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2006 Ultimate Adventure Truck and Driver Profiles - Christo Slee - 1994 Land Cruiser

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2006 on November 1, 2006
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Driver: Christo Slee


Occupation:Shop Owner

Where did you come from?:South Africa but now Golden, CO

Did you tow it out or drive it?:Towed

How long have you been off-roading?:15 years

What got you into 4x4s?:Originally working on remote sites as a geophysicist

Favorite part of the trip:SThe fun crowd, the great wheeling, and the good banter going back and forth.

What was your least favorite part of the trip?:Actually nothing much. Maybe cleaning the cows#!t off the truck when we got home.

Hardtop, soft top, or no top:Hardtop

Would you want to work for a 4x4 mag now that you've met us and seen what we do?:Hell no. You guys are crazy.

Would you kick out your co-driver if we had a supermodel to ride in your truck?:For sure, she would probably not roll the truck on every trail like Ben did. Or if she did, it might be fun rolling around.

Would you do it again next year, or would it be asking too much of your battered body?:In a hearbeat!

Favorite truck on the trip (besides your own):Probably the Offroad Design Blazer. Big, ballsy, and nicely built.

Co-Driver:Ben Swain


Occupation:Sales manager

Vehicle: Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
--Slightly modified to be a FZJ85 ShortBus


Tires/Wheels:39-inch BFG Krawlers/Rock Monster DOT bead locks by Hutchinson

Steering:Full hydro steering using PSC system

Front suspension:Slee Off-Road 6-inch bolt-in lift kit

Rear suspension:Slee Off-Road 6-inch bolt-in lift kit

Front drivetrain:Toyota E-locker with CV-Unlimite Newfield and Poly Performance 30-spline inner axleshafts. Yukon 5.29 gears.

Rear drivetrain:ARB Air Locker with Slee Off-Road high-strength 30-spline rear axleshafts. Yukon 5.29 gears.

Driveshafts:Slee Off-Road double-cardan front and rear heavy-duty shafts

Tranny:Stock Toyota A442F

Transfer case(s)/ratio(s)/other mods:Toyota HF2AV transfer case with Marks Adapters 3:1 Crawler Box

Engine/Mods:Stock 4.5L DOHC 1FZFE inline six-cylinder

Bumpers/rails/rollcage:Custom Slee Off-Road front and rear bumpers, sliders, and interior rollcage

Winch:Warn M8000

What (on your truck) gave you problems during the trip?:Running out of gas (also known as a trail fart!)--a lot. Hey, never thought this thing would have to drive 1,100 miles on the road. Crawler box had some heating issues (OK, cooked the Amsoil!), cut a sidewall, but the nice folks from BFGoodrich had a spare. Windshield fell out and the A/C died. Strange things happen when you flop in the dunes.

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