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Ultimate Adventure 2016 Invited Reader Number One #UA2016

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2016 on May 20, 2016
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Photographers: Provided by Ben Mahin

At the end of the day Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road exists because of its readers. We are here to teach and learn about 4x4s and off-roading for the embiggenment of the people who buy our magazines and read our articles either on paper or via the interwebnets. We do our part to help the everyday reader as much as we can, from helping to solve vehicular problems to sharing ideas to save cash and time. We also like to go wheeling with readers. They keep us real and remind us that this is all about having fun and exploring the world, as well as testing man (or woman) and machine. One time when we get to beat on rigs with some of our readers is during the ultimate wheeling trip known as the Ultimate Adventure.

The first of our new invited readers for UA 2016 is Ben Mahin from Delano, Minnesota. Ben comes to UA 2016 with a well-modified and different 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The WJ is running the 4.7L V-8 bolted to the factory automatic and an NP242 transfer case. Up front the Super 30 axle was dropped in favor of a Dana 44 front axle. The axle holds 5.13 gears and an Eaton E-Locker and is suspended via a prototype three-link from Iron Rock Off Road. Out back a Ford 9-inch axle holds 5.13 gears and a Detroit Locker. The factory rear three-link was converted to a triangulated four-link. The narrow ends of the Jeep are protected by full custom bumpers, while the long ends are protected by body rocker guards that are integrated into the Unitbody. The Jeep wears 35-inch tires and has lots of custom parts, including an onboard air system.

Ben has had the Jeep for the past six years and has had the Jeep in Moab as well as all over his home state of Minnesota. Welcome aboard, Ben. You ready to travel?

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