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Old 01-26-2011, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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starting a new build please help with material

Im going to start a new build from scratch. Primarily trail/ mud truck. Would like to do either straight frame or tube. Curious as to what thickness to use. If I use rectangle I was thinking 2x4 and 11ga which is .120 right? Not sure about dom. What do you recomend? What's average cost per foot?
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No weight? No motor? No axles? Tires? Length? Cage design?

Those all are considerations.

Even Jeep frames are mostly larger than 2 x 4 tube. Depends on if its going to be the main structural member of the truck or just the bottom rails of an integrated structure...
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2.5 ton rockwells both steering. At least 46 inch tractors 468 big block.
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It will have a sub frame or one structure also tied into the cage
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is .120 11ga?
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2.5 ton rockwells both steering. At least 46 inch tractors 468 big block.
Is this going to be a mud truck?

For rec tube I personally would go with 2x3x 1/4" for a frame, and 1 3/4 - 2" .120 wall DOM for the rest. You're looking at alot of weight with that parts list.

4 str? links? coils?
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Is this going to be a mud truck?

For rec tube I personally would go with 2x3x 1/4" for a frame, and 1 3/4 - 2" .120 wall DOM for the rest. You're looking at alot of weight with that parts list.

4 str? links? coils?
Heres the specs. Mud truck/trail truck. dont know wheel base as I dont know where Im going with it yet(2passenger cab or multipassenger blazer?).
18 travel FOAs
4ws rockwells tube or straight frame.
46in 18.4x16.1 american farmers posibly 52in rice tires someday.
11/4 heims
stock 454 to start, eventually 600hp+ maybe
2wd turbo 400
profab t-case.
basically mini monster truck that can handle the trails and hills yet be taller than the typicall buggy so i dont get swamped when I go through 3ft + of mud n water.
anybody hate if you want but theres no rocks where I live just lots of trails n mud.
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anybody hate if you want but theres no rocks where I live just lots of trails n mud.
really? Must not be looking very hard.
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is .120 11ga?
http://www.offroaders.com/tech/steel...-thickness.htm
The Blazer I'm building is similar to what you want to build except I'm running leaf springs and 1 ton axles. My frame is 2x4 11ga. and I have 46" Claws and either a 468 BBC or 509 Merlin. Since your running 2.5 tons and links I'd consider building your frame from 3/16 2x4 and tie it in with a cage.
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beins u will have a under carriage and im assuming a cage as long as it is all tied into the frame i would save a little weight and run 2x3x.120 thats what im running my setup is a little bigger then what ur talking about probably but here it is. https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...586&highlight= and use @ least .120 for the under carriage HREW or DOM and for sure do DOM .120 for the cage.. just my .02
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