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Bubba Rope: 2000 Nissan Xterra

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2011 on November 1, 2011
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

Driver: Ricardo Olavarrieta
Co-Driver: Faron Tidwell
Stomping Grounds: Miami, FL
If you’ve ever been mudding with a group of guys and gotten stuck, then you know the importance of a good snatch rope. On the UA, getting stuck is simply part of the trip. Bottomless mud pits seem to appear where you least expect them. To give us a hand when we needed a quick tug out of the swamp, Bubba Rope sent two Floridians, no strangers to playing in the mud. Sharing driving duties in the monster Xterra known as the Iguana was Ricardo Olavarrieta and Faron Tidwell. When the giant lizard wasn’t using the high-strength Bubba Rope to pull other rigs out of the muck, it was bouncing off the rev limiter and putting on one heck of a wheeling show.


  • Engine: 3.3L V-6
  • Transmission: Factory 5-speed
  • Transfer Case: Factory with 4:1 Calmini gears
  • Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 60 with 35-spline chromoly shafts, ARB Air Locker, 5.38 gears
  • Rear Axle: Dana 60 with 35-spline chromoly shafts, ARB Air Locker, 5.38 gears


  • Springs & Such: Custom solid-axle conversion with leaf springs front and rear
  • Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Pit Bull Rockers on 15x10 steel wheels with Staun internal beadlocks
  • Steering: Hydraulic assist, Reid knuckles


  • Custom 15/8-inch exo-cage, Warn winch, 110-inch wheelbase, 88 inches tall, 93 inches wide, 5,020 pounds

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