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Daddy Longlegs is a '05 Unlimited owned by Larry McRae, our boss here at Poison Spyder. We've been using this Jeep as an R&D mule for several new products while working it toward its ultimate goal of being Larry's next trail rig. Plans are to keep it long, low and wide. It will use a mixture of Poison Spyder off-the-shelf and custom parts, plus a few goodies from some of our friends in the industry.

Here's what we started with, straight off of Craigslist:







Unfortunately the sticker had to go because it was attached to the hard top, which was removed and sold. After that the tear-down commenced...







Meanwhile parts started coming in, like a pair of RockJock 60 housings, axles, unit bearings, etc from our friends over at Currie Enterprises.





Also started working up some custom Poison Spyder parts, such as the Crusher Corners and Rocker Knockers modified for the wheelbase stretch and larger wheel openings

 

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With all of the stock exterior stuff stripped away, time to start fitting up the Poison Spyder armor.





Daddy Longlegs helped with development of our new DeFender XC's, the highline version of our DeFenders. Here is a test-fit of an early prototype for the "Negative Flare" version.







With the body armor mostly mocked up, it was time to go on the lift for some work underneath. Off came all the stock axles, T-case, suspension components, brackets, etc.







 

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While the new suspension was being designed in our CAD department we started adding a few more goodies. Most of the armor and exterior items were powder coated in "Argento". Here the BFH Front Bumper with Brawler Bar is on, as well as the Steering Box Skid.





Topped the BFH Bumper off with a Warn winch and Poison Spyder Fairlead, then added some Trucklite LED Headlights.



Hood had to be trimmed for the DeFender XC's, then we added the Poison Spyder Hood Louver.





Next up the Poison Spyder TrailGate



Thanks to Gerald and our buddies over at Savvy Off-Road for their aluminum half doors!



Thanks also to Savvy for their killer aluminum gas tank skid. Our own gas skid is steel, but Larry wanted to save weight wherever possible.



Daddy Longlegs will be the R&D mule for our LJ full cage kit when we get around to designing it. In the meantime we simply augmented the stock roll bar with our TJ Trail Cage Kit and Heavy Duty Header Bar Kit.



 

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The aluminum Crusher Corners were a modified design, with a wheelbase stretch, larger wheel opening, and higher wheel opening to match the highline DeFender XC's up front. We also made a set of custom rear DeFender Flares to match the larger wheel opening, then welded them on before sending the corners to powder coat.



Once back from powder coat, the corners were re-mounted along with the LJ Rocker Knockers with Sliders, which were customized to accomodate the longer wheelbase and go wheel well to wheel well.





New DeFender XC's also came back from coating and on to the Jeep. Daddy Longlegs will be running the aluminum 3" Taper Flare version. This is the final design and differs somewhat from the early prototypes we posted earlier in the thread.





DeFender battery tray lift bracket



We developed an optional Inner Fender Kit to work with the DeFender XC's, for those who would rather not cut up their stock fenders.





The DeFender XC "Spyder" Insert Plates are temporary, as Daddy Longlegs will be getting the XC version of our DeFender Full Length Side Plate, we'll post pics of those once they're on.

 

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I like what I see, but why use a unit bearing and not a selectable hub on the front axle ?

Also, could you post up some pics of the front mount for the Savvy gas skid ?
I have it on my 2006 LJ and my Currie Rock Jock still hits the front of the
skid with it in the stock mounting location. I see you've moved it back.
 

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I like what I see, but why use a unit bearing and not a selectable hub on the front axle ?

Also, could you post up some pics of the front mount for the Savvy gas skid ?
I have it on my 2006 LJ and my Currie Rock Jock still hits the front of the
skid with it in the stock mounting location. I see you've moved it back.
You can still run a selectable hub with the unit bearing. I'll see if I can get some pics from underneath at the front of the skid. :beer:
 

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You can still run a selectable hub with the unit bearing. I'll see if I can get some pics from underneath at the front of the skid. :beer:
Thanks.
 

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Here are a few more shots to catch this thread up with the current status of the build...

We designed the suspension in CAD. Here the front RockJock 60 is starting to get its brackets. The front will be a 3-link with track bar, the rear will be a triangulated 4-link.



Suspension links. Not sure on the spec's for these, I can look it up if anyone's interested.



Gonna be a tight fit in the front.







How about that 1" square tube T-case crossmember? Should we put those into production? LOL...



The state of Daddy Longlegs when we paused last week for our move.



Here it is in its new home.



Flanked by a couple of Venom Chassis KOH racers in our new Race/R&D shop!

 

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I'm really liking the LJ build so far. I think you guys have done a great job revamping the PSC product line.
 

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Time for a LS in that thing now !
 

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Mods move threads to Non Hardcore all the time. Can a thread get bumped up to Hardcore? Custom suspension out a race shop qualifies IMO.

Something about this picture makes it look like an RC Crawler.
Here it is in its new home.
 

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Mods move threads to Non Hardcore all the time. Can a thread get bumped up to Hardcore? Custom suspension out a race shop qualifies IMO.
You know, I thought about it for a while before deciding which section to put it into. I figured in the long run it would just be easier in here, rather than getting in to some drawn out argument with the usual asshats over whether or not it qualifies as hard core since the back half isn't tubed LOL...

Where I really wanted to put it was in General 4X4 :flipoff2:
 

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Sweet looking LJ.

Is he building this to race in the modified class at KOH?
No there's a bunch of cheaters in that class.:grinpimp: We do hope to use it as prerunner for KOH though. We had hoped to use the buggy as my trail rig, but it is either tore apart for race prep or tore up after a race and it's rarely available when I wanna just have some fun. Hopefully this rig will always be raedy to go.
 
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