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Jeff Putnik: 1998 Toyota Tacoma

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2010 on November 1, 2010
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1998 Toyota Tacoma
Driver: Jeff Putnik
Co-driver: John Pike
Our lone Toyota pickup was owned and driven by longtime reader and four-wheeler Jeff Putnik and maintained by his co-driver, John Pike. The two traveled from South Haven, Michigan, and put on quite a show for us out on the trail. Jeff took the hardest lines on the toughest obstacles, sometimes creating a new route up and over the worst of them. If something broke, John was always Johnny-on-the-spot, quickly making any and all repairs.


  • Engine: 3RZ 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: Stock 304F
  • Transfer Case: Tacoma transfer case mated to a Toyota top-loader transfer case
  • Front Axle: Ford Dana 60, 35-spline axleshafts, 5.13 gears, Powertrax Lock-Right Locker
  • Rear Axle: Dodge Dana 70, Moser 35-spline axleshafts, 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker


  • Front: 3-link Rock Equipment coilovers
  • Rear: 4-link, RaceRunner air shocks
  • Tires & Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on 17x9 Walker Evans beadlocks

Other Stuff
Winch & Bumpers: Warn 9.0Rc winch, custom front tube bumper
The Rest: Custom rollcage and tube work

Official Retailer

Official Tire

Official GPS

Official Transfer Case

Official Communcations

Official Suspension and Shock

Official Recovery Rope

Official Winch

Official Crate Axle

Official Turbo Diesel

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