I ran into some dbag named Brock and went on a run or two with him when my taco finally got to socal. Then I got to take the $10,000 ride in his truck and knew that LT was the only way to go.
After going on the Miller jeep trail run with an LT 4wd that was it, I started looking for parts after that weekend. That truck did very well in the rocks, and it was fast!
Then I stumbled onto a used TC kit and snatched it up. The coilovers are LT Icons and one of the first sets out there.
The motor mounts broke somewhere in there-
I think I just had a deaver 10 pack at that point.
Then I went to the offroad expo and talked to some dude's from Radflo who hooked up the rear with 18" stroke triple bypass 3.0's and some 4" stroke bumps.
I read in some racecar chassis design book that triangles are the strongest geometric shape, so I built some triangles.
I also put on some deaver H70's spring under hung off of TC 12" shackles. I had to undovetail the frame, but I made it happen.
Then it cornered like it was on rails.
That bumper sure did look dorky, but it saved my arse a couple times.
I figured I better build a cage because I was starting to hit triple digit speeds in place that with my old setup I could only do 30.
Picked up some rear glass from Kartek-
Broke some stuff-
I won some allpro
They are way better than the deavers-
Broke some more stuff. Dude at Icon said "I've been working here for ten years and never saw anyone break one of those!" If I had a dollar for everytime I've heard that.
Mounted a couple optima's between the spares-
Got some kings up front-
Did an engine cage-
Broke some more stuff-
Met this dude and liked the stance of his truck a lot. That got the hamster on the wheel...
I decided to get some real beadlocks and move up to 37's
Threw some fancy rotors on with Porterfield Racing carbon kevlar pads. They will stop you faster than a clean sliding glass door.
I also installed 4.88 gears and an ARB locker up front.
Then I got tired of doing push ups and decided to move back home to Oregon and go be a fat hairy civilian.
I guess I got old or something, because I'm tired of ripping around the desert full throttle all the time and just want to cruise around the woods looking for critters and gold nuggets and stuff. The build continues...
Oh yeah, I prototyped some hand made ceramic plates wrapped in kevlar finished in carbon/kevlar and soundproofed the interior while I was at it.