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Old 08-19-2020, 06:07 PM   #51
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These things are just cool. Started searching Markeplace last night, just to see what was on there.


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Old 08-19-2020, 08:40 PM   #52
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Got the lights mounted, ran out of wire and connections.







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Old 08-19-2020, 08:45 PM   #53
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These things are just cool. Started searching Markeplace last night, just to see what was on there.


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There’s one in San Marcos that needs some work cosmetically but runs for $1000


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Old 08-19-2020, 08:55 PM   #54
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My first one. Built the bed and bumper for it. There is a thread here of the build, mini truck facelift I think was the title.

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Old 08-20-2020, 05:53 PM   #55
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Ran across this site for having these imported. Prices don't seem too bad.
https://mitsuicoltd.com/type/kei-truck/
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Old 08-21-2020, 05:32 PM   #56
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Finally done for now with project “CRITR GETR”

In the future I’ll probably mount a winch in the bed and build a front bumper.






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Old 08-21-2020, 05:41 PM   #57
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Nice. Good looking rig
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Old 08-21-2020, 11:43 PM   #58
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Looks good! There’s really no functional place for a winch. A bumper isn’t really needed and in the bed the only place to mount is to the actual bed... and that would rip apart


If you get it stuck.... you were WAY TO DRUNK! it’s unreal what they go through ( I have a dairy... and hunt in the delta). 2wd will get stuck on wet grass, but 4wd will go to destruction!
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Old 08-22-2020, 08:24 AM   #59
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Looks good! There’s really no functional place for a winch. A bumper isn’t really needed and in the bed the only place to mount is to the actual bed... and that would rip apart


If you get it stuck.... you were WAY TO DRUNK! it’s unreal what they go through ( I have a dairy... and hunt in the delta). 2wd will get stuck on wet grass, but 4wd will go to destruction!

I was looking at where to mount a winch and would have to build a riser and tie into the gram. Only real use for it would be loading animals the easy way.

I hear ya on the bumper. Still not sure what I’ll do. I have a full sheet of flat sitting in the garage so I was thinking of fabbing something for fun.

2wd is almost not even needed. I have noticed that traction in the rear isn’t great but in 4wd you could climb a wall lol


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Old 08-23-2020, 11:37 AM   #60
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Very cool! Always wanted one, but the ones I see for sale around here are very pricey. I've never rode in one, but the general consensus seems to be that they are very capable off-road. I'll keep looking for a deal on one!
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Old 08-24-2020, 06:27 PM   #61
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Got the license plate in today




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Old 08-25-2020, 11:34 AM   #62
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Very nice. I am a little over 6'2" and I had trouble driving and shifting the one we had at the lease. Not really made for big people, but good little buggies. Nice job.
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Old 09-25-2020, 01:26 PM   #63
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You did one hell of a job on her, looks good! I couldn't help but pick up this one up the other day, she runs and drives, now for the lift, new shoes and liner all the way around. Let the fun begin!

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Old 09-25-2020, 01:49 PM   #64
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Those are some awesome buggies. Now I want one.

They look like if you stop to fast they will roll onto their front though. LOL
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Old 09-25-2020, 02:07 PM   #65
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What light bar and pods are you running?
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:56 PM   #66
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What light bar and pods are you running?
Some el cheapo's I got off of Amazon. They didn't come with a relay, so I ordered some relays separately and hooked them up. So far they've worked great and put out more than enough light.

They are KEENAXIS brand. I paid $89 for all of them.
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:56 PM   #67
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You did one hell of a job on her, looks good! I couldn't help but pick up this one up the other day, she runs and drives, now for the lift, new shoes and liner all the way around. Let the fun begin!

Heck yeah! That's a good start. Have fun and post up some pics of your progress
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:57 PM   #68
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Those are some awesome buggies. Now I want one.

They look like if you stop to fast they will roll onto their front though. LOL
Haha I'm sure you could with enough speed. I've seen some guys mount a TJ bumper with stinger on the front of them
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Old 09-27-2020, 11:01 PM   #69
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It’s fun going down creek banks! Looks like your about to crash land looking out windshield..... then 4” before impact the nose comes up! Lol
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:13 AM   #70
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How difficult would a spring over axle conversion be for the back? Those looong shackles always worry me, and the overload spring hanging down so low.

Really nice rig!
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:39 AM   #71
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How difficult would a spring over axle conversion be for the back? Those looong shackles always worry me, and the overload spring hanging down so low.

Really nice rig!
Shouldn't be too hard but haven't really looked into it. Depending on the amount of lift, you may have to lower the trans/t-case to correct the driveline angle.

The front you're somewhat limited with the stock CV's on the amount of lift. If you lift it too much, the CV's will bind.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:43 AM   #72
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Shouldn't be too hard but haven't really looked into it. Depending on the amount of lift, you may have to lower the trans/t-case to correct the driveline angle.

The front you're somewhat limited with the stock CV's on the amount of lift. If you lift it too much, the CV's will bind.
If the springs would allow for it, you would just shorten the shackles for the same amount of lift you have now. Which would strengthen the shackle, and get the spring up away from the ground, but not change the driveline angle from where it is now.

Just thinkin out loud.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:58 AM   #73
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If the springs would allow for it, you would just shorten the shackles for the same amount of lift you have now. Which would strengthen the shackle, and get the spring up away from the ground, but not change the driveline angle from where it is now.

Just thinkin out loud.
True. I may look into it after season is over and I bring it back home. Other than welding a new perch and shortening the spring, there isn't much too it.

What would be really nice is a 4 link rear with a solid axle front swap
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:49 AM   #74
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I ran a feed route daily for several years in one with right at 1 Ton in the bed @ highway speeds with the shackle lift and never a problem.

Front end with a 2.5” it absolute maxed out in cv axles. It would take lots of fabricating and custom building to get any better than the hats available.

It will ride 20x better with about 200# in the bed anyway, lol
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:31 AM   #75
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That thing looks fun
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Old 10-10-2020, 09:29 PM   #76
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This thing has been putting in some work the last 2 weekends. So far it's got bloodied up from a buck, doe, and axis doe
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:32 PM   #77
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I didn't realize how much I needed one of these until I found this thread.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:37 AM   #78
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Well the mini has a new owner. Ended up selling it and bought a new toy. Best of all, didn’t cost me a dime as I sold it for enough to buy this without coming any money out of pocket






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Old 11-21-2020, 06:32 PM   #79
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Gotta ask—-why the switch?
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:56 PM   #80
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Gotta ask—-why the switch?

Too rocky at my lease for the mini. It rode rough


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Old 11-26-2020, 08:31 AM   #81
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Nice job! Everything looks awesome, might I suggest angling the forward most pods at like 45 degrees away towards the sides (pointing diagonally)
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Old 11-26-2020, 09:50 AM   #82
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Nice job! Everything looks awesome, might I suggest angling the forward most pods at like 45 degrees away towards the sides (pointing diagonally)
You can suggest it. . . but I don’t think he cares anymore. :-)
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Old 11-26-2020, 10:27 AM   #83
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Very nice. I am a little over 6'2" and I had trouble driving and shifting the one we had at the lease. Not really made for big people, but good little buggies. Nice job.
Same here. I took a look at one once and just closed the door and walked away, not enough room in there for me.

I sure like to look at the renovation/customizing threads though.
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:18 AM   #84
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You can suggest it. . . but I don’t think he cares anymore. :-)

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