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K30 Buggy update - pics!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BadDog, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Ok, those who asked for updated pics of the buggy, here they are!!! MANY thanks to Mat (NoRulz) and Shaun (ript) for helping me out with this last minute test run! I owe you both a couple of beers!

    Fair warning though, they are a bit big. Didn't have a chance to cut them down and crop them like I usually do, but they are compressed. Cutting them down would have lost some impact though, I think... Anyway, it's working good, just needs a few tweaks and I'm off to Moab tomorrow! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif Now, back out to the shop...

    Like I said, if you don't have a good connection, be prepared to wait a while. Click the link and go get a drink or something...
    Here are the pics.
     
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    , be prepared to wait a while. Click the link and go get a drink or something...

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    Your not kidding /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif I hate my 56K /forums/images/icons/mad.gif

    Reminds me of a rig from MadMax /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  3. BurbinOR

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    Wow, cool...............only thing that looks like a truck is the HOOD! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  4. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    The hood is only temporary till I get around to building a tube front. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Very cool.............. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
  6. BorregoK5

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    YEAH! Looks like fun... whats that thing weigh, all of 3500lbs ???
     
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    Looks damn good,Russ!!That thing sure does flex!!I hope I don't catch a bad day and start doing that to my K/5...did i say day??More like a couple months.Way to go bud.Have fun in Moab!!Mike
     
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    awesome pics and fabrication work !
    Great rig !
    BUT one question ....
    People complain about the width of the fullsize bodies....you took care of that in the rear no problem even with your extreme flex .. However...with the fire wall and rocker bars you are the same width as a fullsize which could prevent you from some tighter trails. i noticed you did bring the rockers up much higher though. I guess i'm askign why you made it the width you did.
    No insulting here just asking. i understand the fullsize axles though.
    Blake
     
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    yunit 1/2 ton status

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    That thing rocks...loves the cage work too.
     
  10. BadDog

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    Thanks for the compliments everyone!

    I'm about 6-8" narrower even using the cowl. Look inside your door hinge area and you will notice that there is a gap between the cowl and the fender pinch weld. From the widest point on the fender to the cowl is between 3-4", and the cowl is now my widest part. Even that will likely go away eventually, but for now, it saved fabricating a fire wall (with all mounting brackets), gave me a good windshield (with no work or $$$), and a floor/tunnel (again, no work or $$$)...

    As for limiting things, guys like Marv and Rob who don’t mind sacrificing the body can already go just about anywhere a smaller rig can. Also, most of the problem is with the rear width (and length) while making turns. It can swing wide (on a pivot) or cuts inside and causes problems. That's why some are now "boat tailing" their rigs, that solves many of the width problems right there with no other mods. For the few places that you can’t physically fit a full size (even with extreme body damage), I can make most of them if Jeep or FJ can. In fact, many of the smaller rigs (except Samis and such) are running full width axles now anyway. I can pretty much go anywhere they can…
     
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    I can pretty much go anywhere they can...

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    I think that should be your new signature line /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  12. loudnowlouder

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    thank god for dsl
    but man that is looking sweet!
    love the battery placement, thats pretty cool
    keep up the good work, maybe one day my truck will be half as nice as yours
     
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    Awesome---i like it----i noticed on my truck too that the driveshaft will push over just like yours---is this bad?? are you gonna do anything to fix it---
     
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    Nice rig, Russ! That think's gonna rock--in the rocks /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif

    Will
     
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    Right now I'm not changing a thing there. It wouldn't fit right completely stuffed like that if it had not moved over.
     
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    Russ, this Buggy is sweet....thanks for posting pics......I'm inspired now!!! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Very cool project. I like the unique rear swing down shackle mounts. Do those things make noise when opening and closing? Also, where were those pics taken? Looks kinda like needle creek?
     

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