Dropping an LS in your next project? I've got a modular head plate design that can adapt to your project. . The base head plates in red will run $75 and an oversize outer plate kit you trim to fit your project will run $40. The CH2 specific setup will run $225 with the chassis tabs and rubber bungs included. . These will work with a CBR or TC style steering pump and can be setup with the alternator on the driver or passenger side.
For accessories with the CH2 kit. Here's what's going to work with these head plates. You'll need to shorten the spacers going to the heads by the thickness of the plate your adding here to keep your belt alignment. I'll be working on my own line of brackets soon, but for now, I'm happy to send the business over to Drew at www.GoatBuilt.com for your accessory setup.
I highly recommend setting up the truck spacing. Passenger side alternator relocation bracket 4405 Driver side Truck spacing for CBR pump is bracket 4406 Driver side Truck spacing for TC pump is 4406-TC
I don't recommend the P-Pump to be used on the CH2.
if your going to use these for a different project you can also use the following by shortening up those spacers to the heads. (These are also for the truck spacing)
The 4400-CBR will put the Alt and a CBR pump both on the driver side slightly higher than the stock locations
Monday thoughts. . If you've ever been to my shop, it's probably surprised you at how small it is yet how much equipment is in there. The key has been a careful evolution in the layout and picking the perfect pieces. . When It came time to pick out a fixture table, I chose to do something a little less conventional to help out on space. The table is a #Certiflat #Weldtable and I chose to do the base table in 4' x 6' with 8" sides. This allowed me to grab 4 of the 8" x 8" x 24" Fab Blocks to turn the table into an H shape that is 10' long when needed for chassis fixtures and break it down to the 4 x 6 size for general Fab work to give me a touch more working space. I also cut the roll cart down to where the working height of the top was just 29.5" off the ground which does several things. 1. It makes the height of the chassis very comfortable to work on. 2. It gives me just enough room between the braces to store the Fab blocks when not bolted on. 3. It turns out to be a super handy height to put parts when laying things out. . #BFR #BentFabrications #weldeveryday#fixturetable#certiflat#weldtable#welding#MIG #TIG #Chassis #chassisdesign #smallshop#tightfit #smartchoices... See MoreSee Less
In AWD it's rear engine.. and the bottom of the chassis will ride about 4" off the ground with the lowered spring kit. It can be set up with offroad tires in more of a rally configuration as well. Or in 2wd it can be front engine with IRS or solid rear axle. It's going to be a very versatile platform that I think people are going to really dig.
I still can't give out a lot of specific details yet. I was hired to design and manufacture the chassis, but these will be sold as welded kits and turn key in several configurations through an upcoming new company to be announced very soon.😎
awd? what drive train? how low are you going to be able to get it?
Welding trash parts.. stepping up the game for our local garbage trucks! . As our business model changes to more production work, it's interesting to see what opportunities have come our way. This type work seems mundane for a top notch fabrication shop that's been focussed on the offroad industry for 20 years, but the reality is, this type work affords the time needed to design even better products that we can put into production for the DIY consumers. . There's some cool stuff in the works, so hide your wallet from the wife, your going to want to keep up with the cool kids!
There's a trend developing in a lot of the pictures of guys out in BFR cars.. there's usually more than one. Once you've wheeled with someone that has a BFR car and see it work, you'll want one too. 😜. It's really cool to see BFR owners hooking up and wheeling together.
@tuckn2s in his CK1 setup for all business and Mark Brancieri out with an original Grunt AT with newly added rear steer together having some fun in the rocks!
Time to start dialing in the new #WrightCNC plasma table! . Faster prototyping, faster product development, almost instant one off brackets.. Although we have been "digital" with laser cut and formed parts for the past several years, this little machine being in house will bring big changes! . #BFR #BentFabrications #CNC #cncplasma #wrightcncusa #hypertherm#plasma... See MoreSee Less
A little throwback to the first picture I was ever in on the book of faces.
11 years ago racing at Rousch Creek with the first EVO2 we ever built. It was low and mean, and everyone showed up to play to try to qualify for this new race they were calling King of the Hammers.. Lap one was the biggest trail tampon I'd ever witnessed! This race did in fact set us up to go to KOH in 2010 where this little car set the 3rd fastest qualifying time while running on a flat tire the last mile.
Making advances in today's fabrication world requires constant growth of knowledge. The ability to fine tune design work before any material is ever cut To introduce ideas without physically building something is a huge advantage over the past when to show someone a new idea you needed to just build it for them to see. It was mind blowing what could be done in the days of just owning a welding table and a grinder (and still is), I even remember joking about sheet metal work on buggies being so poorly done that I stated the shops that invested into better tooling to do tinwork would quickly stand out and succeed. As we move into this new digital realm, I am once again striving to evolve my business model.
Always ahead of what people are ready for.. I designed these 5 years ago. 7075 aluminum, I beam sectional structure, low profile with rolled radius bottom to help in the rocks, drains under the shock mounts, significantly lighter than anything else at the time. Still arguably nicer design than anything on the market today. . Cost of manufacturing exceeded what anyone was willing to pay at the time, never made the first set. . 5 years later, multiple companies selling aluminum trailing arms at my original price point. Is it finally time to bring the idea out? 😂 . If your interested in upgrading your rig, let me know, maybe we can do a limited run of them. If your a manufacturer that has at least a 48" bed on a 5 axis and would be interested in producing these, DM me. . #BFR #BentFabrications #CNC #7075 #machining#cncmachining #trailingarms#propersuspension#longtravel#whoopeater#bypasses #RockRods #desert#whoops#prerunner#buggy#buggylife #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #kingofthehammers #KOH #rockcrawlingevolved#wemakecoolkids @ Bent Fabrications ... See MoreSee Less
Today's thoughts are on chassis design. . The number 1 job of a chassis design is to prevent the occupants from getting hurt the best that you can. Next, your components need to fit, that includes building in performance. If you can make it comfortable, bonus. If you can do all those things and give it some style... Then your probably looking at a BFR chassis.😎 . Seriously, back to number 1. When designing your own chassis, or looking at a potential chassis to buy there's a few basic questions to ask yourself.
Another concept to "crawling" that people still believe and build around is limited up travel. . In the beginning, we all built cars that only had a few inches of up travel, or even set on the bumps... Honestly, it had to do with performance, the lower we could get the COG, the more stable the car was.. right? But the reality was that no one was packaging the car together well enough to sit that low and still have more than an inch or so of up travel and get air shocks to not unload on climbs. . Every BFR car is designed around at least 7" of up travel being available from ride height. Remember the idea that setting the car down lower had a performance advantage from the lower COG? By having more up travel available on a balanced suspension, when the front tire climbs a rock or ledge, the front axle is allowed to flex up while keeping the chassis way more level, low, and stable. When that up travel isn't there, the chassis has no choice but to be pushed up with the axle, and typically stays at the same plane as the front axle, making it less stable and transfering weight to one rear shock and tire to do all the work. It's an obvious imbalance in the suspension and henders the chassis's ability to perform.. if you think all that down travel is helping you out the 2% of the time your on your belly more than the 98% of the rest of the time you'd be seeing enhanced stability and performance.. 1998 is still calling your name. . Video is @ffletcher610 's new CH2 coming together. . Interested in a CH2 kit? Check them out at www.BentFabChassis.com . #BFR #BentFabrications #Cliffhanger #CH2#rockcrawlingevolved #evolvethesport #portals #portalrevolution#chassis#lasercut#CNCbent#diychassiskits#affordable#easybutton#weld#weldeveryday #ibuildstuff #RockRods #crawler#rockcrawling#rockcrawlingisback #buggy#buggylife #werock#werocklive #supercrawl #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #wemakecoolkids... See MoreSee Less
Things that make you think. . Yesterday I posted the side pic of @ffletcher610 new CH2 build. It showed just how nested the rear engine was into the center of the chassis, this video shows just what is achieved. . The "go to" cool thing in crawling always seems to be a single seat rear engine setup, but honestly, the visibility isn't what you think it would be. The key to crawling the hardest stuff out there is being able to see for yourself exactly what is going on at the tires... All of them. By keeping a subframe that allows you to drop the engine on down, your sacrificing very little in stability with the additional height, vs the advantages of moving you to a higher vantage point to see. Your going from a 40" wide flat bottom footprint in a single seater to something around 24" in a setup like this. The smaller footprint actually allows you to run the center of gravity lower to the ground and still hang up less. The widest part of the car is just behind the front wheels where it rarely sees contact, and moved up close to 18" higher than the footprint. From that point it tapers off to be as narrow as your 48" wide buggy's by the time your at the back of the seat where most contact is made. . Go set in your car, think about what you can see. Then tell me again how your spotter can tell you about what's going on better than you seeing it for yourself. . www.BentFabChassis.com . #BFR #BentFabrications #Cliffhanger #CH2#rockcrawlingevolved #evolvethesport #portals #portalrevolution#chassis#lasercut#CNCbent#diychassiskits#affordable#easybutton#weld#weldeveryday #ibuildstuff #RockRods #crawler#rockcrawling#rockcrawlingisback #buggy#buggylife #werock#werocklive #supercrawl #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #wemakecoolkids... See MoreSee Less
If you think @ffletcher610 created a few waves with his first BFR chassis, wait till you see how bad the boat gets rocked with this one! . When i set out to design a new chassis, I knew Frank was going to be a good candidate for the new platform. It only took a little bit of conversation to show how unique the advantages I engineered into the design would be, and Frank jumped on board. People throw the words "game changer" around to the point those words barely mean anything these days. If you've owned a chassis that works well already, it's sometimes hard to get out of the box and think about what can truly be a different approach and evolve the sport. . The chassis is designed to be super adaptable, and although most will set it up in a way that it will specifically be eligible for the front engine, 2 seat, rear steer trail buggy class in which it will easily dominate... That's not to say it can't be set up to go after the unlimited class as well. . I know, your thinking, but there's nothing special about a rear engine.... yeah... stay tuned to see how I work hand in hand with Frank to help turn this CH2 kit into a true weapon in the rocks and discuss just what makes it different than the rest. . #BFR #BentFabrications #Cliffhanger #CH2#rockcrawlingevolved #evolvethesport #portals #portalrevolution#chassis#lasercut#CNCbent#diychassiskits#affordable#easybutton#weld#weldeveryday #ibuildstuff #RockRods #crawler#rockcrawling#rockcrawlingisback #buggy#buggylife #werock#werocklive #supercrawl #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #wemakecoolkids... See MoreSee Less
Assembly is close to complete on the new @wrightcncusa plasma table. We've been digital for a good while now, but outsourcing laser and plasma work can often lead to long lead times, backups in the shop, and expensive product development as you work out the design revisions to be manufactured. Bringing the ability to quickly prototype and produce one off tabs, brackets and fixtures for projects on demand, all in house, will be a huge leap foreword in faster product development. It's been a long time coming, and it's going to open up a whole new world of possibilities. . #bentfabrications#bfr#wrightcnc#wrightcncusa#cnc#plasma#hypertherm... See MoreSee Less