View Full Version : Dee's "Meannie" under the Red Line knife

10-25-2010, 06:35 PM
As we all know Randy bought Meannie for Dee! She loves this truck, however, with most rigs already built, there is always some thing that needs to be changed! We have gone over the truck, finding that the suspension is not up to par! The truck does well, and has room for much improvement!
We have already changed the front spring hangers and shackles, to improve pinion and caster!

Next we started on the design of the rear 4-link. The numbers we came up with, will improve every aspect, including handeling, traction, roll center, ect.. by 125%

Randy now, you won't have to come down and give us :rant::D:cheers:

Dr. Schlegs
10-25-2010, 07:24 PM
Does Dee now about this? :lmao::lmao:

10-25-2010, 07:58 PM
why not link it ?

10-25-2010, 08:24 PM
Linking the front, is not something they want to do right now.

Our overhaul on the suspension will be plenty for what they use it for.
and yes, she does know, and was excited!


Air Randy
10-26-2010, 10:04 AM
Randy now, you won't have to come down and give us

You're not done yet.........I'm sure I'll find something :)

With the suspension improvements were making we'll get much better flex in the front. It would make the rig a little more capable to link the front but it already is pretty much point & shoot on any obstacle she's tried with it, plus linking the front would hurt the on-road handling. We like the fact the rig is street legal and licensed so we can drive it to the gas station and back to the trailer from where the trails dump out.

10-26-2010, 08:11 PM
Today, we cut some more brakets off the housing, to mock up our brackets for the lowers. The lowers are 2" .250 wall DOM, with 1.25" heims and big "3.5 bushings on the frame side!
Tomorrow, we will get the uppers placed and do a final check on our measurements, before we tear down and do some final welding!

10-28-2010, 03:17 PM
That Atlas looks all Sad clocked way down like that.. ;)

lookin good!

10-28-2010, 10:42 PM
That Atlas looks all Sad clocked way down like that.. ;)

lookin good!

I know right, who would do such a thing;)...any way we will be clocking her up on a later date, right now we are at the process of destructive testing tomorrow. Ill post pics of the suspension in some good daylight!

10-30-2010, 06:32 PM
Here are some almost finished pics! We added a sway bar for all around stability and traction! Our new rear link suspension works great with the front suspension mods we did. Now she rides nice and soft, no body roll and has a ton of traction!

The rear shocks are 18" long, and the fronts are 12! We are going to add some 4" air bumps next time they bring her down!

10-30-2010, 06:36 PM
Wow!: Nicely done.:D

J Kimmel
10-30-2010, 07:46 PM
looks good :)

finished just in time ;)

10-30-2010, 08:19 PM
Looks good guys, and done fast too!

Air Randy
10-31-2010, 08:36 AM
looks good :)

finished just in time ;)

Think it'll do OK on Pritchett's?

I don't know Justin, looks to me like we may need a little more flex in the rear:thumb:

J Kimmel
10-31-2010, 10:24 AM

10-31-2010, 08:54 PM
Thank you for all the comments!! Moab should be a real treat for Dee!!...and Randy!!:D


Rock Dog
11-01-2010, 01:07 AM
That rear travel looks like it will be alot of fun to play with.
The kind of rig that would do well in the Black Hill's, Whose trails tend to eat lesser rigs... and just in time to play in the snow!

Have Fun Dee!

11-06-2010, 09:44 PM
nice work.

J Kimmel
11-07-2010, 12:38 AM
truck works great...Dee drove Upper Helldorado, and all of Pritchett...even gave rockpile a hell of a try :)

Air Randy
11-07-2010, 09:24 PM

Dee and I can't say enough about how good the Meanie works now. It drives like a totally different rig now. The new link geometry, sway bar and front end re-work makes a HUGE difference. It drives like it's on rails on the road and the cornering is phenominal. It really digs and climbs in the rocks.

Dee did every obstacle on Upper Helldorado and Pritchett's without virtually any wheel spin. Of course, having Jeremy spotting probably contributed just a little bit to that :thumb:

I ran Behind the Rocks backwards and followed Jeremy up White Knuckle Hill without much trouble once I got the bump momentum thing figured out.

Nice job!

11-07-2010, 09:42 PM
Good work Dee.

J Kimmel
11-09-2010, 06:40 PM
couple more for you :)

J Kimmel
11-09-2010, 06:48 PM
last ones, Dee heading up rockpile...she almost made it, and opted to back off and go around :)

and a group shot :)

11-09-2010, 08:41 PM
Nice job Dee and Red line, looks like Meanie just got a little meaner.

11-09-2010, 08:47 PM
Great pictures, looks like Meanie is in it's element.

Nice driving, Dee :bowdown::Princess:

05-08-2011, 09:24 PM

I need to talk with you about the changes you made...Just purchased a proffitts built 40 and am thinking the rear geometry will have the same issues you dealt with on this rig. I want it to flex like Meanie!!


05-09-2011, 12:59 PM
Sounds great. The link system they use are all the same, so changing it would fix your problems!! Just give me a shout at the shop, 719-210-0101

Thanks Evan