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I have a project in the works and need pro advice and thoughts! No amatures,please! I have acquired 2 1990's quadrunners and am converting 1 of them into a low profile rock crawlin,single seat buggy! Here is my plan,Im gonna cut the frame in half just in front of the cylinder head and extend the front approx 2' to accomidate a seat in front of the motor/business end of the animal and lengthening the shaft to the front diff. I was also considering wheel spacers to make it a little more stable from side to side. Upon considering my options i noticed that if i turn the wheels inside out,i would gain the same space as if i would have bought the spacers w/o the expense. I want all the pro advice relative to the spacers you can come up with ,good and bad!ps the only difference is that the air valves will be on the inside of the wheel. thanx jim:goofy::idea::idea::biggrin:

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Ambitious i will agree!!! And i have all the time in the world to make this happen. The reason being is very simple! this animal just about kilt me,or as i have been told " I am not supposed to be alive" So that being said all my quads from now on will be -w- a roll cage and a seatbelt/harness (4-5 point). Also what really brought all this home was at the time i reached the emergency room entrance.The flight for life chopper just landed -w- 3 children that were also in an atv accident and not one of them survived.i may be 54 yrs old but i cant afford to loose my 9th life as the other 8 are gone also,love life and live it slow and happy :-) jim

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The only experience in flipping the wheels I have had was on a blaster both 88-02 ans 03-06.

I can tell you from my experience, I couldn't do it on the 03-06 as it was front hydro disks and the stem contacted the caliper. The do make flush valve stems get them on Ebay Flush Mount Valve Stems Set of 4 Wheel Valves Chrome | eBay I have not tried these but know a few who said they worked flawlessly.

On the 88-02 they flipped no problem and gave me 2" on each side which helped a lot! On the down side they tracked like crap, made steering harder, turning worse. On the blaster there is no camber/caster adjustment just toe in or out so it was a sacrifice to flip and save the money - extended arms with adjustments, which was over $400 out of my budget. I just dealt or (re learned how to steer) with the flipped rims and left it like that. Only other possible issue I would for see with flipping is if you run a directional tire.

Now I run 2.5" wheel spacers (the screw on type) on the 03 blaster, and that has served me well, I am 225lbs and 6 tall, I dont jump 20 footers anymore but i am also no easy on it it get beaten over boulders and stumps and have had zero failures, I only have them on the front i have a extended axle for the rear.

With this said, I am not sure how zuks front set up is. Just wanted to give you my feedback to think about!

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Ambitious project. You have to figure a way to lengthen throttle, rear brake, choke, and transmission shift cables. Then there is wiring. Fuel and breather tubes will be easy.

Yes there are a few challanges/oportunities to this prototype,but its a real pleasure butchering the quad that should have killed me,enough of me! most of the alterations are easy as the high low range lever will go on the left/s of the frame next to the seat,the forward reverse lever will go to the right side of the seat and the gear selection lever/handle/knob will be right between the legs and in front of the steering shaft and to be honest "i love it when a plan comes together"

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