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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:30 pm 
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Putting the finishing touches on my, 3rd long travel pilot,, hope you like them. Engine is fully rebuilt stock for now, 12 inch fox coil overs in the rear, Fox zero pro X snow mobile shocks up front. Front has stock ball joints 4.5 inches wider with a tad over 15 inches of usable travel with hi angle hymes for the tie rod ends. The front far out travels stock tie rod ends. Rear with 12 inch shocks a tad over 13. Rear is pushed back nearly 4 inches to increase the wheel base and is where it travels with zero bind on the ball joint. with out the shock it travel near 15/ I am going to work with shock lengths to get it all some day. I made this pilot an inch wider than my others per side and made the axles out of 2 sets of pilot axles to give it a try . If any one is interested in a kit let me know, I can make front or rear or both fpr a fraction of what is sold by... ......


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:25 am 
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Very cool, nice job Dave.

When do we get to see a video of one of these running hard?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:53 am 
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Looks good wonder where you been figured you were on some kind of project.

don't forget the cotter keys before a trip to the desert :shock:

Longer wheel base should really smooth out the ride but would suck for trails for us guys from the mid west and east coast, you need to enter it in a desert race and test :-)

More details on the axle splicing?

Whats next?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Hi hoser, my health has been bad and it took a long while to finish it. I took 2 pilot axles ground a good area per side tiged them together then took a 1.4 120 wall 4130 sleave drilled about 12 1/2 holes in it and rose welded the sleave to the axle then smoothed it out on my burr king, I figured I would give it a try. The stock axles are non torsional I used 312 stainless for welding dis simalure metals, time will tell but I think it should be fine. Health permitting I plan on racing my Baja bug in December in Laughlin Nevada. I can make the rear anyway one wants, stock wheelbase if preferred.;


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:41 pm 
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Dave-Co wrote:
Hi hoser, my health has been bad and it took a long while to finish it. I took 2 pilot axles ground a good area per side tiged them together then took a 1.4 120 wall 4130 sleave drilled about 12 1/2 holes in it and rose welded the sleave to the axle then smoothed it out on my burr king, I figured I would give it a try. The stock axles are non torsional I used 312 stainless for welding dis simalure metals, time will tell but I think it should be fine. Health permitting I plan on racing my Baja bug in December in Laughlin Nevada. I can make the rear anyway one wants, stock wheelbase if preferred.;


Sorry to hear about your health problems I hope your ok now and far into the future.

Good luck with the Laughlin race if I am in the area will be sure to come help you pit and watch the race. My guess is I will not be able to make it West until after the first of the year this year... If I do I want to see you guys race, lots of good riding in that area..


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:45 pm 
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would love for you to come, the biggest race on the calender is in FEBRUARY at State line nevada. Think about that one hoser you wont be sorry!!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:14 pm 
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Dave-Co wrote:
would love for you to come, the biggest race on the calender is in FEBRUARY at State line nevada. Think about that one hoser you wont be sorry!!



Directions?

Is that the one that is south of Vegas on 15 but just north of the casino by the big ass dry lake bed? Town name Jean I think?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Glad to see them pics. I click on this last night with no pics and was disappointed lol. Looks very good and very professional. Great job.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:10 am 
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Hey Dave, I want to go back the same but two" wider then ATV's rear and two over ATV's front. Im ready to go with it when ever you want to talk about it.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:18 am 
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Dave do you plan on showing us any videos of them in operation/action?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:48 am 
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PM Sent!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:31 pm 
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The race is held on the south end of the dry lake hoser out of Buffalo Bills hotel back lot! think about it hoser would like to see you there! Halo I can build a kit how ever you like , I am ready to make anyone a kit!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:32 pm 
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bugeye59 wrote:
Dave do you plan on showing us any videos of them in operation/action?
As soon as my health allows me to go out I will do it


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:56 pm 
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I sent you PM. Call me when you get a chance.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:29 pm 
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Dave if you ever plan on making these as weld on kits I think many of us was would be interested. I can give an honest unbiased trail and dune review! Plus would be awesome to have a LT pilot!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Dave had a dentist appointment and my mouth is so numb I cannot speak, I will call you tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:41 pm 
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I am ready when you are!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:54 am 
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I will be putting his stuff to test this next season in the dirt series. I have commissioned Dave to build my rear suspension already Ill have pics and stuff in the build thread of my new pilot "Victoria" My Mistress


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:23 pm 
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Well darn it I'm impatient! Haha


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:59 am 
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Drove the pilot today for the first time with radicle work done to the pistons in the rear shocks as well as custom valving, they worked very well before, all I can say now is holly cow, it soaks up the little hits to the point you don't feel them and big wwoops with big impacts is un real...I got the the shocks dialed, I don't think I can make it any better in front and the rear I cannot imagine what I could do to make the little car handle any better. My son is going to do some video tomorrow, will try and post tomorrow or Sunday. Custom axis shocks got nothing on these foxes exept a OVERBLOWN PRICE TAG!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:14 pm 
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Brittabrat wrote:
Dave if you ever plan on making these as weld on kits I think many of us was would be interested. I can give an honest unbiased trail and dune review! Plus would be awesome to have a LT pilot!
Would love to buy one if you plan on making weld on kits! PM me if you are. Great looking work!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:11 pm 
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Dave-Co wrote:
Drove the pilot today for the first time with radicle work done to the pistons in the rear shocks as well as custom valving, they worked very well before, all I can say now is holly cow, it soaks up the little hits to the point you don't feel them and big wwoops with big impacts is un real...I got the the shocks dialed, I don't think I can make it any better in front and the rear I cannot imagine what I could do to make the little car handle any better. My son is going to do some video tomorrow, will try and post tomorrow or Sunday. Custom axis shocks got nothing on these foxes exept a OVERBLOWN PRICE TAG!


Did you ever get any video?


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check the post just under this one LOL


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