Princes Jeep

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Here is the run down on parts used on the Power Wheels Princes Jeep build

Street Wheels https://www.gopowersports.com/8-x-8-wheel-w-4x4-pattern-dwt?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Street tires https://www.gopowersports.com/slick-tire-18x950-8/?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Rekluse RadiusCX Auto Clutch https://rekluse.com/product/radiuscx-clutch/

Axle Bearing Kit https://www.gopowersports.com/live-axle-bearing-kit-1-1-4?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

1 1/4’’ Racing Axle https://www.gopowersports.com/38-steel-racing-axle-1-1-4-diameter/?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Heavy Duty Hub https://www.gopowersports.com/heavy-duty-hub?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Disk Brake https://www.gopowersports.com/7-1-3-bolt-brake-disc/?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Brake Hub https://www.gopowersports.com/minilite-billet-3-bolt-brake-hub-1-25/?utm_source=YOUTUBE&utm_campaign=Grind_Hard_Plumbing&utm_medium=Video

Gas Tank https://amzn.to/2Tack0a

Muffler https://amzn.to/2TGpy9Z

Go Kart seat https://amzn.to/2S8BSys

Tires https://amzn.to/2SdzXsh

From BMI Karts http://bit.ly/2Mpc6Rj

Hiem Joints HERE

1” Steal Tubing Wall Thickness .083”

Hydraulic Brake Caliper & Master Cylinder Kit (605501) http://bit.ly/2FK7DqI

8" Brake Rotor - Gold or Black Color of Rotor: Gold (05706) (05706) http://bit.ly/2S23fu5

Sprocket / Brake Hub with 3-1/8" Bolt Pattern Bore Size: 1'' Bore (K400243) http://bit.ly/2RDH6mc

#530 31T Drive Sprocket (3-1/8" Bolt Circle) (New) (05721) http://bit.ly/2MgJrOb

Galvanize 4 x 4 Wheel Hub (1" Bore) (K260050) http://bit.ly/2AR4F0A

4 x 4 Galvanized Wheel Hub (Front with 5/8" Bearing) (K260055) http://bit.ly/2CtRmmH

Aluminum Butterfly Steering Wheel (600680) http://bit.ly/2RBOrmb

Complete Spindle Set - 4-1/2" x 5/8" (421400) http://bit.ly/2FAsNIU

1" Bearing Kit (3 hole) (400400) http://bit.ly/2sBnpfY

40" Deluxe Flexpruf Steel Solid Axle - 1" (AZ1413-40) http://bit.ly/2AUmKdZ

DNM Mountain Bike Rear Shock 750 lbs https://amzn.to/2W40FTa

Wheels are 8” SS golf cart wheels but are no longer made :(

BMW UTE

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The BMW Ute all started with a 1998 323is left for dead in a field with no wheels and no clutch. Looking for a project to do the Gambler 500 in we had to have it. It fit within our $500 dollar budget for the rally event and was a rear wheel drive with a 5 speed. The coupe was in rough shape with zero interior, one working power window and had 4 different colored body panels.

First step was to pick up the car. We put on the wheels, replaced the clutch then got to work. We knew from the beginning we wanted the car to be a truck so right after we got it running we chopped it. A few minutes of sawsall-ing and grinding later, we had the beginnings of a truck. Next came many, many hours of welding and fabricating to reinforce the body and make a roll cage to make up for all the strength we removed when we cut the roof off. A few cans of spray paint, some cheap plastic fender flares, and some Auxbeam fog lights really finished off the rowdy look we were going for.  

Surprisingly, the Ute survived not only the Gambler 500, but also the 1000 miles to get there and back. After so many miles of misery in it, we had fallen in love with this absurd little car/truck thing, so we decided to keep it and keep modifying it when we have time and energy. We rerouted the exhaust up through the bed and added some cherry bomb mufflers to make it sound and look just a bit more rowdy.

What’s next for the BMW Ute? Who knows? Maybe we will get some snow tires and do some ice racing, or slam it and take it to a drift event. stay tuned to find out!

The Totaled Tacoma

This is the official build thread for the Totaled Toyota Tacoma Project.

The Crunchy Taco in all her crunchy glory!

The Crunchy Taco in all her crunchy glory!

Repairing the frame rust

Repairing the frame rust

Building the fenders

Building the fenders

We started with a 1st gen Toyota Tacoma that was rolled/totaled and left for dead. We bought the project for $150 from a friend and got to work. 

We removed all the fenders and broken windows then removed the bed. When we did this we found terrible frame rust. Next step was to give it a test drive and see how much work she needed.

We charged the battery, aired up the tires, changed the oil and trans fluid then took it for a drive. Every selection on the automatic transmission was drive except for park. We we drove it around the yard it only seemed to be in second gear. We played around with the shift linkage and got nowhere fast. It was time for a new transmission.

While we were waiting and looking for deals on a five speed trans we got to work on the front fenders and bumper. For the bumper we used 1 1/2”D 1/8”W Steel tubing and bent it with our Rouge Fab HD600.

For the fenders we used 1”D x 1/8”W steel tubing with 1/8” think plate steel and we are so happy with how it turned out! These fenders are absurdly strong!

We found a great deal on a manual transmission and all the parts for a swap just over the border in Canada from our new friend Clinton, and got to work. It was a very straight forward swap, with almost everything just bolting right into place. The only modifications required were to cut holes in the firewall to mount the clutch pedal and master cylinder, and hard wire the neutral safety switch so it would start. Having a bad auto trans was the best thing that every happened to the Taco, because it was born to be a manual anyway! She is a completely different beast with the 5 speed transmission!

Next up it was time for some safety features, and first on that list was a full exo-cage! We started with building a flatbed out of some scrap steel we got from our neighbor, then built the roll cage attached to that and welded to the body and frame. There was never any chance of going back to stock on this build, but now there is absolutely no turning back. Once again, our Model 600XHD from Rogue Fab got a work out bending all that 1 1/2” OD x 1/8” wall tubing, and this time we got their VersaNotcher, which made all the tubing notching incredibly easy and precise! The cage turned out awesome and super sturdy. No more fear of our heads being crushed in if we get too rowdy!

We wanted to hit all the trails in Moab Utah this fall, but the little 30” snow tires it came with would not be up to that task. So we got ourselves a set of 37” Nitto Trail Grapplers and some awesome Mamba M23 wheels! These tires look absolutely incredible, and they performed beyond anything we imagined!

The Crunchy Taco is complete, for now. We have many ideas and plans for it in the future, but for now we are focusing on some of our other builds. Stay tuned for more videos of the Taco getting rowdy!