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Old 10-01-2018, 09:40 AM   #426 (permalink)
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So what do you do now thumb a ride back to Alabamy? Kinda a left yourself stranded?
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:44 PM   #427 (permalink)
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So what do you do now thumb a ride back to Alabamy? Kinda a left yourself stranded?
I grabbed an Uber from Luke’s shop to Sacramento airport. I then flew to WI for 2-days of work travel and was back home before dinner on Friday in AL.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:26 AM   #428 (permalink)
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Got some great updates from Luke and the team at 4x4Labs last night:

- Luke finished his new 4th Gen 4Runner prototype front bumper on his own rig and will be completing a slightly improved and jig-built version for mine next.

- This new 4x4Labs 4th Gen 4Runner bumper is designed for Ultra High Clearance, Maximum Approach Angle, and a No Fluff Design. Just Strong, Sexy Lines, Low Weight, and Maximum Protection. What else could you ask for!

Here are a few pics of the prototype:






- Check out the Approach Angle - Insane!




More details of the design and construction. Sexy welds!








- In order to ensure maximum approach angle on the front bumper, they relocated our PS Cooler and added a high performance aluminum cooler.

I can't wait to see the bumper finished, powder coated, and stamped with the 4x4Labs brand on our KOH rig. More magic to come from 4x4Labs over the coming days!
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:29 AM   #429 (permalink)
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Nice fab work, but that bumper is
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:59 AM   #430 (permalink)
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Do rules allow you to cut or modify the inner fender well?
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Do rules allow you to cut or modify the inner fender well?
Simple answer: No. Remember that our front suspension will be extended out 3.5". So if a rock happens to "modify" the front inner fenders for us during the race, so be it. And the tires will be far enough out that there won't be risk of puncture.

From the rulebook:
"Front inner fenders must be complete and unmodified, with the following limitations and exceptions: outer fenders (wheel well openings) may be trimmed for the single and exclusive purpose of allowing for tire clearance. Modifications to the outer fenders must preserve the look of the stock wheel wells, as originally manufactured, and must not be trimmed excessively (no more than a 2" gap between any part of the outer fender and the tire at full compression)."

"Front outer fenders may be replaced with OEM-style aftermarket fenders (flared fiberglass fenders are permitted)."

"Rear inner and outer fenders must be complete and unmodified, with the following limitations and exceptions: outer fenders (wheel well openings) may be trimmed for the single and exclusive purpose of allowing for tire clearance. Modifications to the outer fenders must preserve the look of the stock wheel wells, as originally manufactured, and must not be trimmed excessively (no more than a 2" gap between any part of the outer fender and the tire at full compression)."
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:29 AM   #432 (permalink)
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Nice fab work, but that bumper is
You're impossible to please . Just wait till it is in final form - this was just the prototype and wasn't yet complete.

I love the design and functionality - and it'll look even better once it's done and coated.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:32 AM   #433 (permalink)
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You're impossible to please . Just wait till it is in final form - this was just the prototype and wasn't yet complete.

I love the design and functionality - and it'll look even better once it's done and coated.
That may be, but why is there a huge void in the middle? Is it not done yet?

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One final update for the day. I have been working on sequencing with Luke, BigMike, and Wyatt. Here's the latest on the timeline:

- Oct 15: Car goes from 4x4Labs to Marlin Crawler

- Nov 5: Car goes from Marlin Crawler to RockSolidToys

- Dec 3: Car is pretty much done and ready for testing

Moving 4x4Labs up to the front of the CA work ended up helping us get back on track with the timeline. We're all feeling pretty good.

I won't spoil the surprises, but a lot has been accomplished on the front suspension and steering over the past few weeks.

Also, Front Gen 2 RCVs have also been received! I'll post pics when I have them.
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That may be, but why is there a huge void in the middle? Is it not done yet?
Correct, there will be a hoop and other features there that simply hadn't been added to the prototype as of last night.

Note the center section is intentionally designed to fit all common winches, including the new Warn Zeon Platinum 10-S that I hand delivered to Luke.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:20 AM   #436 (permalink)
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Nice fab work, but that bumper is
This. Probably functional, idk.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:35 AM   #437 (permalink)
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I don't mind the style of the bumper. I don't like how low the fairlead is and I think it sticks out to far, they look like rock hooks.

I kinda wish Op would have just left out koh and built a sweet trail/exploring rig. Because that's what it looks like.
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As painful as this is, any updates?
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In for updates...
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I'm waiting for some updated pics to arrive from both 4x4Labs and Marlin Crawler. A ton of work done on the car over the past 2-weeks, but not many pics to show for it. I expect a ton of pics to arrive at the end of the week when the car moves from 4x4Labs to Marlin's shop.

Quick Update:
- Armor will be done by Friday and 4x4Labs had a great idea for the Rear Bumper that I'll show off soon.

- Front Suspension and Steering are in process. The UCAs, LCAs, and Spindles are being laser cut this week.

- We're also taking final measurements off the new Gen 2 RCVs in the front to make sure everything will match perfectly.

- We've also been coordinating heavily with Icon on Front Coilovers, Rear Shocks, and Rear Coils.

- And Wyatt has some radical ideas for the rear 4-Link that we'll go into soon as well.

I'll post another update as soon as the pics begin to arrive.
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In a time crunch but sending 4Runner to Marlin Crawler? These guys are notorious for having zero product in stock. Hope you got all your parts. Good luck.
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Don't you want to be out testing in November?
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Don't you want to be out testing in November?
It'll be the beginning of Dec when testing begins on site in JV. I was originally aiming for just after Thanksgiving, but it'll be a couple weeks afterward. Still looking really good on the timeline.
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Got a few "In Process" pics from Luke at 4x4Labs last night. These are from earlier in the week. All armor (Front Bumper, Rear Bumper, Sliders, and Skid Plates) will be finished, powder coated, and badged by EOB Tomorrow. Then Luke is personally delivering the car to BigMike at Marlin Crawler for the next stage of fabrication.

Luke surprised us by building all armor (Front/Rear Bumpers, Sliders, and Skids) out of cross broken Heat Treated AR400! It's so strong that it literally stalled his 150 ton press a few times for the sliders.

Front Bumper and Front Skids:


Check out Luke's "AR" Branding next to the High-Lift Insert Hole:


Sliders:


Winch Fairlead they "whipped" out:


Rear bumper and skids are being finish welded today. I'll have more pics soon. These guys are AWESOME at what they do.
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In a time crunch but sending 4Runner to Marlin Crawler? These guys are notorious for having zero product in stock. Hope you got all your parts. Good luck.
I have to agree with him. I love the products and have used them on numerous vehicles, but EVERYTHING takes forever with Marlin. Great products (and guys); horrible business model.

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Old 10-18-2018, 10:53 PM   #448 (permalink)
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Killer build. I'd like to see it when you get to the lakebed.
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Killer build. I'd like to see it when you get to the lakebed.
Sounds good.

Small update on the Front Bumper. Luke, HD and the team went all out - Rock Crushing Approach Angle design:








The Front Bumper, Sliders, and Skid Plates are done and in Powder Coat this morning (they do powder coating in house at 4x4Labs).

The rear bumper is being finish welded and will go in Powder Coat ASAP - it's the only item we're slightly behind on right now (maybe a 1 day delay).

They're also working on a cool idea for our exhaust... They are going All Out for this build!
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Note we aren't using anything from Marlin that would be "in stock" on this build. More to come here.

Finally, Marlin is the key to one of our last big surprises on this build that will be disclosed later on...
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