G80 limited-slip.”
Performance Mods: Cherry Bomb Extreme mufflers, K&N filter
Other Doodads: DIY bedlined rockers and bowtie, debadged and demolded, Focal and Rockford Fosgate speakers, DRL converted to turn/marker, grille opening and lower valance painted satin black
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Truck works great on minimum-maintenance roads during hunting season. It’s a great daily driver.
Anything You Would Change?: 20x10s on 33x12.50s for summer wheels and tires
Anything to Add?: 2500 gas cluster to gain trans-temp gauge, 11⁄2-inch Zone body lift, nicer stereo, hood and grille from a 2006 Silverado

Wet Willie
Vehicle: 1991 Jeep YJ
Owner: Christian Gardner, Ventura, CA
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on 17x10 Allied beadlocks
Suspension: Custom front SOA, rear SOA using Blue Torch Fab stretch (1001⁄2-inch wheelbase) with Cherokee rear leaves turned backwards
Drivetrain: AX15 5-speed manual transmission, Atlas 5:1 transfer case, Waggy Dana 44 axles, chromoly shafts, front Detroit Locker, rear spool, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6 with torque cam, AFE intake, throttle body spacer
Other Doodads: Custom 13⁄4-inch-OD DOM rollcage, Redneck Ram hydro-assist steering, Barnes 4WD flat skidplate
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Got out to relieve myself and a buddy pushed my rig down the trail with me trying to steer with one hand and not wet myself.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Right now, yes.
Anything You Would Change?: Link and coilovers, 14-bolts

Mountain Muskrat
Vehicle: 1995 Wrangler YJ Sahara
Owner: Clint Harris, Abingdon, VA
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x12.5R16.5 Pit Bull Rockers on Hummer beadlocks, 31⁄2-inch spacers
Suspension: Homebuilt SOA using Skyjacker 4-inch springs, Teraflex Revolver Shackles with a custom shackle reversal, 3-inch body lift
Drivetrain: AX15 5-speed manual transmission, NP231 transfer case with SYE kit, Dana 44 front axle with chromoly shafts from a ’78 F-250, GM 14-bolt rear axle from a ’92 Chevy 3500, Detroit Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L I-6, Tom Wood’s driveshafts
Other Doodads: Dual Optima batteries, Warn 9,500-pound winch, KC Daylighters, front ARB Bull Bar, rear Warn bumper, homemade rockers and skids, desert tan military CARC paint
Funniest Wheeling Incident: The name “Mountain Muskrat” has something to do with a dead muskrat in a waterfall and me being kinda absentminded that day
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, it’s a real rig that has been built for real trails
Anything You Would Change?: Someday I hope to get it out west to run the Rubicon and other great trails
Anything to Add?: This rig was built 100 percent by myself and the other members of Appalachian Off-Road Club in our garages

Future Rock Racer
Vehicle: 1990 Jeep Cherokee XJ
Owner: Anna Cashon, Ringgold, GA
Tires & Wheels: 33x13.5R15 all-terrains (since upgraded to Super Swampers) on 15x10 black steel rims
Suspension: 3-inch lift coils with 2-inch spacers in the front, add-a-leaves with longer shackles in the rear.
Drivetrain: Open front Dana 30 axle, Chrysler 81⁄4 rear axle with “Lincoln locker”
Performance Mods: 4.0L H.O. I-6, Spectre intake, Flowmaster Super 44 muffler
Other Doodads: Relocated gas tank in the trunk for more clearance
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Sunk it to the doors without knowing how deep the mud hole was that we were going into and got a big surprise. Ended up having to climb on the hood to get across to get the chain and hooking it up to be pulled out. I could not stop laughing.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For the most part, absolutely
Anything to Add?: New Dana 60 axles, and a rollcage with much-needed 5-way harnesses

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