Paul’s Hummer H3
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.
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.