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Smoggy's 'Rockwatt' monster rebuild

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03 Apr 2016 22:24 #164825 by Smoggy
Yes thanks guys. I'm anxious to get it underway too. Spoke with Redacted over the weekend and he's had a weeks rest last week and been full of flu and in bed this week but said he is going to blitz mine next week.

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04 Apr 2016 00:18 #164827 by Halford
Just been watching little boy blue ;)

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04 Apr 2016 07:21 #164831 by Smoggy
Wow Hall that's going back a bit. Funny seeing it though :laugh:

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04 Apr 2016 13:02 #164835 by Rockwatt
Ok guys just so we don't get speculation here. On starting the strip down I found that the chassis is not the best base to start so ive sourced a very good chassis and its been blasted ready for surgery. Chassis will be narrowed along its length, only slightly at the front but more at the rear and the body mounts/out riggers will be widened to fit the body mounts. The mid section of the chassis will be bridged and composite fabricated so all stresses from one axle will be passes to the other axle . All suspension mounts will be made from scratch and the geometry is more aimed at stability over flex. Lots of flex is all very impressive but more than is actually needed for function can actually destroy ability. So this truck is aimed purely at funtion and reliable use more than a "ramp queen" so I'm setting everything up for what the vehicle will be used for ! NOT what it will never be used for.
So please no discussions on "you could get more flex if you only" yes you can and ive done a truck that did the magic 90 degrees and it proved pointless so it was restricted for stability.
And please also no discussions on "what it costs" as the money mike has put in hasn't Simply gone I'm my pocket ! As parts alone come to a huge chunk of it ! In fact the opposite could be said that its partly subsidised as I'm hoping to have it at shows as and advertising piece.
I'm not going to put pics up of the strip down and clean up ! Instead I will wait till there is actually something worth putting pics up of .

So stay tuned for updates and please only contribute constructively as the build is planned and most choices have been made so again please no "it would flex better if " comments ! Its not a rockcrawler , its not challenge truck ! It needs to be safe and have fairly good road manners so its built with that in mind.

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04 Apr 2016 18:34 #164853 by idiotmobil
Very sensible way to go really

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05 Apr 2016 10:11 #164888 by OllieNZ
Definitely sounds good. I'm looking forward to pictures; )

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05 Apr 2016 11:17 #164892 by Lambert
Go on then, enlighten us, why are you narrowing the chassis? And doesn't that mandate an sva test?

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05 Apr 2016 11:30 #164895 by Rockwatt

11/60 wrote: Go on then, enlighten us, why are you narrowing the chassis? And doesn't that mandate an sva test?


Simply because the chassis is to wide for wheel clearance on articulation especially at the rear, and yes it will require an IVA test due to major chassis modifications.

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05 Apr 2016 15:04 #164903 by Lambert
This really is going to be quite a thing when you get finished!

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07 Apr 2016 23:30 #165022 by Dave cc
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I keep checking on progress !!!! :)

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16 Apr 2016 17:27 #165407 by BENNY
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No pictures yet ,!!!!!!!

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17 Apr 2016 09:58 #165436 by Smoggy
Pic update end of next week :)

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