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Readers’ Rides - January 2015

Homegrown 4x4 Rigs

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Bobbed Deuce-Plus
Vehicle: 1985 AM General M35A2 deuce-and-a-half
Owner: Shannon Deese, Macon, GA
Tires & Wheels: 46-inch Goodyear MT-V 395 85R20 on 20-inch double beadlock HEMMT wheels with Stazworks recenter plates
Suspension: Stock front springs, rear springs from an M105 ammo trailer, 4-inch owner-fabbed block.
Drivetrain: Stock 5-speed transmission, stock air shift, Rockwell transfer case, stock Rockwell axles, rear ARB Air Locker
Performance Mods: Stock multifuel engine, turned up the fuel a whole lot
Other Doodads: High Angle Driveline driveshafts, 20,000-BTU heater and A/C in the cab, LED lights
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Had the bed full of adults on Easter Sunday because they wanted to ride after I took the kids around. Scared the tar out of them because of the steep angles.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Most of the time. The truck is awesome.
Anything You Would Change?: Power steering, front ARB, front lockouts
Anything to Add?: This truck has been a six-year project. Now it’s my daily driver. Thanks to all the people who have helped me build it over the years.

War Pig
Vehicle: 2002 Wrangler X War Pig Edition
Owner: John Fritz, Washington, TX
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.5 BFGoodrich KM2s on 15x8 Cragar Soft 8s
Suspension: Rugged Ridge 2-inch spacer lift, Pro Comp ES9000 shocks
Drivetrain: Stock RH32 transmission, NP231 transfer case with Crown SYE, Dana 30 front axle, Dana 35 rear axle with Detroit Locker, 4.10 Richmond gears
Performance Mods: Stock 4.0L I-6
Other Doodads: Smittybilt X2O 8,000-pound winch, Smittybilt Classic Front Bumper, KC Apollo Pro Series lights, Bestop Trektop
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Most of the time
Anything You Would Change?: 3.0L EcoDiesel engine out of the new Grand Cherokee, Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 axles with 4.56 gears, ARB Air Lockers, Atlas II transfer case, Tom Wood’s driveshafts front and rear, TeraFlex 4-inch Pro-LCG suspension, hardtop, rollcage, Metal Cloak arched tube fenders, Truck Lite headlights, stinger front bumper
Anything to Add?: Shout out to Fort Carson Four Wheelers and Jeepers

Home-Brewed Toy
Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Tacoma TRD
Owner: Jon Gallant
Tires & Wheels: 265/75R16 General Grabber AT2s on 16-inch Mickey Thompson Classic Lock IIs
Suspension: Sway-A-Way 2.0 coilovers, Camburg UCAs, Toytec 2-inch shackles, rear Bilstein 5100s
Drivetrain: Stock 3.4L V-6, automatic, stock TRD E-Locker
Other Doodads: 4xInnovations rear bumper, Inchworm Gear E-Locker guard, homebrew front push bar and bed bar
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Almost rolling it and taking a tree to the bedside with no one there to see it
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: Sure does
Anything You Would Change?: 33s, more armor
Anything to Add?: I’ve been a reader of yours since before I could drive, and I’ve always wanted to get my rig in the mag.

Salon Sahara
Vehicle: 2013 JK Sahara
Owner: T-Lloyd Adams, Las Vegas, NV
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R20 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 20-inch XD 811 Rockstars
Suspension: Rubicon Express 31⁄2-inch kit
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: K&N Aircharger
Other Doodads: OR-Fab armor, custom red grille insert and D-rings, Dirty Dog sunscreens, 48-inch Hi-Lift jack
Funniest Wheeling Incident: A full-grown bear thought my stock bumper looked tasty and took a bite of it. Figured it was time to upgrade to something stronger after that.
Does Everything Work the Way You Want?: I love my Jeep. It has survived desert, rock, road, snow, sleet, sand, ocean, hair products, 30K miles in a year, and bear.
Anything You Would Change?: 50-inch Rigid light bar, ARB compressor and lockers
Anything to Add?: This is my everyday driver to sell hair products to salons all over Vegas, Henderson, Kingman, and Havasu. I always show up because washouts, monsoons, and closed roads never stop me! Thanks to James MilaDelaRoca for helping me build it.

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