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June 2015 Readers' Rides

Posted in News on April 28, 2015
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Cliff Carouser
Vehicle: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Scott Byczynski, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 285/70R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on 17-inch Method NV rims
Suspension: Icon 2.5 extended-travel reservoir front coilovers set at 2 inches, Icon 2-inch rear coils, Icon 2.0 VS rear shocks, Total Chaos upper control arms
Other Doodads: Trailworx Fab winch bumper, 20-inch Rigid E2 series light bar, VR10000-S Warn winch, PRP Daily Driver suspension seats will be installed shortly
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, but I always seem to tell myself I need more
Anything you would Change?: 3-inch rear springs, 35s
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I took my girlfriend to the FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado. Our first trail was Poughkeepsie Gulch, which has some cliffs. We were coming down and she looked down the cliff and started to get really nervous. Then she started hyperventilating, so I was trying to calm her down while focusing on the trail. She started to get a little used to it after that.
Anything to Add?: Icon S2 dual shocks in front with hydraulic bumps in the rear, Metal Tech Red Eye rear bumper, All Pro rock sliders, Baja Spy roof rack, CVT rooftop tent, TRD cold air intake, ARB Safari snorkel

Another White Bronco
Vehicle: 1989 Bronco
Owner: Chet Burrows, Calabasas, CA
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.5R16.5 Goodyear military tires on steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Pro Comp lift
Drivetrain: 4.9L I-6, 5-speed, BorgWarner 1356 transfer case, Dana 44 TTB front axle, Ford 8.8 rear axle
Other Doodads: Custom front bumpers and rock sliders
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I luckily have not gotten stuck
Does Everything Work the way you want?: Yes, but getting the A/C to work would be nice
Anything you would Change?: Maybe down the road a long-travel kit
Anything to Add? I am 17 and this is my first 4x4

Oily Suzy
Vehicle: 1987 Suzuki Samurai JX 4x4
Owner: Andy Jones, Montclair, CA
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.5R15 Kumho Road Venture MTs on Pro Comp Rock Crawlers
Suspension: Trail Tough Erick Trek SOA
Drivetrain: Trail Tough 6.4:1 transfer case, J.E. Reel driveshafts, ARB Air Lockers, Warn hubs, rear chromoly axleshafts, 4.52 gears
Performance Mods: ’95 Sidekick 1.6L swap, Trail Tough exhaust
Other Doodads: Amsoil lubricants, Trail Tough Mighty Kong transfer case mount, Ramsey winch, European head lights, Pro Comp off-road lights, Sidekick power steering, rollcage, rally hard top, Rampage soft top with zippered sides, front Sidekick disc brakes, Calmini front bumper, Rocky Road rear bumper/tire carrier, Calmini rock sliders, CB, ham radio, Petroworks fuel tank
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Flopping on the side on Cleghorn Ridge without damage
Does everything work the way you want?: Way beyond
Anything you would change?: No
Anything to Add?: Ran Coyote Lake Trail solo pulling a trailer

Red Ridge Raider
Vehicle: 1982 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
Owner: John Russell, Phoenix, AZ
Tires: 35x12.5R17 Hercules
Suspension: 6-inch spring lift in the front, shackle flip in the rear with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Fresh TH400 and NP205 with king-pin Dana 60 front axle, full-floating 14-bolt rear axle
Performance Mods: Chevy 350 bored 0.030 over, Hedman headers, Edelbrock Performer 600 carb and intake
Other Doodads: Half-cage and four-point harnesses in the front, crossover steering
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Crossing the river too fast and stalling in the middle while the truck fills with water until I can get it restarted
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most, yes. It cruises down the interstate at 65 mph with 4.56 gears.
Anything You Would Change?: I would change the carb to EFI

LS FJ
Vehicle: 1977 FJ40 Land Cruiser
Owner: Shane R. Christensen, Denver, CO
Tires & Wheels: 285/75R17 BFGoodrich KM2s on 17x8 Hutchinson beadlocks
Suspension: HFS 4-inch springs, Bilstein 5165 shocks
Drivetrain: Toyota H55 5-speed with Toyota split transfer case, Tom Wood’s driveshafts
Performance Mods: GM Performance LS1 crate motor
Other Doodads: Gobi rack, Iron Pig seats, Lowrance HDS 7 GPS/topo, JW Speaker LED headlights, White Knuckle sliders, Warn 8274 winch, custom rear mount for my Yeti cooler
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great!
Anything you would Change?: Stronger axles are next, given the LS1
Anything to Add?: We were vaporlocked and overheated with the inline 2F for two hours at 12,000 feet on Handcrat Gulch above Breckenridge. The two hours gave me plenty of time to think about not wanting to walk home. I got home and bought the LS1.

Dakota Challenge
Vehicle: 1992 Dodge Dakota
Owner: Jeremiah Friend, Forest Grove, OR
Tires: 31-inch Hercules Trail-Diggers
Suspension: 4-inch lift Other Doodads: Headache rack, added lights in the grille.
Does everything work the way you want?: I wish my 4-Hi was a little lower
Anything to Add?: Lockers, 24-valve Cummins

Swamp Snorkler
Vehicle: 1995 Jeep YJ
Owner: Keith Knight, Wauchula, FL
Tires: 37-inch BFG Krawlers
Suspension: Spring-over with Rubicon Express 1-inch leaf springs, Rancho 9000 shocks, 1150 RTI score
Drivetrain: Factory 5-speed, NP231 with 4:1 gears and SYE, Dana 30 front axle with ARB Air Locker and Super 44 shafts, Ford 8.8 rear axle with ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 2.5L I-4, header, bored throttle body, dual electric fan
Other Doodads: York onboard air compressor system, custom 6-point cage, custom tie rod, Body Armor accessories, 1⁄4-inch skidplates from the oil pan to the gas tank
Does everything work the way you want?: After purchasing it new and doing all the work myself, driving it 600 miles each way to the trail dozens of times (trailer now), it’s never left me stranded. So, yes, it works just right!
Anything You Would Change?: Always room for improvements such as seats, 5-point harnesses, and a tailgate/spare tire carrier

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: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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