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Old 03-14-2014, 01:50 AM   #41
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Well, not going to make the deadline. The race we were aiming for got cancelled so the time frame has been expanded. We now have till early/mid Apr. Im picking up the bypasses and Howe TT rack this weekend at the mint. I should also have the trans cooler and radiator by Tues.

Suspension is on and cycling. No pics with the cvs in, but the suspension cycles 20in at the hub with cvs still spinning.





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Old 03-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #43
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Looking killer man! The lower arm spread looks pretty close to the same as Mark McMillin's prerunner. That's pretty much the closest to center link I could see you getting with 4x4. His is bumped at 20", i got to ride in it a few years ago, so badass. Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #44
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Are you just going to hog out the firewall and put an engine cover in the cab like a van?
Sort of. Cut out firewall+floor enough to clear engine (but try to get as much leg room as possible). Most likely itll be a steel tube structure around the engine and trans with removable sides and top aluminum pieces. A single large cover like the van is hard to actually get out when its filled with electonics, switches, and in such a tight vehicle.

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Looking killer man! The lower arm spread looks pretty close to the same as Mark McMillin's prerunner. That's pretty much the closest to center link I could see you getting with 4x4. His is bumped at 20", i got to ride in it a few years ago, so badass. Keep up the good work!
Thank you sir! Might have to get you a ride in this one so you can tell me which one is better *cough *cough
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:10 PM   #45
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I'll ride in it and let you know. Then I'll have to ride in the other one I guess.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:40 AM   #46
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I'll ride in it and let you know. Then I'll have to ride in the other one I guess.
lol YUP
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:04 AM   #47
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looks awesome!

random question..why are you recessing the engine into the firewall? 50/50 balance or clearance for the case and forward accessories?
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:27 AM   #49
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I believe it's to allow the oil pan to clear the diff
Yeah this. There's a reason the stock diff is offset to the side.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:55 PM   #51
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looks awesome!

random question..why are you recessing the engine into the firewall? 50/50 balance or clearance for the case and forward accessories?
Better weight distribution.

Hey Steve who owns this beast?
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:02 PM   #52
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Curious about the low pinion rear diff, is this to allow clearance with the trac bar? Or something else I'm missing?
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:28 PM   #53
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random question..why are you recessing the engine into the firewall? 50/50 balance or clearance for the case and forward accessories?
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I believe it's to allow the oil pan to clear the diff
^^^^ This. I want the engine low. To clear the diff, i had to pull the engine back. It does also help with weight distribution so it was win win.

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Hey Steve who owns this beast?
Customer of mine from up north. He also owns that black work tacoma we built over the summer

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Curious about the low pinion rear diff, is this to allow clearance with the trac bar? Or something else I'm missing?
Not sure what you mean. The solid rear axle being low pinion?
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Some more progress. Picked up some parts from the Mint.

Since we had such a beefy rack from Howe, we had to make a very beefy rack mount






And good ol 20in of 4wd travel






And first time ive used these bungs. They are a little oddball sized and need tubing 1 3/8 and 1 5/8? So did my thing with the lathe and machined the tubes to work out perfect.





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Not sure what you mean. The solid rear axle being low pinion?

I think he wondering why it's not a high clearance 3rd....
All race style 9" nodular 3rd members are not high clearance.

The truck is looking amazing!
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Wow this truck does look amazing!!
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I think he wondering why it's not a high clearance 3rd....
All race style 9" nodular 3rd members are not high clearance.

The truck is looking amazing!
Thats kinda what i was thinking, just never had anyone ask that for desert trucks (only crawlers).

The lower pinion is what makes the gears strong. The 9in is one of the lowest pinion designs and the reason why everyone runs 9in axles in the desert for very heavy abuse.
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Thats kinda what i was thinking, just never had anyone ask that for desert trucks (only crawlers).

The lower pinion is what makes the gears strong. The 9in is one of the lowest pinion designs and the reason why everyone runs 9in axles in the desert for very heavy abuse.
Gotcha! Thanks for the info Not that I plan on building a desert racer, sometimes inquiring minds just need to know lol
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