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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDoc View Post
    Congrats on doing the paperwork, nobody ever said you were quick Kfab. 8)
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    And do you Robyn take whats left of Richard in broken bones, stitches, bandages, butterfly clips?

    Well done.
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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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    Me too!

    Thanks guys.
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    Awesome!!!
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    Brief update.

    Buckled in (what a pain!), pulled out onto the street, kept it at 25 mph (40kph) watching the temp gauge come up.

    Turn right, planning to head out into the desert for a play.

    Something tells me to just go run the power line road by the house (the drop of something wet when we are bone dry?).

    I hit the power line and get on the fun pedal - new suspension settings are sweet - much better, still room for improvement. Rebound needs to be slowed down.

    Huh, another few drops of water. Time to unbuckle (shit, took me forever to buckle into the 5 point). Get out, walk to front, see water dripping down front of rad.

    Ah fu&$. I did clip the radiator when I was redoing the hood mounts. Cut off wheel hooked and then hit rad but I was hoping it didn’t compromise it.
    I was wrong. It didn’t look like it cut thru.

    Not upset…. Been working on the RZR as a distraction. Now that it’s finished, focus is back on the MR. My TIG welding has made huge steps, I’m not scared of fixing the rad now.
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    Glad your back on it.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    I absolutely despise working with fluids. They run everywhere, usually stain, taste bad (come on, every one of us has accidentally stuck a shop finger in their mouth at one time or another), generally make a mess.

    The radiator is leaking. It's full of fluid. Let's work on the rear of the Mini-Raptor instead. That sounds like a good plan. Keeps me away from fluids...

    The jack mount that flyerrider directed me to for the RZR and it's Baja trip is sweet. The Mini-Raptor needs one too.

    Places were tested, things were envisioned, a spot was decided upon. It gets put to the left of the spare, above/forward of the exhaust outlet and behind the cycling suspension.

    Had to make the arm that holds the front more than just a tube or a brace. It needed speed holes! They make you faster, after all. - or not... Turns out that the weight of the metal I removed is exactly what the weight of the spacer tubes in the holes they fit in is. Everything's .065 mild.

    All da parts for da support arm:



    Add da parts is now one part:



    And it grows. Support arm attached to the jack mounting plate:



    Mount in place.



    Jack in place. Still need to make handle mounts.

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    I will come over an play welder repair person where the fluid leaks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kustomfab2003 View Post
    I will come over an play welder repair person where the fluid leaks
    You're hired!
    Well… That’s if you’re around when I get to the front end. Plus I’m having fun welding so.

    No pix yet (will get them uploaded like normal and then modify this post. I can’t get them off of my phone ) but I ended up cutting the jack mount off and moving it inward about .75” (18ish mm). When I tried to put the license plate back on, of course it had fitment interference.

    I swore a bit, pulled out the Sawzall and freed it from the rear bumper clip. Little bit of mill time and the long, holy arm was shortened.
    So, while the assembly was sitting on the bench I had a vision of where to put the jack handle. A bit of lathe and mill work later and I have spring loaded catches on the underside of the mount. I did have to take about 4” (100mm) off each of the jack handle pieces but the MR is relatively light and loosing a bit of handle leverage won’t be an issue.

    Need to go get another spring for the handle capture and then weld the whole assembly back in place, which now fits w/o fighting for space.

    I’m still avoiding the front end and fluids.
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    Pix as promised.

    The parts for the handle captures:



    The assembled setup. Tucks the handles under and out of the way.



    Found my radiator leak - took about 1/4 turn clockwise and it seated. WOO HOO!!!



    And it's insured:

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    Actually working on her again.

    Time for the rear bed panels.

    Since I had the fenders lengthened, they weren't flat on the underside. That needed to be.

    Got creative with the grinder and a piece of flat steel - made a fence that held the flap wheel just off the bottom of the fender and tada, parallel (kinda at least) sides.










    Then I went after the panel with the roller that I've been harboring for Joshua (Kustomfab) and stepped the edge that butts against the fender.





    The roller also bends nicely and isn't sharp at the break (thinking about making these into carbon molds). There's been a few test pieces and pieces that locate - only wanna do this once!



    I thought I took another pic of the kinda finished to fit (not finally done - that's still in process) but it's not in my photos... Hmmm... iPhone gremlins.
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