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Old March 7th, 2016   #1
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Sami crawler build!

Picked this thing up off PBB sight unseen back in Sept, and had it shipped across the country. I thought it was gonna be good as is but wasn't happy with it. Wheeled Fordyce, Rubicon and some local no brainer Rock trails.

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Lower Bronco and some snow wheelin before parking it for the winter.





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Old March 7th, 2016   #2
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First step was to lower the damn thing, sat about 6" too tall so pulled the springs to about the ride height I was after.



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I cut out the rockers and the goofy angle iron sliders. Mocked up some new sliders that are 2X5 rec.


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Originally I wanted to keep all the sheet metal intact and just dove the front and back. The whole rear tub was built outta some heavy diamond plate bullshit so I decided to scrap it all.





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Ended up back halfing it and began working on some tube.





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I was really diggin the cab and tube look but it woulda made the front cage real narrow like it was before. I ditched the windshield and Targa for good.





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This is as it sits today, most the tube is done. Still got to stretch the front forward another 6" to put the wheelbase at 106". I got a set of Stickies and some used beadlocks to replace the crappy Iroks and Trailreadys I sold when I first parked it.
I'm shooting for April 1st to be done or mostly done.





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Does this mean you're coming to CalROCS in Oroville to test it out?
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Sami crawler build!

When is it and how cheap is it to compete? Wouldn't mind doing at least one comp in my lifetime!
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Does this mean you're coming to CalROCS in Oroville to test it out?
Its April 23-24. I got the time off. I'm planning on being there. I need to line up a spotter though....

Looks nice Aaron! and similar to the last one you built. Better parts?
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Thanks dude, it's pretty much the same with parts as the last Sami I had except this one has a little Ford V6.

April is probably too soon for my pipe dream of running some kinda comp one day. This thing is a trail wheeler anyway. I am thinking however to least go check that comp out, haven't been to one since Moonrocks had one. Holy shit that's a long time ago!
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Cage is mostly done. Today I pulled the radiator and cut the frame off at the motor mounts. Gonna try and gain some up travel.


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Sami crawler build!

106" wb and 4.5" up-travel up front.



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Im surprised you have not sold it yet, 7 months is kinda a long time for you to own one rig....looks good, lets get out soon!!!
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Sami crawler build!

Yeah I think I'm kinda stuck with this thing for a while. Finally got all my ducks in a row I guess. I'm definitely down for some good wheeling this summer! Once I get it dialed I'll hit you up dude.
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Radiator back in and the winch mount and bumper coming together.



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Damn! you werent kidding about cutting this one up!

Looks good! gonna have it back out wheelin soon?
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Old March 25th, 2016   #19
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Yes sir, should be good to go in a couple weeks. Mid April max! And I had to do it, just wasn't any fun as a full body trail Jeep thingy. This thing is low too, 70" to the top of B pillar and 20" belly after I French the link mounts. 106" wb.
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Sami crawler build!

At ride height with the new shoes...


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Are you doing air shocks/CO's or keeping the coils?
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Keeping the coils and Bilsteins for now, if a good deal on c/o's comes up and I'm not broke at the time I'll snag em up.
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On swing shift this week so not much getting done, got the shock hoops mostly in and tied to the bumper.

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How well does that front suspension flex? Does it have the upper link on the passengers side only? Im thinking thats the front suspension design for my super secret build since its going to have a steering box and an assist ram instead of full hydro.
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Yeah it flexes well enough that I have no plans to change it. Upper link on pass arm only with a bushing and heim.
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Things got interesting last night trying to dial in the ride height!

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I gotta put a couple bends in the Panhard, would .120" wall tubing still cut it? Think it's 1.25" od currently. Mock-up pic...

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I gotta put a couple bends in the Panhard, would .120" wall tubing still cut it? Think it's 1.25" od currently. Mock-up pic...

I always do 1.5 .250 on bent panhards only because if you flop it and the front axle takes a solid hit theres a good chance your already bent section will bend alot more.
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Ok, that's the route I'll take. You run .250 thru your bender?? I don't think I wanna try it with my janky set-up.
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Ok, that's the route I'll take. You run .250 thru your bender?? I don't think I wanna try it with my janky set-up.
I do .but if Im not careful it bends a pin for the die. Some one with a jd2 model 4 can do it without machine damage. One of those HF kinkers works too... I used one of those to bend my lower links on my yellow buggy... That was 1.5 .250 sleeved with 1.75 .120 so they are 3/8ths thick... Kinker may have used beyond its intended capacity!
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Ready to do big thangs at moonrocks next weekend?

I fixed the broken tranny case on my yellow buggy and installed a looser converter while it was all apart.... that 4.3 feels like a different motor!
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Shit if I even make it out there!! I still got some lil things to finish up and I'm waiting for 2 parts I ordered to show. The count down is on, I'll probably take Friday off for extra time to get this thing done.
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Mill and lathe access at work sure does help for one off parts!!

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Do you need a cup holder that bad?
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Yes I do!! Mt. Dew must be within arms reach at all time!!! These double as sway bar bushings for my anti-rock thingy.
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Faux headlights maybe??? Got a trimmed down section of grille going back on.



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Got it outta the shop today, hopefully a shakedown run tomorrow.

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Are ya happy with it?

I havent looked but its not for sale on CL yet is it?
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Ha! Not for sale...... yet! I'm pretty happy with it, works well. I just need to learn how to wheel again. Definitely need some seat time. I am in the market for a Ford 9" to build for the rear. The Fab 9" housings I have I'm gonna save for an eventual single seater. Gonna get out tomorrow for some more testing.
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