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Readers’ Rides - December 2013

Homegrown 4x4s

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2WD No More
Vehicle: 1984 Toyota Pickup
Owner: Andrew Finley, Duvall, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.5R15 Toyo Open Country MTs on 15x10 steel wheels
Suspension: Custom leaf springs and shackles, Rancho RS9000 shocks, 3-inch body lift
Drivetrain: Toyota transmission and transfer case, high-pinion front axle with Grizzly Locker, Mile Marker hubs, Longfield super axles, Detroit Locker in rear, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: LC Engineering 22RE 4-cylinder with oversized valves, Delta 282 cam, forged pistons, 10:1 compression, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Onboard oxy-acetylene, line lock, custom front and rear bumpers and rock sliders, Auto Meter gauges, high steer, LC Engineering clutch, dual Optima RedTop batteries, Warn 9.5Ti winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Had my timing off one tooth and still wheeled the Naches Trail, barely
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep
Anything you would change?: Dual cases coming soon
Anything to add?: This started life as a 2WD truck

4Runner 4Ever
Vehicle: 1995 Toyota 4Runner Owner: Terry & Lisa Walker
Tires & Wheels: 34x10.5x15 Super Swamper LTBs on Pro Comp steel wheels
Suspension: Sky Mfg. solid axle conversion with 3-inch lift springs up front, stock Tacoma springs in rear with 2-inch lift blocks and Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Stock transmission and transfer case, Dana 44 axles with 5.38 gears, Lockright locker in front, spool in rear
Performance Mods: Rebuilt 3.0L V-6
Other Doodads: Smittybilt XRC-8 winch on homemade winch mount, onboard air compressor, All Pro Off-Road rock sliders, PSC hydraulic assist steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, for now
Anything you would change?: Crawler box and rollcage

High Roller
Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250
Owner: Jared Constantine, Summerville, SC
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x16.5x16.5 Pit Bull Rockers on 16.5x14 Weld Racing Super Singles
Suspension: 9-inch lift springs and 3-inch Off Road Unlimited shackle lift
Drivetrain: E40D automatic transmission, Dana 60 kingpin front axle, Sterling 101⁄4 rear axle
Performance Mods: 7.3L V-8 diesel with K&N air filter, Superchips programmer, and 4-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Off Road Unlimited hydraulic assist steering
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great
Anything to add?: Just broke 73,000 miles on the odometer

Old Iron
Vehicle: 1971 Chevy K10
Owner: Luke Reardon, San Diego, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R on American Racing Outlaw rims
Suspension: 4-inch Deaver springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks
Drivetrain: SM465 transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle
Performance Mods: 350ci V-8 with Weiand intake manifold, pink rods, Holley 4-barrel carb
Other Doodads: Full cage, aftermarket lights, chrome rear bumper, fuel cell
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Having the battery go dead in the middle of traffic
Does everything work the way you want?: So far so good. I have not had the truck very long.

More With Less
Vehicle: 1994 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Owner: Jeff Grier, Mulvane, KS
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.5R16 Goodyear Wrangler Authority A/T on steel rims
Suspension: 2-inch body lift, stock springs, Rancho RS9000 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock transmission, transfer case, and axles
Performance Mods: 2.5L 4-cylinder with custom air intake
Other Doodads: Ramsey 8000 winch, custom bumpers and tire carrier, custom taillight guards
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Pulling two Suzuki Samurais out of the Arkansas River at the same time
Does everything work the way you want?: Absolutely! Gets me everywhere I need to go
Anything you would change?: 4-inch lift, lockers front and rear
Anything to add?: Not big bucks, but we go four-wheeling

Heavy Hauler
Vehicle: 1992 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Longbed
Owner: Troy Chapel, Big Timber, MT
Tires & Wheels: 9.00x16 Co-op bias-ply on factory Ford 16x7 steel rims
Suspension: 5-inch Skyjacker leaf springs in front, Sky Mfg. shackle flip in rear and 62-inch ladder bars, Pro Comp ES9000 shocks
Drivetrain: ZF manual transmission, BW1356 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, Sterling 101⁄4 rear axle, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 460ci V-8, Powerdyne throttle body spacer, ACCEL digital ignition, K&N FIPK, Doug Thorley headers, Catco high-flow cat, 3-inch straight pipe
Other Doodads: AGR ported steering box and hydraulic ram with Saginaw steering pump, 60-inch Hi-Lift jack, Optima RedTop battery, Ranch Hand bumper, Energy Suspension cab mounts, numerous straps and logging chains in the bed
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Jumping the almost 10,000-pound truck and blowing out my front shocks
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep, at 70 mph in overdrive the engine is at 2,200 rpm and delivers 15 mpg
Anything you would change?: Drop in a 604ci rotating assembly with a 8v71 blower, Spicer 5-speed direct drive, 21⁄2-ton Rockwells, 54-inch Boggers, and custom coilover or airbag suspension
Anything to add?: This is my daily driver, and I drive it like a stolen rental

Old Testament
Vehicle: 1994 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: John Moses
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.5R15 Federal Guard Dogs on 15x8 steel wagon wheels
Suspension: 2-inch budget boost, Skyjacker shocks
Drivetrain: AX15 transmission, NP231 transfer case, stock axles and gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L motor with 220K miles
Other Doodads: Hella 500 lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Adding a bigger lift and regearing soon
Anything you would change?: In dire need of a winch
Anything to add?: Haven’t got stuck yet, but I know that it is coming

Head Honcho
Vehicle: 1979 Jeep J20
Owner: Jim Tribble, Vacaville, CA
Tires & Wheels: 245/75R16 Pro Comp Xtreme ATs on factory GM rims
Suspension: Superlift 4-inch front lift springs with drop pitman arm and rear lift blocks, Gabriel shocks
Drivetrain: TH400 3-speed automatic, Quadratrac fulltime transfer case, Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle
Performance Mods: AMC 360ci V-8
Other Doodads: Herculiner bedliner, custom paint
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Fuel injection Chevy 350, 700R4 overdrive transmission, 315/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs
Anything to add?: When I bought it I was told that it had a bad motor, but it was just the flex plate

Northern Exposure
Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport
Owner: Anthony Ronald, Portage La Pairie, Manitoba, Canada
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 Pit Bull Rockers on 17x9 Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country lift
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.7L Hemi V-8 with K&N intake, throttle body spacer, and Flowmaster exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works well and I love this truck
Anything you would change?: I would like a stronger transfer case and different gears

Pristine Patrol
Vehicle: 1967 Nissan Patrol
Owner: Austin Williams, Bowdon, GA
Tires & Wheels: 31x12.5R15 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 15x7 Chevy steel rims
Suspension: Stock leaf springs and shocks with 2-inch shackle lift
Drivetrain: Factory transmission, transfer case, and axles with locked rear differential
Performance Mods: Factory 4.0L I-6
Other Doodads: Winch, CO2 tank, off-road lights
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes, 67K original miles and still pulling strong
Anything you would change?: Radio and better heater for winter riding
Anything to add?: Morris Mountain is what she likes best!

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