4 Wheel & Off Road - - READERS’ RIDES -

VE­HI­CLE: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 OWNER: Chris Thomas, Meri­den, CT TIRES: 42x15.00-16.5 Su­per Swamper TSL on 14-inch-wide steel SUS­PEN­SION: DOR long arms, 71⁄2-inch front lift,

9-inch rear cus­tom springs, Zone Nitro shocks DRIV­E­TRAIN: Re­built 46RE trans­mis­sion, NP231 T-case, front 2001 Ram 3500 Dana 60 axle, rear 1995 Ram 2500 Dana 70 axle with lim­ited-slip,

4.10 gears PER­FOR­MANCE: 5.2L V-8, Flow Tech shorty head­ers OTHER MODS: On­board air DOES IT WORK THE WAY YOU WANT?: It works pretty well, but I blow out my left front tire ev­ery time I get a lit­tle air ANY­THING YOU WOULD CHANGE?: Front locker, lock­ing hubs, bead­locks, rear shackle flip FUN­NI­EST WHEELING IN­CI­DENT: A few years back when my truck was stock, I went into the woods with bald tires in the heavy snow and ended up slid­ing down an em­bank­ment into some trees (which saved me from flip­ping), do­ing a bunch of dam­age to the driver’s side

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