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Sponsors of Ultimate Adventure 2017

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on August 11, 2017
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

The staff of 4WOR does a lot of wheeling, but there is no way we could do an event of this magnitude without help. A lot of help. That manifests itself through sponsorship that pays for things like prerunning and planning and allows this adventure to be the ultimate. Smart sponsors don’t just write a check and slap some stickers on the rigs though; they show up at the UA with their own vehicles. We enjoy this opportunity to wheel and camp with the industry’s movers and shakers for a week away from email and cell service. But it also goes to highlight those manufacturers in our industry who walk the walk, not just talk the talk, since the UA is also an opportunity to torture-test their products in real-world conditions. If a tire, suspension, drivetrain component, or winch can survive the UA, you can be confident that it can withstand just about anything.

The bulk of our group were running Falken tires on the Ultimate Adventure, and not just because Falken is a sponsor. The optimized variable three-pitch tread pattern of the WildPeak M/T results in a surprisingly quiet ride on the road, while the generous voids never left us wanting for traction in the dirt or rocks. Falken’s precision manufacturing and tight tolerances allow the WildPeak M/T to go down the road smoothly, even when mounted without balance on beadlock wheels. And the sharp rocks of Arizona were no match for Falken’s proprietary three-ply Duraspec sidewall.

The Ultimate Adventure has long been a test bed for winches, suspension, and tire technology. Cummins is the first engine manufacturer to take advantage of the UA’s ability to torture-test any and all mechanical aspects of a vehicle, and the Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel engines in Christian Hazel’s UACJ-6D and Fred William’s Tube Sock passed with flying colors. These little diesel engines hit the sweet spot of being small and light enough to fit in a Jeep while making 267 lb-ft of torque to crawl over any obstacle. The fact that they sip fuel and run at 180 degrees all day long made them the perfect choice for this particular UA, where overheating was common and gas guzzlers were nervously looking at their fuel gauges in the remote Arizona backcountry. Stephen Sanders of Cummins even came out to help with the final push getting Hazel’s Jeep running and stayed on for the first leg of the trip, vowing to be back next year behind the wheel of his own rig.

Skyjacker

Driver: Lonnie McCurry
Co-driver: Evan McCurry
Introduction to UA: Skyjacker first attended the UA in 2001, but my first year personally was 2002 How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 3 Favorite Part of the Trip: Sharing this experience with my son, Evan. As much as Skyjacker is a family-owned and -operated business, the off-road community is also my family. Having my son on the UA helped to pass on my love for off-roading and made memories we will always cherish.

2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
>Drivetrain
Engine: 6.4L Hemi V-8
Transmission: 545RFE 5-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP4241 RockTrac
Front Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with RCV axles, 5.38 gears, and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 80 with 5.38 gears and ARB Air Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Skyjacker long-arm suspension with LeDuc Series coilover conversion
Tires & Wheels: 40x15.0R20 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 20x10 Raceline beadlocks
Steering: PSC steering box, hydraulic ramp, pump, and reservoir, Skyjacker HD tie rod and drag link
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other: Rigid LED lights, JE Reel drivelines, Rock Hard ’cage, Poison Spyder Customs fenders and bumpers, HID Projectors “Captain America” headlights, dual American flags
What Broke: ARB air line, electric fan relay, transmission cooler line leak, fuel line leak, stuck thermostat

Dana

Driver: Randall Speir
Co-driver: Jon Mobily
Introduction to UA: I have been a fan of UA for many years. I finally persuaded Dana to let me build a very capable JK with Ultimate Dana 60 axles, and then we started wheeling it to prove they are unbreakable. What better test for the Ultimate Dana 60s than the Ultimate Adventure? How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 1 Favorite Part of the Trip: Wheeling every day through rugged and beautiful parts of our nation not many people have or will ever see first-hand with a great group of off-roading devotees

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
>Drivetrain
Engine: Bruiser Conversions LS3 V-8
Transmission: WA580 5-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP241 RockTrac
Front Axle: Ultimate Dana with 4.88 gears and Eaton ELocker
Rear Axle: Ultimate Dana 60 with 4.88 gears and Eaton ELocker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: CRC 4-inch suspension with 2 1/2-inch-diameter Walker Evans shocks (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler KXs on 17x9 Walker Evans beadlocks
Steering: PSC steering box, hydraulic ram, pump, and reservoir
Winch: Warn Zeon 8-S
Other: MagnaFlow exhaust, Currie Antirock sway bar, Corbeau seats, Savvy bumpers, CRC tube fenders, Rigid Industries LED lights, ARB air compressor
What Broke: Steering box, prototype rear driveline being durability tested on UA

Offroad Design

Driver: Stephen Watson
Co-driver: James Watson
Introduction to UA: We helped former staffer David Kennedy get his K5 ready for the UA in 2003 and then signed up as a sponsor in 2005 How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 12 Favorite Part of the Trip: Putting the suspension to work on the fast dirt roads

1985 Chevy K30
>Drivetrain
Engine: Tilden L98/LS3
Transmission: Rancho Drivetrain TH400 3-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Offroad Design Magnum Box Doubler
Front Axle: Ford Dana 60 with 4.88 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with 4.88 gears and ARB Air Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Offroad Design 3-link with King coilovers and air bumps (front); Offroad Design 4-link with King coilovers and air bumps (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on TrailReady HD17 beadlocks
Steering: PSC steering box, hydraulic ram, pump, and reservoir
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other: Custom stepside bed
What Broke: Electric fuel pump

Diesel Power Products

Driver: Cooper Rasmussen
Co-driver: Cameron Hotchkiss
Introduction to UA: In 2012 Hazzard Fab built the JKJ in the back of our shop and we used our triple turbo Mega Cab to haul the camera crew around the Pacific Northwest that year.
How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 6 Favorite Part of the Trip: This one is hard to narrow down to one moment. Table Mesa, Crown King, the Grand Canyon, Sand Hollow—I loved it all.

2016 Ram 2500
>Drivetrain
Engine: 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel
Transmission: 68RFE 6-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Stock Borg Warner 44-46
Front Axle: AAM 9 1/4 with RCV axleshafts, 5.13 Nitro gears, and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: AAM 11 1/2 with 5.13 Nitro gears and ARB Air Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: AEV Dual-Sport 3-inch lift with Pure Performance 2-inch coils and 2 1/2-inch Fox DSC shocks (front); Carli 1-inch progressive-rate coils, Pure Performance links, Fox 2 1/2-inch DSC shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 42x14.50-17LT Maxxis Trepadors on 17x9 KMC Machete beadlocks
Steering: PSC steering box and hydraulic ram, AEV high-steer draglink
Winch: Warn 16.5Ti-S (front); Warn Zeon 12-S Platinum (rear)
Other: ARP head studs, Hamilton 178-208 cam with valve springs, Dynomite Diesel Products balanced injectors, BD Diesel 12mm stroker pump, BD diesel emissions-compliant exhaust manifold with BD Screamer turbo, AFE Power emissions-compliant intake manifold, BD diesel grid heater-delete plate, Mechman 320-amp alternator, BD Diesel torque converter, BD billet flexplate, BD deep transmission pan , Dynatrac Free-Spin kit, AEV front bumper, Mercenary Off Road rear bumper, Tom Woods drivelines, Crown brake lines, AEV heat-reduction hood, AEV Highmark flares, Baja Designs LED lights, Nemesis Industries ram box half-height bed rack with James Barroud Discovery rooftop tent, Havis center console, Rugged Radios 60-watt remote-mount radio unit, Mastercraft 3G seats, DPP rock sliders, ARB twin air compressor, CW Wraps Patriotic Old Glory wrap
What Broke: Factory tie rod bent, spun axletubes in front housing

VooDoo Offroad

Driver: Mark Turner
Co-driver: Dillard DeLaSalle
Introduction to UA: In 2014 when VooDoo Offroad first sponsored UA How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 3 Favorite Part of the Trip: Just hearing the stories about everyone’s adventures getting to the start

1985 Jeep CJ-10 (sort of)
>Drivetrain
Engine: 3.8L V-6 with Sprintex supercharger
Transmission: 42RLE 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP241
Axles: G2 Core 44s with 5.38 gears and ARB Air Lockers
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Skyjacker 4-inch suspension and Nitro shocks
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Falken WildPeak M/Ts on 17x9 Pro Comp Vapor Pro beadlocks
Steering: Stock JK
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S with VooDoo synthetic winch line
Other: CJ10 cab on 2008 JK chassis, including complete JK interior, Rock Slide Engineering slider steps, ARB twin air compressor, Rigid LED lights, sPOD and Daystar switch panel, Daystar hood latches and Cam Cans, Aqualu aluminum bed, Smittybilt rooftop tent
What Broke: Battery cable came loose, interference between tire and sway bar disconnect

Spronies

This year we had a unique situation wherein several sponsors were represented on the Ultimate Adventure by cronies, dubbed spronies by Tom Boyd. This situation allowed our cronies to have some of their costs for the trip covered, and provided sponsors with representatives and vehicles that are uniquely prepared to survive the torture test that is the UA.

Warn

Driver: Chris Durham
Co-driver: Fred Perry
Introduction to UA: 2004 when representing a drivetrain company, became a crony in 2011 How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 11 times in various capacities Favorite Part of the Trip: The 17-hour day on Day 6 when we went night wheeling after visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
>Drivetrain
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmission: 42RLE 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP241 with 2-Lo modification
Front Axle: J8 Dana 44 with 5.38 gears and Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: JK Dana 44 with 35-spline axleshafts, 5.38 gears, and spool
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Skyjacker 3 1/2-inch long-arm suspension with LeDuc Series coilover conversion
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken WildPeak M/Ts on 17-inch BAD beadlocks
Steering: Chris Durham Motorsports 7075 aluminum tie rod
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
Other: Chris Durham Motorsports Gladiator conversion, 7-Slot Customs body armor, Barnes 4WD axle trusses, Premier Power Welder, Paint by Nick’s Customs
What Broke: Brake line

Rugged Radios

Driver: Dave Chappelle
Co-driver: Steve Bechard
Introduction to UA: In 2010 as Tom Boyd’s codriver How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 8 (every year since I started coming) Favorite Part of the Trip: I really enjoyed the high-speed desert bashing this year! I jumped the Amigo big time in front of the Bar 10 Ranch.

1999 Isuzu Amigo
>Drivetrain
Engine: 3.2L V-6
Transmission: 2WD Isuzu 5-speed manual
Transfer Case: Divorce mounted Toyota dual cases
Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 60 with 5.38 gears and Yukon Grizzly Locker
Rear Axle: Currie Rock Jock 60 with 5.38 gears and ARB Air Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Custom 3-link with 10-inch Fox coilovers (front); triangulated 4-link with cantilever airbags and Fox shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken WildPeak M/Ts on 17x9 Raceline Monster beadlocks
Steering: Scout steering box and PSC hydraulic ram
Winch: Warn M8000 with Spydura synthetic winch line
Other: Rugged Radios 35-watt waterproof radio and intercom, custom cage blended into sheetmetal, rock sliders double as air tanks
What Broke: Fuel pump, beadlock bolts

Magellan

Driver: Keith Bailey
Co-driver: Steve von Seggern
Introduction to UA: In 2002 I was asked by Trent [McGee] to co-drive with him on a weeklong adventure out west somewhere along with every name that I had read about for years in the magazine. Could not make it happen, so I thought I had missed my one and only chance to be a part of a wheeling trip that I always dreamed about. The next year they came to Alabama, though, and I have been going ever since!
How Many UAs Have You Been On?: 16 Favorite Part of the Trip: Just getting to Arizona from Alabama and helping Verne get the UACJ-6D running

1984 Jeep CJ-7
>Drivetrain
Engine: 5.7L Vortec V-8
Transmission: 700R4 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II
Axles: Dana 60s with 5.13 gears and Detroit Lockers
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Spring-over (front); custom 4-link with air shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken WildPeak M/Ts on 17x9 Fuel Anza beadlocks
Steering: Off Road Connection steering box and hydraulic ram
Winch: Warn 8274
Other: One-owner CJ bought new in 1984, Off Road Connection rollcage
What Broke: Rear ring gear, driver-side mirror

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