Inside the Guts of a Beast
Offroad Design is already well known for picking the toughest-of-the-tough 4x4 transfer case components and creating virtually unstoppable ultra-performance mash-ups. Now they're at it again with their new Magnum. This time it's a unique mating of a planetary gearbox to an NP205 that spawns a four-speed transfer case (T-case) with an awesome range of ratios: 1:1, 1.96:1, 2.72:1 and 5.33:1. And Offroad Design (ORD) says they offer Magnum versions to fit practically any transmission/front-drop combo you can think of.
The Magnum has been out for a little over a year, and the buzz is spreading fast. What's inside a Magnum anyway? Who's running one? How's it holding up? Will it fit my rig? Can I daily drive it, like down the freeway at 75? Well, we just got the chance to go beyond the buzz by visiting Offroad Design mastermind and fanatic 'wheeler, Stephen Watson, at ORD's sprawling shop and manufacturing headquarters in Colorado. We got the first magazine peek at the guts of the Magnum beast, how it's put together, and the opportunity to find out how it's holding up under extreme use on the trail and on the highway. For more information visit www.offroaddesign.com.
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