Ultimate Adventure 2018 Invited Reader: Johnny Wood – #UA2018

    UA2018 Invited Readers announced.

    Christian HazelWriterJohnny WoodPhotographer

    There’s no sure-fire way of getting invited to be part of Ultimate Adventure because each year the event and its participants are just a little different. Some years we’re looking for one thing to create a balanced formula and the next, we’re looking for something else. But Johnny Wood is living proof persistence pays off. After applying to be an invited reader for Ultimate Adventure several years in a row he was almost ready to give up, figuring we just didn’t like him or his big, greed Dodge. Truth is, the magic formula finally called for a fullsize Mopar on 37-inch tires, a pair of 1-ton axles, and an Offroad Design Magnum Box Doubler setup.

    Johnny’s 2000 Ram 1500 runs a custom three-link suspension with 12-inch-travel King coilovers up front and a set of Skyjacker 5-inch leaf springs out back. The Ford kingpin Dana 60 front is loaded with 4.56s and an ARB Air Locker, while the Dodge Dana 60 in the rear runs 4.56s, a Detroit Locker, and Yukon alloy shafts. For the moment, the 17x9 Raceline Beadlocks house 37x13.50R17 Toyo MT tires, but Johnny will be swapping those out for the 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak MT tires that are available to Ultimate Adventure participants. The 360 V-8 in front of the 46RE transmission was warmed up a touch with some Iron Ram cylinder heads and roller rockers and Johnny added the PSC hydro-assist steering, dual battery setup, custom rollcage, and York onboard air compressor are pretty much just the start of the cool stuff on this rig. We can’t wait to see it in action on UA2018!

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