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DTS 09-16-2013 10:56 AM

Poison Spyder 2014 KOH Build: BAJK (AKA "Crispy")
As some of you saw, the Venom One/BFH Racer, which was our King Of the Hammers entry the past two years, was recently sold. Many have asked what our plans are for KOH 2014, so we'll discuss it and cover the build in this thread. Let's start it off with the rendering of what the finished product should roughly look like:

As you can see, it resembles a Jeep quite a bit more closely than our last racer did, and that's our intention. In fact we're building it out of a Jeep, and are trying to maintain the outer appearance as closely as possible. But we're racing it in Ultra4--not Stock or Mod--so while it will be all Jeep on the outside, it will be all racer on the inside!

So let's get started. Our buddy Randall had an unfortunate incident a few years ago when his brand new (only a couple runs on it) 4-door JK caught fire towing it home from an event. Here's what it looked like before that.

...and then...

...and hence the nickname this Jeep has had ever since: "Crispy". We took Crispy's remains off of Randall's hands for safe keeping. We knew we would eventually have a perfect project for it.

Fast forward 3 years later, and the idea for this project began to take shape. Crispy was the perfect candidate. All we needed was a tub and a frame anyhow, so we brought it into the shop and began cleaning it up.

DTS 09-16-2013 10:58 AM

Our plan is to make this a no-holds-barred, pulling out all the stops, Bad-*** JK. Hence its code-name BAJK. And of course it's running in King Of the Hammers so it couldn't be just a factory JK with some bolt-ons. So here is where it starts to get interesting.

We wanted a longer wheelbase than a 2-door, but a shorter body than a 4-door. So we sent it to our friends over at Kustom Koachworks (JKLWrangler), who are masters at JK body modifications that look factory.

They started removing slices from the body, moving the wheel openings, deleting the second set of doors, etc...

DTS 09-16-2013 10:59 AM

Next, sand-blast and paint...

DTS 09-16-2013 11:01 AM

When they delivered it back to our shop, we could hardly believe it was "Crispy". It looked like a brand new Jeep body...well, with some slightly different dimensions than factory :D

As you can see, the guys at JKLWrangler do some incredible work. We highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking of doing one of their "JKL" stretched 2-door conversions. We worked with them on one recently for our friends at Magnaflow and it turned out awesome.

DTS 09-16-2013 11:02 AM

While the body was at JKLWrangler, we kept the frame here, as we had big plans for it. So we brought up our 3D JK model in SolidWorks and started making a few changes...

While Danny was working in the computer, the guys in the shop were cleaning up Crispy's frame and getting it prepped for surgery...

Meanwhile, pieces for the frame modifications were coming off of the laser and getting TIG'd up...

DTS 09-16-2013 11:04 AM

And now for some major surgery. Back half of the stock frame: gone.

Clamp what's left on the frame table to continue the modifications:

DTS 09-16-2013 11:05 AM

And now to put the front end of the frame under the knife...

Pooples 09-16-2013 01:17 PM

Can't wait to see this come together

DTS 09-30-2013 10:50 AM

Started on the front hoops...

Cutting out the bed and rear wheel tubs out to make room to work. (sorry JKLWrangler!)

Finishing up the link mounts, truss and diff cover on the Currie Rock Jock 70 rear end.

Working on the rear upper/outer links:

mike_bfdr 09-30-2013 11:34 AM

love the quality craftsmen-ship :D:drool:........ can't wait to see this in person...... :thumbsup:

roes 09-30-2013 01:11 PM

Do you use COSMOS to help validate some of these new designs? Really like the thought put into the trailing arms to be lightweight yet strong. And the little tangs to locate plates and maintain weld gap.

MorganDan 09-30-2013 02:11 PM

Looks great!

DTS 09-30-2013 02:30 PM


Originally Posted by roes (Post 16441081)
Do you use COSMOS to help validate some of these new designs? Really like the thought put into the trailing arms to be lightweight yet strong. And the little tangs to locate plates and maintain weld gap.

I know that Danny, our lead designer, uses SolidWorks to draw this stuff. I don't know what else he uses, if anything.

mike_bfdr 10-28-2013 10:15 AM

any updates?????

khwrx 10-28-2013 11:39 AM

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