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Unread 01-17-2010, 03:43 PM   #16
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what did you do with the old cage?
Sitting in front of shop... Prob going to scrap since there was no interest in it.



Haven't been working on it too much lately. Going to put in a few hours on Tues so I'll hopefully get some new pics then for everyone.

Ordering my crawl box piece from Duffy this week. Going to start laying out axles and suspension shortly too.

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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:41 PM   #17
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Worked on it a little bit today.

Got the axles mocked into place for a 104" WB.




My front D60 has a truss with TJ brackets on it (decided to change plans and build the buggy) so I was hoping I could knock off one upper and reposition the other to make it work but it seems the truss is just too big for the front right now. At ride height I want the axle about 3" higher than it is now and you can see I will have clearance issues with the belts trac-bar...
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Pass Side


Driver Side



Bent some more for the rear:

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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:45 PM   #18
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Looks good with the tires in place is the tub sitting close to ride height in those pics? also what wheels are you thinking of going with?
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Unread 01-19-2010, 09:57 PM   #19
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The buggy should sit about 3" lower at ride height if all pans out to plan.

For wheels I am going to just be getting some el-cheapo steel wheels and making some beadlocks.
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Unread 01-20-2010, 01:49 PM   #20
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It's my birthday so depending how much I drink will depend if I get any work done tonight



As for the bender... Since I am ProBender and ProTools dealer I must brag. I am using the Pro Bender full hydro vertical bender. By far the most effortless bender I have used and uses Pro Tool dies. All the tube bent so far is with a Pro Tools 240* 6" radius die which will allow you to a bend full 180*.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 08:43 PM   #21
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Thanks for the comments all.


I got about 3 hours of work on it today. Tomorrow I am selling the HP60 with the truss. I figured it was going to be worth it to sell that to someone running a TJ suspension rather than cut the truss off and waste it. Going to search for another, may do drive or passenger drop since I am using a D300.

Whelp, here are a few pictures to tide everyone over for now.



Stance from the front:


Some notches:
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Unread 01-23-2010, 08:55 AM   #22
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Are you going to be putting tubing in the center of the windshield? Is the cage done?
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Unread 01-23-2010, 08:06 PM   #23
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Are you going to be putting tubing in the center of the windshield? Is the cage done?
Yes and no where close. Still alot of tubing left to bend and add in.
This was my rough idea (not including kidney bars either).




Today I sold the HP60. Going to be looking for another so I should have the replacement shortly.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 07:13 PM   #24
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Got a little bit more done today. Chassis is almost done except for some little bracing and gussets and the kidney bars.


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Unread 01-24-2010, 07:45 PM   #25
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Looks like you're going a little different route on the frame. I like it though. Can you take a pic of how it's tied into the frame? I've heard of people using poly bushings.
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This is all tied directly into whats left on the factory frame since it will pretty much be a uni-body buggy. On the cages I do in the shop though you use floor plates and then on the underside plates with a bushing and frame tie in.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 08:16 PM   #27
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This is a picture I found of a mock up from the Scrambler cage I had in the show. This is out floor plate and on the underside I have another plate and a bushing with two tabs mounted then a tube to the frame.

(edit: the plate is the flat portion but I tacked on the small tab for our ground clamp on the welder)


Some people say a bushing isn't needed, but others complain of vibrations w/o bushings. I normally do them unless the customer doesn't need them. If you need plates of bushings let me know.
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I am going to pick up some CUCV axles locally. With the budget being eaten up fairly quickly I am going to run them with the 4.56s. Hoping that the 4.56s along with the 231 crawl box and D300 should be low enough for a while (may actually like it if I get into racing).

Once I pick them I will start on the suspension and hopefully finish up for a test run in March.
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Been a lazy week for the buggy. No work on it this week. Sunday I am picking up the new axles so going to spend a couple days working on them. Then the suspension fun starts!

Also working on possibly picking up some 37" red label Krawlers and ditching the Rockers. The Rockers are just HUGE and wide and I feel as if it will take some of the fun out of wheeling...
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Unread 01-31-2010, 03:22 PM   #30
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Picked up the new axles today. GM 60 and 14B. Both 4.56s, spool front, detroit rear. Chromoly shafts and drive slugs up front arleady too. I'll have some updates shortly but right now dealing with over a foot of snow in a town that is lucky to get 3" a year...
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