The Raven-JK Special - ST4 Entry

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
After some heavy offroading at an imaginary TTC, the Raven is coming.
I've been wanting to make up a full offroad JK for a long time, and now with a long deadline to the finish, I just might get it done in time!
My long love of the JK is now out on my sleeve! ST4 here I come!

Project Reference:
The JK is an icon in the modern offroading world. And considering the massive scale truck following in the RC community, it was time to take a JK build to the next level. This project shows my love for offroad performance first, and attention to detail second, but not at the expense of ease of use. That's how the Raven was born.


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Here's the finished Jeep. Read this thread to see how it happened!

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generis

Maybe take up knitting.
Stuff I intend to duplicate for ST4... :blink: Here's the real truck pics for reference

Tube work in roofline:

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Black chrome wheel style:

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Fender-Bolt on style with marker light:

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Bolt on fender, angle rear hatch removable, clipped bumper with tow hooks:

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Hard to see... but bolt on fender, clipped front bumper:

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Short doors, all 4. No window pillars on doors:

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Bolt on fender, high mount coilover shock setup:

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Rear Light panels, clipped rear bumper with tow hooks:

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Under body rock lights 4dr:

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Flag mirrors, dual exhaust, clipped rear bumper with tow hooks:

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Snorkel and wipers and hood lighting. Also front mounted winch and fairlead with tube stinger/guard: (mud optional! haha)

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Shaved Rear tailgate- no spare mount:

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Ends reference pics
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
man, me too!! With this much time I might get it done for once! haha!
There's some really sick entries in the ST4 this year! :biggthumpup:
 
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Tanqueray

Guest
Stuff I intend to duplicate for ST4... :blink: Here's the real truck pics for reference

Hard to see... but bolt on fender, clipped front bumper:

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looking forward to see this done chris, gonna be sick truck if it's anything like your brute!

as pictured above, I like these wheels more ;)

if you need help or anything with the doors let me know, i can lend ya one of mine from my jeep build, they turned out pretty good (minus the fisheye paint that needs to be redone).
 
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Hillbillycrawler

Guest
I have a set of wipers from a Tamiya Tundra kit that I'll send you today.
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
Well, let's get started.
I know we don't need to give an introduction to the NewBright JK bodies. Here's another one... but with a full flat floorpan, wheel wells, and door pillars and panels.

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And of course that brings me to the first and most obvious problem. No frame. Oh well, better make one that I can use, and will fit with the stock design of the truck best I can.
The stock frames hold the front shock coilovers way up high and toward the rear of the wheelwell, so I'll start with that. And somehow use some of the running gear I like from the regular shelf. It came out like this up front:

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The next order of business was to make the frame fit and support the floor and body and still hold up the thing from the suspension point of view. So I'm over to this end now, and it looks like this, fitting around the floor and tcase, but follows the stock floorpan lines. Finally mud proofed wheelwells!

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That's a start!
 
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Tanqueray

Guest
nice work on the flooring, i like your rockrails idea. You're giving me ideas to do as well i knew i painted too soon evil
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
I think I'm going to mod some of the RokCountry bumpers for this jeep. They fit nice and I get the winch mount I wanted, as well as the basic shape. I'll chop off some of the outer edges to get the clipped profiles I want, but other than that, I think these will work nicely.
Front with winch:

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The front frames line up well with the bumper, and I can use the RokCountry bumper mounts also. Nice and easy.

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In the rear, the bumper is the right length already, but I have to change the profile of the ends to match the more tapered design on the real pics. The shaved rear panel got some more sanding also. The back can use the same bumper mounts as the front also.

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I'm really getting in the mood to build something these days, since completely clearing off my benches and making some room! Finally!
 
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Hillbillycrawler

Guest
You made me go buy a new JK mudslinger today.Thanks just what I didn't need.Looks great though Chris.
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
:laugh: that's life on Crawl canada. these people here make me do lots of things I wasn't planning on!
 

UNGLEWD

Supporting Member
This is awesome...got my eye on this one. Love the style of the JKs in some of those reference images. Giving me some inspiration to get mine finished
The new frame profile is wicked nice with your interior
 
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crawlerpawl

Guest
If this is half as nice as your other Jeeps it's going to be wicked!
 

generis

Maybe take up knitting.
well, the inside is no where near done, but the white styrene was burning a hole in my eye, so I sprayed it. Much better. MUCH better. Inside and out, it's black like the dang raven.
And I can see it now when I'm trying to fit stuff.
The whole floor is flat to the rockers, so the tcase actually sits just a tiny hair above the floor, and I had to cut a hole for it. That's fine, because I'm going to make a tunnel for it anyways.

Back section:

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looking forward over the inside:

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The tcase hole and where the tunnel section is going:

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I had to assemble some spares into the frame to find out where the center drive shaft would go, and servo/wiring and all that, so it's like this in the initial setup:

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Did I mention that it's black! haha
 
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