Trent McGee- 1987 Jeep Wrangler
Driver: Trent Mcgee
Where did you come from?:West Monroe, LA
Did you tow it out or drive it?:Towed it to the end, drove to beginning
How long have you been off-roading?:15 years
What got you into 4x4s?:A ratty old CJ-5 I bought in high-school...the most unreliable vehicle I've ever owned...I was hooked.
Favorite part of the trip:The dunes, with the first trail a close second.
Funniest thing you saw happen:There are too many to list.
What was your least favorite part of the trip?:All the waiting around
Hardtop, soft top, or no top:Bestop bikini top
Would you want to work for a 4x4 mag now that you've met us and seen what we do?:Been there, done that, never did get the T-shirt.
Would you kick out your co-driver if we had a supermodel to ride in your truck?:Honestly, probably not...most models can't wrench very well, and conversation would be a challenge. Tough choice though.
Would you do it again next year, or would it be asking too much of your battered body?:Hell yeah!
Favorite truck on the trip (besides your own):John's Bronco
Occupation:Army Supply Specialist
Vehicle: Jeep Wrangler YJ
Tires/Wheels:37-inch BFG Krawlers/17x9 Trail Ready bead locks
Steering:Dynatrac crossover system/AGR Rock Ram
Front suspension:Black Diamond X2 three-link with coilovers
Rear suspension:Black Diamond X2 spring-over with Torque Fork traction bar
Front drivetrain:Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, full 35-spline, 5.13s, Detroit Locker
Rear drivetrain:Dynatrac Pro Rock 60, 35-spline, 5.13s, Detroit Locker
Driveshafts:J.E. Reel Canyon Crawlers
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s)/other mods:Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8:1
Bumpers/rails/rollcage:Poison Spyder cage, corners, and rock sliders
Winch:Warn 9.0 XP
What (on your truck) gave you problems during the trip?:Let's see...Transmission/transfer-case adapter bolts backed out, required pulling the transfer case to tighten, one rear driveshaft, tranny didn't shift right until halfway through the trip when John Hughbanks spent all of five minutes working his magic and it worked like a champ from then on, intermittent overheating problems, nonfunctioning CB (co-driver installed and wired new one while I drove), replaced cigarette lighter to charge phones (co-driver installed and wired while I drove), wasted a rod end, rear wheel bearings were too tight (had to loosen).