Vehicle: 1985 Toyota pickup
Owner: Buddy Jacobucci, Fort Collins, CO
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/R on 32-bolt beadlocks
Suspension: Rear springs up front, 63-inch Chevy springs in the rear
Drivetrain: 700R4, single transfer case with 4.7 gears, trunnion eliminators, RCV 30-spline shafts, ARB Air Lockers front and rear, 5.29 axle gears
Performance Mods: 1994 Chevy 4.3L Vortec V-6
Other Doodads: Ramsey Patriot 9.5 winch, custom hood wrap
Anything You Would Change?: Hydraulic assist going in
Anything to Add?: Everything went well in the shakedown run through Independence/Patriot trails in Penrose, Colorado
Vehicle: 1993 Grand Cherokee
Owner: Corey Schertz, Paola, KS Tires: 235/75R15 Hankook MTs
Suspension: 3-inch Daystar lift, Rancho shocks, quick-disconnects
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: K&N air filter, Thrush exhaust
Other Doodads: ’09 Wrangler front bumper, Pro Comp slim lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I was first tracks in some snow, and as soon as I hit the top of the hill I slid sideways and buried it. A Chevy was there to help give a tug.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Not yet. Needs more lift and lockers.
Anything You Would Change?: My next upgrade is bigger tires and a winch
Vehicle: 1990 Chevy K2500 Scottsdale
Owner: Chris Abley, Prince George, BC, Canada
Tires: 225/75R16 Firestones
Suspension: Stock IFS Drivetrain: 350 V-8, 700R4, Dana 44 front axle, 14-bolt rear axle
Other Doodads: Camper shell, running boards, bediner
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Jumping it over a snow bank and my brother hitting his head on the roof
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: 454 TBI or a LB7 Duramax, 4-inch suspension lift, 33-inch BFG KM2s, 10,000-pound winch
Anything to Add?: This is my first truck, and I use it to haul my dirt bikes and parts for my other projects
Vehicle: 2002 F-250
Owner: Cody Lee Murphy, Punta Gorda, FL
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R16 Super Swamper TSL radials on XD rims
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker lift with 8000 series shocks, Trail Master SS leveling kit
Performance Mods: 5.4L V-8, K&N intake
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Getting major-league stuck when I had 285/75R16 ATs on it
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Yes, now that I have the 37s
Anything You Would Change?: I would have preferred the 7.3
Anything to Add?: I also own a ’92 Silverado 4x4 and an’05 TRD PreRunner. Just need a Dodge/Sheep and I would have a nice variety pack.
The Ex Factor
Vehicle: 1997 Explorer
Owner: Gary Simpson, Vineland, NJ
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Dick Cepeks on 15x10 American Racing rims
Suspension: 3-inch body lift, 3-inch suspension lift: torsion bar keys up front, shackles and add-a-leaves in back, Rough Country shocks
Performance Mods: 5.0L V-8 Mustang throttle body, intake, valve covers, ’95 Explorer air box, K&N air filter, homemade snorkel
Other Doodads: Brush bar, foglights with blue lenses, murdered out
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Being out till 3 in the morning from 3 in afternoon with my buddy Kyle with his F-150 on 35s stuck up to its hood in a mud hole. Me and my Explorer finally pulled him out by burying the rear of my truck in the mud and using a chain and a Hi-Lift as a winch with logs under the tires.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: If I don’t floor it
Anything You Would Change?: 37s, 4.56 gears, 4-inch Superlift kit
Anything to Add?: Thank you to Petersens 4-Wheel & Off-Road for putting Explorers on the map. Jeeps, stop hatin’ when you see us on the trail
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