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The People and Vehicles of UA 2016: Part 1 #UA2016

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2016 on July 26, 2016
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Photographers: Harry Wagner

The Ultimate Adventure is a once-in-a-life time event for any real dirthead. The challenge of wheeling the snot out of your rig for a week while living out of it has a draw that many enthusiast cannot resist. The UA is tough, fun, and definitely an adventure. Without magazine readers to pick up paper copies or look up digital versions of these articles there would be no reason for us to do this type of adventure. We do this trip for the enthusiasts, namely those who hope one day to join us or who plan their own ultimate adventures. For that we say thanks to the readers and enthusiasts who give us a reason to continue to bring to you the best off-road adventures we can come up with.

At the same time there is no way we could do this epic event without help. That help comes in several forms, but without the material and financial support of our advertisers, none of it happens. Simply put, we could not bring the lucky selected few invited readers on the trip or share the adventure with you. For that we thank Bubba Rope, Falken Tire, Offroad Design, Power Products Unlimited, Skyjacker Suspension, Rugged Radios, and Warn. We hope to see all these great companies again next year.

One way or another, UA 2016 was made up of a great cast of characters. With so many friends in attendance and as hinted at above, we need to divide the “who’s who” and “who’s driving what” of UA 2016 into two articles. First off, here are the invited readers and our sponsors.

Returning Reader
SquareBody FlatbedPants

Drivers: Robert “Big Bear” Keller and Dakota “Little Bear” Towt

The readers on last year’s UA were a great group of dirtheads. All of the people and their rigs were awesome, which made choosing a returning reader for 2016 extra tough. We narrowed it down to two rigs (and their people) and chose between them. The first was Phil Pasciak and his Toyota FJ-40, and the second was Robert Keller in his 1989 GMC Truck. Pasciak lives in the area where UA 2016 was going to occur (north-central California), and we knew he had run almost all of the trails we had planned for UA 2016. Keller is from Florida and had never wheeled in California despite a few recent whirlwind wheeling tours out west since UA 2015. After a brief discussion we decided that Keller had the right of first refusal since we knew that the area we were going to would be a first-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him. Also, since he is from Florida he would almost certainly have the farthest to go for any UA adventurer if he chose to come (meaning he might opt out due to the distance). Our intention was not to leave Pasciak out in the cold, but we knew that not inviting him would not keep him from hitting these trails again and again (we saw him out on the Rubicon). After saying yes to UA 2016, Keller, along with new co-driver Dakota Towt, proved worthy of the coveted UA returning reader nod. He piloted the large GMC through some tough and tight trails with little effort and no drama. These guys were also way fun to hang out with, and both always had a smile on their face despite any issues.

Tech Specs
1989 V3500 GMC

Drivetrain

Engine: GM 350 TBI
Transmission: SM465
Transfer Case: NP203/NP205 Offroad Design Doubler
Front Axle: GM Dana 60, 4.10s, Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: GM Corporate 14-Bolt, 4.10s, Grizzly Locker

Suspension

Springs & Such: 53-inch springs and 14-inch King shocks (front); 56-inch springs, shackle flip, Skyjacker M95 Monotube shocks(rear)
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak MT on 17x9 Cragar
Steering: Crossover steering with hydro assist and Chris Durham Motorsports aluminum tie rod
Winch: Warn Zeon 12
Other Stuff: Custom-built bed with toolbox and ginormous fuel tank, patina for days, wheelbase shortened 42 inches, 1410 rear driveshaft

Invited Readers
Yea, Sure, Youbetcha!

Drivers: Ben “I Burn Up Transmissions” Mahin and Chad “I Help Swap Transmissions” Roy

Anyone who has been to Minnesota knows the people are all super nice “up dere.” We expected and received no different from our two new friends from that great Midwestern state. Unfortunately for them, Mahin and co-driver Roy had more than their fair share of issues, including bent steering parts after the first trail day on Isham and then burning up a transmission when we traversed Death Valley on Day 2 (not to mention a few dinged up body panels). But you can’t keep Minnesotans down. These guys quickly swapped out the burned-up trans for another sourced along the way and caught up with the group—only to overheat and possibly damage a second transmission partway through the Rubicon on Day 5. One way or another they sure had hard luck, but they kept smiling and carried a positive attitude throughout the trip. Their UA continued until Mahin made the wise yet difficult decision to throw in the towel after the second transmission pretty much died the night before the group was to hit Fordyce Creek Trail. Time and financial resources were both tapped out, and it’s a decision that had to be made so these two could make the return trip east to wheel another day. Either way, both guys were great to have along. The Minnesota WJ, although possibly outgunned (with arguably the most glass and definitely smallest tires) did great on the trip. The Ultimate Adventure ain’t easy, but with what they learned, Mahin plans to rebuild and reapply in the future, and so does Roy.

Tech Specs
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ

Drivetrain

Engine: 4.7L
Transmission: 545RFE
Transfer Case: NP242 HD
Front Axle: 1978 Ford high-pinion Dana 44, 5.13s, Eaton ELocker
Rear Axle: 1977 Ford F-100 9-inch, 5.13s, Detroit Locker

Suspension

Springs & Such: Cut Skyjacker 8-inch ZJ Coil Springs, Skyjacker M95 Shocks, Iron Rock Off Road Prototype suspension, 3-link front, 4-link rear
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50R15 Falken Wildpeak MT on 15x9 Cragar steel
Steering: Redneck Ram hydro-assist steering
Winch: Warn Zeon 10s
Other Stuff: Full rollcage with rolled tubing to match the body lines, custom front bumper, raised radiator, modified ProtoFab rear bumper, Rocker guards made of 2x6 heavy-wall tube, fuel tank raised 6 inches into factory spare tire location, wheelbase stretched 3 inches.

Invited Readers
Kalifornication

Drivers: Wayne “Wayney Jack” Lambert and Jack “Geigle Counter” Geigle

When we chose Wayne Lambert and his clean West Coast 1971 Chevy K30 to come on UA we honestly felt bad knowing we might be implicit in damaging what is probably an utterly restorable (and iconic) collectable 4x4. Then we got over it. Vehicles are made to be enjoyed, and Lambert, hailing from Hermosa Beach, California, knows that. To this end, just before the event he spent a bunch of money and time reducing vast amounts of vintage sheetmetal while increasing the vehicle’s utility and capability. That meant much less of the rust-free bits got destroyed on Isham, Rubicon, and Fordyce. These bits will probably make for great patches for some rust bucket of a 1967-1972 Chevy or GMC somewhere, and that’s nice, but what is really nice is this truck. Now that it is outfitted for the hard trails of Southern California we don’t doubt we’ll see Lambert and co-driver Jack Geigle on the trails again soon. The truck performed nearly flawlessly, with next to no issues and minimal parking lot wrenching time. Just a bolt check here and a look-see there were all we noticed Lambert and Geigle bothering with between trail rides. The 427ci big-block made a great combination for the NV4500 both on the road and on the trail. The modified bed area provided ample space for the Ultimate Adventure. Lambert (who bears a resemblance to Jimmy Jack, reader from UA 2012 and 2013) and Geigle were also tons of fun to hang out with, fitting in with the group seamlessly.

Tech Specs
1971 Chevy K30

Drivetrain

Engine: Chevy 427ci big-block, hydraulic roller cam, oval-port heads, 9.5:1 compression, Edelbrock Air Gap intake, Holley Terminator fuel injection
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer Case: NP241 clocked up 1 1/2 inches for flatter belly, slip-yoke eliminator
Front Axle: Chevy kingpin Dana 60, 5.13s, Lock Right Locker, Crane diff cover
Rear Axle: GM Corporate 14-Bolt, 5.13s, Grizzly Locker, Crane diff cover

Suspension

Springs & Such: 6-inch Skyjacker with one leaf removed, ORD shackles, ORD zero-rate (to move axle forward 1 1/2 inches), Fox 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks (front); 6-inch Skyjacker with one leaf removed and overload leaf cut down, ORD 4 1/4-inch shackles, Fox 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak MT on 17x9 Pro Comp steel
Steering: ORD crossover with 1.5x0.375-wall tie rod drilled and tapped for GM 1-ton tie-rod ends, PSC hydro assist
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other Stuff: 1.75x0.120-wall 4130 exocage and rock sliders, center skidplate made of AR400 steel, sides removed, bed floor narrowed and shortened for storage deck, L-track for tire and storage bin tie-downs. Rear of frame shortened 10 1/2 inches for improved departure angle, rear 2x4 crossmember with taillights recessed in it, stock in-cab tank modified with Tanks Inc. pickup assembly and custom stainless lines to accept Walbro in-tank fuel pump, fuel pump adapted to Holley Hydramat for fuel pickup, 20-pound CO2 tank clamped to cage for onboard air, exhaust clamps for spare driveshaft and Hi-Lift Jack mount

Sponsor: Falken Tire
Father & Son

Drivers: Andrew “Old Man” Hoit and Drew “Quiet Down Over There” Hoit

With UA 2016 happening a few weeks early relative to last year’s event, Falken Tire had to be on the ball getting its new DOT-approved Wildpeak MT tires shipped to the UAers who needed them. That task was not simple, but the vehicle that Andrew and Drew Hoit brought to the event must have been a simple choice. This Jeep was UA ringer. The 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is owned by Gerald Lee of Savvy Offroad and has been honed by its owner (who is also the owner of Savvy Offroad) to a razor-sharp edge. The Jeep works well and made just about everything on the trip seem like a walk in the park. This Jeep is just what we like to see, with a simple, reliable, and powerful drivetrain, a low stance that keeps things stable and controlled come what may, and fully vetted and tested system performance from the cooling system to the fuel system and everything in between. Never offering any drama, Andrew and Drew just appeared to add fuel at our fuel stops, air up the tires after our trail days, and mob every obstacle and suck up every road mile with ease. That’s not to detract from the skilled driving we saw from both father Andrew and 20-year-old son Drew, who look like twins. Both took stints behind the wheel carving up the trails with this Ginsu-knifelike LJ. Father and son in an awesome Jeep on a weeklong Ultimate Adventure that just happens to coincide with Father’s Day. We can’t imagine a better way to spend time with family. It warms our leathery, dirt-encrusted hearts to have seen these two making short work of all the challenges of UA 2016.

Tech Specs
2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ)

Drivetrain

Engine: GM 5.3L
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer Case: Atlas II
Front Axle: Currie Dana 60, 4.88s, Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: VXR Super-60, 4.88s, Eaton ELocker

Suspension

Springs & Such: Savvy Offroad 4-link rear and 3-link front with Radflo 2.0 14-inch coilover shocks
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Wildpeak MT on 17x10 TrailReady beadlock
Steering: Savvy Offroad aluminum tie rod and draglink, PSC hydro assist
Winch: Warn RC 9.5
Other Stuff: Sparco seats, CBR radiator, corner armor, rocker guards, and half-doors, all from Savvy Offroad; Campbell enterprises fiberglass hood.

Sponsor:Power Products Unlimited
Grandma & Cooper

Drivers: Cooper “Tiny Dancer” Rasmussen and Cameron “One Day Only” Hotchkiss

Power Products Unlimited burst onto our radar a few years back. This homegrown business is at the top of its game when it comes to selling parts for—and building—unique and capable vehicles. It is staffed by enthusiasts who know what you need to succeed and can help you get it. That’s not fluff; it’s reality. One great example of PPU’s expert staff is Erik “Cooper” Rasmussen. He’s one of our biggest advertisers and looks like an NFL fullback (if that’s a thing). He is smart, funny, and fun to hang out with, and this guy is a true enthusiast. He loves beating the tar out of the 1975 Cherokee Chief known as Grandma. For Ultimate Adventure 2016, Cooper brought along a new face, Cameron Hotchkiss, who made the mistake of breaking one of UA’s cardinal rules on the first trail day: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Failing to do so in 120-degree heat, Hotchkiss ended his UA trip after an evening visit to Ridgecrest’s hospital, where emergency fluids were administered and he was treated for heatstroke and dehydration. He made a full recovery, but Cooper decided to send him home knowing that things were not going to be getting any cooler for a few days. Hotchkiss was fun to have around and, like a rock star, only graced us with his presence for a day and a half. We hope to see him next year, hopefully in a cooler environment, or at least with a water bottle in his hand more frequently.

Tech Specs
1975 Jeep Cherokee Chief S

Drivetrain

Engine: AMC 360 with MSD Atomic TBI fuel injection, MSD billet distributor, MSD blaster coil, MSD ignition controller
Transmission: TH400 with manual valve body
Transfer Case: NP205 with Offroad Design twin stick
Front Axle: Wide-trac Dana 44, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker, Chevy 3/4-ton outers, Reid knuckles, chromoly shafts, Dynatrac ball joints
Rear Axle: GM Corporate 14-Bolt, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker, Chromoly shafts

Suspension

Springs & Such: 3-inch Synergy 3-link front with coilover shocks, rear leaves with custom tension shackle
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T, 17x9 Method 105 beadlock with custom heavy-duty rings
Steering: GenRight twisted pitman arm, Synergy tie-rod ends, 1.5x0.375-wall chromoly draglink and tie rod.
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other Stuff: Full tied-in cage, integrated roof rack with Baja Designs lights, Mercenary Offroad front and rear bumpers, Custom XL-size PRP seats, RacePak Atomic UDX digital display, SPop, Rugged Radios 25W UHF/VHF system, ARB Twin Air compressor, goatlike interior odor lingering from all the rain of last year’s UA.

Sponsor: Warn
Reliable Recovery Every Year

Drivers: Chris “One Shot” Durham and Fred “The Legend” Perry

Warn is a company we can really stand behind. It makes a product that is worth every dime the company asks for it. Warn winches and locking hubs work when you need them, and we don’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Warn also seems to recognize quality in the Ultimate Adventure, or perhaps it appreciates a challenge and knows its product is up to any task the UA may throw at it. One way or another, Warn has been a part of UA since the beginning, and we are more than happy to have the company and its products along for the ride. This year Warn sent two off-roading legends to represent it: Chris Durham of rockcrawling championship fame and Chris Durham Motorsports, and Fred Perry, who has been driving and building Jeeps at Clemson 4 Wheel Center since just after the dinosaurs went extinct. The Flintsone’s car? He built that. We love these guys. They can drive and fix just about anything that breaks and are definitely part of the A-team of off-road adventure. They loaded up in Durham’s recently completed 2010 JK “Roadster” and drove it all the way out from South Carolina. That’s hardcore!

Tech Specs
2010 JK 2-door

Drivetrain

Engine: Dodge Magnum 5.9L V-8
Transmission: TF904
Transfer Case: Atlas II 3.0:1
Front Axle: Ford Dana 60, 4.56s, Detroit Locker, Dynatrac Dynaloc hubs, CTM U-joints
Rear Axle: GM Corporate 14-Bolt, 4.56s, Detroit Locker

Suspension

Springs & Such: TJ stock coils, 3-link front, 4-link rear, Zone shocks, JKS ACOS all around
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak MT on Walker Evans beadlock
Steering: AGR ram and Chris Durham Motorsports aluminum tie rod and draglink
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other Stuff: Savvy front bumper, modified Savvy aluminum half-doors; chopped and channeled, trimmed, lowered, and dropped 2010 JK body.

Sponsor: Offroad Design
Ultra4 Car With an Old Truck Body

Drivers: Stephen “Son” Watson and James “Pappa” Watson

In a world where Jeeps and mini-trucks are generally thought to dominate the sport of off-roading there is more than enough room for fullsize rigs. Some may be skeptical, but spending any time with Stephen and James Watson from Offroad Design will set you right. These guys know their fullsize rigs, and they know that when you’re tired of breaking 1/4- and 1/2-ton drivetrain parts the next step is up to fullsize, heavy-duty, 1-ton stuff. Or just skip the madness and get more legroom with a fullsize rig built for the trail. After manufacturing adapters to build Doubler transfer cases and developing a bolt-on fullsize Chevy shackle flip (amongst other heavy-duty parts for fullsizes), ORD went on to reinvent and revolutionize most aspects of fullsize truck off-road performance. However, the company’s roots are deep in bombproof gear reduction, so it’s little wonder that ORD once again turned the off-road community on its ear with the introduction of the Magnum Underdrive Box system. Essentially a burly six-pinion 2.72:1 planetary reduction housed in a machined aluminum case that bolts in front of the NP205, the Magnum’s humungous intermediate shaft more than doubles the strength of the standard 32-spline connection. The result is you can feed the system insane amounts of power and torque with the Magnum Box’s 2.72:1 planetary engaged without any worry of shearing the intermediate shaft. No wonder Offroad Design is the Official Transfer Case of the Ultimate Adventure!

Tech Specs
1981 Chevy K30 4x4

Drivetrain

Engine: GM 6.2L V-8
Transmission: Rancho Drivetrain TH400, manual valve body
Transfer Case: Magnum Box and Ford NP205
Front Axle: High-pinion kingpin Ford Dana 60, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker, Reid knuckles, Yukon chromoly shafts, CTM U-joints
Rear Axle: GM Corporate 14-Bolt, 4.88s, ARB Air Locker, Offroad Design disc brake brackets

Suspension

Springs & Such: 3-inch lift provided by ORD 4-link front and rear with ORD coilovers
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler on 17x9 TrailReady heavy-duty beadlock
Steering: ORD crossover system, HD tie rod, PSC hydro assist
Winch: Zeon 10-S
Other Stuff: Flatbed; secure storage for all gear, spares, and tools; cab roof removed; full ’cage

Sponsor: Rugged Radios
Loud & Clear

Drivers: Mike “Copy That” Ruzicka and Steve “Rugged Adios” Bechard

You know that muffled adult voice in all of the Peanuts cartoons? For all the Ultimate Adventures before 2016, a lot of our communication sounded like that. Everyone was required to have a CB radio, but transmissions from the vast majority of them were often garbled. Most information would get passed back through the group, but it wasn’t clear if the CBs were helping the effort or hurting it. Often we would rely on cellphones (calls and texts) or wait until the group was stopped to relay information forward.

This all changed in 2016 with the addition of Rugged Radios and a “No CBs” rule. Rugged Radios committed to equip each UA vehicle and co-driver with a two-way UHF/VHF system. Each rig got a 25-watt radio, a mounting bracket, and a coax cable and antenna, while each co-driver received a 5-watt handheld radio. Combine this with Rugged Radios representatives Mike Ruzicka and Steve Bechard, who helped us set up and learn how to use the new systems, and you know why communications on UA 2016 were a breeze. Speaking of breezes, Ruzicka’s recently finished 1997 Wrangler also handled all of the obstacles and road days with ease. It’s hard to believe that this rig had only a few outings under the wheels since a major rebuild aimed at improving go-fast performance and durability (with the addition of 1-ton axles). So even though this was their first UA, Ruzicka and Bechard—and Rugged Radios—performed as flawlessly as if this were their 10th UA. And man, we wish we had had these radios on the past 10 UAs.

Tech Specs
1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Drivetrain

Engine: 4.0L
Transmission: AX15
Transfer Case: Atlas II 4.3:1
Front Axle: Ford Dana 60, 5.38s, Yukon hubs, Grizzly Locker, 35-spline axleshafts, Ruffstuff diff cover
Rear Axle: Currie RockJock 60, 5.38s, ARB Air Locker, 35-spline axleshafts

Suspension

Springs & Such: NV Fab Custom long-arm with rear trailing arms, Fox 14-inch-travel 2 1/2-inch coilovers, Fox air bumps, Ruffstuff Specialties rod ends
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak MT on 17x9 Method Race beadlock
Steering: PSC hydro-assist, Weaver Fab high-steer arms, Ruffstuff Specialties rod ends
Winch: Warn XD9000i
Other Stuff: Frame chopped front and rear, 107-inch wheelbase, PRP race seats, Savvy aluminum rear corner guards, GenRight rocker guards, tire carrier and 20-gallon tank, Currie rear AntiRock, Coast Clutch driveshafts, Factor55 thimble, Bubba Rope recovery gear, Rugged Radios 50-watt car-to-car radio.

Sponsor: Bubba Rope
Bubba & His Rope

Drivers: Rich “Dana 44” Conlon and Jim “Give a Tug” Grass

If you have paid attention to the Ultimate Adventures in the past, you may think you recognize this yellow JK Unlimited, and you’d be right. Rich Conlon has had more than one interaction with our favorite yearly event as a dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast and representative of Bubba Rope. In 2013 he drove this very Jeep for Bubba Rope as we toured the muck and mire (and a few rocks) of the Southeast. Back then the Jeep was a bit newer and way more stock, but it did its job (following a certain white Ford with portal axles). Then in 2014 Conlon played host to the Ultimate Adventure, opening up his family’s private off-road area, known as the Complete Off Road Ranch, for us to play on. The area featured some awesome gullies and steep climbs, but the most memorable was the greaselike mud that yielded no traction. Fast-forward a few years and the yellow JKU is back, this time with a fresh Hemi swap that provided ample power and a few headaches. The UA was basically a shakedown run for the rig. Still, despite the issues and slight hiccups, Conlon and co-driver Jim Grass, who is Bubba Rope’s director of new product design and production, fit back in with the UA like a hand in a glove. These guys brought not only the UA-vetted Bubba Tow Ropes for all participants but also had at least one Bubba Rope synthetic winch line and the innovative and safety-enhancing Bubba Rope Gator Jaw soft shackle for all vehicles. With the company’s dedication to the sport and innovation, we expect to see them leading the industry for years to come.

Tech Specs
2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Drivetrain

Engine: 2008 LQ9 6.2L V-8
Transmission: 4L80E
Transfer Case: NP241
Front Axle: Dyantrac Pro Rock D44, 4.56s, ARB Air Locker, 35-spline RCV axleshafts
Rear Axle: Stock Dana 44, 4.56s, Yukon Zip Locker, Artec Truss

Suspension

Springs & Such: 4-inch Old Man Emu coils and track bar, Daystar 1.75-inch spacers, Rough Country control arms, and Fox shocks
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.5R17 Mickey Thompson MTZ, 17x9 Raceline beadlock
Steering: Yes
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S with Bubba Rope Synthetic winch line and Bubba Rope Gator Jaw soft shackle
Other Stuff: ARB Stubby front bumper, ARB AR32 lights, EVO fascia rear “bumper” with bolt-on D-ring mounts, Omix-ADA body mount tire carrier, ARB twin compressor mounted to a Complete Offroad underhood mount, 1350 Adams CV driveshafts, Complete Offroad did the LS and transmission conversion, Poison Spyder bolt-in rollcage, Bestop Trek Top, Rugged Radios UHF/VHF radio

Sponsor: Skyjacker
I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Drivers: Lonnie “JR” McCurry and Dillard “MasterFixerSpotter” DeLaSalle

If you’ve never heard of Skyjacker Suspension you must be very new to off-roading. This company is firmly ingrained in the history of off-road suspension and development and helped transform 4x4 lifts from the harsh-riding medieval torture systems they once were into the soft-riding, capably performing systems of today. Plus, Skyjacker has a past involvement with the Ultimate Adventure. Although the company hasn’t been a part of UA for a few years, we welcomed it back with open arms. Based out of Monroe, Louisiana, Skyjacker regularly attends all kinds of off-road events all over the country, from mud holes to the beach and on the rocks of SoCal and Moab. For Ultimate Adventure 2016 Skjacker’s chief operating officer, Lonnie McCurry Jr. (or, as most know him, JR) showed up with a JK Unlimited guaranteed to get anyone’s attention. Between the dual light bars, patriotic wrap, and two large American Flags mounted to the rear we all had heart palpitations from patriotism. More than one UAer was concerned that the good-looking Jeep may not be all that good-looking at the end of the trip, but JR handled the Jeep with skill (this ain’t his first UA). Also the components under the Jeep are all business, with big axles, some Skyjacker LeDuc Series coilovers, and an off-the-shelf Skyjacker long-arm suspension. Sure, the rig ended up with a few dings and had a couple minor issues, but on the whole this Jeep and the American flags made it through the event without issue. JR is skilled behind the wheel, and co-driver Dillard DeLaSalle proved to be a potent spotter when the 40-inch-tire-wearing JK got into tough spots.

Tech Specs
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Drivetrain

Engine: 6.4L Hemi
Transmission: 545RFE transmission
Transfer Case: 4:1 NP241OR
Front Axle: Dynatrac JK ProRock 60, 5.38s, ARB Air Locker, RCV Performance axleshafts
Rear Axle: Dynatrac JK ProRock 80, 5.38s, ARB Air Locker

Suspension

Springs & Such: Skyjacker 6-inch Rock Ready long arm, Skyjacker LeDuc Series EX coilover conversion
Tires & Wheels: 40x15.50R20 Nitto Trail Grappler on 20x9 Raceline beadlock
Steering: Skyjacker Rock Ready tie rod and draglink, PSC hydraulic assist
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other Stuff: Rigid lighting, JE Reel Driveshafts, sPod, Poison Spyder bumpers, fenders, tire carrier, Front Runner Outfitters roof rack, Rock Hard 4x4 ’cage, Nemisis Rockers, Katskinz seat covers, Captain America headlights by HID Projectors, U.S. flag mounts on Poison Spyder spare tire carrier, with U.S. flag wrap

Sources

Skyjacker Suspensions
West Monroe, LA 71294
318-338-0816
www.skyjacker.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
Offroad Design
970-945-7777
www.offroaddesign.com
Warn Industries
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-910-1122
www.warn.com
Bubba Rope
Casselberry, FL 32707
877.499.8494
http://www.bubbarope.com
Rugged Radios
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
1-888-541-7223
www.ruggedradios.com
Power Products Unlimited Inc.
866-379-8685
http://www.powerproductsunlimited.com
Shaffer’s Offroad & Performance
510-999-7766
http://www.shaffersoffroad.com/blog/

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