The 4wheeing trip of a lifetime and if you’re up to the challenge of a weeklong hardcore offroad adventure its one you should have on your bucket list. The Ultimate Adventure hosted by 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine is a weeklong 1200-mile 4wheeling trip across multiple states with about 25 rigs split between magazine staff, sponsors and selected readers. No trailers or support vehicles, you need to be self sufficient with tools, spare parts, and food for the journey. Its a mystery what each day of the trip will bring as you follow Rick Pewe on the route he mapped out. This year BDS was the official suspension once again bringing the Crawlorado, a bad ass V8 powered 1st Gen Colorado as well as a 2015 Colorado to shuttle the magazine and video crew around from trail to trail. Each year the magazine features the event in multiple issues of the print publication, online as well as in a feature length video. Check out the 2015 Ultimate Adventure video… #ua2015
We’ll be updating this post each day as the magazine posts their 5-part coverage from the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. Stay tuned for more and check out the rest of our coverage from the trip at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?cat=417
Its become somewhat of a yearly ritual with 5 out of the last 7 years attend 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine’s Ultimate Adventure as the official suspension. Each year (always over the July 4th week) the event is secretly organized in some region of the United States. The location and day to day plan is kept a mystery only the start and end points are known for those that want to drop a trailer for before or after. What isn’t know is how we’ll get there, some days are trail days and spent navigating difficult terrain while others are road days where the convoy covers hundreds of miles to get to the next destination. Road days are always dedicated to the highway as this year we made detours to run local trails along the way, crush cars with a tank, invade military surplus stores, and even a canoe race. The trip runs Saturday to Saturday and covers 1000-1500 miles and a handful of trails all out of the comfort of our semi DOT-compliant trail rigs.
The 2015 Ultimate Adventure (#UA2015) was dubbed summer camp and with that a canoe or other form of personal floatation device was added to the required list of gear along with a winch, recover points, lockers, 35”+ tires, roll cage, seat belts, and first aid gear. The UA convoy is made up of 4 types of wheelers; (1) the magazine staff and media crew their to document all the action for magazine, DVD, and social media. (2) the “cronies” who are a bunch of guys that attend each year with a variety of skill sets to help heard the group along, (3) the readers who are 4WOR Mag readers hand selected to attend the adventure in their personal rigs and (4) the sponsors, event sponsors are offered a spot on the trip to show off their products and partake in the action. BDS is part of the later, attending for our 5th year (2 in the BDS TJ, 2 in the Project KJ, and this our first year in the Crawlorado – for more on any of those vehicles, click the links). Throughout the week the BDS Crawlorado was impressive. With a LS2 V8 powering the stock automatic tranny, ORD magnum 205 case box, Dynatrac ProRock 60s, 37” Pitbull Rockers, and BDS JK long arm kit retrofitted running Fox shocks the truck conquered the trails with a unique style. Also along for the trip was BDS’s 2015 Colorado acting as the social media support vehicle to bring the world daily updates from the action. This year’s event covered roughly 1300 miles and 7 states (OH, KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, and AL) over the course of a week, camping along the way in a convoy of 25 vehicles.
This year’s trip was a wet one, with gratuitous amounts of rain every single day of the adventure and event a tornado touching down in close proximity on one of the road days. Here’s a rundown of the day to day action along with photos and links on where to find more from #UA2015
If you’re like us the photos from #UA2015 just aren’t enough. While only a lucky few get to experience the excitement, the sights and smells of Ultimate Adventure we documented all the action to bring it to you first. Check out the daily update videos covering all the offroad trail action, road days and stops along the 2015 Ultimate Adventure now live on the BDS YouTube channel.
What an amazing week on the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. Despite daily rain showers, downpours at times, tornados and other inclement weather we had a blast on the week long, 1200+ mile adventure. This year BDS brought (2) Colorados with a 2011 Colorado trail rig dubbed the Crawlorado built by Pacific Fabrication along with a 2015 Chevy Colorado that served as media support crew throughout the adventure.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few to go on the 2015 Ultimate Adventure or maybe you were and want to relive the action than check out 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine’s coverage then you’re in luck. In addition to everything on social media sites the magazine has posted their photos just one week after the weeklong wheeling trip is a wrap. Check out all of 4WOR’s coverage at http://www.fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure/2015/
With the start of the 2015 Ultimate Adventure almost here BDS is prepping vehicles for the weeklong 1000+ mile off-road road trip led by Rick Pewe of 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine. BDS has been privileged to hold the Official Suspension Sponsor position 5 years now (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015). Along with building a vehicle to wheel on the trip this year (the Crawlorado), 4WOR asked BDS to bring along a “support vehicle” to shuttle the camera crew around and help with social media coverage throughout the week. While we won’t be hitting all the trail obstacles, we needed a capable vehicle able to hit the trails with plenty of storage for camera equipment and bags and other gear.
With the popularity of the redesigned 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon right now and BDS’s first to market 5.5” lift kits just hitting the market last week, we made the choice to prep our ’15 Colorado 4Door/Long Bed for the trip. In addition to the BDS 5.5” Lift Kit and preproduction Fox 2.5 coilovers, the truck is running a 305/55r20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s on 20×9 Eagle Alloy 012s. N-Fab wheel to wheel steps make accessing the cab much easier and a Magnaflow exhaust system to for a few extra ponies and to get a throatier sound. With the need for additional dry storage without adding weight we choice the SofTopper canvas top and the BDS R&D team fabbed up a rack to mount the rack basket with a 40” Lifetime LEDs lightbar and a few cube LEDs mounted for better visibility at night and setting up camp.
The team is finishing the build prep and hits the road to meet up at the secret start point of the Ultimate Adventure tomorrow (Saturday June 27th). Stay tuned for updates throughout the week long trip on Facebook and Instagram, #ua2015
It’s getting down to the wire for Kevin Stearns and the Pacific Fabrication crew with a little over a week to finish up the build up before they hit the road for the secret start point of the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. If you haven’t heard how this build came together to represent BDS Suspension on #ua2015 check out the UA Winner! article along with finding out more about the plans at Crawlorado build plans and Update #1.
With less than 2 months to complete the transformation (all the while managing the shop’s day to day business), the crew at Pacific Fabrication set out to tear down their shop truck, a timid looking beige 2011 Chevy Colorado with a healthy 5.3L V8 under the hood. In the last update we hit on the steering mods, front suspension, and axle upgrades. In this update we’re hitting on their progress to fabricate front and rear bumpers, buttoning up the suspension, t-case and driveline install, and prepping for future mods that are getting started.
With most of the front suspension buttoned up, and the JKS prototype swaybar getting installed. The attention turned to the rear where the Dynatrac ProRock 60 went into position using a new perches and a simple spring over conversion to net enough lift to level the stance and fit 37” Pitbulls. Matching the front a pair of Fox 2.5 remote resi shocks were added.
Behind the stout factory 5.3L V8 and automatic transmission we turned to our friends at Off Road Design for a transfer case. These guys make some trick products and thought a custom pink/purple Magnum Box was just the ticket for the build. Following that South Bay Driveline got wind of the Magnum and sent a set of powder blue/pink driveshafts to send power to the front and rear ProRock 60s with 4.88 gears.
For bumpers the team at Pacific Fabrication fabled up a front and rear set to maximize clearance, offer addition protection and to mount up the Warn Zeon 10.5S winch and an assortment of Vision X LED lights. Time is running short as the team wraps up the build adding a roof rack, rock sliders, install and wire up the winch, lights and other accessories before they hit the road for the start of the 2015 Ultimate Adventure representing BDS Suspension.
Stay tuned for updates as this build comes together gets painted and graphics in the next week. We’ll be posting on the BDS Blog and watch for daily updates on Facebook and Instagram as we hit the trails for the 1000+ mile Ultimate Adventure June 27-July 4, 2015. #ua2015