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Old 10-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Custom Tracked Vehicle

So I have been wanting to do this forever and now finally have the time and tools to maybe get started on it. I have been wanting to build a small, one person, custom tracked vehicle. Not sure what size engine I want to use yet, and haveing trouble with what tracks to use.

The purpose would just be a toy to drive around in the snow, but also be able to use on the sirt if I wanted. Maybe just have different tracks I would switch out?

Here are a couple videos to show you what I mean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY7wd0OuEb4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGWlJ...feature=relmfu

I mostly plan on it to look like the second one, but be able to go a little faster if I want it to.

Tracks
I want to use a set that would be cheap and really easy for me to get, they don't have to be super nice and brand new, anything I can tear off a machine in a junkyard maybe. PREFERABLY want rubber tracks, MAYBE metal if I can get a light set.

Engine
I have seen a few on youtube with small turbo diesels, which would be absolutely awesome, but one that small would be hard to find, and considerably more weight. Saw a couple with small gas engines, like 12hp but I feel like that would be too small.

Suspension
..... Yeah I don't know much about this yet..

Chassis
So I will probably make the whole fram and rollcage out of square tubing just because I feel like it's a lot easier to work with, and I don't have a round tube notcher.

Accessories
I want to mount lights on the top facing forward, as well as backwards. I also wanted to some how inclose the cab if I could, and mount some kind of small heater inside, because I want to use this in snow. Maybe even a radio


This thread is basically just to brainstorm ideas for now so me and my buddy will have some good ideas to go off of maybe. Once I get a drivetrain and track system of some kind I will start the whole frame and go from there. I'll either turn this into a build thread or start a new thread.

If you have any input or ideas feel free to post
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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i have all ways liked those.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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i have all ways liked those.
Right? They are way badass. They can be expensive to build but I feel like if I can get some input on it I can get tracks somehow for cheap, and maybe even an engine somehow. The metal for the frame would be no problem.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:58 PM   #5
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I would love to have one of these but i dont want: the price, months of work and fixing it lol
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:00 PM   #6
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I'd end up rolling that thing
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Looks cool, I wonder if you could pick up an old quad engine and stick it in there. Like a 700 or 800cc. Preferably EFI since itll be in the cold
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Looks cool, I wonder if you could pick up an old quad engine and stick it in there. Like a 700 or 800cc. Preferably EFI since itll be in the cold
That's not a bad idea. I have a few buddys at different dealers in the area, maybe I can get a deal on an engine from a wrecked quad or something haha
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Try and find some old sno-cat tracks, gotta be a place to get those.
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http://www.ramrubbertracks.com/

^hope this helps
would be a awesome toy to have. Good luck man
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http://www.ramrubbertracks.com/

^hope this helps
would be a awesome toy to have. Good luck man
I was trying to avoid buying tracks online brand new, but those ones are waaay cheaper than I was expecting. Thanks man!
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You need an old Iron Duke engine that would be perfect for your application
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:51 AM   #14
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Check out the 'mini-rip' Howe and Howe built. Now that thing was badass. Used a Canam 800 ATV that was fully tore apart and setup to run tracks....

Hell lets see what youtube has...
http://youtu.be/XKgi2g-uUBI
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Check out the 'mini-rip' Howe and Howe built. Now that thing was badass. Used a Canam 800 ATV that was fully tore apart and setup to run tracks....

Hell lets see what youtube has...
http://youtu.be/XKgi2g-uUBI
I saw that on the show! That thing is definitely one of the sickest tracked vehicles I have seen.

It's good to know what engine they used. I can probably get a polaris sportsman engine if anything. Not sure how I will adapt it for tracks yet though.

I forgot they used a snowmobile chassis for the whole thing. I think I am going to try to go through some episodes of the show on netflix and see if I can get some info from it. I really want to use rubber tracks but they are hard to find unless you buy them brand new.
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Not sure if you have your steering down yet but this is a great read on it.

http://www.gizmology.net/tracked.htm

These guys also do rubber tracks.

http://www.righttracksystemsinc.com/...k-systems.html
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Not sure if you have your steering down yet but this is a great read on it.

http://www.gizmology.net/tracked.htm

These guys also do rubber tracks.

http://www.righttracksystemsinc.com/...k-systems.html

I have no idea how I was wanting to do the steering yet. We have a large snowcat in the family that uses hydraulic skid steer. Im gonna take a better look at it next time I'm near it and figure out the suspension. I was thinking probably just brake steer because it's simplest. I'll definitely give this a read though. Thanks!
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this sounds like a death trap on tracks.. I approve
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this sounds like a death trap on tracks.. I approve
I think the cool factor is worth the possible injury/death
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I think the cool factor is worth the possible injury/death
Life without risk fails to progress.
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