Driver: Randy C. Rubin
Where did you come from?:Roseburg, OR
Did you tow it out or drive it?:Towed to Boise, drove it from Idaho Falls to Boise covered in dried cow mud.
How long have you been off-roading?:26 years
What got you into 4x4s?:Too many tickets on the road. Off road, almost anything goes. Being an attorney also helps.
Favorite part of the trip:It's a toss up between completing the first trail without breaking a fourth front driveline or watching Trent working on his great escape from being duct taped to the plastic chair. (If you need photos I have them!)
What was your least favorite part of the trip?:Driving through and over the Mormon crickets.
Hardtop, soft top, or no top:Bikini top
Would you want to work for a 4x4 mag now that you've met us and seen what we do?:Sure! Part time would be better. I would miss my day job and income.
Would you kick out your co-driver if we had a supermodel to ride in your truck?:Sure! My co-pilot walked most of the rock trails and got out for the mud. Hell, there was plenty of room in Jeff Nasi's ride for Virgle
Would you do it again next year, or would it be asking too much of your battered body?:I would do it again in a heartbeat! Anytime, anywhere!
Favorite truck on the trip (besides your own):Trent's Superlift YJ. The coilover front suspension is trick!
Occupation:Sales manager, FCC Commercial Furniture
Vehicle: Jeep Wrangler YJ
Tires/Wheels:39-inch BFG Krawlers/17x9 MRW bead locks
Steering:Borgeson steering shaft, Saginaw Box, Sky Mfg. High Steer Arms, KWT Heim Joints and tie rod, and drag link
Front suspension:Rubicon Express SOA, Bilstein shocks
Rear suspension:Rubicon Express SOA Rancho shocks
Front drivetrain:KWT Dana 60, ARB Locker/4.88:1/Yukon Gears/Dutchman 35-spline inner and outer alloy axles, Tera Low Hubs
Rear drivetrain:KWT Dana 60 Full Floater, Detroit Locker/4.88:1/Yukon Gears/Dutchman 35-spline alloy axles
Driveshafts:Rear 1310 CV Six States, Front 1310 Driveline Service of Boise
Tranny:NV4500, Center Force clutch
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s)/other mods:Atlas II, 4.3:1 low
Engine/Mods:383ci small-block Chevy stroker, TBI, headman headers, Flowmaster Hush II mufflers, MSD Ignition, 9:1 compression, forged rods, pistons, crank, Milodon oil pan and pump
Bumpers/rails/rollcage:Front Stinger Poison Spyder, front and rear bumper: BBM, Rollcage BBM
What (on your truck) gave you problems during the trip?:Holley TBI Fuel Injection and front drivelines. The Holley TBI system has since been removed and an Edelbrock TPI system is being installed. The front driveline issue was resolved by Driveline Service of Boise.