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Old 07-08-2007, 07:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation Newbie crawler wanting to build a TLT based truck!

i'm new to this. i've been building and running wedico semis for awhile now but i've decided to take on a new winter project. i want to build a full frame, scale looking chevy pickup. i want to four link it and have a scale 6 to 12 inch lift. i want to run a pede tranny, tlt front diff and a semi truck rear diff (i happen to have one on hand). i'm going with a clod body just to get that cleared up. whats the best material to build a frame from? i see alot of aluminum frames but has anyone tryed styrene? i kinda need a full frame for the way i'm doing it. its kinda going to be a cross between a desert racer and a crawler. i want plenty of flex too. speed isnt a key thing because i'm use to going slow with the semis. any help or ideas will be apprishiated!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Well for a frame dont use styrene. You need to use a more stirdy material for sure. Like aluminum or 1/4 inch square stock or just buy a frame off one of the vendors on this site. On my truck that im building i 4 linked the front and have leaf springs in the rear. And i have 1/4 inch square stock. Theres a link in my signature.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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wont you have some issues with the ring and pinion gears being different ratios in the front and rear???
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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according to my trucker buddies the diffs are the same ratio. as for suspention, i'm also thinking about leaf springs in the back. i thought about leaf springs front and rear. i dont want a hard core crawler just something that'll do the job. i want something i can mud with, crawl with and of course just run. no sloppy body roll or extreme suspention travel. just enough to get over a few bigger rocks but still be able to handle turns at higher speeds if i decide to put.....say a 20 turn motor in it.

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Old 07-10-2007, 02:05 AM   #5
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saw a nice chasis made from heated and bent steel box tubing and then split on a band saw, i think it was leafs front and rear. that would give you a scale look, b/c chevys have the "C" channel frames.
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:30 PM   #6
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i'm thinking about going with this chassis: http://www.tcscrawlers.com/product.p...cat=103&page=1
it looks like i can set the links and shocks just about any way i please with it.
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