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Old 03-12-2011, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This build is the culmination of a lifelong dream! As a kid, I dreamed about racing a Class 1 buggy. Then I got bitten by the rock crawling bug in the 80's when my dad bought a Toyota 4x4 pickup. When the first rock crawling competitions started in the 90's, I knew that was the direction I wanted to go. Unfortunately, I am not wealthy, so all I could do was dream, work hard, and make plans for the future. When BF Goodrich built the Karnivore to showcase their new Krawlers, I fell in love, and had to have it. After it was raffled off, I immediately contacted the winner, put a second mortgage on my house, and purchased it. Wow, what a cool rig, but unfortunately, it's hard to fully enjoy a toy like that when you're making payments. So, I turned around and sold it before I ever put a scratch on it. Then I put my plans into high gear, got my house paid off in five short years, and started putting large monthly deposits into my "buggy fund" until I was finally ready to contact Twisted Customs. Their buggies have claimed more podium finishes than any other chassis manufacturer by a wide margin, so that made them the clear choice for me. I need all the help I can get! Honestly, though, their attention to detail is second to none. So, if you're looking for a little piece of perfection in an imperfect world, then Twisted Customs is the only answer.

I know you're tired of hearing my life story, so let the build thread begin. Just to clarify, I contacted Twisted Customs many months ago. They were very up front in letting me know that they were restructuring the company and would be building and moving into a new shop in the near future. This gave us plenty of time to acquire most of the major parts needed, and it also gave me time to save for a new enclosed trailer to haul my new toy.
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Hey dood, it's Mark. Long time no see. Glad to see some updates on this as I've heard about it for a long time.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a picture of the engine, which is by far the most horsepower I've ever owned! It should be a huge step up from my old 22RE!

Turnkey Engine Supply, 480HP, LS3, 6.2L aluminum V8, with a Kevco trap door oil pan, high volume oil pump and custom high mounted serpentine system.


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Old 03-12-2011, 08:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey dood, it's Mark. Long time no see. Glad to see some updates on this as I've heard about it for a long time.
Yeah, I figured I'd better post some pictures to prove this thing isn't just a figment of my imagination!
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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TCI built me a really nice TH400 with all the best internals, including a full manual reverse valve body with engine braking, 2.75:1 6-pinion planetary set, an Ultra Bell, 300M input shaft, a 34 element sprag, forged steel clutch hub, and Alto red clutches. She's able to handle up to 1500HP!!!

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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3.8:1 Atlas II with 32 spline input and output shafts. 1350 U-bolt style yokes at both ends.

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mega Hi9s!!! 5.40:1 deep cut gears made of 9310 steel just like NASCAR. They have 35 spline pinions, dual load bolts, solid pinion spacers and forged 1350 U-bolt style yokes. I also went with the new Grizzly Lockers. They are basically an improved Detroit. They're made of chromoly and have a deeper tooth engagement. They're guaranteed not to self destruct when you snap an axle.

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Spidertrax "PRO Series" Spider 9 axle housings and steering knuckles.

Brad Lovell got the first production PRO Series housing and I got the second and third. These were worth the wait! Heat treated 4130 chromoly tubes that are roughly 2 1/2 times the strength of 1026 DOM!!!


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Old 03-12-2011, 08:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Howe reservoir, orbital, rear-steer valve and double-ended 10" rams front and rear.

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Nice selection of parts so far
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16" ORI ST struts at all four corners.

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Old 03-12-2011, 08:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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190lbs of Amsoil fluids from Dirk at http://www.4x4oil.com

I got engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, ATF, shock oil and more all from Dirk and the price was great! Look him up next time you need oil.


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Nice selection of parts so far
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Nope Jason's got the scariest set of fiberglass ramps. He backs his buggy up there.

We just saw these parts earlier in the week. All good choices. I'm jealous.
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Nope Jason's got the scariest set of fiberglass ramps. He backs his buggy up there.

We just saw these parts earlier in the week. All good choices. I'm jealous.
Yeah, those ramps are pretty cool! How many guys have a technical climb like that in their own shop?
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Here's some pictures of the subframe coming together!

4130, 1 3/4", .120 wall, chromoly tubing throughout. Double walled in dent prone areas.




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Really nice. Even though you may not be doing the acutal fab'n part Id say you have done the hardest part by working hard to pay off your house, save up, waiting so long to obtain your dream and getting what you really want, thanks for posting up the build.
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Looks like it is going to be a nice buggy, we will have to go wheel when you get this done as it looks like you live nearby.
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I just want to see video of the rig backing up on those ramps!!
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I just want to see video of the rig backing up on those ramps!!
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Gonna be the sickest TC buggy to date.
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Really nice. Even though you may not be doing the acutal fab'n part Id say you have done the hardest part by working hard to pay off your house, save up, waiting so long to obtain your dream and getting what you really want, thanks for posting up the build.
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Thanks guys! Yeah, I knew this build was way beyond my skills. I've built a few rigs in the past but this time I wanted to have one done professionally. After seeing Kula's, Nolen's, Karl's, Rob's and a few other rigs I knew the guys at Twisted Customs were the pros I was looking for. Jason and Nate have been great to work with. They are taking all my crazy ideas and turning them into reality!
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very nice.

Think my wallet just ran away when I started reading your parts list
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Looks like it is going to be a nice buggy, we will have to go wheel when you get this done as it looks like you live nearby.
Hell yeah! We'll definitely hook up as soon as I'm up and running.
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