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Old 12-17-2013, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Samurai buggy... less, is more.

Been building this pile for awhile, figured i'd throw up a build thread. I'll try to keep all the pictures in order since this started back in February...

A little history - Had a mildly built samurai that ended up going to a cut up, 100" wb yota axled crawler. It did good for what it was, but it left me wanting a more capable rig. So i gathered some tools and went to work.

This was my first time bending tube, notching, mig welding with gas, and using a plasma cutter. Prior to that, all i had was the all mighty flux core 110, and a 4.5'' grinder.

The goal was-
Sami 1.3/trans/6.5 case
Linked
Decent wheel base
Low COG
Tires of some sort, round preferably
ON THE CHEAP

Game on....

Heres the start


Ordered a china plasma cutter


Started on the front lower links



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Old 12-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mocking up the front axle



Rear frame side link mount



Axle side



Hacked the rear off



Added a little somethin somethin




Over all end of the day shot



My sweet 50 dollar band saw



Plan at the time was 3 link/panhard rear... Beginning of the upper 3rd link



Axle side

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Old 12-17-2013, 11:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Plated both sides



Frame side



Cutting more brackets



More front axle shit..





Roller sitting at 110"



The shocks



Front frame gusset



Tacked in


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Old 12-17-2013, 11:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Started the t case cradle



Mooorrreeee



More bracing





Tear down for some welding



Starting to come together, also scored some 39s



Change of plans at this point. I decided i was going full hydro, and didnt want the 3 link. Hacked shit off and donkey punched a 4 link in.





Redid the chick with dick mount



Quick case rebuild


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Old 12-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, so shitty picture... but its the only one i have with the body on it. It didnt stay long.



I said fuck the body and decided to go all tube. If i would have known this from the start, i would've started from scratch. Building around the sami frame has been a pain in the dick.



Some more tube







Built a work bench for 50 bucks..



More tube shit






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Old 12-17-2013, 11:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Then the plasma switch roached itself, but it still works.



Doing some slider work



Out side shot, sittin at about ride hight





Then another change of plans. Ditched the rear 3 link, for a 4 link. That means shits gotta go, and more tube needs to go in





Started some shock hoops






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Old 12-18-2013, 12:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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More tube, and rear 4 link





My main man Spoon getting a feel for it




Faaawwwwwwkkkkkk. Seen this coming...





Called it a day after that



Started the dash





Next to my buddy's boosted samurai

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Old 12-18-2013, 12:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Did some windshield spreaders and a pillar supports



My "weld porn"


Started on the boat sides



Some plating



Got some led lights





Radiator mounting(civic radiator)




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Old 12-18-2013, 12:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Pedal work






Did the exhaust as well





Finished more of the floor



Got the 1/4 aluminum skid on



Goods for the front (5.29s)



Batter box




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Old 12-18-2013, 01:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This was the fix for the rear shocks... not ideal, but it works.



Also mounted the upper shocks to a cross bar





Fuel cell mount



Harnesses



Party time at Shannon's. Very jealous of his shop(Shameless name drop too) Thanks for the invite Justin!


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Old 12-18-2013, 06:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Looking awesome!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Very cool build .

I always enjoy checking out "the first BIG build" for people.

The enthusiasm and ingenuity always make them fun...



One comment I would have is regarding your rear shock experience.

I am known in my circle of "main man spoons" () for being "anal" (no pun) to cycle the suspension over and over , mocking up and dismantling and cycling again before finalizing it.

I think you see from your experience this is a good idea.


Point B here:

Looking at your rear suspension :

1. Good call on the 4 link.
2. I would consider outboarding your upper rear shock mounts.
The way they are now and especially that they are airshocks you're gonna hate how sloppy it's gonna feel. As a bonus if they were outboarded more up there it is conceivable your "rear shock solution" may even not have been needed.


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That last pic got me all impressed and I was like : Damn, that's a transformation and a half... then I read the caption... LOL!!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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totally gay never going to work


the only saving grace of the entire thread is the last pic
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Looks good dude! Wish I had that much wheelbase. X2 on outboarding the upper shock mounts, it'll help as previously mentioned..... 10 steps forward, 2 steps back. Pretty standard practice.
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Thanks for posting this...just what I needed in the middle of trying to decide what I'm doing with my rig now. Keep it up...and keep this thread alive!
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the only saving grace of the entire thread is the last pic
Oh we both know it'll never work. Get back to work on the CJ! Shit ain't gonna build itself.
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Looks good dude! Wish I had that much wheelbase. X2 on outboarding the upper shock mounts, it'll help as previously mentioned..... 10 steps forward, 2 steps back. Pretty standard practice.
As for the shock placement, it can't go out up top, unless I cut more section of tube out of the main belt line. Not to say I won't do it...
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Thanks for posting this...just what I needed in the middle of trying to decide what I'm doing with my rig now. Keep it up...and keep this thread alive!
Your sami is bad ass, I used quite a bit of ideas from you when my sami was on yota leaf springs using the offset pin for wheel base.
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Thanks for all the kind words as well.

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This is what I did for steering. I have a used orbital, going to a single ended tsc 6" ram, using a run of the mill Saginaw ham can pump. I used stock arms with the tie rod on top of them. Traditional high steer arms were too high and would take up some up travel.



Tie rod mount



Axle side mount



For brakes I used a non power, twin master cylinder set up. I can adjust my front and rear pressure individually. 300zx front lines, and a mixture of hard/soft lines for the rear.

I braced the pedal to the main shock hoop for peace of mind.



Rear brake set up





The wiring harness could not get any more bare bones. Just the essentials here. Batter kill, ignition, fan, and lights. I hard wired the alternator for charging. With the battery cutoff switch, there's no parasitic drain.



With everything in its place to make it drivable, I had to do it. This was the first time under its own power.

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bout f'n time theres a build thread buggy looks sweet. when will it see trail time ?
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Ok...need more info on the bare bones wiring AND the brake system. I like the non power individual cylinders. The wiring is exactly what I'm looking for. I still have the stock 1.3 in mine but with a corolla carb so there's only 1 electrical connection and I think it's just an anti-diesel solenoid which really isn't necessary for my needs. I'll be dropping in a big block (1.6 8v..haha) and would really like to get rid of the wiring on the entire rig and start over like you've done.

Care to expand on exactly what you've got going on there? What are you running for a fuel system on yours?
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
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bout f'n time theres a build thread buggy looks sweet. when will it see trail time ?
Its already been on a couple runs, im just sand baggin info and pics. I'll get more pics and shit up tonight.
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Ok...need more info on the bare bones wiring AND the brake system. I like the non power individual cylinders. The wiring is exactly what I'm looking for. I still have the stock 1.3 in mine but with a corolla carb so there's only 1 electrical connection and I think it's just an anti-diesel solenoid which really isn't necessary for my needs. I'll be dropping in a big block (1.6 8v..haha) and would really like to get rid of the wiring on the entire rig and start over like you've done.

Care to expand on exactly what you've got going on there? What are you running for a fuel system on yours?
Im running a Harley carb on mine, so basically you could run the same "harness" i have. I'll draw up a diagram and post a picture for that.

As for the brakes, they're nothing special. It has two individual masters, one for the front, one for the rear. Adjustments can be made easily front, to back. Which would eliminate the need for a proportioning valve when i upgrade to rear brakes. If you want anything specific, let me know.
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