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Readers’ Rides - September 2014

Homegrown Rigs

Tom MorrWriter

Virginia Loves 4LO
Vehicle: 2008 Jeep JK
Owner: Chris Crowell, Winchester, VA
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrains on steel wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Rough Country lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS trac bars, JKS Quicker Disconnects
Drivetrain: Stock, solid axle diff covers with Lube Lockers
Performance Mods: Dynomax exhaust
Other Doodads: Skid Row skidplates, Smittybilt XRC8 winch, Smittybilt flat fender flares, ACE Engineering rock rails, Hella 500 lights
Anything You Would Change?: Warn front bumper, Coast driveshafts, extended brake lines, regearing
Anything to Add?: Thanks to Brian Krontz for taking the photo

Razor-Sharp Jeep
Vehicle: 2012 Jeep JK
Owner: Buddy Morman, Gillette, WY
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 17-inch Fuel Boost wheels
Suspension: Rubicon Express 4 1⁄2-inch long-arm kit, Bilstein 5160 reservoir shocks
Drivetrain: Stock, Rubicon Express driveshafts
Other Doodads: Smittybilt XRC rear corner guards and front fender armor guards with custom LED lights added to illuminate vents, custom rubber inner fenders, clearanced Fab Fours rock sliders, Fab Fours bumpers with custom LEDs, Warn 10,000-pound winch, custom Hi-Lift mount
Anything to Add?: Thanks to Nicholas Binder and friends

Needs More Camo
Vehicle: 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Owners: Mark & Tammy Hicks, LeRaysville, PA
Tires & Wheels: 285/70R17Fierce Attitudes on 17x9 VTEC Warlords
Suspension: Pro Comp 21⁄2-inch leveling kit
Drivetrain: Stock Duramax/Allison
Funniest Wheeling Incident: None—yet
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: So far
Anything You Would Change?: Bigger lift, bigger tires
Anything to Add?: Iron Bull bumpers and dual exhaust. Maybe more camo, but the wife says no.

Canadian BJ70
Vehicle: 1986 Land Cruiser LX BJ70
Owner: Jeff Lussier, Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
Tires: 31-inch Pro Comp Xtreme MTs
Suspension: Stock (tired)
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock 3.4L diesel, homemade snorkel using 2-inch ABS, K&N air filter
Funniest Wheeling Incident: We got stuck for six hours one night in about 10 inches of skag. Two tires were on ice and, well, open diffs… Had to call a friend to come pull us out with his Ram 2500. Didn’t make it home till 3 a.m., but it was so worth it.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: It’s an awesome rig to play in the bush with but has its glitches
Anything You Would Change?: A winch, lockers, 31-inch Super Swampers
Anything to Add?: It’s a little tank—she takes a pounding and comes back for more. It has really low gearing and is small enough to fit just about anywhere.

Valentine’s Scout
Vehicle: 1972 Scout II
Owner: Jason Barnes, Mt. Hood, OR
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Kumho Road Ventures on American Racing steelies
Suspension: ’75 IH Traveler springs, IH Only shackles, Daystar body mounts, Rancho RS5000 shocks
Drivetrain: Torqueflite 727 automatic transmission, Dana 20 with JB Fab twin-stick, Dana 44 axles, 3.73 gears, front discs, rear Trac-Lok
Performance Mods: 345 V-8, K&N filter
Funniest Wheeling Incident: While taking a shortcut home, I got stuck up to the intake in a mud hole, with no top on. My buddy got my Tundra to pull out the Scout. The next day I bought a winch.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Everything works great
Anything You Would Change?: 37s and a rollcage
Anything to Add?: The Scout was a Valentine’s Day gift from my wife. I’m one lucky man. Thanks, honey!

Jeffrey’s Future Jeep Vehicle: 2013 JK Rubicon 10th Anniversary, nicknamed Rocky
Owner: John Stickley, St. Joseph, MO
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As on stock wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Anything You Would Change?: It needs a winch
Anything to Add?: My 11-year-old son, Jeffrey, is very proud of Rocky. We broke it in the right way on some easy to moderate trails in Colorado.

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Owner: Zack Cater, Charleston, WV
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on Mickey Thompson Sidebiters
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country lift, Radflo coilovers
Drivetrain: Stock, 4.88 gears, factory e-locker
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L V-6
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper, 12,000-pound Badlands winch, All-Pro rear bumper with swing-out, doors half-bedlined, 4-inch HID lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Every time the girlfriend screams or white-knuckles the grab handles
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: For the most part. Would be nice to have more front suspension travel.
Anything You Would Change?: Bypass rear shocks
Anything to Add?: Sliders, transfer case skid, solid-axle swap

Snow-J White Bronco
Vehicle: 1996 Bronco
Owner: Jeffrey Kopec, Londoderry, NH
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch military tires on 16.5-inch Weld Racing wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Rough Country lift in front, Sky Mfg. shackle flip lift in rear
Drivetrain: Stock
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Works great in the summer with top off
Anything You Would Change?: Would like Dana 60s
Anything to Add?: Just finished building it. No 4-wheeling incidents yet.

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