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Dirty Dozen Finalists of Ultimate Adventure 2018 #UA2018

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on May 30, 2018
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Summer is coming, and that means road trips, camp outs, and Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Ultimate Adventure. Not familiar with the Ultimate Adventure? UA is like one giant road trip, camp out, and hardcore week-long wheeling trip comprised of magazine staff, sponsors, cronies, and a few lucky readers. Ever since the beginning of Ultimate Adventure we have gotten hundreds of applications from hopeful readers eager to join the elite ranks of those who have gone before. Editor Christian Hazel and the staff of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road have narrowed down this year’s field of very worth drivers and vehicles to these finalists, dubbed the Dirty Dozen.

Who will make the cut for UA2018? 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 to do, be sure to enter next year. ‘Cause as the old saying goes; you can’t win if you don’t play. And stay tuned to fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure for more updates on Ultimate Adventure 2018!

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Driver’s Name: Adams Clarke
Age: 42
City/State: Mechanicsville, VA
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1981 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
Engine: Chevy 350 ci V-8 w/ TBI
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed manual
T-Case(s): Dana 300
Front Axle: Dana 60 w/ 5.38 gears and Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: Corporate 14 Bolt w/ 5.38 gears and ARB Air Locker
Front Suspension: Springover w/ Wagoneer springs and Fox shocks
Rear Suspension: Springover w/ Cherokee springs and Fox shocks
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler on 17x9 ATX Chamber Pro beadlock
Winch: Warn XD9i
How long have you owned this vehicle: 3.5
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 19

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Driver’s Name: Amber Medrano
Age: 26
City/State: San Marcos, CA
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1990 Chevy K5 Blazer
Engine: Detroit Diesel 6.2L V-8
Transmission: 700R4 four-speed automatic
T-Case(s): NWF Eco Box and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.10 gears and Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: 14 Bolt w/ 4.10 gears and Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: 52-inch Chevy springs and Bilstein shocks
Rear Suspension: 56-inch Chevy springs and Bilstein shocks
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.5R17 Toyo Open Country M/T on 17x9 Method 105 beadlock
Winch: Smittybilt XRC 9.5
How long have you owned this vehicle: 4 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 7 years

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Driver’s Name: Chris Wills
Age: 49
City/State: Mesa, AZ
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1984 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8
Engine: Chevy 350 ci V-8 w/ TBI
Transmission: TH400 three-speed automatic
T-Case(s): Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.8
Front Axle: Dana 44 w/ 4.56 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.56 gears and ARB Air Locker
Front Suspension: Deaver leaf springs w/ shackle reversal and 2.5-inch King remote-reservoir shocks
Rear Suspension: Deaver leaf springs w/ 2.5-inch King remote-reservoir shocks
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler on 17x9 BTR beadlock
Winch: Warn Zeon 10-S
How long have you owned this vehicle: 8 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 20+ years

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Driver’s Name: Dave Tucker
Age: 43
City/State: Morristown, AZ
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1965 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Engine: Chevy 350 ci V-8 w/ Quadrajet
Transmission: TH350 three-speed automatic
T-Case(s): Advance Adapters Orion
Front Axle: FJ62 w/ 4.10 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: FZJ80 w/ 4.10 gears and ARB Air Locker
Front Suspension: Three link w/ 14-inch ORI struts
Rear Suspension: Four link with 16-inch ORI struts
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.5R17 Super Swamper IROK on 17x8.5 Allied Rock-a-thon beadlock
Winch: Warn 9.5cti
How long have you owned this vehicle: 11 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 32 years

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Driver’s Name: Derek Lasini
Age: 29
City/State: Park Ridge, IL
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500
Engine: Chevy 5.3L V-8
Transmission: 4L80E three-speed automatic
T-Case(s): NWF Eco Box and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.56 gears and welded differential
Rear Axle: Corporate 14 Bolt w/ 4.56 gears and Yukon Grizzly Locker
Front Suspension: 52-inch leaf springs and 14-inch-travel shocks
Rear Suspension: Offroad Design shackle flip w/ 6-inch shackles
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 on 17x8.5 Hummer H2
Winch: Smittybilt XRC12
How long have you owned this vehicle: 9 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 9 years

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Driver’s Name: Flactem Nannerb
Age: 42
City/State: Durango, CO
Entered Before: Maybe…
Vehicle: 1970 Lexus LX45
Engine: Chevy 5.3L V-8
Transmission: 6L80E six-speed automatic
T-Case(s): Land Rover LT230
Front Axle: LX450 w/ 4.10 gears and factory electric locker
Rear Axle: LX450 w/ 4.10 gears and factory electric locker
Front Suspension: LX450 coil springs and radius arms w/ Fox shocks
Rear Suspension: LX450 coil springs and five-link w/ Fox shocks
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 on 17x8.5 Trail-Gear Creeper beadlock
Winch: Warn 8274
How long have you owned this vehicle: Since it was built
How long have you been ‘wheeling: All my life

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Driver’s Name: Holly Rickford
Age: 20
City/State: Markleeville, CA
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 2000 GMC Jimmy
Engine: Chevy 4.3L V-6
Transmission: 4L60E four-speed automatic
T-Case(s): NWF Eco Box and NP241
Front Axle: Dana 44 w/ 4.88 gears and OX Locker
Rear Axle: Corporate 14 Bolt w/ 4.88 gears and Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Custom long arm w/ 14-inch Fox coilovers
Rear Suspension: Leaf springs
Tires/Wheels: 38x12.5/15LT Super Swamper TSL on 15x8 steel
Winch: Badlands 9000
How long have you owned this vehicle: 6 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 4 years in my own vehicle

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Driver’s Name: Joe Zumpf
Age: 32
City/State: Elwood, IL
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
Engine: Toyota 1FZ-FE 4.5L I-6
Transmission: A442F four-speed automatic
T-Case(s): HF2-AV w/ Marlin 3.1:1 gears
Front Axle: FZJ80 w/ 5.29 gears and factory electric locker
Rear Axle: FZJ80 w/ 5.29 gears and factory electric locker
Front Suspension: Old Man Emu springs, Ruff Stuff DIY long arm kit, and Fox shocks
Rear Suspension: Old Man Emu springs and Fox shocks
Tires/Wheels: 40x13.50R18 Nitto Trail Grappler on 17x9.5 Raceline Monster beadlock
Winch: Warn HS9500 w/ Warn Spydura rope
How long have you owned this vehicle: 8 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 16 years

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Driver’s Name: Johnny Wood
Age: 32
City/State: San Marcos, CA
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Ram 1500
Engine: Chrysler 360 ci V-8
Transmission: 46RE four speed automatic
T-Case(s): Offroad Design Magnum and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.56 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.56 gears and Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Custom three link w/ 12-inch King coilovers
Rear Suspension: Skyjacker 5-inch leaf springs and Bilstein shocks
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.5R17 Toyo Open Country M/T on 17x9 Raceline Monster beadlock
Winch: Warn XP9.5
How long have you owned this vehicle: 14 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 14 years

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Driver’s Name: Kris Jaggers
Age: 31
City/State: Albuquerque, NM
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1988 Chevy Suburban
Engine: Chevy LQ4 6.0L V-8
Transmission: 700R4 four-speed automatic
T-Case(s): NP203 and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 w/ 4.56 gears and Grizzly Locker
Rear Axle: Dana 70HD w/ 4.56 gears
Front Suspension: Radius arms w/ King coilovers
Rear Suspension: Four link w/ King coilovers
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.5R16.5 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R on Hutchinson Hummer beadlock
Winch: Smittybilt X20
How long have you owned this vehicle: 3 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 3 years

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Driver’s Name: Rich Fredricks
Age: 43
City/State: Herndon, VA
Entered Before: No
Vehicle: 1978 Ford Bronco
Engine: Ford 408 ci V-8 w/ FI Tech
Transmission: C6 three-speed automatic
T-Case(s): NWF Black Box and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 44 w/ 4.88 gears and Eaton E-Locker
Rear Axle: Ruff Stuff 609 w/ 4.86 gears and Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Bloody Knuckle long arms w/ Deaver coils and 14-inch Bilstein shocks
Rear Suspension: Deaver leaf springs, shackle flip, 14-inch Bilstein 7100s
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Goodyear MT/R on 17x9 ATX Chamber Pro beadlock
Winch: Smittybilt 12000
How long have you owned this vehicle: 7 years
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 10 years

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Driver’s Name: Rick Prater
Age: 34
City/State: Uintah, UT
Entered Before: Yes
Vehicle: 1951 Willys Station Wagon
Engine: Chevy 350 V-8 w/ TBI
Transmission: SM465 four-speed manual
T-Case(s): NP205
Front Axle: Corporate 10 Bolt w/ 4.10 gears and Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: Corporate 14 Bolt w/ 4.10 gears and spool
Front Suspension: Leaf springs
Rear Suspension: Leaf springs
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler on 17x8.5 Allied beadlock
Winch: Warn 8274
How long have you owned this vehicle: 1 year
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 18 years

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