After building and wheeling a Solid Axle Tacoma and a Fully Built Jeep YJ on 44 inch tires, tons, and a V8 I knew it was time for a buggy. I have had the chance to drive the Sosebee’s Offroad and Performance built Hitman Buggy a few times and love how powerful and lightweight it is. So I decided to model my build after it. First thing is first for any build up and that is gathering parts.
First we sourced a LQ4 6.0 motor for it. These motors are very easy to find as they were available in a ton of GM cars, vans, and trucks. I picked up this engine for $1500 with wiring harness and computer. We plan on throwing some 5.3 heads, cam, and a good tune on it to get a few more ponies out of it. We are hoping for around 500hp.
Now that the motor was taken care of it was time to find a tough transfer case that could handle 500 horsepower. I first wanted to run a Dana 300 because they were cheap and readily available. Then I found a 3.0 ATLAS II for a $1300 and jumped on it. This is the same transfer case found in many of the baddest Rock Bouncing buggies in the South. Not only are they tough but they are also lightweight. Keeping weight down every chance we get will only make this buggy perform better.
For axles we decided that 14 bolt steering axles would offer the reliability we were looking for. This involves taking a 14 bolt rear axle, retubing it with DOM tubing and adding Dana 60 outers to them. We went with 4.10 ratio gears in the axles to keep everything strong. To make sure they will hold up to the abuse we will be installing a pile of Yukon Gear and Axle Parts into them including their shafts, joints, and flanges. Stay tuned for part 2 of our buggy build as we continue to gather parts and build our bullet proof 14bolt steering axles.