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Old 09-11-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default TLT Rock Buggy, lots and lots of pics, 56K beware

I'll let the pics tell the story.

































I'll post the finished pics later.

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Old 09-11-2005, 05:46 PM   #2
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whats that front end from?
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Old 09-11-2005, 05:55 PM   #3
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Who cares! That thing is sweet. If you sellit tell me!
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Old 09-11-2005, 06:01 PM   #4
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killer looking rig! i have a complete set of TLT axles that need a tube chassis, my next project.

the body panels look great!
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Old 09-11-2005, 08:25 PM   #5
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whats that front end from?
My imagination. I made it out of sheet styrene from scratch.


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If you sellit tell me!
I doubt you have enough money.

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Thanks

Here's some pics of it finished.













I'll post pics I took of it on the rocks at Moab later.

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Old 09-11-2005, 08:32 PM   #6
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Looks real good. What tranny are you using, and where do the batteries go?
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Old 09-11-2005, 09:02 PM   #7
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looks nice but in my opinion the belly hangs waaaay waaaaaay too low. you should have made the tranny sit inside of the tube frame and then made a nice low profile skid plate.

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Old 09-11-2005, 10:09 PM   #8
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i agree with harris.... also thoes steering links are some pusssy *** things... try and sleeve them with 3/16 brake line ...

but sick truck still
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Looks killer, but is that copper water line? If it is, don't dump it over very hard. That stuff will bend like no other. Kick butt looking truck anyway.
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Old 09-11-2005, 11:57 PM   #10
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i know that the tranny is a davkin original, and the truck gets run strong. and if the links were weak he would have them replaced. and he runs gp1100 2/3a cells.


but very, very cool project. you and kidwithcrayons keep busting out some sicker and sicker chassises. can you get a vid of it on the rocks as well??
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Old 09-11-2005, 11:59 PM   #11
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Looks sweet, are those RAM lights or are they rc-neon LED's in custom cases?
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wowsers!!



sweet rig.
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:00 PM   #13
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damn! j/w what do yall weld with? looks like propain tanks?
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also thoes steering links are some pusssy *** things... try and sleeve them with 3/16 brake line
I think nd4spdbh has a steering link fetish!!!
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I think nd4spdbh has a steering link fetish!!!

mabey lol i just hate to see a cool crawler with gay little steering links...
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:49 PM   #16
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Well, I originally had a long post with responses to everyone's comments but IE locked up on me and I lost it, and I don't feel like typing it all again, so here are just the promised Moab photos;

















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Your truck looks absolutely insane and so scale on those rocks. When are you going to send pics to RC Driver for your free subscription?
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i run stock tlt steering links and have taken some pretty nasty falls and have beat them on the rocks several times too with no problems. Lighter is better eh? I always underbuild and if it breaks i rebuild (maybe a bit stronger). That way i know how light i can go without completely giving up durability. But anyways the point is that those skimpy steering links work just fine.
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it does look scale but that belly hangs soo low... lol i bent my links in 10 seconds on the rocks when i had them all ***** like that... i mean come on its a little rod that makes your links soo strong.... i have actually made the front link one time when it wasnt sleeved bend in a u... i was going up this hill and the front left tire caught hard and smushed the link up in a U... lol it was great but what ever floats ur boat... at least sleve the lower link ... so ur front tires dont bend the link to make the tires lok like this /--\

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Old 09-12-2005, 07:10 PM   #20
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it does look scale but that belly hangs soo low...
I'll just respond to this one for now. The bottom of my truck is no lower than any other decent comp crawler. When sitting at rest the links are almost parallel to the ground which is what everybody is after. The trans case is a fully custom piece and is part of the frame on this truck, the only thing that doesn't bolt to it is the shocks. Moving the trans up raises the links and CG, now why in the world would I want to do that?

And I agree with C-Crawler, you have a steering link fetish. I've been using these links as is for several months and they look almost new and I don't have any of the issues you describe. Relocating them above the knuckles keeps them from rock damage.

And to prove how competitive this truck is, you only have to look at the results of the UTRCRC Moab comp. While the official results show me as finishing 10th that is due to one little stupid mistake that cost me 10 points. The 2nd course was a relatively low-technical, fast course. I screwed up and thought I had a straight shot at the final gate but just barely hit a marker. Without that little error I would have ended up tied for 4th.

BTW, that was tight competition! 10 points usually wouldn't be worth so many positions at a UTRCRC comp.

The truck could use some minor improvements. Mainly I still can' t climb quite as steep as I'd like to. I think I'm going to length the rear links a bit and maybe add a little weight to the front wheels. Other than that I think this little buggy works about as good as a 2.2 crawler can.

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