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Shay Stepp: 1986 Ford Bronco II

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Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted November 1, 2010

The Ultimate Rigs of UA 2010

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1986 Ford Bronco II Driver: Shay Stepp
Co-driver: Casey Donaldson
Hailing from Barstow, California, Shay Stepp and his co-driver, Casey Donaldson, welcomed the green trails of the East Coast since most of their wheeling is done in the hot high deserts of Southern California. Their Bronco II performed exceptionally well until its engine hydrolocked on mud day. It's events like this that show how close-knit UA participants become when times get tough. Fred Perry of Warn started a collection and rounded up enough cash to buy Shay the used engine that had been found just a few townships away from camp. That very night the Bronco went to OK Auto 4WD & Tire in Stewartsville, New Jersey. After an all-night wrench fest and substantial effort from the crew there, the Bronco II was back on the trail the very next day.

Drivetrain

  • Engine: '91 4.0L V-6
  • Transmission: A4LD
  • Transfer Case: Doubled 1350 transfer cases
  • Front Axle: Ford Dana 44, 4.88 gears, Lock-Right locker
  • Rear Axle: Ford 8.8, 4.88 gears, Lock-Right locker

Suspension

  • Front: Custom 7-inch lift, coils springs, Fox shocks
  • Rear: Custom 7-inch lift, Skyjacker leaf springs, James Duff shocks
  • Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50R15 BF Goodrich MTs on 15x8 Rock Crawlers with custom beadlocks

Other Stuff
Winch & Bumpers: 8000-pound Mile Marker winch, homemade front bumper
The Rest: On-board air, custom steering, custom rollcage

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