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2006 Ultimate Adventure Truck and Driver Profiles - Scott Sweeney- 1985 Toyota Pickup

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2006 on November 1, 2006
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Driver: Scott Sweeney


Occupation:Tech/sales/event guy at Tuff Country Ez-Ride Suspension

Where did you come from?:Salt Lake City, UT

Did you tow it out or drive it?:Towed

How long have you been off-roading?:20 years

What got you into 4x4s?:Family

Favorite part of the trip:Hanging out at the sand dunes and watching everyone tear it up!

What was your least favorite part of the trip?:The last trail day

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?:Nah!

Would you kick out your co-driver if we had a supermodel to ride in your truck?:In a heartbeat!

Would you do it again next year, or would it be asking too much of your battered body?:Definitely! (If someone would put a muzzle on Tom Boyd!)

Favorite truck on the trip (besides your own):Stephen Watson's rig "Wally"

Co-Driver:Zach Sweeney


Occupation:Warehouse/order fulfillment guy at Tuff Country Ez-Ride Suspension

Vehicle: Toyota Extended Cab "Truggy"

Year:1985 ('01 Tacoma front fiberglass kit)

Tires/Wheels:37x14.50 Toyo MTs/15x8 Trail Ready

Steering:All Pro Offroad crossover conversion with AGR hydraulic ram

Front suspension:Tuff Country 5.5-inch leaf springs

Rear suspension:Custom four-link done by Warren "Genius" Spencer, with Sway-a-Way 16-inch coilover's

Front drivetrain:Toyota 8-inch/5:29 Yukon ring-and-pinion/ARB/Chromoly shafts and Birfields

Rear drivetrain:Toyota 8-inch/5:29 Yukon ring-and-pinion/ARB/stock shafts

Driveshafts:Front long spline, rear CV

Tranny:Stock Toyota four-cylinder

Transfer case(s)/ratio(s)/other mods:Dual Marlin Crawler adapted with 4:7 kit in rear case. About 228:1 overall crawl ratio.

Engine/Mods:22RE four-cylinder K&N intake, LC Engineering header

Bumpers/rails/rollcage:All custom tube work and rock protection done by myself

Winch:Warn 9.5ti

What (on your truck) gave you problems during the trip?:The only issues worth mentioning would be: lack of power at the sand dunes, slight driveline vibration for the highway travel days, and rear differential got a little low on oil and caused the housing to get a little hot, resulting in a pretty good burn on my wrist after bumping into it!

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