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.
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.
Vehicle: 1996 Suzuki Sidekick
Owner: Devon Adroes, Mt. Home, AR
Tires & Wheels: 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
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
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
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