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Ultimate Avalanche - Part 2

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Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted December 14, 2004

Growing the Ultimate Ulcer

When you try something that hasn't been done before you can run into some issues; as with any project vehicle, our Ultimate Avalanche was swinging from fun to frustrating. When we last checked in, our 2003 Chevy Avalanche was stripped and on the rack at Off Road Unlimited, plus we had just picked up two brand-new axles from Dynatrac. The plan was simple enough: Put the axles under the truck, use suspension components from our friends at Tuff Country, and add an Atlas transfer case for good measure. The problems arose when we wanted to incorporate our special rear axle with rear steer, and make the computer-controlled transmission communicate with the geardriven transfer case.

In the end almost everything worked, and we only had to throw a few things across the shop in frustration. You would think that being big-time magazine guys, we would have all the cool stuff and not have any problem building a rig, but that is only slightly true. We do have all the cool stuff, it's just tricky to put it all together on an unusual platform. Follow along as we get our Ultimate Ulcer--er, Avalanche--closer to being a trail-taming freak machine.

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Miller Electric
Appleton, WI 54912
920-734-9821
www.millerwelds.com
Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
www.energysuspension.com
Advance Adapters
Paso Robles, CA 93446
800-350-2223
www.advanceadapters.com
High Angle Driveline
Paradise, CA 95969
1-530-877-2875
www.highangledriveline.com
Aurora Bearing Co.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-859-2030
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com
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