September 2012 Readers’ Rides

    Seven Home Grown 4x4s

    Comp Ready
    Vehicle: 1987 Toyota 4Runner
    Owner: David Clemensen, Carson City, NV
    Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 competition compound TrXus M/Ts on 17-inch steel wheels
    Suspension: Solid-axle conversion with 6-inch All Pro springs and Bilstein shocks
    Drivetrain: Dual transfer cases with a 4.7:1 ratio, Toyota axles with a Lock Right front and spool rear, chromoly shafts, 5.29 gears
    Performance Mods: 22RE
    Other Doodads: Custom cage, 6-stud steering knuckles, hydraulic assist steering, onboard air
    Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
    Anything you would change?: 3-link the rear

    American Classic
    Vehicle: 1953 Chevy 1⁄2-ton
    Owner: Bob Gibson, Petoskey, MI
    Tires: 35x12.50 Mud Kings
    Suspension: Stock
    Drivetrain: Everything was pulled from a ’70s series Blazer
    Performance Mods: 402ci
    Other Doodads: Trimmed fenders, roof chopped 5 inches
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Showing the local mud runners that I wasn’t afraid to get it dirty. Then having to drive home and spend 6 hours washing it!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Needs A/C!

    Half and Half
    Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ-5
    Owner: J.D. Hubbard
    Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Mud Kings on 15-inch wheels
    Suspension: 4-inch Rusty’s
    Drivetrain: 1-piece rear axle conversion
    Performance Mods: Stock
    Does everything work the way you want?: Half the time it works great
    Anything you would change?: Power steering, 4-speed transmission, and lockers

    Mountain Ram
    Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
    Owner: Chris Hapka, Fort Benton, MT
    Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Iroks on 17-inch Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
    Suspension: 5-inch Rough Country, Pro Comp shocks
    Drivetrain: Rear locker
    Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi, K&N cold air intake, Flowmaster exhaust, MSD wires
    Other Doodads: Ranch Hand rear bumper, Bushwacker flares, steps, grilleguard, Line-X on the rocker panels
    Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
    Anything you would change?: 4.88 gears and a front locker
    Anything to add?: I love the magazine! Keep up the great work.

    Recovery Lift
    Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Owner: Jimmy Erdman, Osceola, WI
    Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Goodyear Authoritys on 15x7 wheels
    Suspension: 41⁄2-inch Rough Country
    Drivetrain: NP249, Dana 30 front, Dana 44A rear
    Performance Mods: 5.2L
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling out two stuck forklifts that drove off of the cement pad at work. I always carry recovery gear in my Jeep, and on that day it helped out a lot!
    Does everything work the way you want?: It’s getting there
    Anything you would change?: Lockers, long arms, and an 8.8-inch rear axle

    First Impressions
    Vehicle: 1993 Ford F-150
    Owner: Travis Johnson, Summerville, OR
    Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Baja Claws on 15-inch American Racing wheels
    Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
    Drivetrain: Dana 44 front axle from a ’78 Bronco, 8.8-inch rear, Eaton E-Lockers, 3.73 gears
    Performance Mods: 351ci, racing cam, headers, dual exhaust, K&N cold air intake
    Other Doodads: Iron Bull bumper, Warn 9.5ti winch
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: I broke the front axleshaft, U-joint, and slip-yoke trying to impress my then girlfriend, now wife, on our first date
    Does everything work the way you want?: Sure does
    Anything you would change?: Chromoly axleshafts, new cam, and ZF-5 transmission

    Lady Runner
    Vehicle: 1987 Toyota 4Runner
    Owner: Erin Broughton, Santa Fe, NM
    Tires & Wheels: 235/75/15 Goodyear Dura Tracs on stock 15-inch wheels
    Suspension: 2-inch Toytec, Pro Comp shocks
    Drivetrain: Stock
    Performance Mods: 22RE, custom exhaust
    Funniest Wheeling Incident: Keeping up with my boyfriend’s lifted Bronco off-road!
    Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
    Anything you would change?: Bigger tires, 4.88 gears, and more power

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