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
Support, support, support! . One of the biggest advantages of buying a kit vs building yourself is having help when questions arise. Not only do we have a support group on Facebook for people to post up their builds, ask questions, discuss ideas, learn real tech advice (without weeding through bullshit), and see the latest ideas I'm working on in the shop... But I also have picture albums with step by step instructions and notes to help make assembly super easy posted up in the support group. Bent Fabrications chassis support!. . If your the type that doesn't like to read instructions, well.. I got you! You can follow along on www.YouTube.com/BentFabrications as I build a full kit tube by tube, unedited in real time, and point out little tech tips to keep you on track! . Go hit the #easybutton and get your kit ordered at www.BentFabChassis.com . #BFR #BentFabrications #Cliffhanger #CH2 #chassis #lasercut #CNCbent #diychassiskits #affordable #weld #weldeveryday #ibuildstuff #RockRods #crawler #rockcrawling #rockcrawlingisback #buggy #buggylife #werock #werocklive #supercrawl #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #wemakecoolkids ... See MoreSee Less
Interesting. Of the machines I have here, the little Miller has a killer start up, the voltage and feed it ramps into on first pull is super controlled, for tacking stuff up and short runs, I'm digging it. But the arc once going isn't as smooth as the Lincolns, I weld in flip flops with the Lincoln 210. Not shown is my Hobart machine, believe it or not, it lays the best weld profile by far, but be prepared to burn up every stitch of clothes you have on and go through a ton of spatter spray. 😂
I barely notice a difference now that the big names all have the inverters down to a science. Ran a half dozen of the big blue transformers. Bought the same red mig and tig machines you've got. Both are butter. I will say that build quality on blue is better.
Red. But it’s an HTP
Blue now. Used to be red. Miller had a killer rebate so I updated. And then again.
After 14 years of working with red I switched to a blue multi 255 for no significant reason other than time for a change. So far I like the change
Miller set on dig with the big boy gun.
I run Team Blue, love it
Love my Hobart mig. I just started tigging but I really like the dynasty 200
Thinking about a DIY Cliffhanger kit? . Everyone knows IG is where you post the cool pics.. but if you want the nitty gritty down to earth tech without weeding through a bunch of web wheeling BS, don't forget I have a support group for BFR that anyone can join. This is where I post all tech related information and answer questions about the build process. Show pictures of upcoming products, videos with helpful tips from putting your kits together to general fabrication, discussions about what people might want me to design next and more! Looking for ideas? Browse through customer pics and posts and builds, ask questions, explain your ideas, we all work together to make it happen!
Don't forget to scroll over to the ALBUMS button to find step by step instructions to guide you through assembly. And remember that I'm always just a phone call, text, DM, or email away from answering any question you have.
If your into motorcycles, The Progressive KING of the MOTOS is something you'll want to take a look at! The Physical conditioning required of the riders to ride these rocks, and the pure technology it takes to race technical rocks of this size and the fast pace desert sections with one bike is nothing less than mind blowing! If you think Supercross, motocross, hair scrambles, endures, trail bikes, or even the Red Bull Extreme Enduro series is something to watch, you've not seen anything until you see this! Its the pure definition of hard core on a motorcycle.
Head over to www.Ultra4Racing.com/live to check out the action all day with the Prologue starting at 8AM Pacific and the 3 lap main starting at 10 AM
You can also track your favorite rides with tracking provided by Yellow Trackers at cf.yb.tl/kom2020#
It's about to get real! . Are you ready to get your CH2 kit on its way? . These kits are laser coped, and CNC bent out of 1.75" DOM tubing. They come with all the bracing needed in 1.5" DOM, and are indexed with alignment holes to locate where your tubes fit together. It's the perfect platform to get your build started off right with lots of accessory brackets and options available to help finish your build. Our suspension brackets even come with free tech support to ensure your buggy performs! Let our 21 years of chassis building experience give you the performance edge your after with style people recognize. . If your thinking about a new build, contact me by DM, phone or text 859.396.4541, or email me directly at Tim@BentFabrications.com and let's talk about your dream build. . Head over to www.BetFabChassis.com if you'd like to grab a kit in stock and ready to ship! . #BFR #BentFabrications #Cliffhanger #CH2#chassis#lasercut#CNCbent#diychassiskits #RockRods #crawler#rockcrawling#rockcrawlingisback #buggy#buggylife #werock#werocklive #supercrawl #Ultra4 #ultra4racing #rockcrawlingevolved #wemakecoolkids... See MoreSee Less
There's been killer racing all week long, but todays the big day! The fastest cars of Ultra4, the 4400 unlimited cars will be running today at the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries!
Action will start up at 8 AM Pacific as the 4400 cars roar off the line to start the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries Race. Will we have a new King (or first time Queen) this year, or will one of our reigning Kings take it home again? Tune in all day long to catch all the action LIVE with 2 helicopters, 6 drones, and 30 cameras covering all the action.
The live show will kick off at 7:55am PST with several ways to tune in including www.ultra4racing.com/live, the King of The Hammers Facebook, the Ultra4 Racing Facebook, or on the Ultra4 Racing YouTube channel.
KOH2020 live coverage gets fired up again today to watch the Every Man Challenge. if you love modified Jeeps, and the 4800 class that is designed to help get you into the sport of offroad racing, todays race is something you'll enjoy tuning into.
Head over to www.Ultra4Racing.com/live to see all the action live as they use 8 drones, 2 helicopters, and 30 cameras to bring live coverage directly to your living room.
If you'd like to track your favorite racer, check out cf.yb.tl/kohemc2020 and follow all the racers around the course.
There's a full day of qualifying for the 4400 big boys today with the first cars going off the line around 9am Pacific time. The expected fastest cars of the day are all grouped into one time frame called Power Hour that will kick off at 4pm Pacific time. Tune in and find out who's going to take the pole at the 2020 King of the Hammers.