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Offroad Design Returns as the Official Transfer Case of Ultimate Adventure 2020! #UA2020

Our longest-running sponsor proves once again why they and their products are ol’ reliable!

Offroad Design returns as the Official Transfer Case of Ultimate Adventure 2020.
Christian HazelAuthor, PhotographyHarry WagnerAuthor, Photography

You can count on rain being wet, snow being cold, and a pair of Watsons showing up on Ultimate Adventure with their vehicle, gear, and plans organized at a level that would make the most attention-addled NASA scientist jealous. With the exception of UA2010, Stephen Watson and his dad, James, have participated in every Ultimate Adventure since 2005. The pair are the quintessential template of a squared-away driver/co-driver team. And this year Papa Watson is giving up the right seat to give Stephen's son, Jackson, a go at the big show.

The Watsons' gear is expertly packed and arranged, with everything they need and nothing they don't. Their vehicles rarely suffer any mechanical malfunction, and if they do, the Watsons have a fix at arm's reach and know the intricacies of every system in their vehicle. And their skill level behind the wheel is—well—we've been hard-pressed to come up with anything in all those Ultimate Adventures that really gives the Watsons any kind of trouble. And it's these admirable traits that are typified in any Offroad Design product we've used. True, the company has well-engineered suspension, steering, and other builder components for off-road fullsizes, Jeeps, buggies, and 4x4s. But for us it's the transfer case systems Offroad Design engineers and manufactures that are on a different level than everybody else. Notice we said, "engineered" and not simply "designed."

Offroad Design in Alaska for UA2019.

Hell, we can design a cool vehicle that can fly and swim underwater and shoot disco lightning bolts and travel through time. But would it work? That requires engineering. All of the Offroad Design T-case systems we've used over the past several decades have been among the best shifting, strongest, most durable, trouble-free systems we've had the pleasure of incorporating into our builds. Whether it's an Offroad Design NP203/205 Double setup like Verne Simons ran in the 600(ish)-horsepower Wicked Willys on UA2016 or the insanely burly and smooth Magnum Box system we've used in the UACJ6D for UA2017, Derange Rover in UA2018, or Ultimate International in UA2019, we've never had any jumping out of gear, shifting problems, broken parts, funny vibrations, or other issues small or large. So we're thrilled to be able to once again thank Offroad Design for being the official transfer case of UA2020. We can't wait to get our Magnum Box and NP205 set up and running in the UALRJ and hit the open road or dunes or rock gardens or mud bogs. Because with the Magnum Box Doubler setup, there's always the right gear for any occasion.

Be sure to 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!

Offroad Design in New England for Ultimate Adventure 2018.
Offroad Design on a road day during Ultimate Adventure 2019 in Alaska.
Offroad Design deep water crossing in Alaska on UA2019.
Offroad Design wheeling in New England for UA2018.
Offroad Design letting the horsepower flow at Sand Hollow, Utah, for UA2017.
The Offroad Design K30 with 525-hp L92 on Ultimate Adventure 2018.
Offroad Design coming out of deep water on UA2019 in Alaska.
Offroad Design climbing the Chute in San Hollow during UA2017.
Evening closing in on UA2019 in Alaska.
The Watson crew from Offroad Design in Death Valley on UA2016.
Ultimate Adventure 2019 in Alaska.
Stephen (left) and James Watson (right) in Alaska on Ultimate Adventure 2019.
Big guy in a little truck!