Trent McGee: 1997 Wran­gler TJ Buggy

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS -

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

man­ual

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.

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