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Old 23rd July 2013, 21:04   #61
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Some latest updates got my shock absorber mounts done.
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Old 24th July 2013, 10:50   #62
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Some latest updates got my shock absorber mounts done.
Some articulation pics
James - Good going man!! Few concerns

Believe the mounts needs to be strengthened more!!!
Where are the stopper/bumpers?
Where are the swap bar mounts? Please do extend the original sway bar mounts.
One the second thought, the articulation that you have now looks like a stock articulation to me..

So is gonna be orange colored vehicle?
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Been following this thread quietly till now. But this is a super-awesome project that you are working on

Few queries:
1) Like Arka said, what about the torsional load under articulation? Is that the reason why the extended dog-bone shackles have a an additional support bolt at the center? Something like the below?

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2) Also, about the boomerang shackles, am assuming a reason for the design is that they would avoid the situation below. Correct? I think by adding a connecting bolt at the curve of the boomerang you'll also be able to avoid the below.

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3) The mounts for the shock look like they could do with reinforcements like Twinn said. What's your view?

I wish I could see this in person man! This is the kind of stuff that makes me visit the south-side of T-bhp daily!

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Old 24th July 2013, 12:36   #64
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James - Good going man!! Few concerns

Believe the mounts needs to be strengthened more!!!
Where are the stopper/bumpers?
Where are the swap bar mounts? Please do extend the original sway bar mounts.
One the second thought, the articulation that you have now looks like a stock articulation to me..

So is gonna be orange colored vehicle?
Hi Twinn

The shocker mounts are all welded in tight the the material used is pretty strong plus will do the all beefing up after the first test run.
Im taking it step by step so without the steering box mounted the sway bar will not fit then its gonna be a quick disconnect one.
Articulation seen in the pic looks pretty stock but that was all the jack could handle and the setup i had done allows more droop than up travel.
There will be more final tune ups after the first test run.
No orange color, as of now no body mods and paint just a few basics guards and a roll-cage.


Hi AVR
Yes might get a brace welded on the shackles and you are right it will avoid the shackle from flipping backwards and also clear the front bumper on compression. Sorry i did not go trough your profile but where are you based you can come over any time. Not a problem at all.

Regards James

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Old 26th July 2013, 07:41   #65
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Hi guys

Yesterday i got my steering box mounting sleeves done , and also got the steering box overhauled will be fitting that today. Some picsof the sleeves.
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Old 28th January 2014, 10:40   #66
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Hi guys just got some work done on the bolero after a long time, made the shifters for the transfer case. Just a bit more tuning of the position and it will be all set.

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@wicked wheels

Have been following your thread with great interest.

I hope to pick up a rig similar to yours shortly - a GLX 4WD, but electric xfercase :(. May steal some of your ideas on my build, if u dont mind!

I like your headlight mod; are you doing something about headlight bezel?

Can we use latest model headlight and bumper?

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Got some other small mods done, a dead pedal and a hand throttle will post some pics later.
Quoting 1 yr old post, but Could we have some pix of dead pedal mod plz.
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Quoting 1 yr old post, but Could we have some pix of dead pedal mod plz.
Sunwarior I'm sorry but will post the latest pics on Sunday.
In fact sorry to all you guys who were following this tread to have been a disappointment by not keeping this tread and build alive, but as of now the beast has been brought back to life. Just got the bolero started and took a small test drive just too free her legs after a year of hibernation. Work on the bolero will be resumed and will keep posting updates frequently.
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Amazing work. Was just glued to the thread. Please keep this thread updated as everyone must be real excited to see your Bolero
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Old 20th May 2014, 10:13   #71
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Hi Sunwarior here are the pics of the dead pedal. I have removed the hand throttle at the moment as I have changed the dashboard to the armada one will post the pics as i fit it back again.

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Some articulation pics
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Really interesting build and good to see someone doing pretty significant fabrication work themselves.

I guess if you're prepping a vehicle for insane speeds over rough terrain (Paris-Dakar?), you might want some pretty stout springs... but otherwise, I'm kind of wondering whether mounting the rears from a Savari up front (did I get that right, or am I confused?) are going to be too stiff to really allow enhanced articulation... which was your stated goal. I guess the extra length (M&M rears are typically around 4ft long vs. the standard fronts at 3ft) might get you back to fairly standard levels of stiffness? How did you calculate all this? What's the difference, practically, between having thinner (but more) or thicker (but fewer) leafs?

I just got the Marshal's fronts re-cambered. Sits an inch or two higher now, but still not excessive arc. Rides okay, still a little choppy on rough roads, but probably would never, ever, hit the rubber stops. Thinking I could still remove another leaf. Got six of 5mm thickness (30mm total); car had nine when I bought it (45mm) and way too stiff; I'm guessing Savari rears would be 8mm thick, times four leafs = 32mm, plus your helper, which looks thicker (10mm?), so at least 42mm total... Granted, it'll articulate a lot more than your photo indicates once the body weight is acting on the springs; but what's the ideal here?

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Hi Eric,
I'm not into high speed rally racing it is just for articulation that I have added longer leaf springs. I would love to drive in the Paris Dakar rally that too in a bolero but would need a lot more mods and a really better engine. The leafs of the savari are thicker but the length gives the jeep a nice smooth ride. The longer shock absorbers take care of the extra bounce helping it in damping all the bumps, yet got to set the ride height a little low but the test rides have given good results. The ride feels more stable and planted as off now but yet have to check high speed handling.
The problem with the stock leaf springs is that when you recamber them for more ride height they get stiffer as you have notice in your jeep the leafs loose their ability to flex hence giving a bumpy ride. Longer springs you dont need to recamber the arc too much to increase the ride height thus retaining all the flexibility of the leafs so keeping the ride smooth, in addition you get more travel and better articulation. The rear leaf springs of the bolero will work out fine for the front but in my case i just went a bit more extreme with the parameters.
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