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Old 08-10-2017, 09:30 PM   #41
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Just like Mythbusters before, you are doing a wonderful job showing you can indeed polish poo
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:13 PM   #42
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Looking good!
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:42 AM   #43
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I like it. You should look into the DMG black pearl stiffy kit. It is beautiful and really stiffens up the chassis.

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Old 08-11-2017, 03:15 PM   #44
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Just like Mythbusters before, you are doing a wonderful job showing you can indeed polish poo
Lol absolutely right my friend! You can always make somthing something bad into somthing something really cool.

Those front supports look cool the way they are staggered, keep the good work coming!

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Old 08-11-2017, 04:29 PM   #45
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Looks great, i had a lot of fun cutting my cage up thats for sure. Let's see a pic from the side...
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:25 PM   #46
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Looking good!
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I like it. You should look into the DMG black pearl stiffy kit. It is beautiful and really stiffens up the chassis.

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Lol absolutely right my friend! You can always make somthing something bad into somthing something really cool.

Those front supports look cool the way they are staggered, keep the good work coming!

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Thanks for all the compliments guys.

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Looks great, i had a lot of fun cutting my cage up thats for sure. Let's see a pic from the side...
I'm not sure what you mean.
A picture of what from the side? The whole rig? Just this front end chop?
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:32 PM   #47
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Got the front frame area fixed up today.
Used a pipe cutter to take out 24mm.
Truth be told, I'm a big dummy and only took out 14mm in this photo....oops
5mm more each side and I was back on track.


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Axial 3mm stud in between the two pieces.
Did the same thing with the other crossmember.

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Back together.....
Now I need a hood to cover this mess.

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Old 08-11-2017, 08:52 PM   #48
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I don't have a box break in my garage...
So I had to improvise with a piece of plywood, TJ tracbar bracket, and some clamps to hold it to my weld table.

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After much beating and bending, I had the cowl bent into shape.
Then I just clamped it to the rig and traced the bottom side.

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A whole lot of cutting, sanding, hating the look, freakin out, scratching my head, drilling and countersinking vent holes, more sanding.....
I don't love it; but it turned out decent.

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Decided to go with the forward flip hood.
I'm going use Velcro to hold it closed at the back.
Some guys prefer pins because the battery doesn't have to be strapped in, if you have a snug fit.
They both have their pros and cons.
Gonna try this first because I can always drill more holes.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:02 PM   #49
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You could also use neodymium magnets to hold it closed.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:14 PM   #50
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You could also use neodymium magnets to hold it closed.
Agreed.
I feel Velcro is the laziest way, so I'm starting there.
Pins are my third choice, unless I find myself competing.
Otherwise, for trail running, I just need the hood to stay put most of the time......lol

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Old 08-11-2017, 10:26 PM   #51
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Thanks for all the compliments guys.



I'm not sure what you mean.
A picture of what from the side? The whole rig? Just this front end chop?
The front end chop, but I jumped the gun either way cuz now i can see what you were doing from the latest pics. Good stuff. Nice work on the panels.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:36 PM   #52
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Nice job on drilling out the holes in the hood by the way, if I were doing it it would likely have 2 or 3 holes that were not lined up and enough to cause OCD fits... yours however looks perfect!
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:28 PM   #53
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The added aluminum to the tummy tuck is an awesome idea. I've been hesitant to do it since the upper rail likes to break. And tieing in the upper link mounts and part of the cage is a great idea too. Keep up the good work.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:12 AM   #54
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Screws and ProLine capnuts.


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Old 08-13-2017, 09:08 PM   #55
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I'll look into the capnuts.
That's a very cool alternative, thanks.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:28 PM   #56
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Even when you try very hard, sometimes things just don't work out.
The hood in the previous pictures is a good example.
It's perfectly functional, rock solid, etc, etc....
I just don't like the way it looks. Not sure why.

SO.....
I tried my hand at making another.

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It hinges in the back this time for whatever reason.
So far, I like this version much more than my first.
Not perfect, perhaps; but I certainly learned a lot about shaping sheet aluminum.
Can't put a price on that.

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Looks good and aggressive from the front end.
I like that sure enough....lol

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Old 08-13-2017, 09:54 PM   #57
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That looks a lot better. Use that other hood to cut up for an electronics tray for under the hood.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:10 PM   #58
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Even when you try very hard, sometimes things just don't work out.
The hood in the previous pictures is a good example.
It's perfectly functional, rock solid, etc, etc....
I just don't like the way it looks. Not sure why.

SO.....
I tried my hand at making another.

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It hinges in the back this time for whatever reason.
So far, I like this version much more than my first.
Not perfect, perhaps; but I certainly learned a lot about shaping sheet aluminum.
Can't put a price on that.

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Looks good and aggressive from the front end.
I like that sure enough....lol

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Hood looks real nice! How did you get that nice curved over edge on the corners? It looks really cool!

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:03 PM   #59
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Hood looks real nice! How did you get that nice curved over edge on the corners? It looks really cool!

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Thank you. Appreciate the compliment.
I cut the corners to roughly that shape; but left plenty extra.
Then I shaped the rounded corner with using various auto body hammers/anvils.
(Not sure about the terminology there. Not a body guy. By anvils I mean various shaped, heavy, rounded objects used as a backer........follow me?)
If you look closely in this photo you can see the scarring left behind by the anvil as I hammered the other side shaping it.
I really didn't bother sanding this side since it's the bottom.

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The shaping process left the corner rounded; but the bottom edge was all crazy depending how much material was bent over.
I just trimmed it nice and flat, and then sanded all the hammer marks out to get the finished corner.
I learned a lot making this hood. It was fun.

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:10 PM   #60
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Hammer and dolly work.
Using a pipe as a form or buck


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