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Scrapped the Toy Project, Now we have XTZ 3.0 Buildup

Well, it's finally coming together. I had to scrap what someone else had built on it and start over.
It has 216ft of 1.75X.095 4130 Chromemoly and some DOM. Stands 65 inches tall when at 13 inches ground clearance. Wheelbase will be stretched 3 inches rear and 1 inch front when the new J-Arms are installed (+5 each side). The fuel cell is just sitting on the old chassie bed mount right now, but will be 10 inches lower when installed. I have to finish the rear suspension shock mounts before I can cut out the rear shock towers and install the cell.
The driver's compartment is stretched a little to accomodate the lowered seating arangement. Width of the actual chassis is very close to OEM, in fact, I will be able to use the OEM Floor and dash. The frame was cut down to just the 2 main tubes and A-Arm mount tubes. Everything from there up is Chromemoly except for a few non-critical tubes. The door bars will go in once we get the chassis welded up further.
The new air cleaner system is going to be under the hood with a functional hood scoop. The Optima battery will be under the hood also. An alternator is being installed on the driveshaft. The front floor wall panels are interchangeable with lexan panels for rock crawling and KOH so that you can look through the front floor wall and see the tires. But for desert, sheetmetal will be in place.
Not to mention the engine and clutching work going on, it'll have a top speed upwards of 95mph. Suspension travel is over 15inches front and rear.
I want to give a HUGE PROPS and THANK YOU to Johnny and Eric from UTV INC. Their help was awesome. Eric took my design and converted it to computer layout, then the UTV Inc crew cut and bent the tubes quickly and with perfect accuracy.
You guys ROCK!!!
We are going to try and have the car ready for the Whiplash Snowflake race, then run the Fall AZ ShortCourse Series. Then next year will be a full BITD run as well as a run at the King Of The Hammers Race.
I'll keep everyone posted as it goes..here are some photos showing the mockup of the seats and body panels. Door bars and lots of bracing still to be added, as is the custom built +5 J-Arm suspension.




Arctic Cat Prowler Desert Race XTZ: ITP BajaCross tires on ITP Beadlocks, Beard Super TZ Seats, Crowe 5pt harnesses, King Off-Road Racing 27 Inch Shocks, Custom Racing Chassis with 7 inch longer wheelbase, +5 Suspension set at 17.5inches travel, UTVINC layout and bending, Summers Bros 300M Axles...
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Okay, finally got some progress going on the build...







Arctic Cat Prowler Desert Race XTZ: ITP BajaCross tires on ITP Beadlocks, Beard Super TZ Seats, Crowe 5pt harnesses, King Off-Road Racing 27 Inch Shocks, Custom Racing Chassis with 7 inch longer wheelbase, +5 Suspension set at 17.5inches travel, UTVINC layout and bending, Summers Bros 300M Axles...
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More pics...


Front superstructure in. Ready to have the suspension cut out and rebuilt...



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Arctic Cat Prowler Desert Race XTZ: ITP BajaCross tires on ITP Beadlocks, Beard Super TZ Seats, Crowe 5pt harnesses, King Off-Road Racing 27 Inch Shocks, Custom Racing Chassis with 7 inch longer wheelbase, +5 Suspension set at 17.5inches travel, UTVINC layout and bending, Summers Bros 300M Axles...
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Probably one of the most thorough and thought-out builds I have seen! Keep up the good work and keep us posted


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Well, got it back from the fab guys in Phoenix.
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All the A-arm mounting bracing layed out, ready to be welded in

Arctic Cat Prowler Desert Race XTZ: ITP BajaCross tires on ITP Beadlocks, Beard Super TZ Seats, Crowe 5pt harnesses, King Off-Road Racing 27 Inch Shocks, Custom Racing Chassis with 7 inch longer wheelbase, +5 Suspension set at 17.5inches travel, UTVINC layout and bending, Summers Bros 300M Axles...
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Okay, had to cut the back half off the car and redo it, the bracing that the guys in Phx did had several single shear points and was dangerous, plus the suspension they built totally binded as the arms moved into the compression cycle, the shock mounts weren't in line with each other at all.
It took some time, but the car is back on track now.

Plus, it took longer than I thought to find time to work on the car, it's been crazy busy at work, but that is good...pays for the toys...
But here are some pics of the new shock mounting. Looks like I'm going to have to build new front A-arms, the ones I had built bind in their motion and hit the axle when it droops just 3 inches from static ride height.
The fuel system is going to be finished next, then the wiring and engine shrouds. After that, the cooling system and the body panels go back on...
Then off the the King Of The Hammers in February..




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A few spares for desert racing....


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looking good now its time to go racing




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looking good now its time to go racing
you got that right Johnny, I still need some big UTVINC stickers to go on the car. Eric bent the tubes and did a great job, you all need credit for that...
We are headed out to King Of The Hammers on Monday, February 6th, race on the 10th. Have a couple of mags interested in doing a story on the car...

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That is one great project you have there good job.
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