Paul’s Hum­mer H3

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS -

DRIVER: Chris Paul CO-DRIVER: Kyle Cun­liffe HOME­TOWN: Mather, CA

Last year Chris Paul drove his H3 from his home in Cal­i­for­nia to the start of the Ultimate Ad­ven­ture in Phoenix and drove it home af­ter­wards. This year, since the event started in Maine, driv­ing both ways would have been daunt­ing. He bought a trailer, and his co-driver, Kyle Cun­liffe, bought a Chevy 2500 with a TBI 454, and they drove across the coun­try. The Hum­mer worked well all week, and Paul proved once again that he re­ally knows his rig and how it works, mak­ing him a great pick for re­turn­ing reader.

>DRIV­E­TRAIN

EN­GINE: 5.3L V-8 TRANS­MIS­SION: 4L60E 4-speed auto

TRANS­FER CASE: Borg-Warner 4494 (fac­tory 4:1 H3 case) FRONT AXLE: Dana 70 with 35-spline axles, 5.13 gears, and Ea­ton ELocker

REAR AXLE: Ea­ton HO72 with 5.13 gears and Detroit Locker >SUS­PEN­SION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Cus­tom 3-link, 41⁄2-inch ZJ coil springs, Bil­stein 7100 shocks (front); spring-over with fac­tory leaf springs (rear) TIRES & WHEELS: 40x13.50R17 Cooper STT Pro on Bat­tle Born bead­lock

STEER­ING: Nis­san Xterra steer­ing box with hy­draulic as­sist WINCH: Warn VR12000 with VooDoo Of­froad syn­thetic winch line OTHER: Hy­brid rollcage, half-doors WHAT BROKE?: Ea­ton axle­shaft, gas tank skid­plate bracket

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU

AP­PLIED FOR UA?: 1

WHY DID YOU WANT TO AT­TEND?:

I love the ad­ven­ture, see­ing new places, talk­ing to new peo­ple and wheel­ing new ter­rain. I feel it’s also a chal­lenge on the ve­hi­cle and driv­ers, which I re­ally en­joy as well. MOD­I­FI­CA­TIONS SINCE YOUR LAST

UA: Bat­tle Born bead­lock wheels, Yukon hard­core lock­ing hubs, new rock slid­ers

FA­VORITE PART OF TRIP: Wheel­ing parks was fun. Out west I’m used to trails. When we went to a park it was cool to hear how the park came to fruition and the ex­cite­ment peo­ple had to be host­ing the UA.

AD­VICE FOR NEXT YEAR’S READERS: I would ad­vise peo­ple to drive their rig at high­way speeds, do a 200-mile high­way run on a hot day. This will al­low them to make sure things run prop­erly. You can over­look a lot of “prob­lems” in your rig like un­bal­anced tires or drivelines when only mov­ing at 10 mph on the trail ver­sus go­ing for hours on end at faster speeds.

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