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Old 03-18-2007, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Rock crawler wheelbase question

OK, question: is there somethingmagical about having a 104" or close to it wheelbase? I've been researching with the hopes of building a rig of my own and most of the rigs have that wheelbase...

Enlighten me, oh Rock Crawling Gurus....
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WB is more or less a preference. there is no magical 104". and a lot of it depends on how tall or wide you are, and what tire size.
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WB is more or less a preference. there is no magical 104". and a lot of it depends on how tall or wide you are, and what tire size.
...where you wheel, what type of vehicle...the list goes on and on.
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WB is more or less a preference. there is no magical 104". and a lot of it depends on how tall or wide you are, and what tire size.
I am looking at portals with 42's.

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...where you wheel, what type of vehicle...the list goes on and on.
Right now, I'm in SW MO so I have Disney, OK and some others that are in MO. I was looking to build a tube chassis, but was wanting to find a suitable frame as a starting point. I want to build a rig that'll seat all 6 of us (me, my wife, and 4 kids).
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typically the larger your setup is (axle width, tire size, amount of lift, ect) the more wheelbase you are going to want. EXAMPLE: having 42"s on a 90" or less wheelbase would suck compared to say 110".

It's all personal prefrence combined with what/where/how you want to wheel.

I'll be going 110-120" in my buggy build
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I started with a 95 YJ it is stretched out to 107" 60/14 combo on 42" Iroks. Rock gardens require articulation so shorter wheelbase can work,but if you do any inclines you start needing longer wheel bases.
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good point on the inclines....thansk for the tips...keep 'em coming.
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I'll be going 110-120" in my buggy build
That's Suburban range and quite doable....I had thought abotu that WB, but thought is was too long.
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I am looking at portals with 42's.



Right now, I'm in SW MO so I have Disney, OK and some others that are in MO. I was looking to build a tube chassis, but was wanting to find a suitable frame as a starting point. I want to build a rig that'll seat all 6 of us (me, my wife, and 4 kids).
where in MO are you? how close is that to springfield?
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where in MO are you? how close is that to springfield?
In Mt Vernon....30 minutes....why do you ask?
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In Mt Vernon....30 minutes....why do you ask?
oh, just that i am moving to springfield next tuesday. figure i got to go meet all the locals
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Sweet, PM me when you get settled. You have family coming too?
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Sweet, PM me when you get settled. You have family coming too?
just me and the fiancee. sadly, no truck
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just me and the fiancee. sadly, no truck
So, what's bringing you to SW MO?
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gettin married, and a few other things. fiancee's from the midwest so...
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