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Off-Road Rides - May 2014

Homegrown off-road rides

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevy Trailblazer
Owner: Mike Bossier
Location: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Chassis: Reinforced frame with custom crossmembers
Engine: 4.2L inline six-cylinder with Green air filter
Drivetrain: Modified 4L60E transmission with shift kit and Advance Adapters reluctor kit for VSS, manual-shift NP231C transfer case with slip-yoke eliminator, Tom Woods’ driveshafts, Dana 60 front axle with Detroit locker, 14-Bolt rear axle with Detroit locker, 4.88:1 axle gearing
Suspension: 52-inch Chevy rear leaf springs at all four corners, Rancho 9000 shocks
Steering: Crossover steering, Toyota steering box ported for hydraulic assist, PSC pump, Red Neck ram
Brakes: Retapped to fit stock with no ABS
Tires/Wheels: 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers on 17-inch Mickey Thompson Classics
Interior: Sleeper bunk, fold-down table, fire extinguisher, camping supplies
Other parts: Custom under plating, Mike Barton Design front bumper, KC lights, Neil Age rock sliders, flexible fender flares, Wired for front or rear winch hookup, 3-inch body lift
Favorite off-road area: GW National Forest in Virginia

’80s Luxo Traveler
Vehicle: 1989 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition
Owner: Jess Torres
Location: Los Angeles, California
Chassis: Stock chassis with full rollcage
Engine: 5.8L 351W with K&N air filter, Doug Thorley headers, MSD ignition,
Drivetrain: C6 transmission with TCI pan, Borg Warner 208 transfer case, Dana 44 TTB front, Ford 8.8 rear with limited slip, 4.10 gears
Suspension: Cut-and-turned Dana 44 beams, 4-inch coil springs, extended tube radius arms with Heim joints, limiting straps, Bilstein 5100 shocks, rear Deaver Q80 leaf springs, extended shackles, rear Bilstein 9100 shocks
Steering: F-250 steering
Brakes: Stock front disc, rear drum
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 15x7 American Racing Outlaw II wheels
Interior: Corbeau Moab front bucket seats, Mastercraft harnesses, full rollcage, 10-inch Kicker subwoofer, Kenwood deck, Lowrance GPS, Motorola Maratrac race radio
Other Parts: Optima Yellow Top
Favorite Off-Road Area: Baja!

Fox Racer
Vehicle: 1998 GMC Sierra 1500
Owner: Michael Fox
Location: Riverside, California
Chassis: Partial factory frame, lots of rollcage and tubing
Engine: 383ci V-8 stroker Chevy small-block
Drivetrain: TH475 transmission, Currie 9-Inch full-floating axle
Suspension: Custom front I-beams with 24 inches of travel, four-link rear end with 32 inches of travel
Steering: Double swinger with PSS ram-assist and gear box
Brakes: Wilwood four-piston calipers and discs all around
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R15 General Grabbers on Walker Evans beadlocks
Interior: Basic race-ready setup
Other Parts: Way too much to list
Favorite Off-Road Area: Barstow and Lucerne Valley in California

Submit Your Ride!
Want to see your off-road ride in OFF-ROAD Rides? Take a snap shot and email it to rides@off-roadweb.com or snail mail it to:
1733 Alton Parkway, Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92606

Please include the following information with your truck submission:
• Vehicle
• Owner
• Location
• Chassis
• Engine
• Drivetrain
• Suspension
• Steering
• Brakes
• Tires/wheels
• Interior
• Other Parts
• Favorite Off-Road Area

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