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Meet the UA2020 Cronies #UA2020

The dudes that do the dirty work!

Whether because of Ultimate Adventure or in spite of it, by now most of the UA Cronies are well-known off-road celebrities in their own right. But these guys don't do it for fame, and they certainly don't do it for fortune. As unpaid event support volunteers, the UA Cronies are a very special breed of off-road enthusiast. All are high-level off-road drivers, skilled mechanics and/or fabricators, and willing to do virtually anything asked of them to help the event or participants. The Cronies are truly the lifeblood of Ultimate Adventure. Year over year they spend their own money, usually bring their own vehicles, and burn their vacation time or close their shop doors so when good times turn bad, they're there to handle whatever UA throws at its participants. Our UA Cronies are cool under pressure, methodical in planning, and exceptional in execution, righting rolled vehicles, dragging non-running rigs to civilization, and then helping to effect repairs. They unbooger the boogered, understand the difference between spotting a vehicle and spotting an obstacle, and capably help us to cram more rigs than we should be able to put through a trail system in a single day. They're the best of the best and are a big part of what separates Ultimate Adventure from all the would-be imitators.

2012 UAJKJ "Two Face" Wrangler

DRIVERS: Clifton Slay

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Drove it

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 17

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Wearing my short pants on a mountain

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Cleaned air filter and smashed passenger-side mirror and door on a tree (whoopsie)

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: Factory 3.6L Pentastar V-6

TRANSMISSION: Factory WA580 five-speed automatic

TRANSFER CASE(S): Factory Rubicon NV241OR

AXLES: Ultimate Dana 60 crate axles with 5.13s and Eaton ELockers (front and rear)

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Zone 4-inch long-arm with Fox Remote-Reservoir shocks (front and rear)

TIRES & WHEELS: Falken 38x13.50R17 on 17x9 Battle Born Gatekeeper Beadlock

WINCH: Warn Zeon 10-S (front); Warn PowerPlant (rear)

OTHER: GenRight aluminum fenders; Synergy Mfg rock sliders and skidplates; Truck-Lite headlights and taillights

 

1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

DRIVERS: Ken Smith

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Towed it

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 6

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Wheeling in South Dakota on the last day.

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Transmission line broke causing an engine fire and two motor mounts.

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: Chevy 350 V-8

TRANSMISSION: TH700R4 four-speed auto

TRANSFER CASE(S): NP241C

AXLES: Dana 60, 5.38s, Detroit Locker (front); shaved GM 14-bold, 5.38s, Detroit Locker (rear)

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Offroad Design custom 4-inch springs, Skyjacker M95 shocks

TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on Raceline 17-inch Beadlock

WINCH: Warn M12

OTHER: Premier Power Welder; Quigley driveshafts; PSC hydraulic assist; Vintage Air; Chris Durham Motorsports roll cage, front bumper, transmission crossmember; Revees custom sliders; rear bumper; Highlander Plaid seats; ORD swaybar

 

2009 Alabama Tube Car

DRIVERS: Sam Gillis

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: This year we towed to the ending point at Mt. Rushmore, then drove the rig 800-plus miles to the starting point. Total seat time in the buggy was about 2,300 miles.

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 16 trips, 2003-2020. I missed 2011 due to a military deployment.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: The favorite part of the trip this year was being able to see some parts of the country I had never seen before (still didn't see a lot of it due to the smoke from the California wildfires). The cooler temperatures were great. Camping spots were way cool, high elevations, old mining areas and primitive lakes. The way the route was set up, we were able to lock the hubs every day.

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: This year I had a fuel issue and lost power to the right side of the engine. Hours of troubleshooting for a 20-cent fuse and about 50 cents of wire. No mechanical breaks.

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: 5.7L LS1

TRANSMISSION: TH700R4

TRANSFER CASE(S): Atlas, 4:1

AXLES: Dynatrac high pinion 60, 4:56s, Yukon Grizzly locker/Yukon 35-spline axles/Yukon locking hubs (front); GM 14-bolt, 4:56s, spool, Branix 300M axleshafts

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Triangulated four-link with Fox 14-inch-travel coilovers (front/rear)

TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on Fuel AL beadlock

WINCH: Warn XP 9500 W/ synthetic rope

OTHER: VooDoo Recovery Rope, Rugged Radio intercom system, Lifetime LED lighting, and ARB Fridge/Freeze

 

MazGrande

DRIVERS: Dave Chappelle

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Drove it

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 10

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: I really like the camp nights. Particularly later in the week after you find your groove and don't care if you are clean or dirty.

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Just new build blues, chasing bad hydraulics in brake and clutch systems.

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: Stock 2.6L 4cyl

TRANSMISSION: Stock 5-speed manual

TRANSFER CASE(S): Completely lackluster Mazda mystery transfer case

AXLES: Chevy Dana 60, 7.17s, Powertrax Grip Lok, Ten Factory 'shafts, Yukon hubs (front); Ford Dana 70u, 7.17s, Detroit Locker, RuffStuff Specialties El Dorado brake conversion.

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Custom 3-link using RuffStuff parts, Airlift Dominator 2600 air bags, Skyjacker N95 shocks (front); spring-under setup using 3-inch-lift Tuff Country Chevy 63-inch-long springs, Skyjacker N95 shocks

TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on Method standard beadlocks with fancy rings (painted Sublime green)

WINCH: Warn Zeon 8-S

OTHER: Engine and transmission are raised 1.25-inch for more front axle uptravel; rear roll bar is welded to the frame and to the Marlin Crawler rock sliders, Subaru bucket seats, 65-watt Rugged Radio marine base unit

 

Wagoneer JK Pickup

DRIVERS: Chris Durham

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Towed it to end of event and drove to beginning in Montana.

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 14

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: The last day of wheeling on Bikini Trail in South Dakota

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Nothing broke, flattened my exhaust tip

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: Custom built 6.0L GM LS

TRANSMISSION: Jeep NAG1J five-speed auto with custom stall converter

TRANSFER CASE(S): Atlas II, 3.8:1

AXLES: Ford Dana 60, 4.88s, Detroit Locker (front); shaved GM 14-bolt, 4.88s, Detroit Locker

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Skyjacker long-arm Curt LeDuc Series with Coilovers and air bumps

TIRES & WHEELS: 40x13.50R17 Milestar Patagonias (custom-cut) on 17x9 Walker Evans Racing beadlock

WINCH: Warn Zeon 10-S

OTHER: Premier Power onboard welder; Bruiser Conversion engine wiring; RockHard 4x4 cage; ARB Fridge/Freeze, CDM front and rear custom bumper and Gladiator conversion hood/grille; custom truck conversion with fabricated bed, CDM sliders, custom seats; Barnes fully integrated skidplate system, Barnes axle trusses front and rear

 

1984 Jeep CJ-7

DRIVERS: Keith Bailey, Tommy Boyd

DROVE IT OR TOWED IT: Towed it

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON: 14 (Keith); 20 (Tommy)

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Seeing old friends and meeting new ones

WHAT BROKE DURING UA: Crankshaft position sensor, rear pinion seal

>DRIVETRAIN

ENGINE: 1999 5.7L L31 Vortec V-8

TRANSMISSION: TH700R4

TRANSFER CASE(S): Atlas 4.3:1

AXLES: Dynatrac ProRock 60, 4.88s, Detroit Locker (front); Dynatrac ProRock 60, 4.88s, Detroit Locker, 40-spline axleshafts (rear)

>SUSPENSION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Three-link (front), double triangulated four-link (rear) and Fox 14-inch-coilovers at all four corners

TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on 17x9 Fuel beadlock

WINCH: Warn 8274-50 (front); Warn M8000 (rear)

OTHER: 11-gal aux fuel tank, cell phone signal booster, MasterCraft seats, Dynomax mufflers

Source:

Sponsors:
Cummins: Official Turbo Diesel, 800.286.6467, www.cummins.com/engines/repower
Dana: Official Crate Axle, 800.621.8084, spicerparts.com/applications/crateaxle
Falken Tire: Official Tire, www.falkentire.com/
IH Parts America: Official IH Truck & Scout Parts, 530.274.1795, www.ihpartsamerica.com/
Offroad Design: Official Transfer Case, 970.945.7777, www.offroaddesign.com/
onX Offroad: Official Mapping Tool, onxmaps.com/offroad-app
Quick Draw Brand: Official Adapter Kit, 513.446.9654, quickdrawbrand.com/
Quigley Motor Company: Official Custom Driveshaft, 800.233.9358, quigley4x4.com/
Skyjacker Suspension: Official Shock & Suspension, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com/
VooDoo Offroad: Official Recovery Rope, 844.866.3661, www.voodoooffroad.com/
Warn Industries: Official Winch, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com/