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The Rigs Of Ultimate Adventure 2012

Group Of Ultimate Adventure Rigs
Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted November 1, 2012
Photographers: 4-Wheel & Off -Road Staff

Trail-Proven Wheelers

An adventure by yourself may be fun, but take a group of likeminded individuals and spend a week on some grand road trip and it becomes an adventure like no other, an Ultimate Adventure. Whether driven by readers, sponsors, Cronies, or staff, the troop of 23 4x4s you see here crossed a wild variety of terrain and states with a single goal: to have fun. The guys who comprise our band of merry men are experienced in four-wheeling to varying degrees, but when grouped together there seemed to be no obstacle they couldn’t surmount. This is the team, the campers, the gang, the adventurers of Ultimate Adventure 2012.

Title Sponsor
Jeep: Official Vehicle
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Driver: Jim Repp
Co-Driver: Tony Carvallo
Stomping Grounds: Michigan, Moab

Many OEMs have sponsored our Ultimate Adventure over the years, and most of these big companies join the event, but Jeep went a step further and sent some of its top engineers along with us for a week of camping and wheeling and to showcase the Wrangler on the trail. Jim Repp has been with Jeep for 23 years and is currently tasked with Wrangler development. Tony Carvallo has been there 13 years and spends his days on the Mopar side developing performance accessories for Jeep owners. Together they made the perfect odd couple while wheeling a glossy-black ’12 four-door Wrangler Rubicon, with Repp constantly stressing about dents and dings and Carvallo giggling when the inevitable scratch happened. Their Rubicon, christened Darth for its dark-side look and the way it slayed more than a few obstacles, worked great all week, proving once again that Jeep brands are king of the OEM off-roaders. Their JK did have a few obvious upgrades, such as clearance for 37-inch rubber and the prerequisite winch, but it still resembled a factory-fresh Jeep in many ways.

Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Transfer Case: ’12 Rubicon Roc Trac
Front Axle: Mopar Pro Rock 44 by Dynatrac, ARB Air Locker, 4.10 gears
Rear Axle: Mopar Pro Rock 60 by Dynatrac, ARB Air Locker, 4.10 gears
Steering: Stock

Springs & Such: AEV 41⁄2-inch lift
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch BFGoodrich KM2s on Mopar/AEV wheels
Other: Mopar/AEV bumpers with Warn winch, a tent as big as the Death Star, Star Wars sleeping bags, a plush stuffed Ewok for cold nights (we won’t disclose which engineer this belonged to)

The Red Ranger
Driver: Bray Dierker
Co-Driver: Brandon Dierker
Stomping Grounds: Badlands and Redbird, IN; The Cliffs, IL; Turkey Bay, KY; Flat Nasty, MO

Bray Dierker and his brother/co-driver Brandon from north-central Illinois were the smooth operators of UA. Bray’s Ranger wasn’t extraordinary at rest sitting low on 37-inch BFGoodrich tires and packing a high-pinion Dana 44 front and Ford 8.8 rear, but when needed this truck tiptoed over obstacles with more grace and skill than the child of a ninja and ballerina. The Ranger flat-out works, and Bray drives it well. No trailer queen, this truck is Bray’s daily driver and weekend wheeler, requiring simple tough components and a smooth operator who can drive to keep it alive all week long.

Engine: ’97 Ford Explorer 4.0L V-6
Transmission: M5OD trans
Transfer Case: BW1350/1354 doubler
Front Axle: narrowed ’79 Ford Bronco HP D44, 4.56 gears, spool
Rear Axle: ’99 31-spline Ford Explorer 8.8, 4.56 gears, welded
Steering: Ford power steering with custom Branik Hi-steer

Springs & Such: 31⁄2-inch EB springs up front, Chevy 63-inch leaf springs in rear, approx. 5 inches of lift
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich KM2s on 17x8.5 Trail Read HD Beadlocks with Slim Rings
Other: Internal cage, fabricated sliders and tube doors

Old Crony
The Boyd Effect
1973 Toyota Hilux
Driver: Dave Chappelle
Co-Driver: Tom Boyd
Stomping Grounds: Coral Canyon, CA

Tom Boyd has been to every Ultimate Adventure, and he’s pretty much the class clown, but he was late this year so we are seriously considering revoking his application for Official Crazy Crony of UA 2013. Boyd came this year with chauffer Dave Chappelle in an old banana-yellow Toyota Hilux that was so new from the shop that the first testdrive was the 17 straight hours it took to get to the start of the UA. Built really low with linked suspension and airbags for springs, this truck brought lowrider mini truck technology to the trail and worked great once there. The cab isn’t much larger than a mailbox and rattles so much that Chappelle couldn’t hear Boyd’s wild stories, but maybe that was the plan all along.

Engine: 22RE from ’85 4Runner
Transmission: W56 5-speed
Transfer Case: Dual Toyota cases with 4.7 gears in the rear
Front Axle: ’85 Toyota 5.29 gears, Lock Right, Trail Gear Dirty-30 axleshafts
Rear Axle: ’88 Toyota IFS rear housing with 5.29 gears and a Detroit locker
Steering: ’88 Toyota steering box

Springs & Such: Track bar 3-link in front, wishbone 3-link in rear, Contitech airbags and Zone shocks front and rear
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers on 17-inch KMC Enduro beadlocks
Other: Warn 9.0RC winch; EMPI Racetrim seats; Deist harnesses; Chappelle Kustoms custom bumpers, cage, rocker sliders, and bodywork; 15.6-gal fuel cell; rotten banana paint scheme

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