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  1. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    I wish I bought that rig, it was a joke, the for sale ad wasn’t real
  2. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Between divorce, getting ready for Trail Hero, then getting a customers rig done first; this rig has gone on the back burner and will be for the next two months. Hope is to have it ready for 4th of July. As soon as I get to working on it, I’ll be posting here. Sorry guys 😔
  3. Lil Rich

    Build Thread Never ending YJ project

    Awesome to have you back! Let’s get that thing finished so you can have some much deserved fun with it!
  4. Lil Rich

    Johnson valley

    It sure is funny that you guys motor through the trails and the ULTRA4 guys need to winch many of those obstacles. Nice pics!
  5. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Prior to mounting the rear portals, I placed the transmission and transfer case. We decided to go with a Novak Conversions TH350 (This particular one was out from my old car that got a once over before it was placed in this one). Novak originally built it and it performed well in the old car, so...
  6. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    So, I got my remaining heims from Ruff Stuff yesterday and we were able to get a little more work done. Got the rear portals on and the trans/tcase mounted. and of course, then best part... we made it a roller. To start out though, Woody came up with a thought on the process to install the...
  7. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Track width can be a problem if you are too wide or too narrow. This of all the large climbs that are a flat wall with a crack at the top of it. If you are narrow, you can be shorter because your tires reach lower into the crack than if you are wider. The wider you are, the longer you need to...
  8. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    I can't believe all the T case work that you have been doing. Sucks for Behemoth as well, they better get s shipping confirmation today... been long enough. And I think that mount is simple and effective.
  9. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    Can I contribute to your build thread? Here is some pics of woody's build... That is all I can offer 🤣🤣🤣 if you are wondering, his build is to the right ;) Woody, you should add more to your thread ;)
  10. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Yes, I am going to run one of the coolant lines from the motor to the radiator through the chassis, and the other from the radiator to the heat exchanger then back to the motor.
  11. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Of course once we got the knuckles on the front (We are waiting for heims to finish out the rear), we HAD TO put tires on it. If it looks wide, that is because it is. Jesse built the axle to have my track width at 88" however, I currently have wheel spacer/adapters on that take it from 8x6.5...
  12. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Updates... First time working with portal axles, so I figured I would document the install of the portal box to the Fabricated JHF C's. Some very interesting things come to mind when I first looked at the hardware: 1st-there is definitely method to this madness, 2nd-it is pretty damn amazing...
  13. Lil Rich

    buggy hauler

    Looks awesome to me! I need to finish my flatbed to be honest. How do you like the attached ramps? I have been thinking of doing the same but making them easily removable for when I need to tow my semi trailers.
  14. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    I think when the photo was taken for post 4 that they were not welded yet. just tacked on the inside. So you see the miter and the fitment is so precise that there is no gap. This is a HUGE benefit to having the chassis CNC bent, CNC laser cut and Notched. The buffing you see is to take off the...
  15. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Oh snap! I'll just have to keep up in the little Truggy... I'll be in and out of town for Thanksgiving, but I should be back in time for a trail of 6.
  16. Lil Rich

    Johnson valley

    Make sure you take pics and tell us how it went! wish we could join you but we were just down there for Halloween
  17. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    So Saturday night I got the chassis from Dave Wong. He is building a new single seater with Jesse, and now that he lives close to me but goes to jesse's during the week to build his rig, he was kind enough to bring me the parts and chassis from Jesse's shop. Dave and I got it loaded in to my...
  18. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    You can't really see it in the pictures, but I wanted to talk about the width of the build. Some of the most capable 2 seat buggies are 48" wide. This width has been a good standard for pivoting off the rockers around rocks, allowing the vehicle to not have obstructions between the cab and...
  19. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    Low backs will definitely help set the seat back. The idea with cutting the seat is that you wouldn’t want anything (obstructions) above the bottom rails and directly under your spine/butt. But on these rigs, the seat sits fairly far back behind the case itself, so cutting a bit of the seat out...
  20. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    With both the 300 and the Atlas clocked flat, there is only a 1” difference. I am running passenger side drop, while Woody is running driver side drop. For your lizard, you could always cut the seat a little bit (if you have a suspension seat like PRP or Beard) to afford about 2 more inches of...
  21. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    I think this would be a valid statement. We have both been waiting for several different companies to build something that we both would want, and after some time I realized if I wanted something particular, I would need to just find the right person to help me build it. Many of my needs are...
  22. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Truck 5.3 with car Intake, TH350, and a Dana 300. You may think the drivetrain is light weight but considering the drivetrain strain is vastly minimized due to the Portals, the more affordable components are ok. The Dana 300 was built by Novak Conversions and has 300M shafts, gears, and flanges.
  23. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    With all this in mind, I went to the one friend/builder who always took into consideration my ideas and who really was the person that has been pushing the sport for so many years. Jesse Haines and I sat down and mapped out the needs to build the next level in capable trail rigs. There were some...
  24. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    Eventually my family grew (in size, they got older... no more kids for me ;P) and we needed something that could fit everyone. Plus I got a pretty good contract for testing some DOT parts and so it was time we moved on from the buggy. With this, my goal was to build an ultra capable jeep, and in...
  25. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    This journey in the off-road world had given me the unique opportunity to see the world, wheel in some of the craziest destinations like China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and others. Eventually it all led me back to the Lower 48, and Southern Utah specifically. I vowed to actually not...
  26. Lil Rich

    Build Thread The Search for the Perfect Trail Buggy

    What does it take to build/design/find the perfect trail buggy or vehicle? This is a question that I not only get asked, but also ask myself. I have been wheeling for most of my life, and when I say that, I actually mean it. I got in my first roll over at 2 years old on the Rubicon and I have...
  27. Lil Rich

    Off-road extra light

    I think it is always a good idea to have more light at night. But I am a big proponent of Lockers before lightbars.
  28. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    Looks good I’ll be over in a little bit
  29. Lil Rich

    Build Thread JHF Trail Chassis

    Just an idea to get some more headroom, what if you angle the drivetrain slightly to drop the seat a little bit more? How far off the belly is the drive train? And by the belly I mean the actual skid plate
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