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Ultimate Adventure 2016 Returning Reader #UA2016

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2016 on May 27, 2016
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

One of our favorite sayings is, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” We don’t yet know if our invited readers are good at Ultimate Adventuring, but we bet they are, and we do know our returning reader did a good—no, great—job last year on UA 2015. Either way, all three are lucky that they like wheeling hard and late nights and don’t mind body damage.

As you know, the Ultimate Adventure is our weeklong torture test of off-road fanatics and their vehicles. A large group of advertisers and magazine editors playing in the dirt for a week is for many dirtheads like winning an (albeit small) lottery. 4WOR, both online and on paper, is here for you, the off-roading enthusiast who wants the best in off-road tech, adventures, and all the coolest vehicles. The UA invited readers represent Average Joe Reader on UA and we get to change lives. Dirtheads are easy to please. Of course, the staff is filled with enthusiasts who started as readers and got lucky enough to turn a hobby into a job. As they say, sometimes lightning strikes twice, and sometimes people win the lottery twice.

To that end, it is our pleasure to announce the return of our pal and UA 2015 wheeling buddy Robert Keller from Deland, Florida. On UA 2015 Robert brought along his simple yet bulletproof 1989 GMC V3500. The big truck worked well and Robert always seemed to have a smile on his face despite the rain. He was fun to hang out with during downtime (in the rain), made any necessary repairs quickly and without drama (in the rain), and meshed well with the rest of the group (in the rain).

The truck is pretty cool too. Robert drug it out of the woods (or is it a swamp?) and cut it down since a V3500 is a cab and chassis dualie with a looong wheelbase. He removed 42 inches of wheelbase. A Chevy 350 powers an SM465 and an NP205. The drivetrain is simple with a GM Dana 60 front with 4.11s and a Spartan Locker. The rear axle is—you guessed it—a GM 14-bolt with like gears and a Grizzly Locker. A Warn Zeon winch will pull everything out of a stuck, including the 38x13.50R17 Falken Wild Peak MTs.

Welcome back, Robert! We can’t wait to wheel with you again.

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