Ultimate Adventure 2020 Invited Reader: Brody Botts! #UA2020
Sometimes you just gotta get weird on UA2020?
Sometimes things get weird on Ultimate Adventure. And what's weirder than a pastel blue, pinkish purple, and yellow Suzuki Sidekick on 40s? If you lived through the pathetic automotive design period of the early-to-mid 1990s, you probably remember Geo Trackers using similar colors in their paint graphics. And given a Geo Tracker was just a rebadged Suzuki, that's what we think of palette-wise when we look at Brody's 1995 Suzuki Sidekick. But all that aside, Brody didn't even have paint on the vehicle when we voted him into the Dirty Dozen list for UA2020, so all of the above is really just going off on a color tangent that has no bearing on anything whatsoever.
Brody is the owner of Idle Hands Fabrication in El Cajon, California, so it's a given the fabrication and build is solid. He wisely ditched the underwhelming drivetrain in favor of a 4.3L Vortec V-6 engine and reliable TH350 automatic transmission. Backing the GM powertrain is a pair of Toyota gear-driven T-cases that send power down to a massive pair of Dana 60 and GM14-bolt axles with 5.38s and lockers (ARB front, Detroit rear). With less than 200 hp and probably weighing in at less than 4,000 pounds, we don't think breakage downstream of the T-cases is gonna be an issue for Brody. He fabricated his own three-link front and four-link rear suspension and cleanly radiused the body for 40-inch tires. Brody calls it "Sidechick", and given the name and the fact he's owned the Suzuki for six years, we're betting it's been a labor of love getting it to where it is today.
If you want a shot at UA next year, go find the "Ultimate Adventure Registration is Live!" button on the UA home page at the Four Wheeler Network. Inside you'll find the application PDF. Simply fill that out, add a couple good high-res images of your vehicle, and email it in to us. Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure to follow updates on the UALRJ as it comes together, and don't forget to watch all the UA2020 event coverage on our website—as well as social media with the #UA2020 hashtag—for the latest on what the UA gang is up to as the event draws closer!