Im thinking that this is going to be more of a thrashing machine rather than a crawler. Now Ive still got my series 2a with the mog 404 axles and it is an awesome machine, a very good crawler and behaves well with a bit of throttle. BUT after driving one machine (BJ on roids new rig that I help build) that has an auto and weighs about 1700lb lighter (my 4700lb vs his 3500lb) and possible more outright power has made me realise that my mog rover is a tall, wide, long, heavyweight pig to drive. Especially with the NP435 manual gearbox.wilsby said:Nice! Any profound thought on why not portals, or merely a time and $$ decision?
And yes, I am seriously jelaous and impressed by the speed you do these thing at.
If the arms were cranked all the way untill they touched in the middle then they wouldnt bind at all cause they would just pivot about the centre mount. In the stock straight position we have gotten 10in of shock travel in articulation (which is the difference in the amount of extension on each of the front two shocks) on a number of rigs (slotted or drilled radius arm bushes). So i figger I should get a proportional increase in bind free travel by mounting the ends of the radius arms proportionally closer together. Which is why I come up with 14in.SeaRover said:no really Sam . . . you suck :flipoff2: nice work!
cranked or not, i don't see how you're going to get that much travel out of the radius arms - unless you're leaving one of the bushes completely out?!
[edit: ] also, with the sexy pinion angle on there, how will you mount the panhard? (not critiquing . . .i'm just a dumbass trying to understand)
On the P38 the arms are kinked to get around the chassis although the actual chassis mounts are still in line with the diff mounts so they work the same way as an old school rangie.wilsby said:Sam, this makes me like the front end of the P38A even more. Did you bend the radius arms, or have you scavenged them from a Rangie II? BTW, do you do slotted bushes that fit the P38A?
How much are they move inward? I reckon 5" would be required for the extra travel?
Too easy - Ill leave it as is.Stupid frnch jackasS said:
keep it just like it is now, it looks perfect and the front weight bias will help the climbing ability
You should do that.Dustin said:Impressive work. The rover hood looks like it will work well. I'd love to come over there and wheel with you guys some time.
Will be interesting - if I get it finished early I might see if I can get it on the scales next week. Although I havent really tried to keep the weight down in building this one. Ive got heaps of triangulation and lots of other areas where, with a bit more cleverer design, things could have been opimised a bit better. Should still be light though.sachilles said:Have you weighed the beast yet? Just curious what your weight savings was.