Meet the UA2020 Sponsors #UA2020
These companies are the engine that drives the Ultimate Adventure
Ultimate Adventure is the original. It's the often imitated, never duplicated real-world off-road experiential event that separates the wheat from the chaff. No trailers, no fakery, and no mercy. It's a whole week of grueling off-roading, camping, travel, fun, heroics, and camaraderie. It's the ultimate test of one's entire skillset, from ability behind the wheel to how you build your vehicle and what components you select. And for our new and returning sponsors, it's a badge of validation that certifies to all in the off-road industry that they not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. We're proud to say our UA sponsors not only support our event, but they support the off-road community as a whole with very high-quality gear that they themselves use in the field. So when you see a product from one of these companies, know with certainty that if it's held up to the rigorous demands of Ultimate Adventure, it's designed and tested for the long-haul. Here are the 11 companies we're more than proud to call partners in presenting you Ultimate Adventure 2020.
Cummins Repower: Official Turbo Diesel
Cummins Repower has been an integral part of Ultimate Adventure every year since UA2017, when we had two R2.8-powered vehicles on the event: the UACJ6D that led the way as the official build of that year and Fred Williams' Tube Sock. For UA2018, the DeRange Rover was powered by an R2.8 and was joined by several other R2.8-powered vehicles. Last year for UA2019, the Ultimate International and DeRange Rover plowed through muskeg and deep water crossings with the plucky little R2.8 Turbo Diesel Crate Engine, and this year, the UALRJ enjoyed trouble-free, economical wheeling thanks to its R2.8. Long been on the wish list of off-roaders everywhere, Cummins Repower brings to the table an easy-to-install, all-inclusive diesel crate engine option that is an economic alternative to a gas option, offers 161 hp and 310 lb-ft and sips nearly half as much fuel as a gasser.
DANA: Official Crate Axle
Randall Speir and his wife Rachel have become familiar faces on Ultimate Adventure with Randall piloting one of Dana's many highly built vehicles and Rachel photographing the action. And given Randall's nickname of "Whiskey Throttle," there's often plenty of tire-spinning action for her to capture! But with burly UD60 axles under his vehicle, it doesn't come at the cost of breakage. Ultimate Dana 60s and Ultimate Adventure are a great pairing, and we look forward to wheeling with the Speirs and Dana for a long time to come.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Driver: Randall Speir
Co-Driver: Rachel Speir
How Manu UAs Have You Been On: 3
Drove it or Towed It: Drove it! No trailer queen here! (Similar to the Clampetts, Beverly Hillbillies' Style, without Grandma on top of the roof-top tent.) Over 2,300 miles roundtrip.
Favorite Part of the Trip: Going on the trip! In my opinion, the COVID restrictions are crushing peoples' spirits. Going off-road is a chance to go somewhere clean, away from the congestion of urban life. It's incredible to see the natural wonders of our crazy planet! Witnessing Old Faithful was emotional. You see it on TV, you see pictures in books, but to sit there and witness this perpetual marvel of physics with Rachel, my UA family, and hundreds of fellow friends of this planet was reassuring to me life is the Ultimate Adventure, get out there and live it!
Engine: Factory 3.6L V-6
Transmission: Factory 850RE eight-speed auto
Transfer Case: Factory NV241OR Rock-Trac 4:1
Front Axle: Part# 10088915: Ultimate Dana 60 Crate Axle for Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT, 5.38s, ARB
Rear Axle: Part# 10128139: Ultimate Dana 60 Crate Axle for Jeep Gladiator JT, 5.38s, ARB
Springs & Such: Skyjacker 3.5-inch Long-Travel Kit for Jeep Gladiator Rubicon; RockJock Antirock Sway Bars
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler M/T on 17-inch Walker Evans beadlock
Steering: SK551-60 - PSC Motorsports Big Bore XD-JT Cylinder Assist Steering Kit for 2019-20 Jeep JT Gladiator; STEER SMARTS YETI XD TIE ROD ASSEMBLY (PN: 78088001) with no modifications necessary; STEER SMARTS YETI XD JL/JT BOTTOM MOUNT DRAG LINK FOR DANA UD60 (PN: 78090001)
Winch: Warn ZEON 10
Recovery Gear: VooDoo Offroad recovery rope and soft shackles
Other: Rooftop Tent, 2020 SEMA Global Media Awards Winner - Spicer Driveshafts Part# 10097841: Spicer 1350 Heavy Duty Driveshaft with T-Case Yoke for Jeep Wrangler JL and Jeep Gladiator JT with Ultimate Dana 60 front axle; Part# 10132306: Spicer 1350 Heavy Duty Driveshaft for Jeep Gladiator JT with Ultimate Dana 60 rear axle; ARB HIGH PERFORMANCE TWIN ON-BOARD COMPRESSOR — 12V; ARB ELEMENTS FRIDGE 63 QUART; ARB DIGITAL TIRE INFLATOR; Artec Industries JL Front Inner Fenders - Vented; RockJock Digital EZ-Deflator; Jeep Rubicon Steel Bumper front and rear; Jeep Performance Parts Gladiator Accessories - Winch Mounting Kit and 7-Inch Off-Road LED Light Kit; XPLOR Jeep Gladiator Half Bed Rack
What Broke: A hose clamp rubbed a pinhole leak in the upper radiator hose. We cut the hose in half, coupled the two pieces together with an impact sock (cut off the drive end to open up the flow), and, we completed the rest of the Ultimate Adventure! (Also, my heart when UA2020 came to an end.)
Falken: Official Tire
For the sixth year in a row, Ultimate Adventure has rolled on Falken Wild Peak M/T tires, and during that time, they've proven their abilities in terrain ranging from razor sharp rock, super-dry desert, taffy-like mud, Alaskan muskeg, and everything in between. They are tough, suffering few punctures or major damage compared with some other brands participants choose to run on UA. And they always roll smooth and easy down the highway, with many of our participants using them to drive to and from the event from 1,000 miles from the start or more.
IH Parts America: Official IH Truck & Scout Parts
There's something to be said for IH Parts America's fondness for Ultimate Adventure when the company came back for another year as the Official IH Truck & Scout Parts, and we weren't even building an IH as the official vehicle! But even still, Jeff and son, Zaed, were in the company of two other Scouts on this year's UA as these iron implements are enjoying a huge surge of popularity. We've enjoyed having IH Parts America on the event these past two years, and Jeff is already cooking up plans for a vehicle build to attend UA2021! We can't wait to see what he comes up with.
1973 IH Scout II
Driver: Jeff Ismail
Co-Driver: Zaed Ismail
How Many UAs have you Been On: 2
Drove it or Towed It: Drove it there, towed it back
Favorite Part of the Trip: Verne's crash course on anthropology
Engine: IH 392, Comp 268 Camshaft, Hamilton Fuel Injection, Stan's Headers
Transfer Case: Dana 300 with 4:1 gears
Front Axle: Dana 44, 5.13s, ARB locker, RCV Shafts, Reid Knuckles
Rear Axle: Dana 60, 5.13s, Yukon Zip Locker, 35-spline Dutchman Axles, Wilwood Brakes
Springs and Shocks: CPT-Crawler Proven Technology springs & swaybars with Bilstein Shocks Front & Rear
Tires and Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/Ts on 17x8.5 TrailReady beadlock
Steering: PSC Steering Box with Parts Mike Hysteer
Winch: Warn 8274
Recovery Gear: VooDoo Offroad Recovery Rope
Other: Custom CPT Cage Kit, Dometic Fridge, custom CPT Bumpers & Rock Sliders, CPT Dash Panel with Auto Meter gauges, air conditioning, onboard air, roof top tent
What Broke: Fuel delivery problems, steering box, the complete driver's side when it flopped.
Offroad Design: Official Transfer Case
For the first time in 15 Ultimate Adventures, the dynamic Watson duo representing the family-owned Offroad Design was not the father-son team of James and Stephen Watson, but that of Stephen and Jackson Watson. And though we missed the antics and anecdotes of the elder James, we are more than pleased to welcome a third generation of Watson UA alumni into the fold. Jackson proved to be every bit the driver that his dad and granddad are, and he fit lockstep right into his new UA family!
1999 GMC 2500
Driver: Stephen Watson
Co-Driver: Jackson Watson
How Many UAs have you Been On: 15
Drove it or Towed It: Drove it
Favorite Part of the Trip: probably McKelvey Lake day, it felt like some pretty normal 'wheeling and camping with all our buddies. Checking out the old mill site was pretty neat. Watching my son do interviews on camera was pretty cool too. Does three favorite things count?
Engine: Factory Vortec 454
Transmission: Factory NV4500
Transfer Case: Offroad Design Magnum/LH NP205
Front Axle: LH Dana 60 (the shipping crate was a '79 Ford), 5.13s, ARB locker, 4340 'shafts with Spicer Xtreme joints and Yukon hubs
Rear Axle: GM 14-bolt, 5.13s, ARB locker, factory 'shafts
Springs and Shocks: ORD Custom leaves 6-ish-inch lift with King 2.5-inch compression adjuster smooth-bodies
Tires and Wheels: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler M/T, TrailReady 17x8.5 HD beadlock
Steering: ORD Crossover system with PSC assist
Winch: Warn 9.5 XP
Recovery Gear: Mostly Warn and ARB with a VooDoo pull rope
Other: BD LP6 lights and Speaker headlights were really nice on the night wheeling. We really liked the 40-gallon Suburban tank with a nice factory fuel sender that worked all the time. Our factory air box with the severe service GM air filter in it was really good for keeping all our compressions intact.
What Broke: Melted connector on an ARB compressor—we cut it out and wire-nutted the wires together and were good to go in about 5 minutes. We greased the Spicer Xtreme U-joints one time. We won't talk about the winch motor that we should have sent to Warn before the trip because it's apparently seen too much crap over the last nine years. It got us out of where it needed to, but that was about all it had.
onX Offroad: Official Mapping Tool
OnX Offroad was a super-late addition to the list of UA2020 sponsors, and at first many were unsure how the "Official Mapping Tool" of an event that prides itself on keeping the route secret from the participants even as it's is happening could work. But onX enjoyed a seamless integration with UA2020, as we were able to upload the official route and share it with our team of Cronies, so when they had to hang back to effect a repair or help a broken participant, they could easily catch up with us. We used it to adjust the route on the fly when wildfires closed our access to our original route. Also, all of the participants were given access to the onX Offroad App and were able to view points of interest along the route and plot their own courses. And best of all for everybody, onX can now make the UA2020 route available to people who download the onX Offroad App, so virtually anybody can go retrace the exact steps we took on UA2020.
2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Driver: Rory Edwards
Co-Driver: Ted Livingston
How Many UAs have you Been On: First 1 - Looking forward to the next!
Drove it or Towed It: Drove it
Favorite Part of the Trip: Comet to Wicks Tunnel
Engine: Stock 3.8L V-6
Transfer Case: NV231
Front Axle: Dana 44, 4.10s, factory lockers, Sleeved and trussed with chromoly shafts
Rear Axle: Dana 44, 4.10s, factory lockers, Trussed with chromoly shafts
Springs and Shocks: 6.5-inch BDS springs, Skyjacker M95 shocks
Tires and Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on 17-inch Helo
Steering: PSC Big Bore / Synergy Links
Winch: Warn Ti 9000
Recovery Gear: Warn / Voodoo
Other: Go Fast Campers Super Light Rooftop Tent, onX Offroad mapping platform on Scosche mounts
What Broke: Nothing this trip
QUICK DRAW BRAND: Official Adapter Kit
We used Quick Draw Brand conversion parts last year to install the Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel Crate Engine in front of a Tremec TR-4050 five-speed in the Ultimate International, and this year we did the same for the R2.8 and AX15 in the UALRJ. But as Quick Draw Brand's own Chad McKinney highlighted with the 2012 Wrangler, the company has solutions to adapt a wide array of engines or transmissions gas or diesel.
Chad quickly built the Wrangler he used to develop his Jeep 3.6L to TR-4050 transmission kit in a few short weeks, swapping in a pair of take-out Rubicon axles, installing a full-zoot Skyjacker suspension, adding the winch, upgraded axle shafts, and more. Other than tweaking a factory rear Rubicon shaft and a factory starter going out, Chad had no issues all week, which says a lot given the amount of work done to the Jeep in the days leading up to the event.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Driver: Chad McKinney
Co-Driver: Keith Kodet
How Many UAs have you Been On: 1
Drove it or Towed It: Towed to start, drove home
Favorite Part of the Trip: Realizing the capability of the Jeep when built with good parts
Engine: Stock 3.6L V-6
Transmission: Tremec TR-4050
Transfer Case: Swapped in Rubicon NV241OR
Front Axle: Swapped Rubicon Dana 44, 4.10s, factory locker, RCV 'shafts
Rear Axle: Swapped Rubicon Dana 44, 4.10s, factory locker
Springs & Such: Full-mambo Skyjacker 4-inch suspension with Skyjacker M95 monotube shocks
Tires and Wheels: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on Warn Jackhammer Wheels
Winch: Warn 9.5 cti
Recovery Gear: VooDoo soft shackles and recovery rope
Other: Metalcloak skidplating and armor
What Broke: Factory starter, bent factory Rubicon rear axle shaft
QUIGLEY MOTOR COMPANY: Official Custom Driveshaft
If there's one company that fully embodies the spirit of Ultimate Adventure, it's Quigley Motor Company and its representatives, Tiger and Renee LeBrun. As an unofficial UA sponsor the past few years, Quigley has donated a 4x4 van on 38s and the LeBrun's time to haul our video crew everywhere the event went. This year they maintained that video crew support, supplying the same 4x4 E-350 van, this time driven by Quigley's, Dave Eisenbeil. But as an official sponsor, Quigley was able to field a full-fledged participant vehicle in the form of the 2010 G2500 that the company raced in Baja. Tiger had only a few weeks to convert the long-travel 2WD front suspension to 4x4, modifying the suspension, adding an axle, and converting the 2WD transmission to accept an NV261 T-case. All with a great attitude and willingness to support anybody on the event.
2010 Chevy G2500 Quigley 4x4
Driver: Tiger LeBrun
Co-Driver: Renee LeBrun
How many UA's have you been on: 4 (Tiger), 3 (Renee)
Drove it or Towed it: Drove it
Favorite Part of the Trip: The tight, rocky climb to the top of McKelvey Lake Trail-Tiger
Everyone's willingness to jump in and help others if something broke. Meeting new people and seeing your friends, it's like a family reunion each year-Renee
Engine: dyno-tuned 6.0L
Transfer Case: Magna Powertrain MP1222
Front Axle: 2008 F-350 Dana 60 w/ 1580 U-joints, 4.88, E-Locker, Warn hubs
Rear Axle: New old stock 2006 Cab & Chassis, Sterling 10.50, 4.88s, Detroit Locker (donated from The Dana 70 King, Rich Brandi)
Springs and Such: ALL Skyjacker, front: 12-inch-travel Skyjacker coilovers, F-350 Skyjacker 4-link upgrade kit. Rear: Skyjacker soft ride 5.5-inch leaf springs, 14-inch-travel Skyjacker M95 shocks.
Tires and wheels: Falken 38x13.50R17, 17x8.5 Method race wheels
Steering: Custom Quigley Pitman arm/centerlink/idler arm crossover system
Winch: Warn 12,000-pound w/synthetic rope
Recovery Gear: Warn gloves, VooDoo rope and soft shackle.
Other: full SCORE legal cage system, 50-gallon fuel cell, dual fuel pumps and filters with flapper valves.
What Broke: Sway bar link, high-low range fork inside T-case.
SKYJACKER: Official Shock & Suspension
Skyjacker is a family company, but they've also become UA family. Skyjacker was part of UA in the early days shortly after the event brought official sponsors on board, and since UA2016, it has proudly served as the official shock and suspension of Ultimate Adventure with the well-oiled team of Lonnie McCurry Jr. and Dillard DeLaSalle showing up and wheeling the tires off one of the company's super cool, cleanly built vehicles. This year they were back in the company's 600-plus hp prerunner Bronco that saw duty on UA2018.
Driver: Lonnie McCurry Jr
Co-Driver: Dillard DeLaSalle
How Many UAs have you Been On: 6
Drove it or Towed It: Towed it
Favorite Part of the Trip: Enjoying some downtime by the lake
Engine: 351 Windsor stroked to 427
Transmission: Monster Transmission 4R70W
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II
Front Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with RCV axles, 5.38 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with 5.38 gears and ARB Air Locker
Springs & Such: Skyjacker custom LeDuc Series with coilovers and bypass shocks
Tires and Wheels: 39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler KX on custom 17x9 Raceline beadlock
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Winch: Warn 9.0Rc
Recovery Gear: VooDoo Rope
Other: Quigley driveshafts, HID projectors; Rigid LED lights; MasterCraft Safety seats; modified Hanson front bumper; Rugged Radios intercom; JE Reel driveshafts; Fuel Safe fuel cell; CBR Performance radiator; Painless Wiring; oh, and it has its own Matchbox car!
What Broke: Flat tire from nail in abandoned train tunnel.
VOODOO OFFROAD: Official Recovery Rope
"Get the VooDoo!" That's the call you hear after the third unsuccessful attempt at an obstacle or when your rig has suffered a malfunction and needs to be hauled off the trail or to the next stop on the road. VooDoo Offroad Recovery Ropes have played an integral role in Ultimate Adventure since the company came on board for UA2017. Since then, we've used VooDoo Recovery Ropes of varying diameters and lengths, along with the company's user-friendly soft shackles, to tow overheated rigs up grades, drag vehicles with blown engines back to civilization, unstuck vehicles mired hub-deep in mud and muskeg, and all sorts of situations in between. If you'll forgive the intentional pun, VooDoo Offroad Recovery Ropes are one product that has become woven into the fabric of Ultimate Adventure.
WARN: Official Winch
As the product that sits on the front of the official UA vehicles, Warn literally leads the way no matter what road or trail UA takes. As the manufacturer of the finest winches in the industry, we've been proud to call Warn the Official Winch of Ultimate Adventure every year since official sponsorship began with UA2001 (with the exception of UA2019). There's usually an arm-wrestling match between Warn's Adel Adams and Corby Phillips as to who gets to go represent Warn, and it seems this year Corby won out again, with his "funky chicken" Golden Eagle LJ Wrangler with a Chris Durham CJ hood and grille.
2004 Jeep LJ Wrangler/CJ
Driver: Corby Phillips
Co-Driver: Brad Goodfellow
How Many UAs have you Been On: 6
Drove it or Towed It: Towed to trailer drop
Favorite Part of the Trip: The people/Verne's education on fossils/train tunnel/smoke!!
Engine: Factory 4.0L I6
Transmission: Factory 42RLE four-speed auto
Transfer Case: Atlas, 3.8:1
Front Axle: Ultimate Dana 60, 5.38s, Eaton E-Locker
Rear Axle: Ultimate Dana 60, 5.38s, Eaton E-Locker
Springs and Shocks: Skyjacker 2-inch JL springs with Skyjacker M95 monotube shocks
Tires and Wheels: BFGoodrich 39x13.50R17 Krawler blue label on Raceline Monster beadlock
Steering: Chris Durham aluminum links with PSC ram
Winch: Warn 8274-70
Recovery Gear: Warn
Other: Chris Durham custom suspension links
What Broke: Ball joints, axleshaft U-joint, axleshafts, bent tie rod during recovery.
Cummins, 800.286.6467, www.cummins.com/engines/repower
Dana, 800.621.8084, spicerparts.com/applications/crateaxle
Falken Tire, www.falkentire.com/
IH Parts America, 530.274.1795, www.ihpartsamerica.com/
Offroad Design, 970.945.7777, www.offroaddesign.com/
onX Offroad, onxmaps.com/offroad-app
Quick Draw Brand, 513.446.9654, quickdrawbrand.com/
Quigley Motor Company, 800.233.9358, quigley4x4.com/
Skyjacker Suspension, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com/
VooDoo Offroad, 844.866.3661, www.voodoooffroad.com/
Warn Winch, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com/