March 2010 Readers' Rides
Long Strides Vehicle: '86 Ford Bronco II Owner: Shay Stepp, Barstow, CA Tires: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts Suspension: Custom 5.5-inch via early Bronco coils, Skyjacker leafs, Fox shocks Drivetrain: A4LD, BW1350 with doubler, full-width Dana 44 front and 8.8-inch rear, 4.88 gears Performance Mods: Stock Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and sliders Does everything work the way you want?: No complaints! Anything you would change?: 5.13 gears and longer control arms
Super Size Vehicle: '01 Ford F-150 Owner: Robert Eacker, Penrose, CO Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on Copperhead beadlocks Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion up front via 14-inch Sway-a-Way coilovers and radius arms, 5-inch Skyjacker rear springs Drivetrain: NP203/205 Doubler, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears Performance Mods: 5.4L, headers, 3-inch exhaust, K&N intake Other Doodads: Optima battery, Warn winch, Road Armor front bumper, Defender rack, custom sliders and bed cage Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there Anything you would change?: It could use hydraulic assist
Greener Grass Vehicle: '72 Jeep CJ-5 Owner: Will Corbett, Grass Valley, CA Tires & Wheels: 36x13.50 Iroks on 15x10 steel wheels Suspension: Custom spring-over axle with Rubicon Express springs and Rancho shocks Drivetrain: T-18, Dana 300 with Tera 4:1 kit, custom-built Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear, ARB Air Lockers, 5.38 gears Performance Mods: Buick V-6, Flowmaster exhaust Other Doodads: 4WD Hardware fiberglass body, wheelbase stretched 16 inches, Power Tank, custom bumpers and cage, PSC steering Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
General Crusher Vehicle: '74 AM General M109A3 6x6 Owner: Travis Chapman, Duncan, SC Tires & Wheels: 16.00-20 Michelin XZLs on HEMMT wheels Suspension: 6-inch front lift springs, 6-inch rear blocks with traction bars Drivetrain: 3053 Spicer five-speed, air-shift Rockwell 136-27 transfer case, 21/2-ton Rockwell axles, Ouverson hubs and lockers, 6.72 gears Performance Mods: Turbocharged Inline diesel Other Doodads: Bobbed bed and frame, rear axle delete, M105 bed, PSC full hydraulic steering Does everything work the way you want?: So far, yes Anything you would change?: Needs more power, Cummins 6BTTA, NV4500, and upgrade to Ouverson shafts
Mud U Vehicle: '78 Ford Ranger Owner: Levi Gore, Stephens City, VA Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Mud Grapplers on 15x10 wheels Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: 390ci, headers, Flowmaster mufflers Other Doodads: Borgeson steering shaft, 3-inch body lift Funniest Wheeling Incident: Breaking a sector shaft and burning up the fuel pump 3 miles into a 6-mile trail. We spent six hours working on the truck on the side of the mountain at night, in the pouring rain, but finally managed to get it out. Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now Anything you would change?: Rebuild the engine, bigger tires, and more lift Anything to add?: Only 1,000 bucks invested so far in the truck and parts. It's the most fun a bunch of college kids could have while getting an education!
Year Exempt Vehicle: Toyota Owner: Mike Ebert, Las Vegas, NV Tires & Wheels: 36-inch SXs on 15x10 Allied beadlocks Suspension: 4-inch All Pro front leaves, Desert Runner Fabrication four-link rear with Johnny Joints and Sway-A-Way 2.0 air shocks Drivetrain: Marlin Crawler box, 8-inch Toyota axles, Detroit Locker front, spool rear, 5.29 gears Performance Mods: 22R, propane injected Other Doodads: Custom 'cage, chassis, and skids; All-Pro Hy-Steer; PSC steering pump; Mile Marker winch Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: More cam, three-link front suspension, 37s Anything to add?: Thanks to Jack and Desert Runner Fabrication
Over 5 Vehicle: '67 Jeep CJ-5 Owner: Steve Pugh, Whitby, Ontario, Canada Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claws on 15x10 steel wheels Suspension: Custom 3-inch with air shocks Drivetrain: T-18, Dana 27 front, Dana 44 rear Performance Mods: Buick V-6 Other Doodads: Electric fan, Warn winch Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: Power steering and a Saturn overdrive
Salty Seats Vehicle: '03 GMC Sonoma Owner: Tyler Hensly, Salt Lake City, UT Tires & Wheels: 315/70/17 BFG A-Ts on H2 wheels Suspension: Custom multilink with coilovers up front and coils in the rear Drivetrain: NP231 mated to a NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, 4.11 gears Performance Mods: 4.3L Other Doodads: Customs bumpers, sliders, and rollbar, hydraulic assist Does everything work the way you want?: I have no complaints Anything you would change?: Wish I had the leather seats
The Tie That Bogs Vehicle: '86 Chevy Owner: Joseph Myers, Shaftsbury, VT Tires & Wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 15-inch steel wheels Suspension: 12-inch Superlift Drivetrain: 4.10 gears Performance Mods: 400ci, Flowmaster mufflers Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom front bumper, 12,000-pound winch Does everything work the way you want?: So far so good Anything you would change?: Bigger tires, better shocks, and lockers Anything to add?: Thanks to all that helped to get my truck to this point
US Patrol Vehicle: '69 Nissan Patrol Owner: Zackery Gant, San Antonio, TX Tires: 32x11.50 TSL SXs (not pictured) Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock Performance Mods: Weber carburetor Does everything work the way you want?: Works great as a daily driver and weekend wheeler Anything you would change?: Paint and Alcan springs
Flat Red Vehicle: '50 Willys CJ-3A Owner: Brian Neil, Spokane, WA Tires & Wheels: 32x9.50 TSLs on 15x7 CJ-5 wheels Suspension: Holbrook springs Drivetrain: T-90, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, Lock-Rights, 5.38 gears Performance Mods: 225ci Other Doodads: Warn 8274 winch, CJ-5 gas tank, Flex-a-lite electric pusher fan Does everything work the way you want?: Yes Anything you would change?: Swap out the transmission for a stronger unit
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Vehicle (year, make, model) Owner (name, city, state) Tires & Wheels (size, make, model) Suspension (lift, springs, shocks) Drivetrain (tranny, transfer case, axles) Performance (engine mods) Other mods Does it work the way you want? Anything you would change? Funniest Wheeling Incident Anything to add?