Off-Road Rides - March 2014

Homegrown Rigs

Four-Door Prerun Fun
Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Owner: Travis and Ariel Smartt
Location: Lake Elsinore, California
Chassis: Stock frame with BTF Fabrication lower A-arm/frame brace, rear bed cage
Engine: K&N Filter, Superchips Cortex tuner
Drivetrain: Stock 5R55E Automatic, Eaton E-locker
Suspension: Front: D35 fabricated upright, Uniball upper arms, limit straps, King 2.5x8 reservoir shocks. Rear: Custom bed cage, Deaver leaf springs, King 2.5x16 reservoir shocks, Warrior products shackles. Built by BTF Fabrication
Steering: Heim joint outer tie rods
Brakes: Stainless brake lines
Tires/Wheels: 245/75R16 Goodyear Duratracs on Mickey Thompson 16x8 Classic lock wheels.
Other parts: Procomp 12-inch LED light bar, Rigid Industries dust light
Favorite off-road area: Ocotillo Wells, California, is our second home

A Kretzmeier Kreation
Vehicle: 1990 Jeep Cherokee XJ four-door
Owner: Wayne Kretzmeier
Chassis: No chassis, just unit body
Engine: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: Rough Country suspension
Steering: Rough Country steering stabilizer
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2s
Other parts: Rock sliders, Bushwacker cut-out fender flares

Levi Edition Renegade
Vehicle: 1978 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade Levi Edition
Owner: John and Jennifer Watts
Location: Dallas, North Carolina
Chassis: Stock chassis, four-point rollcage
Engine: 304ci V-8, Edelbrock carb, Edelbrock intake manifold, Flowmaster F40 mufflers
Drivetrain: Three-speed transmission
Suspension: Spring-under
Brakes: Stainless steel brake lines
Tires/Wheels: 33x12R16 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs on Fuel Revolver rims
Interior: New vinyl/denim upholstery (like original) with Levi buttons
Other parts: Rebuilt from the ground up, stainless steel fuel lines, 2-inch body lift

Subtle Sub
Vehicle: 1989 Chevy Suburban 2500
Owner: Scott and Julie Paine
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Chassis: Stock frame
Engine: TBI 350ci V-8 with cold-air intake kit
Drivetrain: TH400 transmission, NP208 T-case, 10-Bolt front axle, 14-Bolt rear axle
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country lift springs at all four corners, sway bar drop brackets, Rough Country shocks
Steering: Raised steering arm
Brakes: Factory front disc, rear drum
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R16 Interco M-16s on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels
Interior: Custom-covered dash matches paint
Favorite off-road area: Desert trails around Black Canyon City, Arizona

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1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92606
Please include the following information with your truck submission:

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• Owner
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• Other Parts
• Favorite Off-Road Area

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