Rugged Ra­dios

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS -

Who would have thought that we would ever see the for­mer host of Xtreme 4x4 on the UA? This year Mike Ruz­icka of Rugged Ra­dios made it hap­pen, and Ian John­son was just as en­ter­tain­ing in per­son as he is on TV. This wasn’t an act—John­son is a le­git wheeler and was al­ways as gen­er­ous around the camp­fire with a story as he was with his whiskey.

DRIVER: Ian John­son CO-DRIVER: Mike Ruz­icka

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN ON?: 1 (John­son), 2 (Ruz­icka) FA­VORITE PART OF TRIP: John­son: “Couldn’t pick just one part. Get­ting to spend a week with great friends wheel­ing ev­ery sin­gle day was awe­some!” Ruz­icka: “UA 2018 was great be­cause we had plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties each and ev­ery day. We went from 4-wheel­ing in the morn­ing to driv­ing back­roads to vis­it­ing his­tor­i­cal bridges or mu­se­ums. It made the days very en­ter­tain­ing and also al­lowed the group to get to know each other even more.”

EN­GINE: 5.3L V-8 TRANS­MIS­SION: TH400 3-speed au­to­matic

TRANS­FER CASE: Dana 300 with 4:1

FRONT AXLE: 14-bolt with Dana 50 out­ers, Yukon chro­moly axle­shafts, 5.38 gears, Yukon Griz­zly Locker, Crane High Clear­ance diff cover

REAR AXLE: 14-bolt with 5.38 gears, Yukon Griz­zly Locker, Crane High Clear­ance diff cover

SPRINGS & SUCH: Me­talCloak Lock N Load ra­dius arms and TJ coils (front); springover (rear)

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

STEER­ING: PSC TJ steer­ing box and hy­draulic as­sist

WINCH: Warn VR10

OTHER: Rugged Ra­dios 60-watt VHF ra­dio and a RRP660Plus Blue­tooth in­ter­com with Ultimate Head­sets; Aqualu alu­minum body and bed; Gr8Tops Scram­bler top; Me­talCloak fen­ders; Savvy alu­minum doors with awe­some Rugged Ra­dios Pinup Art WHAT BROKE?: Trac bar bracket

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