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Old 01-25-2019, 01:30 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Started trimming the fat off the housing this morning..






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Old 06-07-2019, 02:48 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Old 06-23-2019, 04:56 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Hey Guys, Sorry for the delay.. Updates on the buggy are all in software.. I have been working on the chassis, and integrating all the drivetrain components in CAD first, rather than chopping up a solid axle chassis and trying to make things fit.. I have been making alot of progress behind the scenes.. But sadly not much drivetrain goodies to add yet. I have also been working on the rig that will haul the buggy!!

Took delivery of this guy recently.. Will be a Flat-Bed Crawler Hauler!

And yes, those are 46's

Let me know what you think!!





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Old 06-23-2019, 06:38 PM   #105 (permalink)
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Wanna post some pics of the rear suspension? I wanna see how they did the links on that.
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Old 06-23-2019, 08:39 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Interesting! Keep us updated on the hauler build too.
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:51 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Old 06-27-2019, 06:41 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Sweet truck man! I would throw another set of the front springs under the back and go 4x4 on it VS 6x6 just to reduce tires on ground and free up some weight and hp\tq loss. My only warnings if you never had a military truck like this before would be prepare to either do a gear swap or trim for the 14.00r20-16.00r20's if you want to drive on interstate for any amount of time and leave yourself about extra hour to get anywhere since you will be spending time talking to be people at fuel stops lol.
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Wanna post some pics of the rear suspension? I wanna see how they did the links on that.

Heres some pics of the rear suspension..







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Old 06-29-2019, 04:03 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Sweet truck man! I would throw another set of the front springs under the back and go 4x4 on it VS 6x6 just to reduce tires on ground and free up some weight and hp\tq loss. My only warnings if you never had a military truck like this before would be prepare to either do a gear swap or trim for the 14.00r20-16.00r20's if you want to drive on interstate for any amount of time and leave yourself about extra hour to get anywhere since you will be spending time talking to be people at fuel stops lol.

Yeah there are guys out there that convert to 4x4.. but then its basically an M1078.. I bought this rig because it was a 6x6 and plan to keep it that way.. It tracks way better on the highway, and the fuel milage difference is not noticeable.. They get 8 MPG no matter what.. Also, more tires actually helps in the mud, snow, and sand, especially when I have the buggy on the back.. it has the CTIS system that airs down the tires for Sand, Mud, etc. to increase surface area of the tires.. It works really well..

I have looked into putting 53" tires on it.. There are YouTube videos of guys who have done it, but they are just too big for the truck. The front tires rub while articulating/steering, and the rears get way too close to each other while off road as well. I may go with some Michelin XL 49" tires however.. This size is the largest you can go without problems..

Currently the governor limits the top speed to ~57 MPH.. Not too bad for road trips, but there is a third member swap you can do, which pulls diffs out of another large/heavy hauler in the military called an MRAP, which lowers the diff from 3.90:1 to 3.07:1.. This allows you to cruise at 65-70 MPH while keeping the RPM happy.. Got these diffs scheduled to be changed out this summer.. Going to start building the tilt-bed/flat-bed in the coming weeks..

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Getting the brakes figured out is a little tricky. Going with too large of a rotor does create a concern with ground clearance. Using a rotor too small won't allow the caliper to mount properly without interfering with the diff housing. Hmmmm
Trying to learn here... if ground clearance is a concern, why not mount the brake at the other end of the driveshaft?
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Trying to learn here... if ground clearance is a concern, why not mount the brake at the other end of the driveshaft?
Yes this is an option as well.. And it is an option some guys go with on rock bouncers. The problem with that is fitment gets even tighter in the transfer case area when you have rotors and calipers up there.. My plan is to use this area for a small parking brake rather than main brakes.. Will help save the U-Joints a little as well.. I don't think my diffs will be that much lower than my t-case, but we will see..

T. Cameron did something similar to what you mentioned..


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Heres some pics of the rear suspension..







Weld retainers on those dog bones. The bushings dry out and you loose them.

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