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The Ultimate Adventure 2011 Finalists

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2011 on May 1, 2011
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Each year we put out a call-to-action for all off-roaders who deem themselves and their rigs fit for the task of a full week of 4 wheeling covering multiple states and thousands of grueling miles. We want them to apply to take part in a once in a lifetime adventure, the Ultimate Adventure. Ever since the beginning of Ultimate Adventure we have gotten hundreds of applications from hopeful readers eager to join the elite ranks of those who have gone before. And every year those few that are chosen are kept a mystery and sworn to secrecy until the print magazine is found on news stand shelves. That is until now! For the first time ever in the history of Ultimate Adventure we present to you, our online fans, a view inside the decision making for who is to join us on our 2011 Ultimate Adventure. The deadline to enter has passed and we have narrowed down our selection to these 12 applicants. Who exactly is going on UA11? We can’t tell you. Not because we don’t want to but because we haven’t decided yet. We want your opinion! Tell us who you would like to see join our crew on Ultimate Adventure 2011 by commenting on these 12 finalists in the “Comments” section below! And stay tuned to for more updates on Ultimate Adventure 2011!

Mike Marrero Deltona, FL
1999 Nissan Frontier
Engine: Nissan 3.3 liter V6
Induction: Stock fuel injection
Transmission: Stock 4 speed auto
Transfer case: Stock TX10
Front Axle: Dana 44 high pinion, ARB 5.13 gears
Rear Axle: Rockcrusher high pinion 60, ARB 5.13 gears
Front Suspension: Custom 3 link with coilovers
Rear Suspension: 63” hybrid leafpacks
Tires: BFG KM2’s 315/75R16
Winch: Warn 9.5Ti up front, M8000 out back
All Non-Stock Equipment: Custom suspension front and rear, custom utility bed, dual batteries, full high steer, mangled ARB front bumper, rock sliders, gas tank skid, on board air, winch rope on both winches, Working CB radio, a little armor plating to the cab. Air intake, cat-back exhaust, upgraded motor mounts, ceramic coated factory exhaust manifolds, I’m sure there is more, just have a mind block right now.
Years wheeling: 22 years playing, 6 on the grander scale of traveling

Blake Shepherd Longmont, CO
'78 Jeep J10 Honcho
Engine: Rebuilt AMC 360
Transmission: NV4500 5 speed
Transfer case: Atlas 4 speed 10:1
Front Axle: Dana 60 with a Detroit and 5.38's
Rear Axle: 14 Bolt with a Detroit and 5.38's
Front Suspension: Stock leaf spring 2 inch lift SOA
Rear Suspension: 63" Chevy Leaf Springs
Tires: 42x15.50R17 Goodyear MTR's with Kevlar
Winch: Champion 8000
All Non-Stock Equipment: Exo skeleton transfer case, transmission, axles, drive shafts, suspension
Years wheeling: 20 years

Martin Miller Eagle Point, OR
1987 Suzuki Samurai
Engine: Suzuki 1.3 Liter; Bored 30 Over
Induction: Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission: 5 Speed
Transfer case: 6:4 Transfer Case
Front Axle: Chromolly Sidekick 5.12
Rear Axle: Chromolly Sidekick 5.12
Front Suspension: Missing Link with Swivel Shackle (custom similar to TerraFlex style); Reverse Eye Rubicon Leaf Springs
Rear Suspension: Missing Link with Swivel Shackle (custom similar to TerraFlex style); Reverse Eye Rubicon Leaf Springs
Tires: Toyo Open Country 33X12.50 15R
Winch: Warn RC 9.0 Synthetic Rope
All Non-Stock Equipment: Full External & Built-in-Body Cage; Spool in Rear Axle; Front ARB Locker; Cold Air Intake; Power Steering; Pro Comp 32 inch Front Shocks; Pro Comp 36 inch Rear Shocks in towers; 4 Wheel Disc Brakes; Custom ¼ inch Steel Front & Rear Bumpers; Rear Winch 3,000 lbs; Belly Plate; Differential Guards; Onboard Air with Air Tank; Undercarriage Lights; Hi-Lift Jack; Fuel Tank Skid Plate; Cobra CB Radio; Custom Dove-tail Rear End; Raised wheel wells; Custom Overhead Light Bar
Years wheeling: 16 years

Corey Osborne Montrose, CO
2002 Jeep TJ
Engine: 4.0L
Induction: EFI
Transmission: NV3550 5 speed
Transfer case: NV231 4:1 Tera Lo
Front Axle: D30 ARB 4.56
Rear Axle: D44 ARB 4.56
Front Suspension: Custom 3-link w/ coil-over
Rear Suspension: Custom 4-link w/coil-over
Tires: 37" BFG KM2
Winch: Warn
All Non-Stock Equipment: Stretched to 101", PSC Hydro Assist, Warn 5x5.5 conversion, alloy axles, Rockhard cage, King coil-overs
Years wheeling: 15 years

Joel McJones West olive, MI
1974 Jeep CJ5
Engine: 2002 Chevy 5.3L
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: Dana 300, 4:1
Front Axle: D60 Detroit Locker 5.38
Rear Axle: 14 Bolt Lincoln Locker 5.38
Front Suspension: 4-link, triangulated lowers
Rear Suspension: 4-link, triangulated uppers & lowers
Tires: 38x12.5R15 Interco TSL
Winch: Warn 8274
All Non-Stock Equipment: Tube Chassis, coil-overs, FOA bumps, PSC hydraulic Steering, hydroboost brakes, fuel cell
Years wheeling: 15 years

Al Rhodes Sandpoint, ID
1981 Toyota Pick-up
Engine: 22R
Induction: Carburetor
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Transfer case: Trail Gear Doubler 4.7:1 in rear
Front Axle: Toyota 8" Detroit Locker 5.29
Rear Axle: Toyota 8" Spool 5.29
Front Suspension: Trail Gear 5" leaf spring
Rear Suspension: Trail Gear 5" leaf spring
Tires: 39.5x13.50R17 Interco IROK
Winch: Warn HS 9500
All Non-Stock Equipment: Full hydro steering, Trail Gear six shooter knuckles, 30 spline chromoly axles, Trail Gear Drive Flanges and driveshafts
Years wheeling: 33 years

Chuck Wigham Divide, CO
1985 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60
Engine: Chevy 383 Stroker
Induction: TBI
Transmission: 700R4
Transfer case: NP203 matted to stock FJ60 split case
Front Axle: FJ60 9.25" Long Field 30 spline 4.88
Rear Axle: GM 14 bolt shaved 10.5" 4.88
Front Suspension: Stock FJ60 leaf springs on SOA with shackle reversal
Rear Suspension: Stock FJ60 leaf springs on SOA with add-a-leaf
Tires: 37" TSl SSR
Winch: Mile Marker 9500
All Non-Stock Equipment: Bumpers, crossover steering, york compressor, skid plate, sliders
Years wheeling: 33 years

Matt Messer Fresno, CA
1999 Toyota Tacoma
Engine: 3RZ 2.7L
Induction: EFI
Transmission: stock 5 speed
Transfer case: Dual Minitruck Cases w/ 4.7:1 in rear
Front Axle: Rock Assault 8" ARB 5.29
Rear Axle: Rock Assault 8" ARB 5.29
Front Suspension: Trail Gear Tacoma SAS/leaf springs
Rear Suspension: Trail Gear Tacoma rear/leaf springs
Tires: 37" BFG Krawlers
Winch: T-Max 9500
All Non-Stock Equipment: Custom bumpers, solid axle swap, 30 spline axles
Years wheeling: 15 years

Philip Dunievitz Reno, NV
1975 Ford F-250
Engine: Ford 460
Induction: Carburetor
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: Atlas 4-speed
Front Axle: 35 spline D60 ARB airlocker 5.18
Rear Axle: 35 spline D60 ARB airlocker 5.18
Front Suspension: Parallel 4-bar with King coil-overs
Rear Suspension: 62" Chevy 1/2 ton leaf springs SOA
Tires: 40" Goodyear MTR's
Winch: Warn 9.5
All Non-Stock Equipment: HOWE ram assist steering, DOM roll cage, mastercraft seats, hydroboost brakes, highlift jack
Years wheeling: 30 years

Ron Adams Hope, ID
1977 Toyota Land Cruiser
Engine: Toyota 2F 257
Induction: Carburetor
Transmission: Stock 4-speed
Transfer case: Stock
Front Axle: Toyota 9.5 Detroit Locker 5.29
Rear Axle: Toyota 9.5 Lincoln Locker 5.29
Front Suspension: SOA shackle reversal, spring flip, minus 2 leaves
Rear Suspension: Triangulated 4-link air shocks
Tires: 39.5" Interco
Winch: Warn 8000
All Non-Stock Equipment: Race Runner shocks all around, Longfield axles, six shooter knuckles, DOM roll cage, hydro steering
Years wheeling: 8 years

Thomas Rogers Ellisville, MS
1978 Jeep CJ7
Engine: GM 5.7 LT1
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 700R4
Transfer case: Atlas 3.8
Front Axle: D44 ARB 5.13
Rear Axle: D60 ARB 5.13
Front Suspension: Deaver custom 6" leaf
Rear Suspension: Deaver custom 6" leaf
Tires: 37" IROCK
Winch: Warn 8274
All Non-Stock Equipment: Everything except body & frame
Years wheeling: 41 years

Paden Sarcino Sussex, NJ
1989 Jeep Cherokee
Engine: Stroked 4.0
Induction: EFI
Transmission: AW4
Transfer case: 231
Front Axle: D44 OX 5.13
Rear Axle: Ford 9" spool 5.14
Front Suspension: 4-link w/ coils
Rear Suspension: 4-link w/ coils
Tires: 37" IROK/ 37" Super Swampers
Winch: Warn M8000
All Non-Stock Equipment: On-board air, roll cage, hydraulic assist
Years wheeling: 7 years

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