Mall Crawling Racer...... #4410

Discussion in 'Build Threads' started by REDLYNER, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    I was planning a trip over to South Park Mall (they are running a sale on wax-as-you-dry and armor all) and since I have some free time, I thought I would swing by Johnson Valley on my way and race in the King of the Hammers EMC. So I sent in my check and Ultra4 KOH 2013 application and will spend the next 8 weeks dialing in the rig for a better shopping experience. Some of the mods and tuning will transfer over in helping me be faster in the desert and rocks, but this build will primarily be focused on enhancing my mall crawling experience and increasing my parking lot cred.

    Abercrombie will never know what hit them.....






    This is my daily driver, this is my mall crawler, this is my race car. Build thread to commence:

    I have been fortunate to work with several shops here in NC and can't post anything before saying what a good job they have done tolerating me and my requests. A huge thanks goes out to Carolina Truggies, Right Side Performance, Schwabe Offroad, Rides, and Marsfab. My jeep has been a constant project for over 7 years and I have thousands of pictures taken of the build process, this thread is more dedicated to the final preparations that got me through Black Friday shopping and getting ready for the desert.

    Going from a rock crawler to a full blown mall crawler is not as easy as I thought. A perfect example was my Fox 2.0 coilovers were fine for the trails, but everyone knows if you don't have blue springs and reservoirs, you aren't jack at the meet-n-greets. Same thing for wheels- yeah black steelies are practical, but someone told me 4 Wheel Parts called and wanted their "I sell these to every freaking TJ owner in the US" wheels back and the only way to roll is Racelines, so again, another huge change had to be made. Below is the parts pile that will make my next super tight t-shirt buying experience smooth sailing. Some of the mods may cross over and help in my detour through the desert as well.


    Collecting parts:

    Kings (thanks Trent Fab!) Fist pump blue.
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__BLqQM5ChyrY_TygldO7S3II_AAAAAAAABwg_0LQehg4mS_0_s800_king2.jpg

    Door skins (thanks Poison Spyder Customs!) Gotta be seen by the ladies.
    alh4.googleusercontent.com__kTl3A2rxiPA_Tw3Im6EzjYI_AAAAAAAABoE_Yj_t8bGTPgc_s800_PSC_2520door3.jpg

    Racelines (thanks SAVVY!) Members only level
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__cR_pXFqDQSE_T_dHsDF9DhI_AAAAAAAACPY_JPxTMjMqqP0_s800_racelineclean2.jpg

    37" MTR/Ks. Apparently my grippier Pitbull Rockers aren't clique status in the West. So even though Pitbulls are probably a better South Eastern tire (I'm in NC), you can't be in the desert clique if you can't say Kevlar 5 times when describing your rig.
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__Bx8_HJoZjuI_T_dHxZu8zNI_AAAAAAAACQA_cPY_iNIsElI_s800_racelinering5.jpg

    Hi-line tube fenders (thanks Sinister Fab!). Well this should be obvious... if tube fenders are cool, hi-lines are loco fresca.
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__W1PnqKOsqqU_UAtwkZzRX8I_AAAAAAAACUs_g_Oncv_4iBQ_s800_sinister2.jpg

    Aluminum. Period. I'm all in when it comes to getting light:
    AL Bumper by way of Barnes 4WD
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__sEawdMD5VM0_T_dHqX2JYoI_AAAAAAAACPQ_D_jGMIALPMI_s800_aluminumbumper1.jpg

    AL Rear corners via Sniper Fab
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__xMABy2NZkHc_UAlOLGMovvI_AAAAAAAACTo_s9RmPvm6upE_s800_sniperfabal1.jpg

    AL tie rod by way of Ironman4x4 Fab
    alh4.googleusercontent.com__pajZbtIAsz0_T3oHQbm0ODI_AAAAAAAACBU_KXyqOu_xFOw_s800_tr1.jpg

    AL tc skid and engine skid thanks to Undercover Fab
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__Ch_3amqCFFQ_UFcqx1IyjbI_AAAAAAAACe5e3a46680668ae7f1cd3ea247513fa45.jpg

    AL tube fender cut outs hand crafted by Sinister Fab
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__CipO_7fSU_I_UCGAK8g9AbI_AAAAAAAACX557b0447dc69be85ac3686ddfa392448.jpg


    More parts collecting and building to follow....
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016
    Decomp and rroadkilll like this.
  2. untchabl

    untchabl On the rocks

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Location:
    Bear Creek, NC 27207
    No one will be able to beat you to a parking spot at the mall after you're done. Nice pile of parts you've got there for sure.
     
  3. zman2day

    zman2day Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Location:
    atlanta
    lookin good...
     
  4. khwrx

    khwrx Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Location:
    lincolnton nc
    How thick are those door skins ? Subbed !!!!
     
  5. RenegadeT

    RenegadeT no shirt,no shoes,no dice Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2005
    Location:
    Stokesdale-Greensboro
    sweet, good luck, this will be fun to follow.
     
    Lankford likes this.
  6. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    Keeping in mind this was our rock crawler, some parts were already installed. Stretched wheelbase, anti-rock, winch, etc., however, while the jeep was starting to look the part parked outside of the local AMC 24 movie theater, it just wasn't handling the mph control system like it should. With the addition of 3 new AMC theater speed bumps, something on the jeep had to be done. So we gussetted the outer Cs and added a small truss to try and keep the axle straight.

    Marsfab helping out:
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__97_Vb9BnTLQ_TyIOhlQ6eSI_AAAAAAAABvU_AIIzWA7ei3c_s800_trs2.jpg

    The fit is looking pretty good:
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__s6LRAfw_hKk_TyIOi2nHC2I_AAAAAAAABvc_jKC_NvC_hlo_s800_trs3.jpg

    Ready for high speed parking lot jumps:
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__ojfe9Z7m6SA_TyIOhYxvSyI_AAAAAAAABvM_x9yYl3Pfr0I_s800_trs4.jpg





    Not bending the axle is one thing, but when you are trying to make the 7:20pm Avengers showing, and you know full well that you will do at least 2 hot laps by the ticket line, you must be able to handle the speed bumps faster. So we talked to Profender and picked up their 4" airbumps (then had Alex cut them down to 2").

    Carolina Truggies was able to lend some welding help:
    alh4.googleusercontent.com__EPUwzppHwUE_TuesxzSVcqI_AAAAAAAABl4_B1tnID9H4xU_s800_AB10.jpg

    Most important picture I have learned, if you really want to look like you know what you are doing, is that you post a full bump picture:
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__g1J5ZX_aKxc_Tuesu3cQgYI_AAAAAAAABlA_JBx_Ga3FyR0_s800_AB3.jpg

    alh6.googleusercontent.com__PIJIwlLbejs_TueswPiG7xI_AAAAAAAABlM_x7I8DaLOMdI_s800_AB5.jpg

    Painted up and ready for the early crowd at IHOP:
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__MSq0wPNM3PA_Ty3xYl_KUEI_AAAAAAAABxs_XpUgaMZET4Y_s800_k2.jpg

    alh5.googleusercontent.com__0Yg5_d3HlGw_UCqhE87LHeI_AAAAAAAACZc386ab7b5c752f0b34ad4022d87f62cc.jpg
     
  7. 95yjjeep

    95yjjeep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Location:
    Charlotte
    Looks awesome! Keep the pics coming. And will you tell Chris to put on some safety glasses! :flipoff2:
     
    Mulishajoe likes this.
  8. khwrx

    khwrx Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Location:
    lincolnton nc
    Yeah safety glasses you can replace , cant replace your eyes ! Only took two trips to the hospital to convince me .
     
  9. userbmx1315

    userbmx1315 builds more then wheels

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Location:
    Bessemer City, NC
    Haha last time i went, the hospital couldnt help me. Had go go to summit eye. Took me twice also.
     
  10. snappy

    snappy YHDG's adopted son!!! Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Location:
    high point
    I was gonna say a hat... The baldness is blinding us!!!
     
    Mulishajoe likes this.
  11. khwrx

    khwrx Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Location:
    lincolnton nc
    well all the hospital did do was an xray and then sent me to greystone eye center to have it looked at .
     
  12. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    One of the nagging issues I ran into over the summer was discovered every time I went through the Starbucks drive through. The full doors didn't allow for enough room to grab my Vanilla Ice Tall Cinnamon Frappucinos, so I needed an upgrade that gave a little more reaching room. Marsfab helped me weld up some Poison Spyder door skins to my current soft doors-

    alh6.googleusercontent.com__zKUkmJvnR9w_TyIM_RresZI_AAAAAAAABuM_6mzYQFRlEA0_s800_skn1.jpg

    alh3.googleusercontent.com__D8xcH0SvdRc_TyIM_l_y4SI_AAAAAAAABuQ_vVDoor3eTho_s800_skn2.jpg

    alh3.googleusercontent.com__ecWSX_gYOoM_TyINCcMfGCI_AAAAAAAABuk_bQKYR12YYAk_s800_skn4.jpg

    Sealed up
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__yMkotzBf5js_TyINDuRmglI_AAAAAAAABu8_vz6AOvG1lFE_s800_skn6.jpg

    3 layers of Stone White paint:
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__YgnT4ATVblU_TyMgDaONgpI_AAAAAAAABvw_d0KJxujWOrk_s800_skn9.jpg
     
  13. khwrx

    khwrx Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Location:
    lincolnton nc
    WOW thats nice!
     
  14. ncsutj

    ncsutj Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Location:
    Concord
    That's awesome Jay. Hope you go out there and kick some ass.

    Sent from my Desire HD using Tapatalk 2
     
  15. 98jeeptj

    98jeeptj Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2010
    Location:
    Greensboro NC
    :burnout:Awesome thread, I'll be watcing on here as well as on JF. So when is the test and tune?
     
  16. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    Well...... I was just severely humbled after my recent trip to Minnesota. As you are aware, this is the home of The Mall of America (or "The Show" as us Mall Crawlers like to call it). Wow, do I have a ways to go. First up was addressing my hyperventilating at the thought of 3 different Macys in one location! Three!

    So we hooked up with Poly Performance and got a Parker Pumper, y-adaptor, and two sections of hose. Install will come during the cage build.

    alh4.googleusercontent.com__2h4yDK76sSU_UIHb90RzGPI_AAAAAAAAChI_35gxfJoRAZo_s800_Parker_2520Pump.jpg
     
  17. MarsFab

    MarsFab Will work for money

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Location:
    Harrisburg, NC
    I got polycarbonate implants last year so I don't need safety glasses anymore.


    Sent from the MarsFab Off Road mobile response unit.
     
    John Smith, zombhntr and 95yjjeep like this.
  18. ABadJeeper

    ABadJeeper Carolina Metal Masters

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2007
    Location:
    Huntersville, NC
    Looking awesome. Can't wait to see it all done. I need to go sell some body parts or something. Lol
     
  19. 95yjjeep

    95yjjeep Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Location:
    Charlotte
    Is MarsFab building the roll cage?? What are the plans? Any ideas yet?
     
  20. khwrx

    khwrx Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Location:
    lincolnton nc
    The dinosaur likes the new parts looks like too !
     
  21. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

    Joined:
    May 6, 2010
    Location:
    Sanford NC 27330
    Very cool you'll be the envy of every flatbill hat wearing guy at pac sun.
     
  22. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    REDLYNER Racing, a driver's interview-

     
    Ristine Motorsports likes this.
  23. Bigben75ford

    Bigben75ford Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Location:
    Asheboro,NC
    hahaha and so this is the guy going to KOH this year with Michael?? I might go now LOL!!
     
  24. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    Over the summer we noticed a fairly consistent problem- Every time we took the rig to Harris Teeter for groceries, we would be fine. The parking lot there is mostly flat with a few rolling sections that don't cause very many handling problems. But, the new Wal-Mart Super Center was almost built from the ground up to challenge even the most experienced grocery getters. Probably 1000 parking spaces to navigate, wild shopping carts roaming without any fear, and let's not forget "the people of Walmart" as well. It can make your heart speed up just thinking about a grocery trip.

    To make my Saturday morning milk, eggs, and bread run a little easier, I decided to lighten up the rig with the aluminum gear posted earlier, but more importantly, we needed a better poser color change. Too many guys are running black fenders, armor, etc, so we needed to take some action.

    We started here, roughly 4,250lbs:
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__jfTGjPM79LI_TrbqueaWu9I_AAAAAAAABdg_pgn0P2ft9cc_s800_Sunnyday1.jpg

    Then went with Sinister Fab hi-lines and Sniper Fab aluminum comp corners:
    alh4.googleusercontent.com__ZJFZ5xvq3oc_UCGALqAcDpI_AAAAAAAACYf735a6dd14e10fffadec81f942dfa250.jpg

    Drilling out accessory holes, sanding off rust:
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__FLUWyGvnIy8_UCGAIM_vrHI_AAAAAAAACXa4a7194c71d39b72684b0b994a1d402b.jpg

    Smoothing down the sliders (amazing how many door dings you get just picking up take out):
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__YMW1FrRVaRI_UCGAL2isEeI_AAAAAAAACYI_7IKfxRViPtI_s800_sliderg1.jpg

    Paint booth:
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__hdGMUZhymYM_UCqhG_nI7SI_AAAAAAAACZf8bc970887e5ef0afeac0e153261645c.jpg

    alh5.googleusercontent.com__5KlCS9XRvBE_UCqg9zHntVI_AAAAAAAACYk_EuOAZFRzNpw_s800_kohprep2.jpg

    Test fitting:
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__B10HjapXVZY_UCqhESfJIdI_AAAAAAAACY1618e299b6563ab412c7274a4bc1d4db.jpg

    Prepping the grill inserts. This was important because while yes aluminum shines, I needed mall crawler bling, so I hit them up with three layers of clear coat:
    alh6.googleusercontent.com__lGDKlSkywNI_UC1Al_ZFemI_AAAAAAAACZ5ad3a31704cc0f6f2fa9402836055cf4.jpg



    Between swapping out our tires from heavy Pitbulls to light weight MTR/Ks and going to mostly aluminum accessories, I dropped down to 3,900lbs and cut 4.5 seconds off of the 0-to-60mph time. I literally shaved 1:47 off of the travel time from my house pit station to the Walmart garden center.
    Post paint:
    alh5.googleusercontent.com____xJkhXQOtw_UC2G3uD5hMI_AAAAAAAACa0_sBWtCq_lNsE_s800_REDLYNERKOH1.jpg

    alh6.googleusercontent.com__wsSgayBdgNU_UC2b6iuWqgI_AAAAAAAACbc_ojdx16VBJao_s800_REDLYNERKOH4.jpg
     
    BShore likes this.
  25. REDLYNER

    REDLYNER Mall Crawling Race Rig

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Location:
    Mountain Island
    Recently back from an intense day of test and tuning. Three malls, two Walmarts, Lowes, and a Best Buy- the jeep was running flawlessly.
    alh3.googleusercontent.com__qW46MzH_KVY_ULUXdTpInwI_AAAAAAAAClI_dO5yRHlPKRw_s800_Topping_2520Out.jpg


    But it was all too good to be true. We started having heat soak before we could get to Old Navy, so I had to shut it down. That will need to be addressed- collecting parts to push the fuel through a little better:
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__zAXV5Bg3BFY_ULl7fAB_73I_AAAAAAAACl3800e8c8f49ca07026159f1639927f83.jpg



    In an attemp to pass a Chevy Trailblazer who had become a trail plug between Off Broadway Shoes and Buckle, I clipped a curb and launched the rig clear up into the air. The landing was so hard it knocked my designer sunglasses off and spilled my Vanilla frappuccino. Major mall crawler party foul. So another call to Profender Suspension and they sent out some 3" airbumps for the rear to match the ones up front.
    alh5.googleusercontent.com__OBloyoiq6jc_ULl7fWCeXpI_AAAAAAAACl0fc9205df35f4bfaca97194c49142005.jpg
     

Share This Page