Rob Slikkerveer and his son built this '62 Land Cruiser Series II pickup in just three months. With a complete build such as this, the modifications list is necessarily long. A few of the mods include reverse crossover steering, Superior axles, Lock-Right lockers, a Toyota 22R motor, a Centerforce clutch, Rancho shocks, a 32-gallon fuel cell, and an Inchworm transfer case.
Extreme off-roading is a familiar concept to the Slikkerveer family (as if you couldn't tell from the photo). Extreme or not, there's nothing like a little quality time with the family.
Dan Henderson of Fort Worth, Texas, built his Ford F-150 4x4 as a vacation vehicle for off-roading with his family and friends. He installed Rancho shocks, a 10-inch suspension lift, a 3-inch body lift, 4.88 gears, and massive 41-inch tires. The truck sits tall, and that's just how Dan likes it. The only problem he runs into is parking the truck and driving under low bridges close to his home. Modification plans include new front and rear bumpers, a winch, and engine performance parts.
Over the past two years, Robert King has been off-roading his '90 Ford Bronco to the extreme. He's thrown tons of rock, dirt, mud, and even snow at his monster truck. Keeping it reliable are a 4-inch Tuff Country kit, KC lights, FlowTech headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust system. He is a member of the High Desert Off-Road Club and typically wheels three times a month.
Craig Shultz says his '93 Toyota 4x4 pickup is the perfect off-road truck. The truck is light, has a solid front axle, has plenty of wheel travel, and is high enough to clear most obstacles. A few of the parts that made this truck into Craig's dream vehicle include Rancho 9000 shocks, Longfield joints, crossover power steering, a Centerforce clutch, Optima batteries, and 35-inch Pro Comp M/T tires. He tells us his most embarrassing moment off-road was pulling a girl wheeler to safety and then showing off for her only to get himself stuck.
Rich Buckley drives his massive '04 Dodge Ram 2500 over 60 miles each day to and from work. That's a lot of abuse on 46-inch-tall tires. In order to keep a ride quality that wouldn't leave him bouncing down the road, he installed a custom 15-inch coil-sprung suspension and custom four-link setups both front and rear. This allows Rich enough adjustability to keep things rolling smoothly. Also installed are an HX40 turbo system, Rancho shocks, Flowmaster exhaust, and 16.5x12 Monster Mods wheels wrapped in 19.5x46x16.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires.
Four-plus-rated trails are something Mike Carrier of Henderson, Colorado, tackles with ease. His '77 Jeep CJ-7 has been completely rebuilt with not much from the original Jeep remaining. Included are a new small-block Chevy motor, an Atlas II transfer case, a 14-bolt GM rear axle, Detroit Lockers, 4.56 gears, 42-inch TSL radial tires, and TrailReady beadlock wheels.
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