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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkw1 View Post
    One of these days he's going to figure out bending a washer 90* and welding it to the frame will do the same thing with way less effort.
    Yeah, but it doesn’t look as good or take 2,649% more time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkw1 View Post
    One of these days he's going to figure out bending a washer 90* and welding it to the frame will do the same thing with way less effort.
    But doing it the long way gives him more shed/tool time. (Tim the toolman grunts - inserted)
    Ride it like you Stole IT!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    Let me start by saying this thread will take a while to get going.


    I thing you may have been correct sir...
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    Lol Rome was not built in day?
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    Knocked out a few things yesterday.

    Ended up with an AiM SmartyCam (long story) so I may as well install it. It will use GPS and actually track (and I can make a course) where I've been. It also puts all sorts of data overlays on the video it takes.





    Got the Beast back in it's home too. I'm curious as to the capacity - many miles, that's for sure!



    Thank you TALON!!!



    So this goes into the end of the center console, somewhere... Full HVAC system out of Samurai!
    It (heater core/fan assembly) kinda fits up high, inverted and backwards into the console and the steering shaft goes right through it. I'm gonna have to make a full housing for it and then make it all fit in the center console. Oh, and then there's the A/C condenser that's sitting to the right of the center piece. That's gonna end up in front/above of the passenger's foot area.



    So assembly continues. Gonna get the steering in place today and see what else needs to be tended to, to get 'er up and running.

    I'll not be messing with an upper dash and the HVAC system right now - I'm working on getting this running under it's own power so I can go get my street plates, test, thrash a bit and make sure everything's gonna work. Once it's proven I'll finish up the interior and some of the sealing panels and such. (still trying to wrap my head around how I'm gonna seal off the cab)

    It's really pleasing that as I put stuff back in it all fits like it's supposed to. Whew!



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    Looks awesome man!

    Wiring looks great!

    Never heard of the smartycam, sounds cool though.
    "Speed is time-time is speed"-Dennis Hopper

    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Knine Racing rear axles installed.



    Rear suspension in place, right side done, left side has to come back off and have a few things added.

    Slapped the left side (it was all assembled) on, started working on the right. As I put the carrier in I realized that there were no circlips holding the uni-balls in their homes.

    Crap.
    That means that the left side, while on the chassis, is missing all the circlips.

    So, off comes the left side this morning, in go the circlips and then back on it goes. Arrrrggghhhh...





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    Wizard - I wish it was that easy!
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    Yesterday was an odd day.
    It started out with me dropping the dog food bowl first thing in the morning and what ever the bad juju that caused that followed me into the shop.

    It would appear that Iíve somehow managed to completely f up all my hard brake line ends.
    Iíve made these before.
    Iíve done lots of them.
    I have the correct tools.
    I know what Iím doing.
    Every one of the bastards leaks.
    Arrggghhhh!

    Stripped two nuts, fought with stuff, got all the circlips installed.

    I guess on the bright side I didnít bleed at any point.

    When torquing down the secondary clutch (55 lb-ft) I didn't have a clutch holder so I put a pry bar in the u-joint yoke of the output for the front drive train. Simple enough. Then put the trans into high gear and torqued the clutch bolt (opposite rotational direction as to what the trans sees from the engine). No fuss, no issues, no sounds, nothing other than the feeling of a bolt getting torqued.

    Pulled the pry bar out of the yoke and now my trans is locked up. If I put it in park or neutral, the input shaft (secondary clutch) spins just fine. The moment I put it in any gear (R, L, H), the whole thing is locked up. I can't get the axles to spin, nor the output shaft for the front wheel drive (constant gear mesh - 4x4 is accomplished by locking the front diff in).

    Not sure what my next move is (shoot the f'n thing). I have a query on the RZR forum as to if anyone has a clue. God I hope I don't have to pull the trans...

    Assembly towards that first run:











    I've been guessing (pulled the numbers outta thin air) that the Mini-Raptor was going to weigh in somewhere around 1,850 lbs. Don't know why, it's the number that spoke to me.

    Guess I was off a tad - expect it to be right at 2,000 lbs when completely finished.

    The high cross weight is a direct result of a front spring holder and the preload it's put on the system and the weight of the engine biased towards the right rear.

    Front shocks don't have tender (upper) springs and the spring rates are off anyhow (part of the reason for weighing is to put all the numbers into the FOA Suspension Calculator to find my spring rates). I still need to do a unsprung weight (chassis on jack stands, suspension fully floppy, weigh at the jack stands) check.



    I'm really pleased with the weight distribution - it's gonna be close to a 50/50 front/rear split.

    Even at 2K lbs, this thing is gonna rip. The Dez II was 2200 lbs and down 50ish hp. It had the same shocks, similar weight, travel and such and it was an absolute Cadillac in the dirt. The Mini-Raptor has a far superior suspension design so I expect it'll be everything the Dez was and more.

    Light at the end of the tunnel is visible - flickering but visible.
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    Awesome!

    Is it me or is that thing super light for its size/power?

    Not bleeding is always good.
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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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