Jake Good's 1971 Orange-Peel Bronco
Jake Good was a new reader this year dawning from Kansas City, Kansas. There's wheeling in Kansas? Yep, it turns out there is, and Jake knows the best of it. But he started his wheeling roots in Colorado, and has logged many hours of experience on both sides of the state border. Jake and his co-driver, Dave Fuggett, did a great job working together on the hectic trail days of the Ultimate Adventure, and came home with an almost unscathed Bronco, even after turning it on its side (the rollcage caught the rocks first and the body never actually hit the ground. Lucky bastard.) It was a pleasure to have them on the trip, even if they didn't totally waste their Bronco for our sick entertainment.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Jake Good, Dave Fuggett
Vehicle: 1971 Ford Bronco
Engine: 5.0 HO EFI V-8
Tranny: C4 automatic
Transfer Case: Klune-V (4:1) and NP205
Driveshafts: Inland Truck Parts CV driveshafts
Front Axle: Reverse-rotation Dana 44, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, alloy axleshafts, Longfield U-joints
Rear Axle: Fullsize Ford 9-inch, 4.88 gears, full spool, 31-spline Yukon axleshafts, high-clearance housing, rear disc brakes
Steering: Full hydraulic with balanced ram, high-steer tie-rod setup
Suspension: Custom three-link front and rear, BC Bronco coils, raised coil buckets, shock hoops front and rear, wheelbase is 6 inches longer than stock
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17x9 Allied Monster bead locks
Winch: Warn 9.5 Ti
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Hanson bumpers, custom rollcage, and rock skis
Cool Stuff: One of the sweetest and cleanest-looking old Broncos we've seen. Has the cool door inserts. Tried (for the first time) to do highway miles with hydraulic steering, and it did fine
Nate Marsh's Chalupa
As we went through the submissions for the Ultimate Adventure this year, we stopped at a fullsize Wagoneer from Colorado on 40s. "Now that thing's cool!" we all chorused. We decided right then and there that we wanted to see Nate Marsh and brother, Brad, bring that fullsize beast through trails meant for ATVs (and if nothing else it would make us feel better about smashing up our fullsize UA truck). The Marsh brothers did a great job all week, constantly putting the Waggy in positions that would make most people cringe, and that's certainly what we were hoping for when we signed 'em up. Thanks for complying, Nate.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Nate Marsh, Brad Marsh
Vehicle: 1973 Jeep Wagoneer
Engine: 350ci TBI Chevy
Tranny: TCI TH400
Transfer Case: GM 203/205 ORD Gen II Doubler kit, 32-spline front and rear outputs
Driveshafts: Jesse's High Angle front and rear CV driveshafts, 1410 U-joints, 0.120-inch wall tube, long-travel slip yoke on front shaft
Front Axle: Dana 60, 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker, 35-spline inner and outer axleshafts, one Warn hub and one Teraflex hub, BrawlinLaser diff cover
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker, BrawlinLaser disc-brake kit and diff cover
Steering: Poison Spyder high-steer arms, crossover style linkage, Redneck ram assist
Suspension: Alcan front leaves 3 inches longer than stock, Superlift rear leaf springs, six RS 9000 shocks
Tire and Wheels: 40-inch Goodyear MTRs on stock H2 17-inch wheels
Winch: Warn XP 9500
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Hooptiebuilder (Nate-built) custom cage, bumpers out of 0.120-inch wall tube
Cool Stuff: Telling him it's a Cherokee really makes Nate happy. Looked like a giant chalupa on the trails. Cool cage, with clear plastic cut for front of cargo area to keep safe without a rear tailgate. After going for ice, this big Jeep found the rest of the UA group lost in the forest on its way back to camp. Thanks, Nate and Brad!
Paul Chowanec's Totally Tubed Toyota
Paul Chowanec was an invited reader this year and, like all the readers accompanying us this trip, a real pleasure to have along. Paul and co-drivers Lee Jenkins and Scott Kittenger came from Colorado with his 1993 Toy and a whole bunch of tubework done to protect the fun trail Toy. You'd never know by looking at the body (which stayed relatively clean thanks to some good driving and good protection) that Paul won the Hobart welder, awarded by our sponsor, Hobart Welders, to the rig that incurred the most damage throughout the week. And even though Paul, Lee, and Scott faced lots of little problems from traction bars falling off and shifters breaking to clutches failing and no-name winch solenoids burning up, they still had their rig fixed and back on the trail every day we were in the dirt. Nice job, guys.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Paul Chowanec Jr., Lee Jenkins, Scott Kittinger
Vehicle: 1993 Toyota extended cab Hi-Lux
Engine: 3.0L V-6
Transfer Case: Marlin Crawlers dual case kit, 4.7:1 and 2.28:1
Front Axle: 1985 Toyota 8-inch, 4.88 gears, ARB Air Locker, Longfields
Rear Axle: Front Range Off Road Diamond axlehousing, 8-inch third member, 4.88 gears, ARB Air Locker
Steering: High-steer crossover
Suspension: Alcan front leaves, All Pro rear leaves RS 9000 shocks, All Pro shackles, All Pro spring-over-axle kit, custom traction bar, 122-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17-inch black steel wheels
Winch: Warn M8000 (now with a Warn solenoid box after a no-name one burned out)
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Custom Kittinger-built tube bed and rear of cab, Lexan panels in bed and 1/8-inch steel on cab (panels recessed so the tubes get hit by rocks first), front fender protection, and upper crossmember
Cool Stuff: Custom bed, cab, and recessed panels look super-clean. Broke more than anyone else, but still made it to every trail day. Won the Hobart welder. Longest wheelbase on the trip!
Off Road Design's Wally
Wally is what he is: a once-Blazer that has seen more trails than a mountain goat, and also one too many rollovers at the hands of Off Road Design's Stephen Watson. If you've been in the 4x4 scene for a while then you'll remember the inception of the big green Blazer that his father and co-driver, James Watson, bought new in 1983. In fact this used to be the carpool ride to school in the mornings for Stephen and his little brother, and after so much body damage, it was only natural to salvage what they could and make a giant fullsize buggy based on a Blazer chassis. What the Colorado-based father and son team came up with at Off Road Design was not only a serious machine, but also a great platform to test new ORD products.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Stephen Watson, James Watson
Vehicle: 1982 Chevy K5 Blazer
Engine: 505 Performance 504ci GM big-block, Eagle lightweight crank and rods, Ross pistons, Crane roller valvetrain, Edelbrock aluminum heads, multipoint EFI
Tranny: TH700R4 with every upgrade ORD could think of
Transfer Case: ORD Doubler 203/205 rotated flat for best ground clearance
Driveshafts: Tom Woods 1350 CV shafts
Front Axle: Dynatrac Prorock 60, 5.13 gears, ARB Air Locker, Superior axleshafts built to 1978 Ford lengths, CTM U-joints, Tera 35-spline locking hubs, Dedenbear end forgings and knuckles, ORD steering arms
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, ORD disc brake kit, Fabrimacated diff cover, 1410 pinion yoke Steering: PSC ram ORD full hydraulic steering
Suspension: Four-link front and rear, Speedway Engineering rear antisway bar, 16-inch stroke King coilovers, King hydraulic bumpstops, 116-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 42-inch Iroks on stock 17x8 H2 wheels with Staun bead locks
Winch: Warn 9.5 Ti
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Custom evolved tube cage/chassis stemming from the original in-cab rollcage
Cool Stuff: Still has the whole K5 frame. Had it since new. Only 3 inches taller than a stock K5. Stock body skins over tube.
Aaron James' Rock-Ready Ram
Aaron James is a returning reader from last year, bringing back his Colorado trail Dodge and brother/co-driver Phillip James. Aaron proved he learned a lot from last year's 'Adventure, and brought his Dodge back with new 1-ton parts to replace the 1/2-ton axles that were giving him a little hell last year. His new upgrades complemented his driving style, and Aaron did a great job navigating even the hardest of obstacles with little frustration or breakage. It's a good thing too, because Phillip was way too busy getting the phone number of every cute girl we saw to have time to help fix his bro's truck.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Aaron James, Phillip James
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport
Engine: 5.9L Magnum V-8, Kenne Bell ECM
Transfer Case: NV241J (Rocktrac with 4:1 low range)
Driveshafts: 0.140-inch wall front CV, 0.250-inch wall rear with 1410 yoke
Front Axle: Dana 60, 5.13 Precision gears, ARB Air Locker, 32-spline inner axleshafts
Rear Axle: Dana 70, 5.13 Spicer gears, Detroit Locker, custom disc brakes
Steering: Stock 2500 linkage, stock 3500 steering box
Suspension: Custom control arms, 3-inch coil spacer in front, stock Off-Road leaf pack in rear
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17x8 aluminum wheels
Winch: Warn 9.5 XP
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Denver Off-Road 6061-T6 aluminum front bumper, 2-inch 0.120-inch wall DOM Evolution/Phillbilt exocage, Phillbilt rear bumper with hidden receiver, Phillbilt flatbed, Rockstomper rock guards, custom aluminum skidplates
Cool Stuff: Steering and suspension is mostly stock equipment. Electric line lock. Bought new off showroom floor and started wheeling it.
BF Goodrich's Perry-Built Custom
Fred Perry was back again this year along with co-driver and title sponsor BF Goodrich's Gary Enterline, but in his brand-new and never-before-tested handbuilt Jeep. Even though you'd never know it upon a glance, this one never came off an assembly line: Fred started with a bare Unlimited frame and built the entire Jeep from scratch using a Grand Cherokee motor and tranny, and two TJ bodies grafted together. With the help of Chris Durham, Fred worked from his shop in South Carolina and punched out this gnarly yellow Jeep in just a few months, with special touches like the custom-built short radiator support that gives the fiberglass hood some serious rake for better visibility. Damn, Fred was already hard enough to keep up with in his last Jeep ....
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Fred Perry, Gary Enterline
Vehicle: 2005 Perry-built Wrangler
Engine: 4.7L V-8
Tranny: Five-speed Grand Cherokee WJ automatic
Transfer Case: Atlas with 3.8:1 low range
Front Axle: RockCrusher 60, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, CTM U-joints, chromoly axleshafts
Rear Axle: RockCrusher 60, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, chromoly axleshafts
Steering: AGR steering box, custom crossover
Suspension: Teraflex LCG kit, Walker Evans 12-inch travel air shocks, air shock hoops front and rear, ORO air-actuated disconnect antisway bar, 107-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 39x13.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17x8.5 Walker Evans bead locks
Winch: Warn HS9500 short drum with winch rope
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Big Daddy front bumper and rocker guards, custom rollcage
Cool Stuff: Made from scratch starting with a frame. Body from two TJs grafted together. Custom radiator support that allows hood to be angled for better visibility
Tuff Country's Truggy
On the first trail day, Scott Sweeney stated that he wouldn't do any damage to his Tuff Country truggy during the trip. Oh boy, a newbie! Little did he know...hehehe. We thought for sure Scott and his brother/co-driver Zach Sweeney were going down after making big claims like this, and at every obstacle we stood on our tiptoes hoping to witness the brothers from Utah put a heinous grind in that spotless truggy body. But no! Not once! Zach directed Scott through almost every obstacle with the patience and skill of wheelers twice their age, and truly disappointed us by doing a great job at coming through clean and unscathed.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Scott Sweeney, Zach Sweeney
Vehicle: 1985 Toyota extended cab
Tranny: Stock manual
Transfer Case: Marlin Crawler Ultimate Crawler kit, rear twin stick
Driveshafts: Long-travel front driveshaft, lengthened stock Toyota IFS driveshaft in rear
Front Axle: Toyota, 5.29 gears, ARB Air Locker, chromoly axleshafts and Birfields
Rear Axle: 1986 Toyota, 5.29 gears, ARB Air Locker
Steering: Marlin high-steer arms, All Pro crossover arms, AGR hydraulic ram assist
Suspension: Tuff Country prototype leaves in front, rear four-link, S.A.W. coilovers
Tire and Wheels: 37-inch Toyo Open Country MTs on 15x8 Trail Ready bead locks
Winch: Warn 9.5 Ti
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: All tubework done by the Sweeney brothers
Cool Stuff: Tacoma fiberglass front clip. Locking trunk in rear of truggy. Complete vinyl graphic exterior covering.
John Hughbank's Big Bashin' Bronco
John Hughbanks was an invited reader from our own hometown, and when we found out he wanted to go, we knew he was the right guy to bring along. John works at GM Truck Center in Burbank, California, the shop that bore this year's UA truck, and his try-anything, die-hard attitude was just what we wanted on a trip like this. In fact, John received not only the Most Dramatic Driver award and the Most Improved Driver award, but also Clifton Slay's Most Hardcore award at the farewell dinner. He and his infamous co-driver, Steven Deitsch (aka Big Stevie), took their '79 Bronco and ran it through the wringer, making sure to leave no body panel undented as John experienced wheeling in terrain totally foreign to him.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): John Hughbanks, Steven Deitsch
Vehicle: 1979 Ford Bronco
Engine: 460ci, bored 0.060 over, forged pistons, ported and polished heads, roller rockers, Comp Cam
Tranny: C6 with low planetary 1st gear, Art Carr gate shifter
Transfer Case: NP205
Front Axle: Dynatrac 60, 4.56 gears, Powr-Lok differential, 35-spline 300M axleshafts
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker, disc brakes
Steering: Crossover steering, ORU ram assist
Suspension: 9-inch lift All Valley Spring coils, All 4 Fun 13-inch extended radius arms, Skyjacker rear leaves, MX-6 reservoir shock in front, Rancho RS 9000s in rear, 110-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 44-inch Swamper TSLs in front, 44-inch Boggers in rear on Eaton bead-lock wheels
Winch: Warn 9500XP
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Custom homebuilt rollcage, bumpers
Cool Stuff: Spare driveshafts mounted via flanges and yokes welded to the rollcage. Custom crossmember to give the ability to drop the transmission without removing the front suspension. First UA truck on 44s.
Sam's Offroad's Heepee
Sam Patton's Heepee has to be one of the most famous CJ-7s to ever grace the pages of this magazine, and more than a couple of us were looking forward to seeing this thing in action. Sam and his crew built the CJ at his shop, Sam's Offroad, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, years ago and have been making small changes and additions to it ever since it won Four Wheeler's Top Truck Challenge in 2000. Not to give our sister rag too much credit, but if Sam's CJ was able to not only hold up but also win the entire TTC, then we figured he'd stand a good chance surviving our grueling Ultimate Adventure trip. We were glad to have his smiling face with us.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Sam Patton, Chris Reeves
Vehicle: 1984 Jeep CJ-7
Engine: 5.7L TPI Chevy
Tranny: TH700R4 automatic
Transfer Case: Atlas
Driveshafts: Custom long travel
Front Axle: Reverse-rotation Dana 60, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, 35-spline axleshafts, shaved housing
Rear Axle: Reverse-rotation Dana 60, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, 35-spline axleshafts, shaved housing
Steering: Custom high-steer setup with AGR hydraulic ram assist
Suspension: Custom stacked leaf pack, Currie antisway bar, RS 9000X Pro Series shocks, Sam's Offroad traction bar, 99-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 15x14 Mickey Thompson Alcoas with Champion bead locks
Winch: Ramsey Patriot 9500
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Modified Hanson front bumper, Currie Rockcrusher rear bumper, Sam's Offroad steering gearbox bracket
Cool Stuff: It's the Heepee! This thing is famous! Big motor/big tire combo work great for Sam. Still has Renegade graphics package.
Tom Boyd's MultiBody Bronco
What Ultimate Adventure trip would be complete without Tom Boyd? Tom is one of a kind, a legend dating back to the first of the Ultimate Adventure trips. And yet we still bring him along, which should say enough about him. Tom is the kind of guy you'll sometimes need to bring a tranquilizer gun for, but he's also one of the most genuine, nicest guys that would never leave a man behind on the trail or the highway (as we've learned in the past). Tom again brought his San Diego-based JD Fabrication Bronco that he tries to change every year just to humor us. We gave him the fiberglass skins off our 2004 F-150 and he went to work trying to make them blend into the body lines. We're not sure he'll be winning any design awards, but Tom did a great job of morphing the boxy Bronco body with the swooping lines of the new front clip.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Tom "The Clown" Boyd
Vehicle: Prototype F-150R-EB edition (?!?, Tom, it's a 1971 Bronco! Give it up!)
Engine: Greg Grosset 302 EFI stroked to 331ci
Tranny: TH400 Transfer Case: Klune-V, Atlas II
Driveshafts: San Diego Driveline driveshafts
Front Axle: Reverse-rotation Dana 44, 4.11 gears, Detroit Locker, Warn axleshafts, CTM U-joints, Warn hubs
Rear Axle: Ford 9-inch, 4.11 gears, Detroit Locker, Moser 31-spline axleshafts, Strange third member
Steering: Reverse Scout II box Suspension: JD Fabrication custom four-link front and rear with King coilovers
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFG Krawlers on 17-inch bead locks
Winch: Warn 9000
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: JD Fabrication tubework
Cool Stuff: Tom took our 2004 F-150 fiberglass front clip and molded it onto his 1971 Bronco. The suspension and power in this thing are awesome. The driver has more screws loose than the truck.
Keith Bailey's Awesome 1984 CJ-7
Other returning readers this year were Keith Bailey and Sam Gillis, the two crazy kids from Alabama. We originally met Keith on Ultimate Adventure 2003, where we got an up-close and personal look at Keith's Jeep and his driving style. Even after that, we took pity and invited him as a reader to come on these last two UA trips. Aside from the nonstop comedy routine that is Keith and Sam, these are two of the most well communicating, best-driving, most hard-core trail-repairing wheelers we have the pleasure of knowing. Last year, at 2 a.m. in the pouring rain, Keith and Sam were still joking around while swapping a tranny they had broken earlier that day. Remember the UA motto? No Whiners. What better example than Keith and Sam?
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Keith Bailey, Sam Gillis
Vehicle: 1984 Jeep CJ-7
Engine: 350 Vortec
Transfer Case: Dana 300 with Off Road Connection big shaft kit, 4:1 low-range gearset
Driveshafts: Standard with 1310 U-joints
Front Axle: Narrowed Dana 60, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: Narrowed RockCrusher 60, 5.13 gears, full spool
Steering: High-steer over-knuckle crossover steering with ram assist
Suspension: ORC leaf springs front and rear, spring-over axle, 5-inch extended wheelbase, Rancho RS 9000s
Tire and Wheels: 39x13.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17-inch Marsh Racing bead locks
Winch: Warn 8274-50 front, Warn M8000 in rear
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Bumpers, rocker guards, rollcage, tube fenders all custom built by Off Road Connection
Cool Stuff: The tube rocker guards above the rear wheelwells go through the body and tie into the cage. Front fenders were handbuilt using 2-inch tubing to make them bashproof. Keith's owned it since new! Voice-activated windshield wipers.
Rick Franco's Retro Renegade
Rick Franco was an invited reader this year who didn't have very far to travel from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to join us. Whether it was due to this Jeep's determination or Rick's experienced driving skills, the truck and driver team showed us that you don't need 1-ton equipment to run even the gnarliest of trails that we saw this week. Rick was able to keep his rear Model 20 axle together even with 38-inch tires, though his front Dana did see a complete explosion in Arkansas. That wouldn't stop this seasoned wheeler though, as he fixed the axle and was back on the trails the very next day - never even thinking about calling it quits after a break that would've left most people's rigs down for weeks.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Rick Franco
Vehicle: 1985 Jeep CJ-7
Engine: 4.3L Vortec
Tranny: TH350 automatic
Transfer Case: Dana 300 with Currie twin stick
Driveshafts: Chromoly front driveshaft
Front Axle: Dana 44, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: Model 20, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, Moser axleshafts
Steering: Custom crossover with chromoly drag link and tie rod
Suspension: 4-inch Trail Master leaves, Currie shackles, Trail Master SSV shocks, 96-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 38-inch Swamper SXs on 15x10 Allied steel bead locks
Winch: Ramsey Patriot 9500
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Sam's Off Road custom family rollcage, Currie Rockcrushers
Cool Stuff: Retro Renegade look. Model 20 rear axle that held up all week. Blew up the entire passenger side of the front axle and was up and running by the next morning!
Poison Spyder Customs' Orange Unlimited
A regular on our Ultimate Adventure trips these days is Clifton Slay of Poison Spyder Customs. He comes as a sponsor, but like most of the returning sponsors, he's more of a friend who just happens to give us money so we can go have fun. This year, Clifton and co-driver AJ Griffin surprised us a little by showing up from Colorado in a new Unlimited adorning the full line of Poison Spyder equipment. In the past we've been used to seeing him behind the wheel of one of his insane Spyder Customs rigs, but this year he proved that not only could an Unlimited work wonders with Poison Spyder parts on it, but that maybe he really could drive and it's not just all those bad-ass buggies that make the most impossible challenges seem easy.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Clifton Slay, AJ Griffin, Scott Frary
Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Unlimited
Engine: Inline six-cylinder
Tranny: Four-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP231
Driveshafts: Custom fabricated
Front Axle: Dynatrac Prorock, 5.38 gears, Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: Dynatrac Prorock, 5.38 gears, Detroit Locker
Steering: Poison Spyder high-steering system
Suspension: Rubicon Express 7-inch lift, Poison Spyder modified rear triangulated upper links
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawler on 17-inch Allied Rock-A-Thon Monster bead locks
Winch: Warn 9,000-pound
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Poison Spyder front and rear Stinger bumpers, tire carrier, Unlimited full rollcage, tube fenders, Crusher corners, rocker protection
Cool Stuff: We'd all rather watch AJ drive than Clifton. Mastercraft seats embroidered with "Ultimate Adventure 2005." This buggy builder brought a brand-new factory-built Jeep!
Warn is a welcome returning sponsor this year, sending us representative Pat Meiwes and co-driver Todd Kirkland from South Carolina in their 1990 small-block YJ. We met Pat a couple years ago on the UA 2003, but at the time he'd taken a passenger seat and helped run winch cable with us all week. This year Pat showed up in his own ride and made sure we knew that he not only knew every proper winching method known to man, but that he can also drive that little black YJ where only the big buggies go.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Pat Meiwes, Todd Kirkland
Vehicle: 1990 Jeep Wrangler
Engine: Vortec 350, Edelbrock Pro Flow fuel injection
Tranny: TH700R4 automatic
Transfer Case: Atlas II
Driveshafts: Custom Front
Axle: Dana 44, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, Warn axles
Rear Axle: Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, Warn axles
Suspension: BDS leaves in front with Old Man Emu shocks, Superlift leaf springs in rear with Superlift shocks, 92-inch wheelbase
Tires: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers
Winch: Warn 9.5 XP
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Warn front and rear bumper with tire carrier, Warn rocksliders, Warn diff covers, Off Road Connection rollbar, Tuffy expandable rear box, Bestop cargo rack
Cool Stuff: Custom YJ grille to fit CJ headlights. Low profile blackout Jeep with a Vortec surprise under the hood. Kept the shackles in front for better climbing.
Trent McGee's White YJ
Trent McGee is another friend who was in it from the beginning. In fact, he's attended more Ultimate Adventures than any of the current staff, and we love having him with us. Trent is a former 4- Wheel & Off-Road staffer who stayed working in the 4x4 industry, but it seems like we are always so busy that this is the only time of year we get to go wheeling together. The last few years he's been bringing a '92 YJ from Louisiana that has a sort of "sleeper" theme to it--you really don't know how much is going on and how capable this little Jeep really is until you see Trent powering it up the lines the tube buggies are taking.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Trent McGee, Chris Durham
Vehicle: 1992 Jeep Wrangler
Engine: 100K-mile 4.0L
Tranny: TorqueFlite 999
Transfer Case: Atlas 4.3
Driveshafts: 1310 U-joints
Front Axle: Reverse-rotation Dana 44, Detroit Locker, Warn hubs, Warn axles
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8-inch, Detroit Locker, Dutchman axles
Steering: Custom-built HD crossover using 3/4-ton Chevy and Ford tie-rod ends
Suspension: Black Diamond X2 suspension system
Tire and Wheels: 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on 17x8 Trail Ready bead locks
Winch: Warn 9.5 Ti
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Currie Shorty front bumper, Currie spare tire carrier, Currie rock sliders, stock rollbar with Off Road Connection cage kit
Cool Stuff: Simple but well-working suspension. Custom trail bruises. In it from the beginning.
Mike Cox's Silver Bullet CJ
Mike Cox's silver CJ looks like a full-scale version of something you might pull out of a Hot Wheels package. Its giant tires, silver paint, and loud orange rollcage make it stand out even in the thickest of dirt clouds, which were thrown all over us camera guys multiple times (thanks, Mike). We can't be mad though, because it was such a delight watching Mike and his purpose-built CJ do exactly what they were built for: wheel the rocks and dirt of the hard-core Oklahoma and Arkansas trails. Thanks for comin' along, Mike. We know you had a far drive from your place in Tulsa.
Driver/Co-Driver(s): Mike Cox
Vehicle: Jeep CJ-7
Engine: TBI 350
Transfer Case: Dana 300 with Currie twin stick, Advance Adapters big shaft kit
Driveshafts: Chromoly front, 1350 and 1410 U-joints on both driveshafts
Front Axle: Dana 60 front, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, Moser axleshafts, five-lug
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker, Explorer disc brakes, five-lug
Steering: High-steer with Rock Ram
Suspension: Superlift 2-inch lift CJ-7 rear leaves on all four corners, RS 9000 shocks, Currie shackles, spring-over conversion, Sam's Offroad traction bar, 101-inch wheelbase
Tire and Wheels: 42-inch Swamper TSLs on 15x10 Alcoas with bead locks
Winch: Ramsey Bad Boy 9500
Bumpers/Cages/Guards: Custom Sam's Offroad front bumper, Currie rear bumper, Off Your Rocker rocker guards, Smittybilt rollcage
Cool Stuff: Giant Silver Bullet careening up the trail. Built specifically for the trails we ran this year. Put more miles on it this trip than in the last two years combined.