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Ultimate Adventure 2017 Dirty Dozen

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on May 9, 2017
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It’s like winning the lottery….if the lottery sucked a bunch of money out of your bank account, drained a week and a half of your vacation time, skinned your knuckles, and nearly destroyed your 4x4. But when you come right down to it, even getting selected as one of the 12 finalist reader invitees for Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Ultimate Adventure is winning the off-road lottery. Millions of people watch the videos and read the stories, tens of thousands want to enter for a chance to participate, and it all comes down to these 12 finalists. Who will make the cut for UA2017? You’ll just have to wait to see. But one thing is for sure: You can’t get selected if you don’t enter. So if being a part of the Ultimate Adventure is something you’ve always wanted, be sure to enter next year. ‘Cause as the old saying goes; you can’t win if you don’t play.

Driver’s Name: William Ritchie
Age: 49
City/State: Kirkland, WA
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1967 Land Rover Defender 110
Engine: TDI diesel
Transmission: R380 five-speed manual
T-Case(s): LT230 (Land Rover) with planetary reduction box
Front Axle: Dana 60; 4.56s; Yukon Grizzly Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 4.56s; Detroit Locker
Front Suspesnion: Three-link with Ballistic Hybrid Coilovers
Rear Suspension: Four-link with Ballistic Hybrid Coilovers
Tires/Wheels: BFG 39x13.50R17 Krawler on 17-inch TrailReady beadlock
Winch: Warn 9,000 pound with synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle: 20 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 23 years

Driver’s Name: Chris Grunow
Age: 27
City/State: Albuquerque, NM
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1991 Ford Ranger
Engine: 351W V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
T-Case(s): Atlas 4.3:1
Front Axle: Dana 44 high-pinion; 4.56s; Yukon Grizzly Locker
Rear Axle: Ford 9-inch; 4.56s; 35-spline Yukon Grizzly Locker
Front Suspension: Custom solid-axle swap; lots of Bronco parts from James Duff
Rear Suspension: Custom leaf-spring setup; inboard leaves
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Goodyear MT/R on 17x8 Pro Comp steel
Winch: Smittybilt 8,000-pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 10 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 12 years

Driver’s Name: Chris Paul
Age: 24
City/State: Valencia, CA
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 2006 Hummer H3
Engine: 5.3L LH6 V-8
Transmission: 4L65E four-speed auto
T-Case(s): BW4494 (factory 4:1)
Front Axle: Ford high-pinion Dana 44; 5.13s; Ox Locker
Rear Axle: Eaton HO72; 5.13s; Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Three-link; ZJ coils; 14-inch-travel Bilstein 7100 shocks
Rear Suspension: Spring-over with factory H3 leaf springs
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50 R17 Cooper SST Pro on H2 wheels
Winch: Smittybilt 12,000-pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 8 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 8 years

Driver’s Name: Cody Bennett
Age: 32
City/State: Killeen, TX
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 2003 Chevy Silverado Z71
Engine: 5.3L V-8
Transmission: 4L65E four-speed auto
T-Case(s): NP241C
Front Axle: 2005 Ford Dana 60; 5.38s; Locker
Rear Axle: Sterling 10.5; 5.38s; Locker
Front Suspension: Three-link with 14-inch-travel coilovers, bumpstops, and limiting straps
Rear Suspension: 63-inch leaves with shackle flip
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Goodyear MT/R on Eagle AE025 17x10 beadlock
Winch: Engo 10,000-pound with synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle: 7 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 7 years

Driver’s Name: Damon Haas
Age: 44
City/State: Rocklin, CA
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1961 International Scout 80
Engine: Ford 393ci Windsor V-8
Transmission: C6 three-speed auto, full-manual valvebody
T-Case(s): 2.72:1 Klune-V Underdrive and Ford NP205
Front Axle: Ford Dana 60; 5.13s; ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Sterling 10.5; 5.13s; ARB Air Locker
Front Suspension: Three-link with 14-inch-travel ORI struts
Rear Suspension: Four-link with 14-inch-travel Fox 2.5-inch coilovers
Tires/Wheels: 42x15.0-17 Pitbull Rocker on 17x9 Allied beadlock
Winch: Warn 9000i
How long have you owned this vehicle: several but wheeling it for 4 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 26 years

Driver’s Name: Dan Strubbe
Age: 31
City/State: San Jose, CA
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1990 Ford Bronco
Engine: 351W V-8
Transmission: ZF5 five-speed manual
T-Case(s): NP203/NP205 triple-stick Doubler, clocked for clearance
Front Axle: Dana 60; 4.56s; Yukon Grizzly
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 4.56s; Gov-Loc
Front Suspension: Three-link with track bar; Deaver coils; Bilstein shocks
Rear Suspension: Deaver custom leaf springs; RuffStuff shackle flip and shackles
Tires/Wheels: 39.5x13.50-17 Irok bias-ply on 17x10 BAD internal beadlocks
Winch: MileMarker 10,000-pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 15 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 15 years

Driver’s Name: Jesse Emerson
Age: 34
City/State: Littleton, NH
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1987 Jeep Comanche
Engine: GM 6.0L V-8
Transmission: SM465
T-Case(s): Crawl box and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60; 5.38s; Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 5.38s; Welded diff
Front Suspension: Three-link with coilover
Rear Suspension: Leaf springs
Tires/Wheels: 42.50x13.50-17 Interco Bogger on 17-inch steel with rock rings
Winch: Rough Country 12,000 pound with rope
How long have you owned this vehicle: 8 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 15 years

Driver’s Name: Mark Schultz
Age: 38
City/State: Redmond, OR
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1990 Chevy Suburban
Engine: Chevy 406ci small-block V-8
Transmission: TH400 three-speed auto
T-Case(s): NWF Blax Box planetary and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60; 4.88s; ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 4.88s; Spool
Front Suspension: G-Fab-built three-link with Fox coilovers
Rear Suspension: Deaver 63-inch leaf springs with Offroad Design shackle flip
Tires/Wheels: 42-inch Irok with 16.5 Trail Worthy Fab double beadlock
Winch: Smittybilt 10,000 pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 4 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 23 years

Driver’s Name: Nick LeBlanc
Age: 31
City/State: Jacksonville, FL
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: AX15 five-speed manual
T-Case(s): NWF Titan crawl box with twin-stick Ford NP205
Front Axle: 1993 Ford high-pinion Dana 60; 5.38s; ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 5.38s; Yukon Grizzly Locker
Front Suspension: Homemade high-clearance three-link with track bar
Rear Suspension: Homemade high-clearance double-triangulated four-link
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler MT on Pro Comp steel with TMI weld-on beadlocks
Winch: Warn 10,000-pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 3 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 10 years

Driver’s Name: Rick Prater
Age: 33
City/State: Uintah, UT
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 (stretched to LJ length)
Engine: Chevy 350ci V-8
Transmission: TH350 three-speed auto
T-Case(s): Dana 300
Front Axle: Chevy kingpin Dana 60; 4.10s; Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 4.10s; Spool
Front Suspension: Leaf springs
Rear Suspension: Double-triangulated four-link with JK rear coils
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50-17 Maxxis Trepador Bias on 17x9.5 ATX Slab beadlock
Winch: Smittybilt 9,500-pound
How long have you owned this vehicle: 6 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 17 years

Driver’s Name: Steven L Messer
Age: 56
City/State: Saint Johns, AZ
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1979 Jeep Cherokee Chief
Engine: GM 6.2L LS3 V-8, 525hp
Transmission: 8L90E eight-speed auto from 2016 Silverado
T-Case(s): Atlas 3.8:1
Front Axle: Ford Dana 60; 4.56s; Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt; 4.56s, Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Stock-height leaf springs; shackle reversal; moved forward 3 inches to clear 42s
Rear Suspension: Stock-height leaf springs; spring reversed to move offset 6 inches to rear
Tires/Wheels: 42x14.50R17 Goodyear MT/R on 17x9 Hitchinson Rock Monster
Winch: Warn 8274
How long have you owned this vehicle: 14 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: Over 40 years

Driver’s Name: Michael Holman
Age: 23
City/State: Socorro, NM
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1983 Chevy Pickup
Engine: GM 6.0L LQ4 V-8
Transmission: 4L80E four-speed auto
T-Case(s): Offroad Design NP203/205 Doubler
Front Axle: Dana 60; 5.38s; Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: 14-Bolt; 5.38s; Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Offroad Design four-link; 16-inch-travel King 2.5-inch shocks
Rear Suspension: 64-inch-long leaf springs with traction bars
Tires/Wheels: 47x10.7-16.5 Interco LTB on MRW beadlock
Winch: 12,000-pound Badland
How long have you owned this vehicle: 5 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 8 years

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