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July 2015 Readers’ Rides

Posted in News on June 6, 2015
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Water Wrangler
Vehicle: 2010 Jeep JK
Owner: Rocky Knell, Roland, OK
Tires: 35x12.5R18 Toyo Open Countrys
Suspension: 21⁄2-inch spacer lift, stock springs and shocks
Drivetrain: Stock 3.8L V-6, 6-speed manual trans
Other Doodads: Smittybilt bumper and fender flares, LED spotlight on windshield, LED floodlights on bumper, Ramsey Platinum 9500 winch, quick-disconnect sway bar, Rhino-lined interior, Hi-Lift jack on the hood
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I bought it on a Thursday and filled it full of water the following Saturday crossing a creek with my wife
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works great for an everyday driver and a weekend warrior
Anything You Would Change?: 4.56 gears, lockers, 1-ton axles, Vortec V-8 Anything to Add?: I am a father of five with a factory job and I’ve never paid anyone to do anything to my Jeep. I learn as I go and always involve my kids. Four of them want a jacked-up 4x4 for their first vehicle—one proud daddy!

’Yota Killer
Vehicle: 2006 Nissan Titan
Owner: Darrel Townsend, Porterville, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 BFG KM2s on XD Addicts
Suspension: 2-inch leveling kit, Rough Country UCAs, Bilstein 5100s
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: S&B intake, custom cat-back exhaust
Other Doodads: Legit Accessories LEDs, Glassworks fenders, 2-inch wheel adapters, homebuilt rock sliders and bumper, two 10-inch light bars
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Showing up Nissan haters everywhere I go and having to hold on before pulling people out so their friends can take photos
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Very well for fullsize. Could use more flex and clearance.
Anything You Would Change?: Going to boat-side the bed and build custom rear bumper, installing dual-row bar in place of the two single-row bars, long travel kit
Anything to Add?: I need to make Moab soon!

Jacked-up Powerstroke
Vehicle: 1996 F-250
Owner: Colt Colorado Jack, Washington State
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R16 Toyo Open Country A/Ts on stock black rims
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country lift
Drivetrain: 7.3L Powerstroke, 5-speed transmission, front Dana 50 axle, rear Dana 60 axle, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 120-hp injectors, Garrett turbo housing with Banks guts, Banks oil cooler, 4-inch turbo-back exhaust, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Front bumper, canopy, CB whips
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: So far, yes
Anything You Would Change?: 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers
Anything to Add?: When in doubt, throttle out

Rock-Hard Body
Vehicle: 1990 Nissan Hardbody
Owner: Jason Dickert, Pueblo West, CO
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As on American Racing wheels
Suspension: 8-inch lift, including front Fox coilovers with Eibach springs, HD torsion bars, custom upper A-arms, Trail Master rear leaves with Fox reservoir shocks
Drivetrain: 4.88 gears, limited-slips
Performance Mods: KA24E 2.4L I-4, CAI, header, high-flow exhaust, dual 10-inch electric fans
Other Doodads: Custom aluminum roof rack with two spare tires, Hi-Lift jack, Pro Comp spotlights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Behind the Rocks trail in Moab, when my buddy’s FC Jeep broke both front and rear driveshafts. I bent both outer tie-rod ends on the same outing. Made the 400-mile trip back to Colorado with a tape-measure alignment and some used tires on the front.

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Vortec Willys
Vehicle: 1947 Willys Jeep
Owner: Barry Weckwerth, Boise, ID
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 General Grabbers on 17x10 rims
Suspension: 4-inch TJ Rock Krawler long-arm suspension built to a custom frame
Drivetrain: Chevy 4.3L V-6, 4L60E automatic, NV231C transfer case
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: So far, wouldn’t change anything yet

Cherokee Grandeur
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ
Owner: Dennis Miller II, Leechburg, PA
Tires & Wheels: 315/75R16 Wild Country MTs on 16x8 Pro Comp 7031s, 1.5-inch Spidertrax spacers
Suspension: Clayton 6-inch long-arm kit with 2-inch Budget Boost, Bilstein 5125 14-inch-travel rears, 11-inch-travel fronts, Pro Comp stem-mount adapters, JKS disconnects, JKS track bar
Drivetrain: NVG242 transfer case, front Dana 30 axle, rear Ford 9-inch upgraded to 35-spline, Aussie locker, Quick Performance rear truss, Clayton upper 4-link truss and bracket kit, disc brake conversion
Performance Mods: 4.0L I-6, BBK Big Bore throttle body, K&N cold air intake, throttle body spacer, MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust, Borla header, Bosch 4-hole injectors, Superchips FlashPaq tuner
Other Doodads: Cree 40-inch LED bar, Cree 4x4 LEDs on the A-pillars, Rigid Duallys in the bumper, Protofab bumpers, JRC rock sliders, IRO transfer case skid, Bushwacker cutout flares, Badlands 12,000-pound winch, Viair onboard air system, 60-inch Hi-Lift jack

MT MB
Vehicle: 1942 Willys MB
Owner: Justin Kostelecky, Laurel, MT
Tires: Old 6.50x16 bias all-terrains
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: 100 percent original
Performance Mods: Dry air-element air cleaner
Other Doodads: Bullet hole in the windshield
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Runs great and gets tons of looks!
Anything You Would Change?: Full restoration someday, but too much fun right now
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Took it to a car show, all muddy, and more people were checking out the Jeep than the 1968 Camaro I parked next to Anything to Add?: I’ve been inspired by Péwé, Freiburger, and Williams over the years, and I finally got my first Jeep. It has been a ton of fun bringing the old girl back to life.

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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