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Readers’ Rides - June 2014

Posted in News on May 7, 2014
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El Presidente

1986 Chevy K5 Blazer 6.2L diesel (M1009)
Owner: Dylan R. Krone, San Diego, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Maxxis Trepadors on 15-inch Pro Comp steel wheels
Suspension: Pro Comp 4-inch lift
Drivetrain: Stock, Spicer CV driveshafts
Performance Mods: K&N drop-in filter
Other Doodads: Roof rack with four off-road lights, 10-foot military whip antenna Funniest Wheeling Incident: I was following my buddy, hit a “gotcha,” and all my beer exploded in my cooler
Does It Work the Way You Want?: For the most part
Anything You Would Change?: I will be changing the camper shell out for a roll bar and a custom canvas top that I designed and adding tube steel doors
Anything to Add?: I’d like to add some 100-watt lights to my roof rack

Terrific TRD

2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD
Owner: Devin McMahan, Seattle, WA
Tires & Wheels: 315/75R16 BFGoodrich KM2s on 16-inch Black Wheelers Offroad steelies
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp hardware, OME coils and struts in front; 5-inch All Pro springs, 11⁄2-inch shackles in rear, Bilstein 5125 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock automatic transmission and geartrain, 4.88 axle gears, factory rear e-locker
Performance Mods: New 3.4L V-6, TRD Supercharger, TRD 7th injector kit, TRD headers and catback
Other Doodads: Sliders, skids, Demello hybrid rear bumper, custom-mounted Smittybilt XRC8 winch, slotted and dimpled rotors
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Works just the way it should. Will soon be adding a Spartan locker up front.
Anything You Would Change?: An SAS, 37s, and tube front bumper


1991 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Henry Laxton, Jonesboro, AR
Tires & Wheels: Steel 15x10 wheels with 1⁄4-inch homemade beadlocks, 38.5x14.5R15 Interco Super Swamper TSL/SXs on the front, Boggers on the rear
Suspension: Handmade from 2x2x1⁄4-inch square tubing with machined 1-link (not a grader ball), ORI struts, about 15 inches of lift
Drivetrain: 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission, twin-stick NP 205 transfer case, Dana 44s from a Scout 80, RCV front axle shafts, Yukon chromoly rear shafts, ARB Air Lockers, Power Tank powering all the awesomeness
Performance Mods: ’99 Vortec 4.3L V-6, Whipple supercharger, K&N CAI, throttle body spacer, Afco radiator mounted in rear with dual electric fans, Art Carr shifter
Other Doodads: Corbeau Baja Ultra SS suspension seats, steel skidplates, Rigid LED lights, rollcage, Warn 9500 winch with synthetic rope, LED rock lights, PSC hydraulic assist steering
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Raced a 900 Razor side-by-side on a motocross track at Flat Nasty, did a hard nosedive and hit a tree, but still won!
Does It Work the Way You Want?: There is always room for improvement, but yes
Anything You Would Change?: Would like an Atlas transfer case or a Doubler
Anything to Add?: If you want to put the Grasshopper on the cover, you have my permission, ha ha

Higher Sierra

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71
Owner: Edward Howard
Tires & Wheels: 285/75R17 BFG Mud-Terrain KM2s on Worx Beast 803s, +12 offset
Suspension: 31⁄2-inch Rough Country lift
Drivetrain: Factory, G80 limited-slip
Performance Mods: 5.3L V-8, K&N air filter, Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers
Other Doodads: Westin Sportsman brushguard, Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500 winch on Rough Country mounting plate, KC lights, Recon LED light bar
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Yes, it preforms incredibly well
Anything You Would Change?: Bigger lift, bigger tires, K&N intake, Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers, 285/70R17 Goodyear DuraTracs, sound system

Ford Jeep

1942 Ford GPW
Owner: Vernon Herndon, Armona, CA
Tires & Wheels: 600-16 nondirectionals, stock 16-inch steel wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 134.2ci L-head Go Devil I-4, T-84J 3-speed manual transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front axle with 4.16 gears, Dana 23-2 rear axle with 3.73 gears

Bubbafied Scrambler

1983 Scrambler
Owner: Bubba Tillman, Buffalo Junction, VA
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.5R15 Winston Winner A/Ts on stock wheels
Suspension: 2-inch Skyjacker lift
Drivetrain: 258 I-6, rebuilt 5-speed manual transmission, Dana 300 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, Dana 44 rear axle, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: Engine rebuilt with a little pep added
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulled out a big 4x4 that was sand-stuck at the beach. Big high-5s for Scrambler
Anything You Would Change?: Would like to add woodgrain bed for looks
Anything to Add?: This Jeep has been there and done that. 41⁄2-year restoration.

Submission Information
Send us a picture of your ride if you’ve never done so. We keep a surplus of Readers’ Rides submissions, but only one submission per person, and we love all off-road vehicles so send in your entries whether your rig is stock or not. Make sure each digital image is at least 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file. Write to: Readers’ Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245 Email to:

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