|11-10-2019 11:46 PM|
Now that I am in-between day jobs for a week, I have embarked on a new project.
Lots of rusty bolts later:
Big tank = big hole
Sitting in the hole
Still lots left to do, but there is no going back now so I guess I gotta finish it.
More pics and details here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...racker-part-1/
|11-04-2019 11:44 PM|
I didn't feel like going to bed, so I took some of the time lapse video and pictures from welding the rear diff and made a quick video out of it just for giggles/practice.
Haven't been doing much on the projects lately due to personal shenanigans and kids. Friday is my last day at my current job and I'm starting a new job here in a couple of weeks that is way closer and will cut about an hour a day off my commute.
I do plan on taking a week off between the jobs though, and I have a couple of projects I might be able to get to on PJ.
|08-29-2019 10:06 PM|
|YotaAtieToo||Sweet, I've heard those have have really good traction in the rocks|
|08-29-2019 09:27 PM|
|lwb86||im liking all the mods so far. might steal your bumper mod for the winter beater . its kind of dicked from drift smashing from last year|
|08-29-2019 08:54 PM|
4 Rocktane XS 29x10x15 used for $150.
My dad picked them up for me today but I won't get them for a couple weeks when he heads back home from out of state.
I would have preferred 30's but these were so cheap I couldn't pass them up.
Between these tires and the wheels, it puts me right at $2k total invested in this project. Not too shabby.
Might go do some light duty wheeling this weekend.
|08-22-2019 12:29 PM|
I actually have those crosswinds on a 2 dr tracker and they seem to do very well.
And yes, 1" spacer to clear. These are 1-1/4" I had laying around
|08-21-2019 09:27 PM|
$200 will probably get you some shit tires.
If you want to be cheap, you need something like this
Set of 4 (FOUR) Crosswind M/T Mud Tires - 30X9.50R15LT 104Q C (6 Ply) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TNH4V2H..._BSGxDb7WZF2JX
I almost got the 31s and cut every other lug out like people do with boggers and Mt claws
As far as the caliper rubbing the wheel, I bolted on a typical black rock crawler and it didn't look like it would take much to get them to fit. The samurai wheels on the other hand, are almost flat and pretty much need a 1" spacer.
|08-21-2019 08:08 PM|
Good things come to those who stalk Marketplace relentlessly
Found a set of 15x8 wagon wheels and picked them up last weekend. $125 for 5 matching wheels.
Did I mention I LOVE tripping over kids stuff to get to my tools
Bolted one on just for giggles to see where it rubbed on the brakes. I forgot to measure but if I were to guess they are about 1" less backspacing then the original 16" wheels.
I have heard a lot of people talk about the wheels rubbing, but have yet to see any pictures of what was actually done about it. So with the wheel loosely bolted on I spun it to mark where it was rubbing.
Haven't done it yet but I feel comfortable shaving off just enough of the outer edge of the caliper here. There is some pretty decent meat there.
The high spots on the welds might need a very light touch with the grinder (ignore the rust, just look at the fresh scratched spots)
Now I am on a mission to find some 30x10x15 SXS or UTV tires. I have come across a couple but no killer deals yet. I am targeting like $200 or less if anybody has any laying around and is near KC.
|08-07-2019 05:15 PM|
|08-06-2019 04:38 PM|
|rennat_2006||The 2000 vitara i had were 15" steel wheels.|
|08-06-2019 03:45 PM|
|08-06-2019 02:21 PM|
|08-05-2019 04:54 PM|
I've always wanted a set of mid 90s F150 stock forged alcoas
|08-05-2019 04:40 PM|
|08-02-2019 10:42 PM|
Finally got around to posting about welding up the rear diff. These drop out 3rd members are a lot of work compared to what I am used to .
Gertrude telling me I was going to get in trouble for stinking up the house... right before I got the evil eye for stinking up the house (preheating in the oven before I started welding)
Think it will hold?
For way more pics and steps go here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...itara-tracker/
|08-02-2019 10:33 PM|
|07-24-2019 03:27 PM|
definitely do the maxxis carnivores over the stiff bias TSL's.
but go with the 30x10r15
|07-24-2019 07:01 AM|
I hear ya, I didn't realize the whole diff assembly was aluminum when I bought it.
Next thing I would suggest is these
Maxxis Carnivore Radial Tire 29x9.5-15 for Arctic Cat 700 TRV LTD 2013-2015 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QNJLJ1..._mxfoDbAXGY97D
I have the 32s and the traction is impressive, the 29s should fit with a lot let drama.
|07-23-2019 11:19 PM|
Took PJ out to do some wheeling at KS Rocks a couple of weekends ago. It was a Midwest Krawlers event that had about 40 vehicles turn out. It was fun.
I didn't post about it yet but over the last month I welded the rear spiders, boy was it an improvement. This damn truck went up just about everything I pointed it at.
My big issues were belly and gas tank clearance. The transmission crossmember and gas tank have some pretty big dents and I knocked the exhaust off bottoming out in some large ruts (was able to slip it back on easily, just a loose exhaust clamp). Other than that everything worked great.
I bought an Amazon knock off GoPro and suction cup mount so I made up a quick video of PJ doing his thing. It starts off slow with a time lapse of loading up so feel free to fast forward to the good stuff.
I had a lot more video but my video editor software crashed and I didn't feel like doing it again so it is going to stay how it is
|07-23-2019 11:08 PM|
While I would love to have one, I am going to stay away from a front locker for as long as possible. I am having fun doing more wheeling and less repairs from the trail at the moment.
I am still under $2k with this entire build . Going to try to keep it cheap and reliable.
|07-23-2019 10:45 PM|
Good to see you back again Oober, I was hoping I would see you back here with another project one of these days.
Funny I had one of those rings about 6 months ago, I took it on trade thinking I'd use it for chasing coyotes. Took it out a few times and it just made me miss my blazer everytime so it helped persuade me to get back on it. Mine was a 4 cyl automatic with a lockrite in the rear, would have been a hell of alot funner rig with a 5speed.
Might want to pick up a cam sensor for it and through it in the glovebox, I had issues with mine and from what I read it's a common fail item.
|07-23-2019 10:25 PM|
|YotaAtieToo||Want to buy a front trail tough locker? I bought one and ended up putting a Toyota diff in instead.|
|07-23-2019 08:04 PM|
Anybody near Lincoln/Omaha that wants to pick up some wheels/tires for me in Murdock NE and store them for a little bit until I can get up that way? Or anybody on their way from that area to KC?
I found a nice set of 31" TSL's on aftermarket wagon wheels that would fit PJ for cheap but can't get up there this weekend and the guy wants them gone within a week. I am in Kansas City.
|06-22-2019 12:36 AM|
Finally got to go wheeling! This was back on June 9th.
PJ did great, the Exploder did great towing it also. No breakage and PJ kept up with the jeeps in the group just fine, nothing a little momentum couldn't overcome!
There were over 150 rigs at KS rocks. It was a busy day!
I got no action shots of PJ. This parked shot is the best I've got!
This is the hill above where I was parked. PJ made it up in one shot, it was pretty rocky where the blue jeep is stopped. He ended up backing down and finding another route.
Video from the event posted to the Midwest Crawlers YouTube
BOOM! Check out that massive flex Removing the sway bar appears to have helped quite a bit. It still behaves just fine on-road with it off, just a little more body roll.
More pics here: https://www.diymetalfabrication.com/...unflower-ride/
Since the trip I have just been tinkering with it and driving it to work occasionally.
I spent some time washing the mud out of the undercarriage so less mud would fall on my head during my next mod that I just started on
|06-22-2019 12:20 AM|
I researched this mod to death and I can't remember if I saw a picture with a u-bolt or just read about it. Almost everything I found was 10+ years old and had broken picture links, so I wanted to make sure I documented well for others.
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