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06-05-2018 09:10 PM
Hokie_YJ Thank you! I definitely found the weak points. Haha!
06-05-2018 09:04 PM
NashvilleTJ WOW! That is one hell of a break-in run. Sounds awesome!
06-05-2018 08:33 PM
Hokie_YJ Well the first trip was this weekend and it was eventful to say the least, but a good time was had. Overall I have to say Iím happy with the buggy, but there is still some work to be done.

This thing absolutely feels like a rocket ship when you get on it low, but at only 27:1 itís a little too ďraceyĒ in the rocks and high range is pretty useless except for flat ground. Stall seems to be ok, it just needs a little more gear to be smoother and more controllable in the rocks. Axles are currently 5.13s, probably going to try to get in the 6.xx range. Hopefully that will be better in low, and also make high more useable.

Here it is on the Waterfall Friday morning, the first obstacle ever.

Mechanically everything seemed to work well. Temperatures stayed in check. The highest water temp. I saw was 208*, that was running up to Whitetail giving it hell in low 2nd, the rest of the day was a constant 185 with the Volvo fan on low. The highest transmission temp. I saw was 155* and that was when I forgot to flip the fan back on after we stopped before Lower Profanity, the rest of the time was a pretty constant 125* measured in the output to the cooler.

Itís going to take some seat time to really get used to a rear engine rig, but Iím pretty happy with it. It did pretty much everything I asked of it.

As far as damage, letís just say I really broke it in right. Haha! Friday afternoon I took a pretty spectacular roll off the top of Crawfordís Cry. It basically stood up and did a 180* pirouette and landed on the left side sliding down the hill. I got a pretty good scrape on my elbow, but the window nets kept it from being any worse. It actually tore a hole in the window net from sliding on my elbow. It dented the tube around my light bar a bit, scratched the roof a little, knocked one of my RaceMirrors off, killed to storage rack, cracked some body panels, and broke my pride. Haha! We rolled it back over and other than a little oil in the intake and a little smoke it started and ran fine. We headed from there to Whitetail and ran it without issue.

Saturday morning we had some late arrivals coming so we headed to the waterfall to play around until they got there. I had already climbed it once, and I circled back around to do it again. I guess itís a good thing I did, because if this happened anywhere else on up the mountain it couldíve been a really bad day.

Just before that video I had tried it and didnít make it, apparently when I slid back the right side upper link tower started bending. If you look close as Iím pulling up to the waterfall the link tower is already bent a little bit. Then when I hammered it and bounced it folded up. That caused the whole axle to shift left several inches and the driveshaft actually hit my engine skid and snapped the pinion shaft off.

Thankfully I have good friends that helped me get it off the waterfall and thankfully it happened where it did. I was able to go get my truck and trailer and drive right to it to load it up.

It was just a failure on my part to gusset the link mount properly. It was just too tall without enough support. Since the housing was already a little warped to begin with and Iíll have to cut so much off to fix the link tower Iím going to replace it with an aftermarket housing using all my parts from this one. I actually found a Trail Gear housing on Facebook today and made a deal on it. It may be a little slow, but I will fix it and it will be back better than before
05-28-2018 09:55 PM
Hokie_YJ Thank you!
05-28-2018 09:17 PM
NashvilleTJ I love the color scheme. Nice execution on the guards as well. That is one bass *** little rig. Canít wait to see some pics of it in auction.
05-28-2018 08:53 PM
Hokie_YJ Getting the finishing touches done to get it ready for this weekends first trip out. Iím heading to Harlan Friday morning.

I was going to cut some new skins, and I probably still will. But in the interest of time I trimmed the original set that came with the chassis to fit some of the small changes I made for now. I painted them with black plasti-dip just like I did in the hood. Weíll see how it holds up. Got the right side finished and on today. The left side is cut and painted, just need to install the dzus fasteners and mount it up.

I still plan to make some nice dimpled aluminum panels to fill the gap between the B and C pillars on both sides as well as the back section of the chassis.

I also made up some guards for the lower schraders on my ORIs. I copied these from a post I saw somewhere on line a few years ago. I only put them on the front shocks because they hang down low and are pretty vulnerable to rocks. The rears set on top of the axle and are pretty well protected.

05-11-2018 08:38 AM
Hokie_YJ Finally got it out of the garage for the first time yesterday. It felt good to be behind the wheel.

Itís going to be interesting to see how it does. I donít think there will be much crawling. Haha. Going to have work on the brakes some more, theyíre non-existent right now.
05-07-2018 09:59 PM
Hokie_YJ Thank you sir!
05-07-2018 09:42 PM
kg6mov That’s looking fantastic, nice work!
05-07-2018 03:06 PM
Hokie_YJ Driveshafts are in, wheels and tires are mounted, and shocks are charged. Sitting at ride height itís 22Ē to the belly and 67Ē to the roof with about 6Ē of uptravel. WB is ~112Ē

Current to do list:
-Mount engine skid.
-Wire winch and in cab controls
-Mount seat and belts
-Charge and Mount fire extinguishers
-Mount seatbelt cutter
-Cut and install skins
05-07-2018 10:59 AM
Hokie_YJ Thank you!
05-07-2018 05:45 AM
janesy86 This rig is badass man! Awesome work, and nice catch on the shifter linkage.
05-05-2018 11:23 PM
Hokie_YJ Yesterday I got the rear driveshaft welded up. Ran out of time before I had to leave for work and the paint wasnít dry so I couldnít get joints in it and put it in. The front driveshaft is in and the wheels and tires are on the front. Once I get the rear shaft in Iíll take it down off jack stands and charge the shocks.

The interior is together minus the seat and belts. And all the wiring is done minus the winch. Because of where the winch is mounted I need to get it wired before I mount the seat. I had to pick up some more welding cable for that so hopefully that will get done next week.

And just because hereís some pics when I was testing out the lights. These were all taken with all the shop lights off and it was pitch black in there.

It has the light bars, just needs an angry eyes grille and it will be legit #builtnotbought

The plan is Harlan the first weekend in June. That should be one hell of a place for a shakedown. Surely I can pull that off if nothing crazy happens. Fingers crossed.
05-03-2018 07:12 PM
Hokie_YJ Haha! Yeah, canít forget that!
05-03-2018 07:05 PM
bgredjeep Hell yeah.

Originally Posted by Hokie_YJ View Post
To do list:

-Weld up the rear driveshaft, and install both driveshafts
-Mount wheels and tires
-Smokey burnout
-Charge the shocks
-Wire rock lights and dome light
-Wire the winch and in-cab controls
-Install seat and belts
-Mount fire extinguishers
-Cut and install skins
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