For the past two years, Chad Leising has been chasing his dream of owning a vehicle that would both rule the desert and exemplify the new generation of off-road lifestyle. Chad tells us, "I feel as if the off-road community is changing from a few guys camping with their friends to an entire lifestyle in the dirt. The vehicles are changing too, from the old-school, beat-up, 20-year-old trucks to caged trucks built with Baja - and with style - in mind."
When Chad purchased this '97 Ford Ranger, it was not a complete vehicle. He purchased jus
If you follow the pages of OFF-ROAD, you will recognize that Chad echoes a theme to which we have often referred: Enthusiast owners are spending much more time and money these days building quality, show-winning vehicles that also perform as if they were born on a sand dune.
In the Oct. '06 issue of Off-Road, we featured Travis Siflinger's Ford Explorer and wrote about Siflinger's company, Dirt Alliance (DA), and its mission of promoting off-roading as a lifestyle, similar to the lifestyles associated with sports like skateboarding and surfing. Once Chad got wind of what was happening with DA, he knew he had found a kindred spirit. Chad got a hold of Travis and shortly thereafter he became the newest addition to the DA team of vehicles.
If you're looking to check out one of the DA team vehicles in action, look for the biggest launch pad at your local racecourse or sand dune and without a doubt you'll see DA's logo shooting through the air.
At the end of our day in the dirt with Chad, he assured us that this wouldn't be the last vehicle out of his garage to be featured in a magazine. While he still has a few more things planned for this Ford, that isn't stopping him from plotting his next dirt desire.
FiberwerX did an incredible job fitting its fiberglass fenders, bedsides, and F-150 X-trem
Under the hood is a Ford 302 H.O. engine pushing over 300 hp through a Turbo 400 transmiss
The rear axle is a custom-gusseted Ford 9-inch stuffed with a Strange Nodular third member
Following the 'cage work just after the cab, you can see the three-link suspension setup.
JB Motorsports was also responsible for the construction of the suspension system under th
...pulled off a Ford F-150 using 4WD hubs and disc brakes. Since JB Motorsports has shut