Kalif portal buggy build

ASTAR

Loves Light Bars
Sep 16, 2021
9
Hurricane UT
I’ve been spending a decent amount of time (and paying attention) with people in Sand Hollow with all the cool toys and have been acquiring parts for a new build.

After much debate between a few different, really awesome chassis’, I went with Kalif Redden chassis. I’ve been watching them just flat work really well over the last couple of years and with as many people as I know that have them, it will be a huge advantage having one sitting next to mine during the build process so it became a no brainer.

The parts list is as follows so far…

- Kalif Gen2 Hybrid chassis. This is sort of a combination of the Gen1 and 2. Mostly, it’s a Gen2 but has the bent lower kick panel tube that runs up to the A pillar. I prefer the look of it over the corner.
- Engine…not positive on this at this time. Looking at either an SRT-4 or a GM 3.9.
- C4 transmission
- D300 (stock gears for now)
- Trail gear Toyota housings/H1 portals/zip lockers, 5.29’s, rear steer
- Trail Ready wheels
- 42” BFG Reds
- PSC steering
- Shocks…not sure on what shocks exactly yet. Looking at all 2.0 and 2.5 air shock offerings at this time.
I want this to be a super capable trail car that can hang with my buddy’s through every trail in Sand Hollow. I don’t plan on competing with it but can’t promise I won’t lol.

This will be a slow build initially (because we are having a house built that keeps being delayed) but once we move, it should go together a lot quicker. Hoping to have a roller before we move in December. 😎

Here is the chassis anyways!

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woody

eternal noobie
Staff member
Oct 12, 2010
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54
Toquerville UT
Definitely 2.5 airs...less pressure needed for ride height, less unloading concerns too.

And IMO, find a smaller/compact seat without a headrest...space is a premium.
 

ASTAR

Loves Light Bars
Sep 16, 2021
9
Hurricane UT
Ya, Poulsen was convincing me of the 2.5’s as well, just worried about packaging, Kalif said they’re gonna be TIGHT in there.

Definitely going to go with a more compact seat. Probably the Roadster. Just had this sitting around and had to sit in the car 😆👍
 

ASTAR

Loves Light Bars
Sep 16, 2021
9
Hurricane UT
Is this chassis one of his XL version ? The window opening appear to be fairly large. I have a first gen XL and love it
Well the Gen2 is a little bigger chassis as it is (not by much) but I had the roof line lowered slightly so it actually matches up with a Gen1 total height (as I understand it anyways). I measured Brent Jolley's (used to be Jeff McKinlay's) and the floor ro the roof looks to be about the same but the window opening does look to be a little larger. I think that the door bar is lowered a little (reflected in the bend at the A pillar) so it gives a larger opening without making the car taller. I believe the Gen2 in normal configuration is a little taller (belly to roof).

From bottom of belly to top of roof, mine is 45" and the window opening is 20¼" from the top of the door tube to the bottom of the roof tube. What are your measurements?
 
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