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Old 01-06-2007, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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buliding the monster zuk

Okay, I am starting the bulid of my zuk. Just thought I would post some pictures of it currently torn apart. The specs will be 49" Iroks, 424 C-truck unimog axles front and rear steer. (I believe they are called 424's they are out of the US military tractor.) The zuk is getting stretched either into a 4 door or like a LWB shooting for 104-114" range. Most likely will end up will a 5.3 or 6.0 but still undecieded. Going to use the zuk frame and reinforce it will 1/4" plate. I will post picts as I work on it.
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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With 49" tires you better think more wheeelbase.
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All I can say is wow! Going to be a sweet build!!! Looking forward to watching this one.
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It's a little early for April Fools jokes. You'd be better off (time and money wise) to just build a chassis and put a Zuk hood (or 2) on it.
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that's what I was thinking we he mentioned reinforcing the frame with 1/4" plate.
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Is this a joke? If not, this might be badass. But I think you can forget about "light".
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No this is not a joke I am buliding this zuk those tires and axles are going under the zuk. As for the frame I will either plate it or use a donor vehicle frame I am starting a fab shop and this is going to be my rig and I wanted somthing different that would get people's attention.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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WOW or DAMN or HOLLY FAWKIN SH!T...... All these seem to come to mind....
All though I also agree... Its not April for awhile, so I will enjoy watching this build...... And yes those are the (( BIGGER )) mog axles... They are rated at like 3 tons compared to 2 tons for the 404/416's.. IIRC

They were used in the big fork lifts among other things...
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Build a buggy with a sammy hood?? Do you know how cold it is outside! The heater is a nice feature...

I like the idea of a nice light sammy with bullet-proof axles and big tires...

But you DO need to think about your wheelbase a little more.

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No this is not a joke I am building this zuk those tires and axles are going under the zuk. As for the frame I will either plate it or use a donor vehicle frame I am starting a fab shop and this is going to be my rig and I wanted something different that would get people's attention.

That should probably work!! Keep us posted as you get it done!
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If I am right, I believe they are rated at 3.7 tons. As for the buggy, thought about it but I wanted to be warm and wanted to keep the kids warm as well. I also prefer the look of a full bodied rig over a buggy. The wheelbase depends on how high it ends up being I am going to try and keep it as low as possible. (This is an oxymoron according to my wife) I will be cutting alot more of the sheet metal out and redoing the wheelwells in an attempt to fit the Iroks while still keeping the stock body look.
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Cool build. What drive train are you going to run? Gears? Also I would think that 49s would like a bit more wheelbase. IMO JJ
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Cool build. What drive train are you going to run? Gears? Also I would think that 49s would like a bit more wheelbase. IMO JJ
Hell the 5.3 or 6.0 he mentioned are screaming longer WB too...
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Can't you guys read? It says 104-114" of wheelbase. Or isn't that enough for you?

I hope you work fast and take lots of pics.
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If I am right, I believe they are rated at 3.7 tons. As for the buggy, thought about it but I wanted to be warm and wanted to keep the kids warm as well. I also prefer the look of a full bodied rig over a buggy. The wheelbase depends on how high it ends up being I am going to try and keep it as low as possible. (This is an oxymoron according to my wife) I will be cutting alot more of the sheet metal out and redoing the wheelwells in an attempt to fit the Iroks while still keeping the stock body look.

No, I looked it up...They are rated at 3 tons... Anyways, they are nice axles for sure and I... For one am stoked on your build... I cant wait to see this BEAST going.. Good luck and awsome project ya got there..
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If I am right, I believe they are rated at 3.7 tons. As for the buggy, thought about it but I wanted to be warm and wanted to keep the kids warm as well. I also prefer the look of a full bodied rig over a buggy. The wheelbase depends on how high it ends up being I am going to try and keep it as low as possible. (This is an oxymoron according to my wife) I will be cutting alot more of the sheet metal out and redoing the wheelwells in an attempt to fit the Iroks while still keeping the stock body look.
I really like your thinking here. I think it will be freakin sweet! A full bodied LWB style sammy on 49's. Check out the thread on the General 4x4 section on the TJ thats being built (BTF i believe) with the real low stance on huge tires as well.

Good luck with the build and the shop!!!
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man im pumped on this build seems kinda similar to mine that im still gathering parts for... good luck im going to keep an eye on this and see where it goes... specs for mine are 44's one tons or rockwells 454,th400,203,205 and as low as possible... keep the pics coming.

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They were used in the big fork lifts among other things...
I was wondering what axle he had in our monster forklift. Those axles are wide!
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Awesome.... I have been drooling over the C-trucks for years. I always thought they'd make a great wheeler if you could get rid of the loader and back hoe on it. I've always wanted a set of those axles. Where did you find your's? Also what's the final ration in them?
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Can't you guys read? It says 104-114" of wheelbase. Or isn't that enough for you?

I hope you work fast and take lots of pics.
Yes I know I can read. And no the 114 inches would not be enough for me in a rig with 49s but that is just me.
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The final gear ratio I believe is 6.54 to one and I got them from a military base. As for wheelbase 104-114 is what I was shooting for but it all depends on a lot of factors but since I am leaning towards the 4 door it looks like it will be longer. Did some rough measurements and doing the 4 door will make the wheel base about 121" I want as low center of gravity as possible and a short a wheelbase as I can get away with. The higher the center of gravity the longer the wheelbase will end up being. I would like some input for those who have built rigs like rockrat, okie zuk and anyone else on what wheelbase you would run. Thanks.
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120" or there about will work.
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The final gear ratio I believe is 6.54 to one and I got them from a military base. As for wheelbase 104-114 is what I was shooting for but it all depends on a lot of factors but since I am leaning towards the 4 door it looks like it will be longer. Did some rough measurements and doing the 4 door will make the wheel base about 121" I want as low center of gravity as possible and a short a wheelbase as I can get away with. The higher the center of gravity the longer the wheelbase will end up being. I would like some input for those who have built rigs like rockrat, okie zuk and anyone else on what wheelbase you would run. Thanks.
This is the one I built. Originaly set up on 103 inches with 38 sxs. It now sits on 39.5 Iroks at 103 and I noticed a big difference in the twitchyness of it with just a couple inch bigger tire. I would not want to see a 10 inch bigger tire yet it is all up to the builder.

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