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Truggy /buggy transformation ?'s

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 55Willy, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. 55Willy

    55Willy 3/4 ton status

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    for those of you who have done the truggy route or full on buggy route.
    Would you have rather started with a fresh chassis or was it easier to just cut and replace as you went with starting with a truck?

    since the chassis is all set up and mounts for such things as colum and brakes are already done would it be easier to start there?

    or to start fresh and do a full frame and suspension set up?
     
  2. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    Put a hendrix chassis (the tube body) onto a K5 frame. I will eventually go that route anyway.
     
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    I prefer to start w/ 2 straight pieces of tube laying on the garage floor.

    Using a frame as a starter:
    Advantages:

    - mounts already there for suspension, steering box, motor mounts
    - frames are cheap

    Disadvantages:

    - stock frames are prone to cracking
    - link suspensions have to work around stock frame features
    - I think stock frames are heavier than a comparable tube frame

    Marv
     
  4. 55Willy

    55Willy 3/4 ton status

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    I'm thinking of boat siding, bobbing the rear and half dooring my cherokee. Plans also call for the interior to be full of tube.
    Other option is thinking of just fabbing a chassis and swapping it all over.
     
  5. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    What kind of budget do you have???

    On my bluggy project, if I had the cash, I'd pitch the frame.
    Go full-hydro steer, coilovers...etc.
     
  6. gzzgfw

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    Keep it simple,

    Any place you go you can get parts for at any auto parts store.

    Good leafs, a good cross over, on a frame, gm brakes & drive train.
     
  7. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    aren't cherokees unibody? If so, I'd just start from scratch with tube... a bunch of sheetmetal cobbled together doesn't seem like the best foundation for a cage. I know there are plenty of heep guys with tubed cherokees... but it seems kinda suspect to me.

    j
     

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