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UTV/Buggy Fabrication For all those doing your own fabrication on the Yamaha Rhino and other UTV's

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Old 10-07-2014, 03:58 AM
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Resurrected Rhino build

I started this some time ago.It went stagnant for a while but I'm back on it for this winter in hopes I can finish it before spring.I can't bring myself to getting rid of the ol'Rhino we bought in 08 for a new model.It's hard to replace the reliability for a belt burning turd.
It has 27.5 Pittbulls and Lone Star Mid Travel Suspension.I raised the rockers 10.5 inches and chopped the cage close to 12".This build is geared towards spending time in the trails of KY,TN,WV,IN.Rocks,hills,and mud.


Kinda gives you a direction I'm going with the exception of the fuel cell not being in the back like the original plan.



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Old 10-07-2014, 04:13 AM
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I puckered the frame rail at lower A arm back mount.I stuffed it at about 45MPH into a washout and it didn't fair well.This is what made me finally decide it was time to give it my Rockcrawling stance.


This pic is a true test of Bend-Tech,the ol' Tube Bandit and a Square D bender.This is 10 bends in just over 21' of tube.The bender has been modified for more accuracy but it can be done.I could have done it in 2 pieces but I want to try my skills.It was slightly tweaked but nothing some straps couldn't fix.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:23 AM
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This was going to be the trunk lid but I have a way to stiffen it up so it will be changing but it will be back lit the same way.



Spare tire mount swings up and pout of the way to get in the trunk with a 12v actuator.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:25 AM
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Pics of the LED light bar mount.



Start of the doors
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:28 AM
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Some pics of the stance outside this summer.Looks a little different outside.



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Old 10-07-2014, 04:32 AM
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HDPE back wall.May look a little corny to some but it's light,quiet,and easy to work with.




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Old 10-07-2014, 04:41 AM
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All the sheet metal work has been done with BT SM as well.This project may look dumb now but I think when it's finished it will be one of a kind trail rig Rhino.Chris@Bend-Tech is the man and it's part of the reason I pushed the limits on this build.Thanks Chris!
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:24 AM
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Nice work! Doing the top of that cage in one piece is impressive. I am definitely picking up Bend-Tech for the next large project I get involved with.
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:35 PM
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Very cool! I like it.

Rear suspension looks fully drooped already?

You did the graphics in the sheet with BT plate? Skulls, etc..

Where do you buy the plastic?

Man I hate living in NJ!
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:11 AM
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This is actually the cage that sit on this Rhino.The cage,bed box,and rear seat has dramatically lightened the back of this thing.That's the reason why the rear is drooped all the way out.I just haven't adjusted anything.The plastic came from a boat manufacturer that I use to work at but it can be found anywhere.It's high density polyethylene.It can be bend in a brake and and thermally formed.
As far as the Bend Tech SM.I draw all the parts demensionally and the import it in Torchmate Cad for any graphics.I don't care for Torchmate CAD for drawing parts but I do use it for editing and importing images.

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Old 10-08-2014, 08:40 AM
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What Torchmate do you have, and how do you like it? My wife and I have been kicking around the idea of getting a CNC plasma setup for a side business and Torchmate is one of the possibilities.
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:38 PM
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I've had a 2x4 for 4 or 5 yrs now.It actually started out 2x2 ,now 2x4,soon 4x4 and portable.I love it and Torchmates customer service is too notch.I should say when I needed them because it's been many years since I needed them.I had a few probs in the beginning and Bill Koontz called me personally to get me fixed up.He was the owner of Torchmate untill he sold to Lincoln electric and became Pres or whatever his title is"still there".I have had 0 problems with their relatively cheap table.I run it daily.You would'nt regret buying it!
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:00 PM
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Very cool, thanks for info.

I'm not a big skull guy ,but I like the ones on your light bar.

Do you draw them or import already done?

What do you use for graphic design?
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:11 AM
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this rhino gets me hard. i want to build one so bad!
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X2. Nice work, looks great.
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