What’s up guys. After years and years of building everyone else’s prerunners and crawlers and never quite having the time due to customer builds to build something of my own I finally (I held out for a long time from these golf carts) bit the bullet and decided I need my own toy to enjoy so that when I do build my own silverado and Baja bug I’m not out of the fun of actually going out and playing in the desert!
I was really impressed with the out of the box base model and the shitty shocks I can’t do any fine tuning on, but they work pretty good for now.
I will also be using this car as product development so the things you see me build on here may become something I sell eventually. When the time comes I will figure out the vendor situation on here, but for now this is a way for me to keep track of my prototype work.
I have a background in off-road for basically all my life. I was a welder for 6 years to put myself through college. Now I’m a mechanical engineer at my day job and still building rad off-road stuff at night because I love it. Plan to eventually turn this into a full time gig, probably could at this point but I’m not ready for that leap. One day!
Anyways let’s get onto my build. First thing up was junking those stock seat belts and getting some 5-point harnesses I had laying around in the garage installed. I built a nice little bolt in bracket underneath the seat to bolt the anti-sub belt to. After that I got my GG rock lights installed, GG whip, an unknown light bar mounted up, and some lower doors from a buddy who got full doors. I know I am going to build a trunk of some sort to get some more storage for the long rides so I had to get rid of that god awful exhaust system and shed some weight! So I built a Race style exhaust all stainless steel tig welded (purged properly), this may become my first product but there is some changes I want to make first, I’ll prototype the 2nd one on my buddies 20’ xrs.
these small mods are my first step, I am working on getting all the 3d files for the car so I can really get some parts designed. This summer will see a complete chassis stiffening, cage, bumpers, tires, wheels, and a rear trunk area that looks good and gives me tons of storage.