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Fine-Tuning The 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep #UA2020

Part 6, The weekend was productive.

Verne SimonsAuthor, Photography

Oh boy! 27 days—or less than a month. That's the amount of time we have left before this thing has to be a runner and driver and ready to head to Ultimate Adventure. Luckily, we had a very successful weekend and solidified some major changes that should allow the 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep to be that much better in the long run. We've shown you what we did to test fit the steering, place the axles, find the drivetrain its permanent home (relative to the frame), and more. We'd hoped to keep the stock steering box placement to save time, but as of last Friday, we realized that we were fighting a losing battle, and it was time to take a step back, regroup, and make a plan to win the war.

Sometimes the frame gets in the way

So far, fitting all the steering in the front of the Jeep with the track bar, steering box, and stock frame rails at full bump (full front suspension compression) was like trying to fit 20 pounds of stuff in a 5-pound bag. Sure, we could have compromised and raised the low point in the suspension travel, giving us more space for the pitman arm and drag link, which wanted to share space. That would help with fitment but would also yield a taller vehicle in the end. Taller in a general off-road sense allows more up-travel, good for bumps, but also means a higher center of gravity (bad). We like short and wide 4x4s with large tires. They are stable and confidence-inspiring on difficult trails. We try to build 4x4s honed to have the largest tire possible and the least amount of suspension lift. To make this happen and get all that steering and suspension in place and push the front axle forward a couple inches (so we can get a wheelbase of 110 inches) it was time to do some cutting to move things around. That meant removing and creating new front frame rails. That allowed us to raise the steering box, and provided clearance for the drag link, track bar (at the frame end), Rare Parts Steering, Redneck Ram/West Texas Off-Road steering ram, and more. Check it out.

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Sponsors:
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/

Other Sources:
Rare Parts, 800.621.2005 , rareparts.com/
Redneck Ram/West Texas Off-Road, 877.833.7464, www.westtexasoffroad.com/