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Old 09-18-2008, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New truck chassis from BENT FABRICATIONS

I've been working on a new project...

The idea is to build a chassis that is designed around Toyota components. I want to keep it very simple and make it as painless as possible to transfer your existing stuff over to the new chassis in your own garage.

I know a lot of you are wheeling your trucks way past it's limits and have completely trashed the body and are tired of continuing to fix frames. So for many of you out there... I think this is going to be a great solution.

I set down and spent some time designing a chassis that is still more like a truck. The front end can be set up to have the lines of an old FJ40 or the tube fenders could be left off to accommodate new Taco skins... The chassis will feature frame rails that are the stock width of Toy perch's and be setup to run rear Toy leaf springs on the front, allowing you to simply bolt your front axle in. I plan to also offer 22R(E) motor mounts already installed in the chassis if desired. There will be room to run a doubler as well. The rear of the chassis is designed to 4 link the rear, but it can be done on the cheap with rear TJ springs, Air shocks, or coilovers... pending on your budget. Of course the front could be linked also, but to help out those on a budget, the leafs will get you in the woods cheap and quick. The rear of the chassis features a bed that you can still actually carry your junk in. Of course I'm only going to put in a minimal amount of tube work to leave it open to customize to your liking, this will help keep costs down.

The point is, I want you to be able to almost bolt your stuff in this chassis and still have enough money to actually go wheelin. Your new rig would be lighter and way more capable than your old truck ever was and you can upgrade it over time as money allows.

I'm interested in keeping the bare chassis down around $2600
I'm going to offer a 4link kit to make linking the rear end very simple, and as stated above, I'll offer engine mounts in the chassis for the popular 22R(E) motor to bolt in.

The first chassis is scheduled to be built in just a few weeks.. I also plan to build one completely turn key here in the shop and will continue this thread to show the build up.

Here's a few pics to show what the chassis design looks like. Let me know your thoughts!

PRICE is going to be $2800 keep reading to see the final product as it evolved.












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Old 09-18-2008, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the lines! It's a buggy that still has a pickup look to it.
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is a 4 seater version in the works?
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That's kickass!

The single biggest advantage I see in a tube chassis is approach and departure angle. Out west we have a lot of dry waterfalls that demand you nose up to them, and with truck bodywork it's really hard to get that negative approach angle, and still have good flex.

What will be the wheelbase range for the two seater?
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I like this idea a lot, my biggest complaint of buggies is the lack of space for gear. Not everyone wants a comp rig for trail running.
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Will be watching this, I'm building a runner trail only now but the more I take off of it I am starting to think I should just build a buggy.
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looks good, Def dig the lines...
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I've kind of wished someone would design a formula chassis that looked more like a pickup. My understanding of the opriginal intent was that key dimensions would be given to potential builders and they could design within those parameters as long as they could exactly replicate each chassis.
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Great looking design

Why do all of the toyota based chassis builders have to be so far away? That thing is sick!!!!
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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think I'm ready



would like to see a space for a small rear seat

and the front's not to my liking 100%, little busy and the fender bars are "jeepish"
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see one built up!
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:26 AM   #16 (permalink)
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not much of a buggy guy but this would be something different and cool looking exspecialy for the yota world, ditch the front hoop and fender bars very much jeep look......
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wow! I'm gonna want one of those!
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:40 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I've started dreaming...

...but maybe one day it will come true. I like the optin to swap all my shit in and go wheeling. The KISS principle makes the world go round sometimes, and I'm glad to hear that I could KISS with this baby.

When all the sheetmetal's gone, I'll start saving pennies, dimes, and benjamins for this!
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Your design looks great. What is the wheelbase going to be?
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The rear lines look a whole lot like Cary's Got Propane buggy

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[QUOTE=rugburn;8744599]The rear lines look a whole lot like Cary's Got Propane buggyQUOTE]

That's just another reason that it kicks ass.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:50 AM   #22 (permalink)
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is a 4 seater version in the works?
The rear down bars could easily be changed to make room to be an "extended cab"... I don't see why someone couldn't put a rear seat in with minimal mods.

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The single biggest advantage I see in a tube chassis is approach and departure angle. Out west we have a lot of dry waterfalls that demand you nose up to them, and with truck bodywork it's really hard to get that negative approach angle, and still have good flex.

What will be the wheelbase range for the two seater?
The chassis could easily be upgraded to a linked front end and push the WB out a little in the front. But the idea driving this is to make getting into a chassis affordable to a larger number of people. The leafs in the front have there disadvantages, but there's no denying that they make setting up the suspension way cheaper for those on a budget, and will still perform great.

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Your design looks great. What is the wheelbase going to be?
I'm thinking with the leafs in the front the WB could be set up from 105"+ The first couple will be set up at 110" with 40" tires.

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not much of a buggy guy but this would be something different and cool looking especially for the yota world, ditch the front hoop and fender bars very much jeep look......
I was originally thinking I wanted the truck to have a Flattie feel to it... I think this thing might appeal to some Jeep guys too? I will definitely restyle the front to look like the FJ grill for the Toy guys, or offer just the shock hoops up front for anyone not wanting the tube fenders.

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The rear lines look a whole lot like Cary's Got Propane buggy
TEEJ above is the original person to bring the idea to the table. He was inspired by the Got Propane buggy and contacted me about building a chassis and had a good idea of what he wanted it to look like. I took his idea and designed up something I knew would be buildable and function great. We are still in the design phases and a few things may slightly change. TEEJ will be getting the first one and I'll be building myself one at the same time to help out with any potential problems. But the Got Propane buggy has definitely inspired some of the lines in this chassis.
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Fj hood and grill would be slick. Give the chassis some head room in case people run comps and what not. I'll be shopping for this once I trash my body .
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The nice thing about this type of chassis is you get more space for stuff like a cooler, toolbags, spares and even a back seat, or two.

Wheelbase could be what you want it to be but will have an effect on you approach/departure angles. Well it will be tougher to control W/B if you are not using §XX§. Leaf's will hinder your approach/departure angles as well.

I like the square/rectangle main rails with what looks to be an easliy replaced rear clip. The lines are nice and this could be skinned with desert truck glass real easily. You also left alot of room for teh end user to add tube and gussets for ????

I also don't care for the front hoop thing and fenders, it's too Geep lookin.

Well done, I'll be building my own chassis though. I'm still playin with final design though.
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Will watch this space for updates. Will save me from having to build my own. Are you planning on offering skins to go with this?
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