Trent McGee: 1997 Wrangler TJ Buggy
DRIVER: Trent McGee CO-DRIVER: Michael Harrington
This is the second year that Trent McGee has coordinated with Christian Hazel to plan, prerun, and guide the Ultimate Adventure. As one of only two people who have been on every trip, and as a former 4WOR staffer with unmatched attention to detail, McGee is perfectly suited to lead this trip. The only downside to planning a trip on the other side of the country from your home in Arizona is that it doesn’t leave much time to prepare your vehicle. Despite some clunks and squeaks, McGree’s TJ buggy held together for yet another UA.
HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN
ON?: All of them (18)
FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP: Seeing what I thought and hoped would be good stops and such through the eyes of people who didn’t know what was coming next. Or to put it another way, not having a group of bored or angry 4x4ers burning me in effigy. >DRIVETRAIN
ENGINE: 4.0L I-6 TRANSMISSION: AX15 5-speed
TRANSFER CASE: 4-speed Advance
Adapters Atlas II
FRONT AXLE: Dana 60 with 4.88
gears and Detroit Locker
REAR AXLE: Dana 60 with 4.88
gears and Detroit Locker >SUSPENSION
SPRINGS & SUCH: Rusty’s Off-Road long-arm system with 14-inchtravel Fox coilovers (front and rear) TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on 17x9 Spyderlock beadlock STEERING: PSC steering box,
hydraulic-assist ram, and pump WINCH: Warn 9.0RC
OTHER: AFW Motorsports chassis kit, Rugged Radios waterproof radio, Magellan GPS, onboard air, MasterCraft Safety seats, Tuffy glovebox and console, JE Reel driveshafts WHAT BROKE: Fan belt on day one. Discovered some bad bushings due to casual prep. Bent a rear suspension link (by now an annual ritual), which caused intermittent driveline problems throughout the trip.