The Ultimate Adventure 2020 Long Range Jeep is a nod to the first mass-produced off-road vehicle that may well have started the whole off-road lifestyle in the '50s and '60s, the World War II jeep. Specifically, the LRJ is a nod to the SAS jeeps used in the North African Campaign of WWII, which encompassed parts of the North Eastern Sahara along the borders of Libya and Egypt. These Jeeps, and the hearty group that staffed them, were off-roading before that was even a thing. Their exploits are those of legend and inspired the Rat Patrol television shows (check YouTube). Their iconic sand-colored paint and stripped-down nature are only part of their unique look. Loads of fuel, ammo, water, and cowl-mounted machine guns make this rag-tag military group stand out as did the strange grille modification that SAS Jeeps received in theater. For reasons we assume are related to airflow, these Jeeps had all but the two center grille slats cut out.
The 2020 UA LRJ is not, however, a pure reproduction of these early Jeeps, but rather a hodgepodge of modern parts that are vetted and darn near bulletproof (figuratively, that is). We detailed the build with images and video clips online in a 26-part series and have now undertaken the task of going a bit deeper into the build showing photos with captions of exactly what's going on. This is mainly so the information can be included in our own print edition of Four Wheeler magazine, but these articles will also be available on FourWheeler.com. This is part three in the detailed installment. Last time we showed you the start of the suspension system, which allowed us to install the Ultimate Dana 60 axles, and the drivetrain comprised of a Cummins R2.8 Crate Engine, an AX-15 transmission from Quadratec with adapters from Quick Draw Brands. From there an Offroad Designs (ORD) Magnum Underdrive feeds extra-low gearing to an ORD-prepped NP205 transfer case. Now with parts, including LeDuc Series coilover shocks from Skyjacker Suspensions combined with a few custom-made bits, we get the suspension nearly done. We also talked a longtime friend, our pal and college roommate, Chadwick Campbell, into mounting up the 5-38/13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/Ts on a set of army green powdercoated TR Beadlock wheels. Poor guy did all five tires and wheels in one day. First and last set of beadlock wheels he will mount with any luck.
This time we will show you how the suspension came together with more parts from Skyjacker Suspensions, introduce our wheels and tires from TR Beadlocks, and our tires, a set of 38/13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/Ts.