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    Project Baja Shockwave

    I am converting my Shockwave to a Baja Beetle.

    The Shockwave itself has been upgraded. It has an SH.18 engine, two speed transmission, a few aluminum upgrade parts, CVD front shafts, aluminum shocks and carbon fiber shock towers (courtesy of rufaster.com). If you ever have to replace your shock towers take a look at the carbon fiber ones. They are half the price of the upgraded aluminum and much stronger than the stock set.

    I removed the rear tail assembly and I have some body mount post on order (stock Vortex SS post). The body is a Proline Baja Beetle (part # 3238-61).


    Carbon fiber shock tower


    Rough fitting of body.


    Stay tuned...



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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    i like this setup alot! very nice thus far.
    if it were mine, i would be tempted to give it a offroad baja look. mount some big lights on the top, maybe some mud flaps or something like that. maybe a big bumper in the front.

    the wheels look good with that body, and the wheel base looks almost perfect.

    cant wait to see it all painted up!
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

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    I am working on bumpers. Not sure if they will work but I also ordered some Vortex bumpers. I am hoping to get them to fit.

    As for lights, that is an idea to consider. I will have to see how she handles when she is done. If she stays on all four wheels it may be possible to put lights on the top. I just worry about them getting ripped off and damaging the body.


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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    i think proline has a light bar where the lights are completely surrounded, thus protecting them from rollovers!
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    woops, double post
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    some pics to get more ideas flowing!
    there are roof racks for rock crawlers that would be cool.
    and a skid plate on the front would be easy to fab up!
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    That is FLIPPINAWESOME! That makes me want to convert mine now! LOL Keep us updated...
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    were did you get the carbon fiber shock towers..... i have a tornado s30, and i keep bending the **** out of the stupid aluminum ones that come with the car, i want something a little bit more rugged..... that can take the abuse i give it!

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave


    www.rufaster.com/r-107022t.aspx


    www.rufaster.com/r-107023t.aspx

    That's where I got 'em. loving then so far.


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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    So this is what got done tonight. Body post from a Vortex ss added, front and rear bumpers added (also from a Vortex ss) and more body trimming done.





    Front bumper




    Rear bumper (needed some modding)



    Can't wait to get some paint on her now.

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    smart move the the vortex bumper and body posts. looks awsome! the front bumper looks great with the bug body.

    will be a very sick looking custom nitro when you are done.

    if it were me, i would trim out the rear windows, for motor cooling. and it might give access to the needles without removing the body.

    either way, its really a killer looking ride[>:]
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    will the carbon fiber shock towers fit on a tornado s30?

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    www.rufaster.com/search.aspx

    This is the result of searching rufaster for "tornado carbon fiber". It even came up with a carbon fiber upper plate.



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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    I will probably drill a small in the roof for the glow plug ignitor and if I find that it is running hot I was thinking about trimming out the door windows so that they look like they are open. It may be ok as is, there are big gaps under the fender wells so it may get good air flow.


    We'll see.


    I think I may need stronger shocks.

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    @dragonii, I've noticed you have same size wheel/tires
    all around. I tried this but up front the wheel rub against
    the knuckle.( I think that's what's call) I have a tornado s30.
    Also it's look like the knuckle set up on your "hybrid" is differ
    from that of a S30. Question is did you have to modified the
    anything to make the wheel fit up front? I have the same wheel
    and tire like your.( from hobbypartz) any one with info, please
    chime in.

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    It's hard to tell in the pictures but the front wheels are slightly more narrow than the rear. I wanted to put the wider rear wheels all the way around but as you said, they rub the steering knucle.


    Now that I am getting closer to a finished vehicle I am starting to wonder if I can fit some SCT wheels on it.
    I think something like this would look awesome on it.


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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    Sneak peek of the progress.




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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    Lookin good man!
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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    i got rid of my tornado a long time ago... but i was wondering if those things finaly upgraded to a slipper clutch or do you still have to use the one from an mt2??? thanks[&:]

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    you are one good painter!

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    no slipper clutch.

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    RE: Project Baja Shockwave

    Thanks man.


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