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Old 12-01-2016, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Turd samurai build

So, this is my first offroad rig.
Started building it in February. I have enough progress to start a build thread now, I guess.
Here is what I started with:


I got a rusty frame and a beat body for free from a friend. The frame had big rust holes behind all the bumpstop mounts.

I used a 4 door geo tracker as my engine donor:

While I was gathering parts I wheeled the tracker for a bit on 31s


And then the b pillar separated from the floor so I retired it and tore the engine out.

And started the build on the samurai.
So I bought and trussed a front axle

And patched the frame up, and made my own yj spring kit.

Picked up a parts car


And then stripped it for the parts I needed.
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Then I painted the frame, dropped the engine and transmission in, and put the axles under it.

Then there is a big skip in the timeline because my phone screwed up and I lost some pictures.
But in that time I had gotten the body on and got it running and driving.





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Old 12-01-2016, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Next things to do on the list is to find a set of 5 leaf springs for the rear, as the 6 leaf packs are way too stiff. I have to make a cage and install the locker in the front, and weld the rear, and weld in rear shock mounts.
Then just wheel it.
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Old 12-01-2016, 02:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks good.

Why don't you just pull a leaf from each rear spring pack....there's your 5 leaf pack
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Looks good.

Why don't you just pull a leaf from each rear spring pack....there's your 5 leaf pack
They are nice aftermarket hd springs that have less arch than normal yj springs. I don't feel like cutting these up anyway. Lol
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Not sure what you budget is but I but i bought a new mini spool for 65 shipped from rms looks like it may be better than welded

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Not sure what you budget is but I but i bought a new mini spool for 65 shipped from rms looks like it may be better than welded

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I am welding in between the teeth of the gears, not welding the gears together or welding to the carrier. That way it will be removable.
I'm on a shoe string budget. I have a total of 1000 into it including materials so far.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have more than that in my front shocks lol congrats on the 1000 mark so far.... the 65 for the mini spool was worth it for me to have no heat to weaken gears and have it removable espically with having to take it all apart anyways...the gears are so tiny and weak looking when you get in there... I read alot of reviews some said the fuzzy locker style like your doing worked for a few most reviews didn't and when it breaks it destroys everything in there. I hope yours holds up tho..

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I have more than that in my front shocks lol congrats on the 1000 mark so far.... the 65 for the mini spool was worth it for me to have no heat to weaken gears and have it removable espically with having to take it all apart anyways...the gears are so tiny and weak looking when you get in there... I read alot of reviews some said the fuzzy locker style like your doing held up most reviews didn't. I hope yours holds up..

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If it doesn't hold up, not much will be lost. I have a few spare 3rd members that I can throw a spool in if needed.

These axles won't be permanent either way. I am going to build front and rear tracker hybrid axles and link the front when I get the cash
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Will you be doing a write up on the tracker hybrid axle buildup?
I have a 95 Sidekick parts car and was thinking of doing this.
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Will you be doing a write up on the tracker hybrid axle buildup?
I have a 95 Sidekick parts car and was thinking of doing this.
I could probably do that. I don't imagine it will be very hard. The worst part will be keeping it straight while welding.
I think there is already some detailed write ups on it though.
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Holly rust belt problems, Batman!
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Holly rust belt problems, Batman!
At least the floors on the tub I am using are pretty solid.
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Made a truss for the rear axle and boogered it on...

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So I've had it out a few times now, works pretty good.

To prep it for this weekend I made a little wood platform to hold my cooler above the gas tank, and added rear shocks.




Night and day difference having the shocks on there. Lol.
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I have more than that in my front shocks lol congrats on the 1000 mark so far.... the 65 for the mini spool was worth it for me to have no heat to weaken gears and have it removable espically with having to take it all apart anyways...the gears are so tiny and weak looking when you get in there... I read alot of reviews some said the fuzzy locker style like your doing worked for a few most reviews didn't and when it breaks it destroys everything in there. I hope yours holds up tho..

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Update on the mini spool passengers side teeth in the spool stripped in the first 24 hrs...trying a yukon brand spool next

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Update on the mini spool passengers side teeth in the spool stripped in the first 24 hrs...trying a yukon brand spool next

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That's what I was afraid of lol. My welded dif Is still holding up so far with some mild rock crawling.
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So my trip out to RBOR at r&v Saturday was a ton of fun.
I made it up the new reorganized big ugly, and made it up the rock wall obstacle in the gravel pit.






And I sunk it.
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