Our build starts with a collection of custom made parts as well as over the counter goodies.
As we said in our last blog post, we started with our #4580 FJ45 long box frame which we make in house for our Aluminum bodies. After deciding to use the same military Gamma Goat differentials with 5.70 gears as our ‘Grey Cruiser’ we came up with a whole new diff cradle design to include our independent front and rear suspension. Our custom 1-1/2”, 3/16” wall D.O.M. tubing upper A frames, 10ga. steel lower A frames and Spidertrax unit bearings are more than adequate to keep the 37’s turning and bouncing over any terrain we point them at.
For aftermarket goodies we have 13” drilled rotors and double piston calipers from Wilwood. 14” long limiting straps with double shear mounts from TMR Customs based out of Ontario Canada. F-O-A coilover shocks with remote reservoirs will keep our Mickey Thompsons planted. We chose to go with a PSC motorsports steering ram to power the rear steer and after an undisclosed amount of R&D time we managed to make a custom rear steer self centering ram with a lock out pin which works flawlessly.
A lot of R&D went into the chassis alone from making custom IFS and IRS factoring in for travel, self centering rear steer to the shock hoops even the brake line retainers are all made in house. Next week we will put in the drive train, fabricating some mounts and hopefully fitting the cab onto the frame.
Life's hard, get a helmet!
*Disclaimer, Aqualu only builds vehicle for in house abuse, we do not offer build services.*