How To Build A Rock Crawler On A Budget

What makes a good rock crawler?

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How much does it cost to build a rock crawler?

That’s not exactly NASCAR money, especially as the newer, competitive 600-plus-hp rigs (they are always “rigs” or “buggies” and never “cars”) cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000 to build.

What is the best wheelbase for rock crawling?

Wheelbase 108-117 (Inches): This wheelbase is probably the most common, as far as off-road cars go. Think of things like the 4 door Jeep Wrangler, and even some pickup trucks. While this wheelbase isn’t so big that it makes off-roading hard, it’s just big enough to give you good stability and handling on the trail.

What engines do rock bouncers have?

Many Rock Bouncers are powered by GM crate motors coupled to custom transmissions and transfer cases. Typical power output for these beasts varies between 500 to 750 horsepower (although many now push 1000 hp), and the torque exceeds anything seen on street vehicles.

What axles do rock bouncers use?

Full long travel suspension with at minimum dana 60 axles and running monster 43-47″ tires. Most rock bouncers will use Chevy crate motors and can range anywhere from 600hp all the way up to as much as 1100hp.

How do you rock crawl?

Shift your Jeep into four low, disconnect the front sway bar, turn on your rear locker, and let her crawl. That is the key word: crawl. It’s called rock crawling for a reason. If you have never driven a vehicle in four low before, the throttle will take some getting used to.

Is a longer wheelbase better for rock crawling?

As for rock crawling, try splitting the difference between a full-size truck and a Jeep with a short wheelbase by going with a Jeep with a longer wheelbase. This gives you the best of both worlds.

Does longer wheelbase mean smoother ride?

Cars with long wheelbases tend to have better ride quality than those with short wheelbases. This is simply because there’s more time between the front and rear wheels hitting any bumps, so the car is less likely to become unsettled.

Does wheelbase affect ground clearance?

If you increase the wheelbase then the total length of the car increases and if you increase the ground clearance,then the total height of the car increases.

How much does a rock crawler weigh?

Rock crawlers are an absolute blast to drive on the dirt – but how much do they weigh? Weighing in at around 4,000 lbs., these beasts can be a lot of fun when you’re driving them over obstacles. The high clearance and heavy-duty suspension make for a really smooth ride when you don’t want it to get too bumpy.