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2008 Ultimate Adventure 4x4 Off Road Trucks - The Rigs Of UA

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2008 Ultimate Adventure 4x4 Off Road Trucks - The Rigs Of UA
Photographers: The 4-Wheel & Off-Road Staff
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Mello Out
Representing husband and wife wheelers from across the nation, Jeff and Julie Mello demonstrated how good communication between couples translates well onto the trail. Though both of them are very easy-going individuals, they did manage to turn things up a bit during the Adventure and walk away with the award for the most dynamic rollover (see Part 2 next month)! Always a great rig to watch, they made CJ owners across America proud as their simply built round-eyed machine took a beating and kept right on crawling.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Jeff Mello
Co-driver: Julie Mello
Representing: You the reader!
Stomping grounds: California
Vehicle: '79 Jeep CJ-7
Engine: AMC 360ci
Transmission: T-18
Transfer case: Dana 300
Front axle: Dana 44, Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Rear axle: Dana 44, 33-spline, Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Suspension: Spring-over axle with frenched rear hangers
Tires & Wheels: 35x13.50 BFG Krawlers on 15-inch Center Line wheels with Champion bead locks
Other Stuff: Hood raked and dropped 3 inches at the grille, custom twin sticks, flat belly with 4140 skidplate, Howell fuel injection, Daystar motor mounts, Warn 9.5i winch
Built for: Rocks

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EVO Cruiser
Dedication and hard work are merely words until you know Mel Wade. The owner of Off Road Evolution, the official build shop of the Ultimate Z71, Mel used the trip to R&D his new Evo-lever coilover suspension. Always one to lend a hand, Mel completed the trip without one problem and stayed true to the hard-core nature of the trip by driving his built JK from the end location to sunny SoCal.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Mel Wade
Co-driver: Kevin McNulty
Representing: Off Road Evolution
Stomping grounds: California
Vehicle: '07 Jeep Wrangler
Engine: Supercharged 3.8L
Transmission: Stock auto
Transfer case: STaK three-speed
Front axle: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, ARB Air Locker, Superior shafts, 5.38 gears
Rear axle: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, ARB Air Locker, 5.38 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: Off Road Evolution front coilover conversion and Evo-lever rear, modified Full Traction long arm
Tires & Wheels: 40x14.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Walker Evans beadlocks
Other Stuff: PureJeep bumpers, Kilby on-board air, Mastercraft seats, Warn 9.5ti winch, Adventure Supercharger
Built for: Rocky terrain

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Rescue Rod
Back when a truck was still a truck and fenders had flare, there was the Kaiser M-715. Brought to you by the steering experts at PSC Motorsports with a hand from Old Town Customs' Tom Allen and Carl Yarbrough, this retired fire department truck was transformed into a functioning wheeler with the heart of a hot rod in just over a month. Tom and Carl found this decaying in the back fields of Texas, and had everybody on the trip rethinking their next build project and peeking around barns for the rest of the trip.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Tom Allen
Co-driver: CarL Yarbrough
Representing: PSC Motorsports
Stomping grounds: Texas
Vehicle: '67 Kaiser M-715
Engine: 350ci
Transmission: 700R4
Transfer case: 4.3:1 Atlas II
Front axle: Dana 60, 35 spline shafts, Detroit Locker, 5.86 gears
Rear axle: Dana 70, Detroit Locker, 5.86 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift Wagoneer springs
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch TSLs on 17-inch Trail Ready bead locks
Other Stuff: Warn 9,000-pound winch, train horns, disc brake conversion, Old Town Customs cage and sliders
Built for: Rocks and parties

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Clemson Crawler
When you needed a pull on the trail, you didn't have to wait long for Warn reps Steve Schoenfelder and Fred Perry to lend a hand. Driving their custom-built Mini M-715 they even had the chance of demonstrating some of the excellent Warn product line as the first day of the trip would put a freshly built rig on its lid. Always the troopers and in true Warn fashion they knew to "Go Prepared" and got the rig righted and kept on wheeling.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Fred Perry
Co-driver: Steve Schoenfelder
Representing: Warn
Stomping grounds: South Carolina
Vehicle: '89 Jeep MJ(715)
Engine: 4.0L
Transmission: Four-speed auto
Transfer case: NP231 with a Tera 2-low and Atlas short shift kit
Front axle: Rockcrusher high-pinion 60, 35-spline, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Rear axle: Dana 60, 35-spline Alloy USA shafts, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: Custom Superlift long-arm front with leaves in the rear
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Race Line Monster bead locks
Other Stuff: Warn front and rear bumpers, Warn 9.5XP winch, custom bed with Warn VTC compressor and aux tank, custom tire carrier
Built for: Rocks

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Bow Tie By Design
Wrenching for years behind the scenes at Off Road Design and having a hand in many of the epic fullsized wheelers to roll out of the shop, it was Tom Cherry's time to get out and wheel. Outfitted with a full line of Off Road Design parts and putting its legendary transfer-case Doubler to good use, Tom's Bow Tie creation made light work out of some of the toughest obstacles using virtually all over-the-counter parts.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Tom Cherry
Co-driver: Stephen Watson
Representing: Off Road Design
Stomping grounds: Colorado
Vehicle: '85 Chevy K-30 cab/'82 Blazer frame
Engine: 400ci
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 ORD Doubler
Front axle: Dana 60, Lock-Right, 4.56 gears
Rear axle: 14-bolt, Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Suspension: 4-inch Tough Country with ORD rear shackle flip
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Trail Ready bead locks
Other Stuff: Off Road Design front bumper, Warn 8,000-pound winch, Edelbrock Pro Flo injection, custom cage and bed
Built for: Everything

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Side Kick'n
To go on the Ultimate Adventure once and survive is impressive, but to get invited back again, is just asking for it! This year's returning readers John and Gary Lambert had their work cut out for them as they had a dead transmission and blown rear differential on the first day. So did they pack it up and head back towards the Green Mountains of Vermont? Of course not. They got dirty, fixed it, and kept on moving.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: John Lambert
Co-driver: Gary Lambert
Representing: You the reader!
Stomping Grounds: Vermont
Vehicle: '93 Suzuki Sidekick
Engine: Chevy 4.3L
Transmission: TH350
Transfer Case: 4.7 Toyota
Front Axle: '85 Toyota, spool, 4..10 gears
Rear Axle: '85 Toyota, factory Toyota electronic locker, 4.10 gears
Steering: Hydraulic assist
Suspension: Coil front, leaf rear
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Poison Spyder bead locks
Other Stuff: Full cage, custom bumpers and rock sliders, Warn winch, aluminum radiator
Built For: Rocks

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Blues Brothers
With the Bronco looking cleaner and definitely better built than the day it rolled off the showroom floor in '68, Patrick Deming along with his brother Steve cruised through the Ultimate Adventure virtually trouble-free. Getting the most points for the shiniest paint job, it was great to see such a well-polished rig navigating some of this country's toughest trails.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Patrick Deming
Co-driver: Steve Deming
Representing: You the reader!
Stomping grounds: California
Vehicle: '68 Ford Bronco
Engine: 347ci stroker
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: NP203/205 Doubler
Front Axle: Dana 60, chromoly shafts, CTM U-joints, Dedenbear knuckles, ARB Air Locker, 5.13 gears
Rear Axle: Hybrid 9-inch with Unimog portals, ARB Air Locker, 5.13 gears
Suspension: Custom 5.5-inch, Cage radius arms, four-link rear with King coilovers
Tires & Wheels: 40x14.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Raceline bead locks
Other Stuff: 2-inch body lift, custom bumpers, Warn 8274 winch, Comp Cam, 351ci Lightning heads, roller rockers
Built for: Rocks

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Country Time
Quite simply one of the easiest vehicles to point out, and one of the hardest to spot on the trail, Greg Higgs passenger-side-drive (we know, it's just funnier to say it this way) Suzuki combines Hemi power and a barrage of custom parts to make this beefy 'Zu go anywhere he pointed it. And no, he doesn't go through the drive-thru in reverse. We asked.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Greg Higgs
Co-driver: RJ Lynn
Representing: Rough Country Suspension
Stomping grounds: North Carolina
Vehicle: '87 Suzuki SJ-410
Engine: 5.7L Hemi
Transmission: 45RFE
Transfer case: 4.3:1 Atlas II
Front axle: Spidertrax housing, Currie 9-inch center, Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Rear axle: Spidertrax housing, Tru Hi-9, Detroit Locker, 4.56s
Steering: PSC full hydraulic
Suspension: Custom four-link with coilovers
Tires & Wheels: 39-inch BFG Krawlers on 17x9 American Racing
Other Stuff: Fab Fours front and rear bumpers, Ramsey 9,500-pound winch, aluminum links, rear suspension winch
Built for: Big rocks

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Mt. BFG
The crew at Mt. Logan Off-Road built an awesome trail-ready JK that allowed our title sponsor, BFGoodrich Tires, to showcase what its tires do best, hook up off road. Co-driving with Nate Williams was the father of the BFG Krawler, Gary Enterline. He is always a great addition to the trip, allowing the UA crew to give direct feedback to the design engineers that make new tires, like the 40-inch KM2, a reality.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Nate Williams
Co-driver: Gary Enterline
Representing: BFGoodrich Tires
Stomping Grounds: Utah
Vehicle: '08 Jeep Wrangler
Engine: Supercharged 3.8L
Transmission: Stock
Transfer Case: 4.3:1 Atlas II
Front Axle: Currie Rock Jock 60, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
Rear Axle: Currie Rock Jock 60, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: Mt. Logan Off-Road long arm
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Walker Evans bead locks
Other Stuff: Mt. Logan Off-Road front bumper, Warn 9.5ti winch, Adventure Innovation supercharger, Currie anti-rock sway bars front and rear, Sway-A-Way 2.5-inch air shocks, Mt. Logan Off-Road sliders
Built For: Rocks

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Orange Crush
As if the sweet roaring sound of a 462ci big-block echoing through a set of Flowmaster mufflers weren't enough to get your attention, this year's Flowmaster rep, James Watson, decided to toss on a fresh coat of orange paint to make sure this big rig was seen and heard. Weighing in at just over 8,000 pounds, this heavyweight showed that even big rigs can get plenty of trail love.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: James Watson
Co-driver: American Muscle
Representing: Flowmaster
Stomping grounds: Colorado
Vehicle: '85 GMC K30
Engine: 462ci
Transmission: 4L80E
Transfer case: ORD Doubler NP203/205
Front axle: Dana 60, Yukon chromoly shafts, CTM U-joints, Tera hubs, ARB Air Locker, 5.13 gears
Rear axle: 14-bolt, ORD disc-brake conversion, Detroit Locker, Dynatrac cover, 5.13 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: 6-inch lift via ORD coilover conversion up front, 64-inch TCI rear springs with ORD shackles
Tires & Wheels: 40-inch BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Trail Ready bead locks
Other Stuff: Warn 9.5 XP winch, custom boatsides, ORD narrowed front bumper
Built for: Colorado and Moab

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Trail Tracker
Scoring points in the originality department, Mark Brancieri's '92 solid-axle Geo Tracker blazed through the trails like a golf cart on steroids. Always a blast to watch and usually found carrying a wheel, Mark, with help from co-driver Joe Pfeifer, showed us all how a good Tracker can find its way through any terrain.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Mark Brancieri
Co-driver: Joe Pfeifer
Representing: You the reader!
Stomping grounds: New York
Vehicle: '92 Geo Tracker
Engine: 1.6L
Transmission: Stock five-speed
Transfer Case: Stock case doubled with a Toyota transfer case
Front Axle: '85 Toyota mini-truck, ARB Air Locker, 5.71 gears
Rear Axle: '85 Toyota mini-truck, ARB Air Locker, 5.71 gears
Steering: Four-bolt GM steering gearbox
Suspension: Custom spring-over front, coil rear
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG Baja T/As on 15-inch aluminum
Other Stuff: Custom bumpers, Warn 9.5XP winch
Built For: Anything that gets me out of the house!

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Move Makers
Aveteran spotter and cohort of the Ultimate Adventure, Keith Bailey blasted through the trails with his Hemi-powered Bruiser chassis without a worry. Holding the spotlight for K&N, Bailey and co-driver Ryan Hagel did a great job of demonstrating K&N's motto "Make Your Move."

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Keith Bailey
Co-driver: Ryan Hagel
Representing: K&N
Stomping grounds: Alabama
Vehicle: '05 Bruiser
Engine: 5.7L Hemi
Transmission: 545RFE
Transfer case: Dana 300, Low Max 4:1, and STaK replacement case
Front axle: Solid high-pinion Dana 60, Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Rear axle: Solid high-pinion Dana 60, spool, 5.13 gears
Steering: PSC full hydraulic
Suspension: 14-inch Fox coilovers with air bumps
Tires & Wheels: 39-inch BFG Krawlers on 17-inch Poison Spyder bead locks
Other Stuff: Warn 9.5i winch
Built for: Anything not paved

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Southern Fried Taco
Traveling all the way from Tennessee, this super-clean 'Yota had its share of tough luck, but not even three ring-and-pinion swaps could kill Jonathan Cooper's great attitude. We're not sure if it was his love for the hobby or delightful co-driver Andrea Miller that wrenched alongside him every step of the way, but whatever it was this couple has wheeling flowing through their veins.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Jonathan Cooper
Co-driver: Andrea Miller
Representing: You the reader!
Stomping Grounds: Tennessee
Vehicle: '01 Toyota Tundra
Engine: 4.7L
Transmission: A340F
Transfer Case: 3.8:1 Atlas II
Front Axle: Rockcrusher 44 high-pinion, Alloy USA and Dutchman inner and outer 35-spline shafts, Dana 60 outers, 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 60, ARB Air Locker, 4.88 gears
Steering: Howe Performance hydraulic assist with high-steer
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with Alcan springs front and rear
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17x9 Allied wheels with Staun internal bead locks
Other Stuff: Tom Wood's driveshafts, dovetailed and bobbed bed, custom driver-side floorboard and boatsides, Power Tank, custom bumpers, Warn 9.5 XP winch
Built For: Everything

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Bug Bites
No strangers to chaos or the U.A., Tom Boyd and Clifton Slay helped keep the trip lively and moving along. Usually found at the back of the pack playing tailgunner and making sure no rig gets left behind, Slay will be the first one to lend a hand and roll out the tool bag, while Tommy will keep you entertained. Hey, everybody has their strong suit.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Tom Boyd
Co-driver: Clifton Slay
Representing: Professional Tailgunners
Stomping grounds: California
Vehicle: '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Engine: 4.0L
Transmission: Auto
Transfer case: NP231
Front axle: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
Rear axle: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: Rubicon Express long arm
Tires & Wheels: 40x14.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Poison Spyder bead locks
Other Stuff: Poison Spyder Customs cage, fenders, bumpers, and body protection
Built for: Rocks

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Hardy 'Zu
Without a doubt the most abused (at least in the looks department) rig on the UA was driven by none other than the legendary Tim Hardy. With enough field fix know-how to make MacGyver look like an amateur, Tim is one of the greatest additions to the legends of UA team and each year he manages to pilot one of his Suzuki-powered rigs up and over obstacles that challenge even the most high-zoot buggies.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Tim Hardy
Co-driver: Duct tape, dynamite, and zip ties
Representing: Suzuki enthusiasts across America
Stomping grounds: California
Vehicle: '88 Suzuki Samurai
Engine: 1.3L
Transmission: Stock
Transfer case: 4:1 gears
Front axle: 26-spline Suzuki housing with Birfield shafts, Detroit Locker, 5.12 gears
Rear axle: Suzuki housing with big-bearing Ford truck axles, E-Z locker, 5.12 gears
Suspension: Spring-over axle front, quarter-elliptical rear
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Maxis Mudzillas on 15x10 American Racing
Other Stuff: Custom bodywork, Warn winch
Built for: Anything

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OG Mcgee
When it comes to guys that know the magazine and the Adventure inside and out, you'll find few more qualified than Trent McGee. Once an integral part of the 4WOR team and one of two people who have attended every UA to date, Trent and his veteran co-driver, Sam Gillis, have seen their fair share of trails and have plenty of camp fire tales to prove it.

The Down & Dirty
Driver: Trent McGee
Co-driver: Sam Gillis
Representing: That friend that just won't go home.
Stomping Grounds: Arizona
Vehicle: '97 Jeep TJ buggy
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: AX-15
Transfer Case: Atlas four-speed
Front Axle: Dana 30 with Yukon chromoly shafts, Superior U-joints, Detroit Locker, Warn hub conversion, and 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8, Eaton E-Locker, 4.88 gears
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift long arm with flat bellypan
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 BFG KM2 M-Ts on 17-inch Poison Spyder bead locks
Other Stuff: Daystar differential guards, Mastercraft seats, K&N air filter, Warn compressor, Flowmaster muffler, TJ buggy kit by AFW Motorsports and Prindle Manufacturing
Built For: Anywhere with rocks!

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