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The Baskerville Challenge 09: Humbug and Fire Ant

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Last weekend the Humbug had its first test at the Baskerville Challenge in North Wales.

Andy Chaplin, co-driver of Pete on the Humbug wrote a short report of the weekend:

After some very late nights and early starts at D&G Tuning we left with the humbug on friday evening for its first outing the baskerville challenge in north wales.

We arrive at the hotel at 1.30am and people come out to see the car at 7.30am we go outside to load our equipment for the day to find the car surrounded by people asking what things do how things work.

We start at stage 6 and it does take long for pete to get into the swing of 450 hp and he powers up though a boulder strewn gully we collect and power out of this section and into section 7 a steep hill climb we lost the front arb locker so we we just went for the power option and used the winch the winches are Gigglepin GP82 and now 24volt into 12 volt motors and pull like a ls2 at full chat. once we got to the top of the hill we fixed the arb hose which was a simple rerouting of the ARB air pipe to fix.

stage 8 was a very steep descent and gave us a test of the rear steer and the year winch both worked very well we collected the punches and got onto stage 9 a reverse winch down hill for 38mts pete just hit the winch button and descended using his rear steer all the way down collecting his punches on the way

stage 10/1112 went with out drama but for stage 13 it all ended up on the side then the roof and then the side pete was making lots of funny noises once he came to a rest we got him back on his wheels and on his way the only damage was a piece of lexon popped out the roof and peters ribs a little sore but he’s a big lad and he will get over it!

on to stage 14 last one of the day a rock crawl that was more like a few pebbles when you have 500mm of ground clearance then a 38mtr winch pulls followed by a long winch down and the a big rock crawl and then back to parc ferme

for a test weekend first time out the workmanship that D&G have produced id fantastic a brand new buggy completed 2 days in a very tough uk competition and is now back in belgium having a view tweaks

thank you to D&G and all help we have received in building this buggy!!

In the meanwhile the Humbug is back in our workshop for a last finishing touch, and we took the axles apart and are very happy with the result. After a whole weekend of tough testing, the new portal boxes didn’t had any problems!

Some pictures and a video from last weekend, thanks to “Alan” and “Kevin Thomas”.

The Humbug: Ready for the first test!

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After a few very busy weeks, the humbug was finally able to drive out of the workshop, ready for its first test “the Baskerville challenge” in Wales!

Some pictures of the finished truck, more pictures of the truck in the competition and a report on the event will follow ASAP!



The Humbug: D&G – Spider 9 Portal Axles!

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As you could see in earlier topics, the Humbug will be the first buggy using the Spidertrax Spider 9 axles in combination with the D&G Portal boxes!!

These Portal boxes are completely designed in house @ D&G 4×4 Tuning and bolted on the new Spidertrax Pro Series 60 Knuckle. The axle shafts are 300 M shafts with 35 splines with CTM U-J’s and the very strong Hi Pinion Ford 9 inch differential.

For the steering we have chosen for a complete HOWE setup for the front and rear axle (as the truck will have rear steering as well).

Below the first pictures of the axles ready to bolt on the Buggy!

The Humbug: The Spidertrax Pro Series 60 Knuckle!

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As we mentioned earlier, the Humbug will run our own designed portal boxes on the Spidertrax Spider 9 axles and this in combination with the  new Spidertrax Pro Series 60 Knuckle!

Spidertrax introduced their first fabricated knuckle over 5 years ago. Today, the Pro Series 60 Knuckle takes professional offroaders to an all new level. Better materials, bigger bearings, & larger bolts make this the strongest knuckle yet. All while holding the same compact & lightweight design philosophy you have come to expect.

More details on the new Pro Series 60 Knuckle and pictures of the knuckles mounted on the axles will follow in one of the following posts on this blog!

In the meanwhile the built of the Humbug continues!

For fast night sections a 42″ LED bar is mounted which gives an impressive amount of light!

Some Pictures of the LED bar and other detail pictures from the Humbug:

The Humbug: Update!

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A big update on the Humbug!

As you can see in below pictures, the Humbug will get 2 fueltanks, one underneath the passenger seat and one in the back. These fueltanks are both home made. We used as much space as possible to carry enough fuel for more day events.

The underbody protection is now finished as well together with the last finishing touches on the PTO whinch.

For the steering we use both HOWE steering pump and rams (front and rear). Special brackets are made to mount the pump on the engine together with the 2 alternators!

After finishing all the panels, brackets  and preparations for the electricity ,the whole truck could be dismantled to get a nice yellow paint!!

We are now building up the truck again and will update this blog again as soon as possible!

The Humbug: Update

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The built of the buggy came to a point where some decisions had to be made concerning the exact placement of accessories such as lights, winch attach points, fridge, fire extinguisher etc.

Also the radiator/oil cooler in the rear and the spare wheel have found their exact location.

We also have started to fabricate the panels such as the firewall, centre console, gearbox cover etc

Stay tuned for further updates!

The Humbug: Update

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A quick update on the Humbug!

As you can see in below pictures, the suspension is now installed. The Humbug will have 2″ coilovers and bypass shocks all round which will make the truck very stable on speed sections but still has a lot of wheel travel for technical stages!

The dashboard starts to take shape as well, like most of the trucks built by D&G 4×4 Tuning, the Humbug will get marine spec switches, fuses etc which are all mounted in a waterproof box!

More updates will follow very soon!

The new “Humbug” with Portal Spidertrax Spider 9 axles!

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Discover this all new D&G 4×4 Tuning project called the “Humbug”!

This buggy with a Twisted Customs base chassis will again be completely different from what we have done in the past. This LS powered buggy will be running Spidertrax Spider 9 axles combined with the all new and home made D&G 4×4 Tuning Portal Boxes which give an additional 12 cm’s extra ground clearance!

As you can see in the pictures, the roof of the Humbug is higher (8 inches in total) than standard buggies, although the chassis height remains the same, thanks to the lifted chassis rails at the front!  The cage is also built to meet the MSA regulations!

More updates on this built will follow soon!