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Readers’ Rides - December 2014

Posted in News on November 5, 2014
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WV FJ
Vehicle: 2007 FJ Cruiser
Owner: Zack Cater, Charleston, WV
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on Mickey Thompson Sidebiter rims
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country lift, Radflo coilovers and shocks
Drivetrain: Stock, 4.88 gears,factory e-locker
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, 12K Badlands winch, All Pro rear bumper with a jerrycan swingout, doors half-bedlined, 4-inch HID lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Every time the girlfriend screams or white-knuckles the grab handles
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For the most part, would be nice to have greater travel from the front suspension
Anything You Would Change?: Bypass rear shocks
Anything to Add?: Sliders, transfer case skid, SAS swap

Righteous Wrongler
Vehicle: 2007 Wrangler Sahara
Owner: Bobby Rumpler, West Chester, OH
Tires & Wheels: 37x13.5R17 Toyo Open Country 2s on 17x9 ATX beadlocks
Suspension: Front King coilovers, 4-link, rear 31⁄2-inch Rubicon Express coils, 3-link
Drivetrain: 42RLE, NVG213, Dana 30 front axle with Synergy sleeves and gussets, Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Loc, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 3.8L V-6, Sprintex supercharger, Banks ram air intake, custom exhaust, Thrush muffler
Other Doodads: Full cage, custom hi-flow hood, Trek Armor seat covers, BedTred bedlined floorboards, River Raider full corners, Trail Tail LED taillights, steel braided brake lines, Evotrack bar brackets, Synergy tie-rod, EvoRugged Ridge Stryker bar in front, Riddler diff covers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: An XJ with a small-block Chevy and 44s was trying a step, roasting the tires and going nowhere. After he got winched up, I crawled right up it without slipping a tire. Karma works in mysterious ways because in the parking lot earlier he had said, “Nice Wrongler.”
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Works great. I’ve had six Jeeps over the years and my JK still surprises me every time I go out.
Anything You Would Change?: 1-tons, bigger brakes, and a rear axle stretch
Anything to Add?: I built this rig myself. It drives like a Caddy on the road and does awesome in the woods. A million dollars wouldn’t buy it because I did it all myself.

Another PA Jeep
Vehicle: 2010 JK Rubicon Unlimited
Owner: Brian Gizenski, Dallas, PA
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Cooper Discoverers on 17-inch American Racing wheels
Suspension: 3-inch Skyjacker kit
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: MBRP exhaust, Superchips Flashpaq tuner
Other Doodads: Winch, rock sliders, Body Armor bumpers, Hi-Lift jack, foglights
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: So far so good
Anything You Would Change?: Mud-terrain tires

Around-Town MJ
Vehicle: 1987 Jeep Comanche Pioneer
Owner: Bob Govea, Saint Charles, IL
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch BFGoodrich Long Trails on black Cragar Soft 8s
Suspension: BDS 4 1⁄2-inch lift, Rough Country shocks
Drivetrain: Novak-rebuilt AX-15 transmission and NP242 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, Ford 8.8 rear axle, Warn diff protector, 3.73 gears, disc brakes
Performance Mods: Stock Renix 4.0L I-6, custom dual exhaust, Jegs gauges
Other Doodads: JCR bumpers and rock rails, Rhino-lined bed, tonneau cover, tinted windows, painted silver with a flat black hood.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: I originally bought this to make it a designated off-road vehicle. I soon found out it ran and performed better than expected and had very little rust. It is a great fun vehicle to drive around town.
Anything to Add?: I’m blessed and thankful to have had the help of some good Jeep friends with the skills to make this possible

Custom-Fab Ram
Vehicle: 1998 Ram 1500
Owner: Michael Hearn, Las Palomas, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 BFG KM2s, black steel Rock Crawler wheels
Suspension: Skyjacker 4-inch lift, Pro Comp ES9000 shocks, Performance Accessories 3-inch body lift, Daystar leveling kit
Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 360 V-8, Airaid intake and throttle body spacer, Superchips Flashpaq
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, custom headache rack, custom tailgate/tire rack, 12,500-pound winch, Pro Comp lights, Kenwood 2000-watt sound system

FS-Chevy-J
Vehicle: 1961 Willys pickup
Owner: Ted Voelker, Gaston, OR
Tires & Wheels: 315/85R16 BFG KM2s on old Turbo wheels
Suspension: Stock 1977 1⁄2-ton Chevy
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, 8-lug Dana 44 front axle, GM 14-bolt rear axle, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: ’86 Chevy 305 small-block, headers, Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold
Other Doodads: Warn winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Had a guy 4-wheeling in a Wrangler stop and ask, “What is that?” He is obviously not a real Jeep guy.
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: The truck works great
Anything You Would Change?: I would like to add limited-slip diffs front and rear and change the wipers from vacuum to electric

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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: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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Funniest Wheeling Incident
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