Readers’ Rides

    Diehard, Backyard, & Everyday 4x4s

    The Jeep Brigade
    Award Winner
    Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Owner: Eric Burton, Aurora, CO
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pro Comp M/Ts on 15-inch steel wheels
    Suspension: 51⁄2-inch Rubicon Express with Pro Comp MX-6 shocks
    Drivetrain: NV3550, NP231, Dana 30 front with an Aussie Locker, Dana 44 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L
    Other Doodads: OR Fab sports cage, custom sliders and tire carrier, onboard air
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: While wheeling with my club on the Pritchett Canyon trail in Moab, I attempted an obstacle with a little too much skinny pedal. In two seconds I blew out the left axle U-joint, front right sidewall, and left rear sidewall. I did go on to win the Trail Damage of the Year award!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
    Anything you would change?: Stretch the wheelbase, add bigger tires and axles

    Camo 5
    Vehicle: 1972 Jeep CJ-5
    Owner: Neal Sprott, Minden, NV
    Tires & Wheels: 33x10.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 steel wheels
    Suspension: 4-inch Superlift with a shackle reversal in the front
    Drivetrain: Dana 20, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, 4.27 gears
    Performance Mods: 304ci
    Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Smittybilt winch, custom bumper
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
    Anything you would change?: Onboard air, dual batteries, lockers, and more lift
    Anything to add?: Great magazine! I have been reading it for years.

    Canadian Woods
    Vehicle: 1993 Jeep Wrangler
    Owner: Cody Woodward, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Pit Bull Rockers on Ultra 15x10 wheels
    Suspension: 5-inch BDS springs, 11⁄2-inch BDS shackles, BDS shocks
    Drivetrain: AX-15, NP 231, Dana 30 front with an E-Locker, 8.8-inch rear with a Lock Right, 4.88 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L
    Other Doodads: 21⁄2-inch body lift, Warn bumpers and winch
    Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
    Anything you would change?: Stroke the engine, Dana 44 axles, bigger tires

    Spare Jeep
    Vehicle: 1985 Jeep Scrambler
    Owner: Sean Berden, Indian River, MI
    Tires & Wheels: 36x15.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch Eagle Alloy wheels
    Suspension: Custom multilink with 21⁄2-inch Deaver Early Bronco coils
    Drivetrain: Dana 300, Dana 44 front with a Lock Right, Dana 44 rear with a spool, 4.10 gears
    Performance Mods: LT-1 V-8
    Other Doodads: The original frame was in bad shape so we built a custom frame using the front portions of two Early Bronco frames
    Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
    Anything to add?: With the exception of the body, the Jeep was built entirely of spare parts that I had lying around

    Zac Attack
    Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Owner: Zac Johnson, Sedona, AZ
    Tires & Wheels: 31-inch All Terrains on 16-inch wheels
    Suspension: 3-inch Old Man Emu
    Drivetrain: Rear locker
    Performance Mods: 4.0L
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
    Anything you would change?: 33-inch MTZs and a 41⁄2-inch lift

    The Sleeper
    Vehicle: 1978 Jeep CJ-7
    Owner: Tony Sleeper, Flushing, MI
    Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 SSRs on 15x10 steel Eaton wheels
    Suspension: 21⁄2-inch BDS with 1⁄2-inch MORE shackles
    Drivetrain: Dana 20, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear with an Ox Locker, 3.73 gears
    Performance Mods: 258ci, bored, Crane cam, Offenhauser intake, Holley carburetor, Hedman header
    Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift, Warn winch, aluminum tub
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
    Anything you would change?: Add a front locker

    Sublime
    Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Owner: Don Korshnak, Madison Township, PA
    Tires & Wheels: 33-inch MTRs on stock 17-inch Rubicon wheels
    Suspension: 41⁄2-inch Rubicon Express
    Drivetrain: NP231 with an Advance Adapters slip-yoke eliminator, high-pinion 30 front, 8.8-inch rear axle with an Aussie Locker, 4.10 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L
    Other Doodads: Warn M8000 winch, AtoZ rocker guards, Vanco big brake kit
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Add a selectable front locker
    Anything to add?: The color is from an ’07 Dodge Charger Daytona and is called Sublime

    Trail Pass
    Vehicle: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    Owner: John Boehm, Albuquerque, NM
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on stock 17-inch wheels with TeraFlex wheel spacers
    Suspension: 4-inch with Bilstein 5100 shocks
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: 3.8L, throttle body spacer, cold air intake, Hushpower exhaust
    Other Doodads: Viair onboard air, River Raider Evap skid, Fab Fours bumpers
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Never knew that my wife was deathly afraid of heights until I took her on the Black Bear Pass trail in Colorado!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Currie Rock Jock 60 axles, long-arm suspension, diesel conversion

    What the Heck!?
    In the Grove
    Vehicle: 1976 Chevy Camaro body/’81 K-10 frame
    Owner: Chris Groves
    Tires: 36-inch TrXus STS
    Suspension: 9 inches
    Performance Mods: 350ci
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
    Anything you would change?: Lower stall torque converter
    Anything to add?: Thanks to my stepdad for all of the help

    Unlimited Original
    Vehicle: 1988 Jeep Wrangler body/’79 Ford F-250 frame
    Owner: Jason Derech
    Tires: 49-inch Iroks
    Suspension: Custom
    Drivetrain: C6, NP203/205 Doubler, Dana 60 axles
    Performance Mods: 460ci
    Other Doodads:Custom tub and soft top, seats six
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

    Buggy Bogger
    Vehicle: 2010 Swamp Buggy
    Owner: Michael Cox
    Tires: 18.4x26 Titan R2 tractor tires
    Suspension: Custom 4-link
    Drivetrain: TH350, SCS quick change gearbox, 21⁄2-ton Rockwells
    Performance Mods: Custom V-8 built by Titan Engines
    Other Doodads: 180-pound aluminum frame built by Swamp Buggies of Florida, custom airbrush work by Porkchop Air Brush
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

    On the Ice
    Vehicle: 1965 Volvo L3314N
    Owner: Rune Rydningen, Arendal, Norway
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Goodyear MTRs on 15x8 wheels
    Suspension: Stock
    Drivetrain: 3.25:1 low range, front and rear lockers, 5.38 gears
    Performance Mods: Volvo B18, 65hp
    Other Doodads: Garmin GPS, custom cage, winch
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Tried to take a shortcut this winter and went through the ice. Now I know why no one takes that road anymore!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Almost there
    Anything you would change?: Full-float rear axle with a Lock-Right, high-back seats, and better lights
    Anything to add?: This was my father’s daily driver for many years

    Random Mikes
    Vehicle: 1974 “Al Camaro”
    Owner: Mike Miracola & Mike Wiggins, Random Lake, WI
    Tires & Wheels: 40-inch Gumbo Mudders on 15-inch American Racing wheels
    Suspension: Custom 3-inch
    Drivetrain: NP203, Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear
    Performance Mods: 390ci
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom cage, bumpers, sliders, and steps
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
    Anything you would change?: 4-link suspension, ARB Air Lockers, a set of front and rear winches
    Anything to add?: The body was created by mating an ’88 Camaro with an ’80 Dodge pickup bed

    Sport Crawler
    Vehicle: 1995 Kia Sportage
    Owner: Dennis Thompson, Stansbury Park, UT
    Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50s on 15x7 wheels
    Suspension: 21⁄2-inch Eibach springs with 2-inch Upyourkia spacers and KYB shocks up front, stock Jeep Wrangler TJ rear coils with TeraFlex 6-inch lift front TJ shocks in the rear
    Drivetrain: Extra shim packs added to the rear limited slip, 4.77 gears
    Performance Mods: 2.0L, K&N filter, MagnaFlow exhaust
    Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, sliders, and rear bumper, Smittybilt winch
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Watching people’s faces when I am wheeling 4+ trails in Moab!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap and lower transfer case gears
    Anything to add?: Real Kias are built, not bought!

    AMC 5
    Vehicle: 1973 AMC Gremlin body/Jeep CJ-5 frame
    Owner: Frank McDermott
    Tires: Dunlop Mud Rovers
    Suspension: Custom
    Drivetrain: 4.10 gears
    Performance Mods: 304ci
    Other Doodads: Custom cage
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s a work in progress
    Anything to add?: I hauled this out of a junkyard a few months ago. I am in the process of bringing it back to life. It currently runs and drives, but could definitely use some fine tuning.

    The Big Bobber
    Vehicle: 1969 M35A2
    Owner: Richard Heberling, Bigler, PA
    Tires & Wheels: Michelin 14.00R20s on 20-inch military wheels
    Suspension: Stock front, custom rear
    Drivetrain: T136, 21⁄2-ton Rockwells, 6.72 gears
    Performance Mods: 465ci
    Other Doodads: Bigler Boyz custom built bobbed bed and crew cab, custom traction bars, Smittybilt XRC seats
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

    The Toy Group
    Snow Way
    Vehicle: 1998 Toyota Tacoma
    Owner: Dave T Shappat, Walla Walla, WA
    Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 Toyo M/Ts with custom grooving, 15x10 Centerline wheels
    Suspension: 3-inch Toytec, Bilstein shocks
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: Stock
    Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
    Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap, gears, lockers, 39-inch Iroks

    Mud Mojo
    Vehicle: 1985 Toyota 4Runner
    Owner: Marc Mojto, Glidden, WI
    Tires & Wheels: 40x17.50 Ground Hawgs on 15-inch wheels with 2-inch wheel spacers
    Suspension: Custom 12-inch
    Drivetrain: TH350, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 383ci
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
    Anything you would change?: Add a winch and 37-inch Boggers

    TRD Country
    Vehicle: 2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Owner: Dave Holley, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
    Tires: 265/70/17 Dick Cepek Fun Country IIs
    Suspension: 21⁄2-inch inch
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: TRD exhaust and cold air intake
    Other Doodads: IPF lights
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works well, but wouldn’t mind a few more upgrades
    Anything you would change?: 3-inch lift, 33-inch MTRs

    OR Wheeler
    Vehicle: 1994 Toyota 4Runner
    Owner: Don & Brandi Taylor, Monmouth, OR
    Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 aluminum wheels
    Suspension: 4Crawler 11⁄2-inch ball joint spacers, 1-inch diff drop, Downey torsion bars, A-arm truss, and Mega Travel ball joints, Downey rear springs, 4Crawler track bar drop, Skyjacker shocks
    Drivetrain: Marlin Crawler VF1A transfer case, 4.88 gears
    Performance Mods: 3.0L, K&N air filter
    Other Doodads: Warn winch, Hi-Lift jack
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works very well so far, but still has room for improvement
    Anything you would change?: ARB Air Lockers and a V-8 conversion
    Anything to add?: Special thanks to the wife for allowing me to work on the family rig

    Chevy Corral
    Canadian Custom
    Vehicle: 1998 Chevy S-10 body, custom frame
    Owner: Mike Cahill, Garden Hill, Ontario, Canada
    Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 15-inch beadlocks
    Suspension: Custom front and rear 4-links with 14-inch travel coilovers
    Drivetrain: TH400, NP203/205 Doubler, Dana 60 front with a Detroit Locker, Dana 60 rear with a spool, 5.13 gears
    Performance Mods: 350ci
    Other Doodads: Fully hydraulic steering, rear-mounted radiator
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything to add?: I built this truck from the ground up in my shop with little more than a MIG welder and a mini grinder

    Boggin Hood
    Vehicle: 1993 Chevy Blazer
    Owner: Josh Hood, Chesterton, IN
    Tires & Wheels: 39-inch Boggers on Weld Racing wheels
    Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
    Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 350ci
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: The tires are a little too wide and it could stand a little help in the mpg department

    Torsion Twist
    Vehicle: 2005 GMC 2500
    Owner: Jeff Brisch, Sheridan, WY
    Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 Bridgestones on 16x8 American Racing wheels
    Suspension: 11⁄2-inch torsion bar keys, Bilstein shocks
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: 6.6L Duramax diesel, Edge with attitude, Predator programmer, K&N cold air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
    Other Doodads: Auto Meter gauges, bed cover, steps, grilleguard
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
    Anything you would change?: Needs a real lift. Turning up the torsion bars made for a rough ride.

    Terra Chef
    Vehicle: 1994 Chevy 1500
    Owner: Trent Christensen, Bakersfield, CA
    Tires & Wheels: 37x13.50 Toyo M/Ts on 17-inch Pro Comp wheels
    Suspension: 6-inch RCD, Bilstein shocks
    Drivetrain: 5.13 gears
    Performance Mods: 350ci, Airaid intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Optima RedTop battery, custom fender flares and rollbar, Hella lights
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

    Lady in a Tie
    Vehicle: 2005 Chevy 1500
    Owner: Jessica Mabrey
    Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 Dick Cepeks on 16-inch Rogue wheels
    Suspension: Zone 6-inch
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: V-8, Flowmaster exhaust
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Supercharger and a 3-inch body lift
    Anything to add?: I love the magazine and look forward to reading it every month

    Open Door Policy
    Vehicle: 1986 GMC 2500
    Owner: Phil Hollowell, Central Square, NY
    Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Dunlop Mud Rovers on Dick Cepek wheels
    Suspension: 6-inch Tuff Country
    Drivetrain: TH400, NP208, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
    Performance Mods: 350ci, K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, Mile Marker winch, ORD steering brace
    Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good
    Anything you would change?: More horsepower coming soon

    The Night Jimmy
    Vehicle: 1998 GMC Jimmy
    Owner: James Mathis II, Wilmington, NC
    Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x8 Cragar Soft 8s
    Suspension: 11⁄2-inch shackle and torsion bar keys
    Drivetrain: stock
    Performance Mods: 4.3L, DynoMax exhaust
    Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift, custom front bumper, Superwinch, Wilco Products Hitch Gate
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Solid-axle swap

    To the Nines
    Vehicle: 1976 Chevy K-10
    Owner: Les Hite, Placerville, CA
    Tires & Wheels: 37x14 Iroks on 15-inch wheels
    Suspension: Superlift front springs with 2-inch shackles, custom 6-inch rear springs with an Offroad Design shackle flip kit, Rancho shocks
    Drivetrain: TH400, NP203/205 ORD Doubler, Dana 44 front with a Lock Right, Detroit Locker rear Performance Mods: 350ci, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, Hooker Headers
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, PSC hydraulic assist, custom cage and bed
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: After 9 years of restoration and modifications I finally took it out. My daughter, grandson, and future son-in-law came out as well in his Toyota. I gave the camera to my wife and asked her to get pictures of my truck. When we got home all that was on the camera were pictures of the Toyota with my grandson in it!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
    Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front and 14-bolt rear
    Anything to add?: I started this truck as a frame-off restoration and switched to a rockcrawler halfway through. Everything has been pulled off, restored, or replaced and modified from top to bottom. I work for a company that has fabrication facilities and had access to a machine shop and a water-jet machine. All fabrication on the truck was done by me with help from friends at work. The flatbed was designed and built by me and my future son-in-law. The molly orange engine enamel paint job was done all with spray cans for easy upkeep and touch up.

    Blue Oval Band
    The Big O
    Vehicle: 1994 Ford Bronco
    Owner: Jason Konczak, Ontario, CA
    Tires: 38.5-inch Boggers
    Suspension: Custom
    Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, 101⁄4 Sterling rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears Performance Mods: 5.8L
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

    Halo Horse
    Vehicle: 1982 Ford Bronco
    Owner: Jose Rangel, Anaheim, CA
    Tires: 35-inch BFG M-Ts
    Suspension: 4-inch Rancho, Bilstein shocks
    Drivetrain: C6, NP208, TTB Dana 44 front with Warn hubs, 9-inch rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
    Performance Mods: 351ci
    Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and sliders, Auto Meter gauges
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works just like I want it to
    Anything you would change?: Fuel injection, 37s, front solid-axle conversion

    Rubi Ranger
    Vehicle: 1994 Ford Ranger
    Owner: Josh Parrish
    Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 MTRs on 17x8 Cragar Soft 8 wheels
    Suspension: Solid-axle conversion with 14-inch travel King coilovers and custom radius arms up front, 63-inch rear Chevy springs in the rear
    Drivetrain: BW1350/1354 doubler, high-pinion Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake, Spin Tech muffler
    Other Doodads: Custom bumper, rock sliders, and steering, ’07 Front end conversion, winch, Bushwacker flares
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Upgrade the drivelines
    Anything to add?: On my last outing to the Rubicon trail I really enjoyed being the only full-bodied Ranger on the trip

    Family Tradition
    Vehicle: 1995 Ford F-150
    Owner: Ron & Nate Owens, Lake City, FL
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MTZs on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
    Suspension: Dick Cepek 6-inch
    Drivetrain: Warn hubs, Detroit Lockers
    Performance Mods: 5.0L
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Teaching my son how to drive off-road, while I’m still learning!
    Does everything work the way you want?: It hasn’t let me down yet
    Anything you would change?: More power, a winch, and numerically higher differential gears
    Anything to add?: This was my dad’s truck and hopefully will one day be my sons

    Daily Duff
    Vehicle: 1993 Ford Ranger
    Owner: Justin Anderson, Tooele, UT
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s on 15x81⁄2 wheels
    Suspension: James Duff Early Bronco radius arms up front with 51⁄2-inch James Duff coils, 6-inch Skyjacker rear springs with the factory block, Rancho front shocks, Skyjacker rear shocks
    Drivetrain: Dana 44 front from an Early Bronco, 9-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L, Flowmaster exhaust
    Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good
    Anything you would change?: Front coilovers and selectable lockers
    Anything to add?: The solid-axle conversion took me a little over one month. The truck is now my daily driver and works great!

    Change Is Good
    Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger
    Owner: Scott Deak, Elkhart, IN
    Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Goodyear DuraTracs on 15x8 Alloy wheels
    Suspension: Custom 2-inch with Rough Country shocks
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: K&N intake
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
    Does everything work the way you want?: Pretty much
    Anything you would change?: This truck never stops changing

    Frosty Ford
    Vehicle: 19844 Ford Bronco II
    Owner: Terry Frost, Jacksonville, AL
    Tires & Wheels: 36x12.50 TSLs on 15x8 aluminum wheels
    Suspension: 51⁄2-inch Early Bronco coils, F-150 coil buckets, F-250 shock towers, and custom radius arms up front, 4-inch Skyjacker springs with 2-inch shackles in the rear, Rancho shocks
    Drivetrain: C4, Dana 20, Dana 44 front with a Detroit Locker, 9-inch rear with a Lock Right, 4.10 Yukon gears
    Performance Mods: 351ci
    Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom high steer
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Remove the body lift, add ARB Air Lockers and Corbeau seats
    Anything to add?: Thanks to my dad for all of the help!

    Thunder Flare
    Vehicle: 1992 Ford F-150
    Owner: Beau Thurber, Richmond, NH
    Tires & Wheels: 38-inch TSLs on steel wheels
    Suspension: Custom 4-inch
    Drivetrain: Dana 44 front with a Detroit Locker, 9-inch rear with a spool, 5.13 gears
    Performance Mods: Stock
    Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
    Anything you would change?: 4-link rear suspension, selectable rear locker

    Readers’ Rides Giveaway Winners
    For this year’s Readers’ Rides special edition magazine we wanted to do something to say thank you to all our loyal and new readers. Instead of having a competition or challenge, we simply invited you to create a Readers’ Rides email submission at our website (www.4wheeloffroad.com). Once we received the email you were instantly entered into our Ultimate Readers’ Rides Giveaway, simple as that!

    Originally we had the idea of having one winner, but as the rides kept rolling in we decided that three winners are better than one! This isn’t a First, Second, and Third Place ranking, but rather, everyone is an equal winner across the board. Now before you go thinking that we have some type of brand or 4x4 bias, note that we picked the following readers because they are all DIY guys and gals who embody the diehard off-road spirit that makes our hobby so great. So what awesome goodies did our lucky three win? Well, just read on to find out.

    Moab Cruiser
    Vehicle: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Owner: George Stanley, Houston, TX
    Tires & Wheels: 295/75/17 Goodyear Dura Tracs on 17-inch stock wheels
    Suspension: 21⁄2-inch Walker Evans coilovers up front, All-Pro Off-Road rear springs and control arms, Redline Heim joints, Walker Evans rear shocks
    Drivetrain: TRD selectable rear locker
    Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N air filter
    Other Doodads: Ricochet engine, transmission, and lower arm skidplates, All-Pro Off-Road transfer case skid and sliders, Demello front bumper with a Smittybilt XRC10 winch, Bushwacker flares
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: It’s all fun!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: 4.56 gears and an ARB Air Locker up front

    Giveaway Goody
    DynoMax Performance Exhaust
    Since George isn’t afraid to take some Texas-sized lines up the steep and rocky slopes of Moab’s famous red rock, we figured we better give him something that will have him heard as he’s coming up the mountain. To help us with this, we paired up with DynoMax Performance Exhaust and rounded up one of the company’s cat-back high-flow exhaust kits. These installer-friendly systems are designed to give the FJ Cruiser’s engine deeper tone while allowing the exhaust to flow out more easily. Congratulations, George, and we look forward to hearing you on the trail!
    Information: Dynomax Performance Exhaust
    734.384.7806, www.dynomax.com.

    Toy Land
    Vehicle: 1994 Toyota Pickup
    Owner: Zak McCready, Huntington, MA
    Tires: 33x12.50 BFG KM2s
    Suspension: Blazeland long-travel front with Sway-A-Way torsion bars, 5-inch Trail Gear rear springs, Bilstein 5100 series shocks
    Drivetrain: Rear Spartan Locker
    Performance Mods: 22RE, LCE cam, LCE header, MagnaFlow exhaust
    Other Doodads: Onboard air, electric fan, rear disc brake conversion, Rock Defense front bumper, KC lights
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
    Anything you would change?: Tube bed, solid-axle swap
    Anything to add?: I’ve used a lot of parts from salvage yards to get my truck where it is today. I really enjoy wrenching on it.

    Giveaway Goody
    Smittybilt X20
    Winch Anyone who is serious about wheeling knows that one of the most important tools that you can have on your ride is a winch. Since Zak is steadily building his rig up and already has a winch-ready front bumper, we decided to fill in the vacancy on the front of his ride with a Smittybilt winch. The new X20 8 series winch is an 8,000-pound winch that is engineered to handle severe use and serious water crossings. Inside the winch housing is a completely sealed 5.5 series wound motor and a heavy-duty three stage planetary gearset. Controlling the winch is a 500-amp solenoid that actuates a 180:1 gear ratio. This should help with all of Zak’s long travel outings and allow him to spend more time scouting the salvage yards for the rest of his build pieces.
    Information: Smittybilt
    888.717.5797, www.smittybilt.com.

    Her Excellent XJ
    Vehicle: 2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Owner: Samantha McFadden, Knoxville, TN
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Nokian Vatiiva M/Ts on 15x8 Cragar wheels
    Suspension: 51⁄2-inch Rubicon Express front coils with a custom 3-link and crossmember, Rusty’s 31⁄2-inch rear springs with 2-inch shackles
    Drivetrain: AW4, NP231 with a slip-yoke eliminator, Dana 30 front, 81⁄4 rear with a custom truss, Aussie Lockers, 4.56 gears
    Performance Mods: 4.0L, Thrush cat-back exhaust
    Other Doodads: Warn M8000 winch, custom front bumper and sliders, rear cargo rack
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Creased the driver-side rear door when my boyfriend spotted me directly into a tree!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: I’m in the process of adding a cage and eventually would like a high-pinion Dana 44 up front along with an LS1
    Anything to add?: This Jeep is daily driven and wheeled hard with scars to prove it!

    Giveaway Goody
    Falken Wild Peak A/Ts
    Since Samantha drives her XJ daily we’ve teamed up with Falken Tire to equip her Jeep with a tire that is built for the weekend wheeler and daily commuter. The Falken Wild Peak All Terrain is one of the latest offering in the world of off-road tires. The Wild Peak is slightly more aggressive than your traditional all-terrain, as its deep lugs and wide contact pattern give it a better bite in the dirt. We’ve had great luck with our Wild Peaks over the years, especially in the rocks, and think Samantha will too. Congratulations, Samantha, and we hope your boyfriend is around to help you unload the new set of 35x12.50R15 Falken Tires that are heading your way!
    Information: Falken Tire
    www.falkentire.com.

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    If you want to get your rig in the pages of 4-Wheel & Off Road magazine, it’s only a few mouse clicks away. Simply go to our website, www.4wheeloffroad.com, and click on the Readers’ Rides link. You’ll be prompted to create an email with your rig’s tech and to upload some photos. We’re looking for great off-road action shots—please, no driveway or cell phone photos. For a more direct route, write us at readers.rides@4wheeloffroad.com. Remember that we need a few high-resolution photos to choose from (at least 1,600 by 1,200 pixels, or 2 megapixels, file size) and your tech sheet needs to be as complete as possible. Be sure to tell us about the history of your rig. No matter if you found it in your uncle’s barn, got it from the dealership, or assembled it from scavenging parts off of the World Wide Web, we want to know how your 4x4 came to be. For a more traditional approach, mail your photos and spec sheet to Readers’ Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245.