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Crawler build from scratch.... Lots of pics.

OK... The following includes pics from the build we are doing now. We are building a vehicle for the upcoming King of the Hammers race in Feb 09. If you have not heard of the race it is a 100 mile race that includes the some of the toughest trails in the country.. the Hammers and about a 80 miles of desert racing. So... you have to have a car (racecar) that will get over the rocks fast and get it through the flats in the desert.

This is not a Jeep, but I thought the fab work might be interesting to some here on Jeep Forum. Here is what I have been working on so far.

Here are the beginnings of what will be the fabricated frame rails. We designed them in Solid Works and then laser cut the plates. It took 5 full days to tig weld them all together.










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We made these stands to hold the axles on the jig table. They turned out to be real handle on the fab table to position them while welding the link mounts to the housing. They are simple to make. If you need a set let me know and we can make them for you. I can make them to your spec also. The ones pictured are for 3.5" axle tubes and are 6 inches from the table to the bottom of the axle tube.

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BTW... the numbers on the top are not correct. James was just ****ing around with a marker.



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We are running ProComp wheels. Check out the beadlocks on these babies....






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As for the roof of the car.... we have a little rolled tube action going on. I didnt put tons of roll in the tube. Tried to keep it to a min and looking sexy/fast.

here is a idea of what we have going on....





If you want to do roll tube without breaking the bank for an industrial roller you might want to check this one out from Pro-Tools. It is very inexpensive and is VERY simple to use.




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we are now selling Light Racing dimple dies. On the table here I have up to a 4 inch. If you are in the market for some dimple dies give Jason a call at the shop. We have not had time to get them added to our website yet.

http://www.lightracing.com/v1b/light...edHoleDies.cfm

We bought a new set from Light Racing to use on this buggy. They are really nice and work WAY better than the last ones we had.

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OK time for some more pics.


I started putting the the rear axle together a little more today. I needed to put the ends on to make sure I could get the bolts out on the lower links with the brake rotors installed. So.... a hour later and a little tig welding here we go...









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Here is the axle with the lower link mounts tacked on and bolted back in place. The axle is sitting at ride to the chassis if you are wondering. Has 8 inches of up from there.


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The firewall on the pass side is going to look a little funny. Here is a tube that had to be bent to clear the header on that side. BTW... I will be building headers very soon. Good times... :grinpimp: The tube still allows the valve cover to be removed if needed.



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I started taking a better look at the front. I am laying out the front frame rails to clear the axle at full bump which is where it is pictured here. I have to make sure the axle clears, as well as the steering, winch, and sway bar. The frame rails will also have to clear the coilover and bypass shocks in the front. Oh wait... gotta clear the tires at full bumb, full turn. I guess you can say there is a lot going on and to account for before the first tube is bent.

Here is the axle sitting at full bump in the front. Yes, the radiator is going on the back. The upper link mounts are all the way up to the water pump at bump. The pass side upper link will just clear the belt. The tubes in place are just there for mock up. They will be 1.75" solid 7075 aluminum when everything is final.








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