Vehicle: '88 Nissan Patrol
Owner: Simon Van Gelder, North Queensland, Australia
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Maxxis Creepy Crawlers on 16x8 Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Superior Engineering Drivetrain: High pinion rear differential
Performance Mods: Denco turbo, 3-inch exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom sliders and rear bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Almost
Anything you would change?: Beadlocks, front locker, and a front bumper
Anything to add?: Thanks for the great magazine. I hope to one day make it to the U.S. and wheel over your terrain.
Vehicle: '03 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II
Owner: Adam Barry, Tremont, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Mastercraft Mud Terrains on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic Iis
Suspension: Rancho front shocks, Edelbrock rear shocks, James Duff traction bars
Drivetrain: 8.8-inch rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, AEM air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Funniest wheeling incident: Pulling a Chevy 2500 out of the sand while wheeling in Oklahoma.
Does everything work the way you want?: Of course. It's a Ford!
Anything you would change?: Front coilover conversion and rock sliders
Vehicle: '08 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Kurt Frazier, Clovis, NM
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Toyo Mud Terrains on 17-inch XD wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Throttle Down Kustoms front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Vehicle: '85 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Shawn Lough, Hobart, WA
Tires: 35x12.50 BFG KM2s
Suspension: 5-inch Trail Gear, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: ARB Air Lockers, 5.29 gears
Performance Mods: 22RE
Other Doodads: Crossover steering, onboard air, Warn winch, custom sliders and front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, so good
Anything you would change?: Beadlocks and a 4.7:1 transfer case
Anything to add?: It's my first Toyota and I love it. It's great having room for all of my gear, dogs, and even the old lady!
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Vehicle: '98 Mercury Mountaineer
Owner: Christopher Alter, Barksdale, LA
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50 Goodyear All Terrains on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Stock Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 5.0L
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet, but the build plan is shaping up nicely
Anything You Would Change?: New transfer case, solid-axle swap, bumpers, and a winch
Anything to add?: The rig was donated to me after a tree fell on it!
Vehicle: '87 Suzuki Samurai
Owner: Raul Omil, Cidra, Puerto Rico
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Boggers on 15x10 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front with Warn hubs and Moser axles, 81/2-inch rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.38 Yukon gears
Performance Mods: 1.6L engine with a turbocharger that puts down 180 brake horsepower running 121/2 pounds of boost.
Other Doodads: Front and rear Rugged Ridge winches
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: Needs A/C
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