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"Conquistador" �the Mexico build

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"Conquistador" …the Mexico build

The word is out that we are working on a pretty “cool” build (no pun intended:D). This will not be a typical rockcrawler meant to tackle a few hours of trails and return back to the trailer. The idea is to build a very universal rig that will see a lot of trail time, sometimes 5 to 6 days out before returning. During these trail runs the rig must be able to crawl and climb the toughest of obstacles, yet be able to do some pre-running in the deserts of Mexico at the same time… A true all purpose “Dual Sport” rig. ...Oh, and it's going to be street legal too.

Before we even get started I want to thank all the companies and individuals that are working with us on this build.

On to some specs:

This will be a one off chassis that was originally designed for myself but will likely be added to our lineup soon.
It will be a 2 seater with lots of room in the passenger compartment for days of comfort on the trail
and a little extra room for all the gear. It will be 58" wide at the cowl, 20" belly at ride, the rockers will have 30" of clearance at ride, the top of the cage will be around 71" at ride. WB will be 111"

The engine is from TurnKey Engine Supply. 390hp all aluminum LS1 with the LQ9 intake

Part of the fun in driving is shifting gears… the owner wants it to be a manual.
What better choice than a Dodge NV4500 (5speed) with 6.32 first gear.
The input shaft has been swapped to the chevy style and an adapter from
Advance Adapters gets the output converted to 23 spline
with the traditional 6 bolt round pattern.

Transfer Case
We are working with Tony at Stak to be the first recipient of a passenger side drop 3 speed mini case:flipoff2:.
Gears will be 4.29:1 / 2.44:1 / 1:1 we added the parking brake, speed sensor, and HD case support.

Tires and Rims
Nothing less than 40”x15” Nitto Mud Grapplers mounted up on a set of 20”x10” Spiderlocks from Poison Spider Customs

9" housings narrowed to 62.5"WMS
front has SOLID inners with 1995 Ford F350 outers
the tops of the knuckles have been machined for highsteer arms that line up with the stock Ackerman arms. TERA 35 spline drive flanges. YUKON 4340 35 spline axles (inners, outers, and custom rears... all cut down and resplined for the axles. The front will use stock F350 one ton brakes and the rear is set up with chevy 3/4 ton calipers already. The bottom of both housings have already been shaved for additional clearance, and of course they will get trussed up for strength...

Front … due to the amount of up travel we are after I’m not sure a Hi9 will work, so if it doesn’t I talked quite a bit with Mike and Chris at TruHi9 about a backup plan. Turns out I can get a Nascar third with 5.42:1 gears (polished, lightened, and hardened) with a 35spline pinion to match up nicely and still have the strength and reliability we are after. I’ll fit it with an ARB in house. For the Rear, Mike set us up a MEGAHi9 with 5:40 gears and an ARB. We know going into this that the ARB will be our week link in the axles… but keep in mind, This is a dual sport rig, and the owner wants to keep it a long time. He’s not likely to be quite as hard on it as a competitor.

Drive Shafts by Tom Woods

Lance at PSC has been working hard to put us together a system that will meet our demands of higher speeds and streetability just for this build… Of course it includes nothing less than the best stuff they offer.


A very special thanks goes out to the guys at Polyperformance for working with us on getting the shocks set up to our needs… they in turn are working with Racerunner directly to get us dialed in and set up to perform the way this buggy will demand. I can't say enough how cool these guys are to work with and helpful they have been.. Here is what we have put together…

Front -3 link design with DOM control arms and QA1 heims. Dampening will be controlled by 14” 2.0 Racerunner coilovers, remote reservoirs, triple rate springs, and Racerunner 2.0 bumpstops with 2.5” stroke. Travel will be setup for 45% bump.

Rear -4 link design with DOM control arms and QA1 Heims. The rough stuff will be controlled by 16” 2.0 Racerunner emulsion coilovers set up to be triple rate coil carriers, 2.0 16” Racerunner external bypass shocks will help with dampening along with 2.0 Racerunner 4” bumpstops and a Currie Sway bar should handle anything we throw at it. Travel in the rear will also be 45% bump.

There is a thread in the desert section discussing “Suspension Geometry for Getting It” created during the design process for this buggy.

Creature comforts

Master Craft seats
Crow Harnesses
Wilwood pedals
Custom roof rack
Spare tire carrier
Speed Glass windshield
Enclosable soft top by Draper Customs
and A/C…. because this buggy wouldn’t be “cool” without it:flipoff2:

Enjoy -Tim
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:smokin: thats it period just fucking gourgeous!:smokin:
I wanna see a pic of this thing at night with all those fancy lights lit up! :smokin:
I wanna see a pic of this thing at night with all those fancy lights lit up! :smokin:
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Few pics from a recent trip... you may have seen a few others in the Salvador thread of the same trip. Thought you might enjoy.

The owner is contemplating on selling it (as he feels it's just too nice to beat on it). If you've been thinking about having a new rig built, you might think about how cool it would be to run next years KOH with the A/C running:D.. This rig has the same suspension geometry as Scooby's rig that placed 3rd in the LCQ with a flat tire. Without the flat, I have no doubts he would have posted the fastest time there. I'll have more news about the sale of this rig released soon.


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I have just spent 3 hrs going through the build-up & I must say I haven't seen another rig with as much detail & creaturte comforts but can wheel anywhere ever before.
A true testiment to your shops ability

Just letting everybody know this rig is in the 4-corners and is still 4-sale...
I just bumped the ad up, if you have any questions shoot me a Pm or email me at [email protected]
This rig is still in Farmington nm, anybody wanting to test drive it and take it home?
we have this rig here at the shop, it is still for sale,,
But thinking of swapping in a Ford 302 with a C4 mated to the stak....

swapping out the Coilovers and rear Bypass's for some Air shocks....
Curious why the swapping of coilovers/bypasses to air shocks?
Curious why the swapping of coilovers/bypasses to air shocks?
To make it more afordable for some one to buy.
I guess I can understand that. Isn't this rig a lil heavy for air shocks? Is that the same reason to pull a nice engine and install a 302?

I guess I am a lil biased to this rig. I like it a lot and my ears perked up a bit when it came on the market.
I guess I can understand that. Isn't this rig a lil heavy for air shocks? Is that the same reason to pull a nice engine and install a 302?

I guess I am a lil biased to this rig. I like it a lot and my ears perked up a bit when it came on the market.
X2, can't recoup enough by selling as a chassis only or basic roller? It was a pretty cool rig, bummer the market is what it is
Yea !!!
I really dont want to Part it out or even swap parts but... just getting very little trafic on it...
I do have a sale pending, should know today....
little changes..
no bypass's in rear etc...
I joined this forum a while back, looking to buy a buggy. After a few months of searching, and with a somewhat limited budget, I came upon this one in the for sale section. I knew there would be some challenges with a long-distance sale, but I was determined.

The reason I am writing this post, and I probably should have done it sooner, is to say a HUGE thank you to Randy and everyone at Jimmys 4x4. Right from our first contact, Randy has been so great to deal with, extremely helpful with any questions I had. We struck up a deal on this rig, and I had Randy and the guys swap out the NP4500 trans for a TH350. The results were fantastic and such a clean looking install.

The follow up after I had the buggy shipped up here has been great as well. Randy, Tyler and Travis thanks for putting up with me and all my typical newbie questions. Even to this day, a couple of months after the sale, they have continued to help me with any questions I have. I have been stretching the Conquistador's legs up here, and working out some issues as the terrain here is slightly different than where it was originally intended. The guys at Jimmy's 4x4 continue to help me out.

My customer satisfaction is 110%, and I wouldn't hesitate AT ALL to buy another buggy from them.

Thanks again to all of you at Jimmy's 4x4.
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