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Readers’ Rides - July 2014

Posted in News on May 22, 2014
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Spiked Bronco
Vehicle: 1966 Bronco
Owner: Steve Erickson, Salt Lake City, UT
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on chrome steelies
Suspension: Wild Horses 31⁄2-inch suspension lift, front twin shock towers, 2-inch body lift
Drivetrain: T-18 transmission, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, Currie Ford 9-inch rear axle with chromoly shafts, Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: Ford 289 V-8 bored to 302 ci, Mustang 5.0L fuel injection, headers, twin glasspacks
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, tire mount, roll bar, slider, Dodge Neon bucket seats, rattle-can paint job, complete frame-off teardown done in father-in-law’s garage next to his ’69 Bronco.
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Was in Moab on Golden Spike and my father-in-law spent 10 minutes trying to climb one of the last waterfalls. I went over on the first try and it was my maiden voyage. He was not happy.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works fine
Anything You Would Change?: I have a fullsize Dana 44 front axle that I would like to shorten and install when my Dana 30 explodes.

Knight Krawler
Vehicle: 2004 Jeep Wrangler X TJ
Owner: Aaron Childress, New Market, AL
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Super Swamper TSLs on steel wheels
Suspension: 2-inch spring spacers, 2-inch body lift, stock springs, Rancho shocks, stabilizer
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom graphics, custom interior, Playstation 2, LCD screens, custom seats, killer sound system
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For the most part
Anything You Would Change?: Stronger axles and a 6-inch long-arm suspension
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Swapped my mudders for streets a day before my friend sank his Blazer. Upon trying to free him, I found myself stuck as well. Luckily another friend of ours just happened to be out practicing for the mud-bog competition. He hooked to me and pulled both my Jeep and the Blazer out at the same time.

Kickin’ It
Vehicle: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick
Owner: Devon Adroes, Mt. Home, AR
Tires & Wheels: Stock
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Other Doodads: Spray-in bedliner blackouts, new top
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I thought spring was finally here and took my top off. The next day I woke up to find 5 inches of snow in it
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Works great
Anything You Would Change?: V-8, Rockwells
Anything to Add?: My Sidekick is great in the snow and on trails. Plus, with gas prices it saves me $250 a month compared to driving my K5 to work.

The Green Machine
Vehicle: 1988 Jeep Comanche
Owner: Jeff Barello, Sterling Heights, MI
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Interco TrXus Mud-Terrains on 15x8 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rock Krawler 3-link long-arm with Alcan leaves and Bilstein 5150 shocks
Drivetrain: AX15 5-speed manual transmission, NP231 transfer case with SYE, Dana 30 front axle with hub conversion kit, Chrysler 81⁄4 rear axle, Alloy shafts, 4.56 gears, ARB Air Lockers
Performance Mods: 4.7L I-6 stroker motor
Other Doodads: Interior rollcage, steel tube flares, onboard air, Warn winch, ’99 XJ front sheetmetal and doors
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I got stuck on my first trip out after I painted it, when my buddy winched me out, the entire side of my Jeep dragged along a tree and got scratched and dented. So much for a new paintjob!
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Absolutely, it’s almost point-and-shoot on the trail
Anything You Would Change?: Stronger front axle and bob the bed
Anything to Add?: I bought this Jeep as a bare shell for $50 and built every piece of it

Peanut Butter Bogger
Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee Country
Owner: Mike Flowers, Elm City, NC
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.5R15 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs on 15x8 Soft 8s
Suspension: Rusty’s 3-inch full kit
Drivetrain: 4.0L HO I-6, AW4 4-speed automatic transmission, NP242 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, Chrysler 81⁄4 rear axle
Performance Mods: Spectre cold air intake, 62mm throttle body, high-flow cat, Flowmaster muffler
Other Doodads: JKS quick discos, Bushwacker flat flares
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Went 4-wheeling with my 6-year-old daughter. She sees the mud and says, “Daddy, that mud looks like wet peanut butter.” I died laughing.
Does It Work the Way You Want?: This Jeep performs awesome. It has over 200,000 miles on it. I drive it to the trails and then drive it back home.
Anything You Would Change?: New bumpers and winch

Half-Door Grand
Vehicle: 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Owner: Ezra Reid, Oroville, CA
Tires & Wheels: 42x14.5R17 Goodyear MT/R Kevlars on 17x9 Stazworx double beadlocks
Suspension: Triangulated 4-link front with 51⁄2-inch Bronco coils, 63-inch Chevy rear leaves, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: 545RFE 5-speed automatic; NP242 transfer case with SYE; custom high-angle driveshafts from Paradise Drivelines; high-pinion Dana 60 front axle, ARB Air Locker, and 35-spline chromoly outers; 14-bolt rear axle with Grizzly locker; 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.7L V-8
Other Doodads: Homemade bumpers and rock sliders, Warn winch, raised gas tank, Viair onboard air system, Rola roof rack, Currie Anti-rock sway bar, custom half-doors
Does It Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Lower it a few inches and add a rollcage for the family
Anything to Add?: Thanks to my family and friends and Precision Welding & Offroad

Spud Stud
Vehicle: Custom 5-seater 4x4
Owner: Dana Hale, Idaho
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R16.5 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As
Suspension: Skyjacker 6-inch kit
Drivetrain: TH400 3-speed automatic, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, Chevy 14-bolt rear axle with limited-slip, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: 511ci Cadillac big-block, 11:1 pistons, roller cam, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, 750-cfm Holley carb, custom 3-inch stainless exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom 3x5-inch steel frame, 2x0.125-inch rollcage, Cadillac electric heated seats
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling out a lowered mini-truck from a rock stream trail
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, it goes about anywhere
Anything You Would Change?: Bigger tires
Anything to Add?: It’s street-legal

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:

> Vehicle (year, make, model)
> Owner (name, city, state)
> Tires & Wheels (size, make, model)
> Suspension (lift, springs, shocks)
> Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles)
> Performance (engine mods)
> Other mods
> Does it work the way you want?
> Anything you would change?
> Funniest Wheeling Incident
> Anything to add?

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