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Old 11-17-2006, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rubberbelly Racing Stock Mod/Legends Build

Today is the first day of Rubberbelly Racing's 3-day Stock Mod/Legends class Tracker build at the Expert Offroad shop.

This is what we're starting with...

A stock 1996 Geo Tracker:


There's alot of guys making this happen, huge thanks to Jason Troxel, Brad Jones, Scott Angell, Jeremy Hislop, Dave Fugett, Adam Ross, and ALL the guys from Expert

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So far everything's been torn down... and now starting to get ready to mock up the axles. I'm going to post a bunch of pics, in order... But there's so many guys working in different areas that it's not going to look in sequence.



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D44/ 9 inch were pre-assembled before this weekend to speed things up. Both axles have Yukon chromoly axle shafts 5.13 gears and full spool'd front and rear.



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Old 11-17-2006, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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gotta ditch the stock seats


Scary rusted out seat belt mount


out with the old...








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IFS GONE!




getting an idea of axle placement for the custom 9-inch bottom-loader housing...
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention that I'm shootin some video during the buildup. We'll have a video of it all coming together that I'll post up at the end of the project. After it's all together we'll get some footage on how it works!
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What he said. Your pinion angle looks about right on the rear
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What he said. Your pinion angle looks about right on the rear
You've never seen a bottom-loader 9-inch??

Allen is working on the coil bucket mounts + link tabs right now...





Plasma'd out and almost ready to go in
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Here's that bucket Allen was working on...



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Old 11-17-2006, 02:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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high performance tracker!

sweet build! keep the pics coming!
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Need a job??

How much mula for 8 certs?

keep the build going, looks good
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How much mula for 8 certs?

keep the build going, looks good
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i wanna see some video, sweet build

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did you guys QUIT all ready ???
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No, just stopped posting cause we are busy building and Rob went home
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Jake said "his pants are not ringing"...so who are you calling? We're watching All My Dirty Friends 2 right now!
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Jake said "his pants are not ringing"...so who are you calling? We're watching All My Dirty Friends 2 right now!

I guess being a sponsor has it's benefits huh? I'll see you guys Sunday since I've gotta work all day tomarrow.
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Okay here is an update for the hecklers, lookers, flamers, and those that won't come help since they weren't asked to





Front axle is turning in to our first hurdle, the frame can't be cut in the class we plan to run, so the links can't be built as we had originally planned. Right above Dave's head is where the interference is.




Hopefully it will start when we are done!




We'll finish the front bumper once the front axle is in place and we can see where the tires will stuff.





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Red Bull stopped by to drop of some energy drinks, so I guess we'll keep working on the tracker. They wouldn't let us start cutting on their car to fit the 35" Krawlers though


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Greg showing us how to grind.


rear axle flexing



Tire in wheel well at ride height



Brad working clearancing the bumper after tire fitment.
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Me ptfo

as it sits saturday morning

scott welding on the rear spring mounts

front link mounts

new seats

rear spring mounts welded up

brad starting the roll cage
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