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Old 12-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #226
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Pics. or it didn't happen.

Glad to see you got this going Scott. I'll have to stop by and check it out one of these days.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:30 AM   #227
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It lives and made its first voyage away home today. Only real problem was beadlock bolts backing off and actually falling out!

It must look cool cause lots of people were taking pictures as we went by :-)))

I'm pretty happy it's finally coming together
ppssssttt... that was the same guy taking all the pictures and he was with us on the trip
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:31 PM   #228
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ppssssttt... that was the same guy taking all the pictures and he was with us on the trip
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:31 PM   #229
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #230
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:25 AM   #231
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just call it BEAST
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:59 AM   #232
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First runs summary. Overall the rig performs very well. The visibility is great, I am really happy with how the windshield turned out. I may add some protection because the center seems to stick out farther than stock. Measurement wise the amount that the center of the windshield sticks out from the a-pillar should be the same as stock. But with the cab being 10" narrower the angle looks pretty dramatic when a big branch is riding up the glass. The steering works good and is 2.5 turns lock to lock. I do have limit spacers in the ram and someday I'll modify the lower guard to get that 1/2" back. The suspension rocks. The rig is very stable over the bumps and I can watch the rear tires and air bags cycle in the rear view mirrors. The front suspension is as good as can be expected given the straight upper links. The passengers tire has left some rubber on coil over spring so I should probably do some test flexing to see if the bump stops should be adjusted. The springs on the front COs are alittle light but worked fine and the limit straps are a little too long. I think they stretched.

The biggest problem with the design is the rear driveline angle is too great. At higher speeds it makes a bad noise and when you let off it is really scarry. I CV may be in the future. The only other problem, and it stops me dead for now, is an oil leak from the engine. It needs a plug in the rear of the oil galley. Mis-assembly on my part. I didn't remember one being there and I thot the gasket would seal it. Not so. Fortunately it held until we were almost back to the trailhead. The engine still has good oil pressure but it could go completely anytime. The repair requires pulling either the tranny or engine. I did find the engine has enough torque to drive thru the clutch. Basically it'll slip under heavy load but can shift down and continue on. So the clutch & pressure plate will be replaced while it's apart.

I am happy with it and flat out exhausted from the last couple months of non-stop work to get it on the trail. A word to anyone that considers doing a complete, from scratch, ground up design & build, everything takes 20 times longer than expected.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:21 PM   #233
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it was nice to finaly see it out on the trail
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:35 PM   #234
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The rig is pretty awesome scott. Impressed is an understatement.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:05 PM   #235
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If anyone's got pics from NYE I'd appreciate copies, just post'm up and I'll grab'm
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:06 PM   #236
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Drug the dodge out today. Thinking 12 valve.













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Old 01-04-2014, 04:31 PM   #237
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Hmmm, 12 valve would be pretty sweet lol , but only if it has tripple turbos and LOTS of fueling!
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #238
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Dual cp3's and a fass 200gph pump
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:27 PM   #239
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the overhead console, behind the curtain. Left room for a few more switches

got red and white leds for each side of the cab inside, two whites to the rear inside cab, three swtichs for rear lighting and three for front, two unwired will eventually power lights to the sides as soon as I figure out where to mount them

It's hinged, between the visors for easy access

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:09 AM   #240
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Picture doesn't work....
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sorry, moved some pics around in PB. Prolly broke a few links
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Nice and clean
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:12 AM   #243
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thanx. A friend that was up visiting did the fab work and I did the wiring. It really turned out nice. I gotta get some pics of it when it is fastened up.
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Keep chipping away at little things. Here are the mounts for the land anchors







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Unfortunately my measurements were off and it can't be mounted with the lower bar in place. I'll have to find a place to carry it.
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Noticed this on the run around Sutton the other day.




Either my limit straps are too long or they stretched too much. Yes I know the washers are redneck.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:56 PM   #247
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I can make some solid spacers I bet. Iv got a lot of material laying around and almost every thickness of plate. If you get some ideas pm me. My buddie has a lathe also.

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More than likely it will work the same but at least a little
Less redneck. But if your just for forum then no big deal.
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Whats a land anchor? Scotch pad?
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it's like a boat anchor but for land. There are some pics of the build in a tech section
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