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PostSubject: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:32 am

I finally got enough stuff together and the appropriate shop space so I've decided to start on building my Bolens project that I've been sitting on since last September, which is really going to be an amalgamation of three donor vehicles that I've scrounged up. Which so far are;
a 2003? Kazuma lacoste 110 atv with a gy6 style 150cc engine stuffed in it, ran fine but the gearbox had blown apart
a yardman riding lawn mower with an intek 20hp v-twin, this was actually a perfectly good mower when I got it, aside from a seized starter
and finally a 1970s bolens g11xl that had been sitting outside without a head on the block for the better part of a decade

The plan right now is to take the front end assembly from the quad, (suspension, steering, brakes) and the vtwin from the yard man, and some other odds and ends and make something at least mildly capable on the offroad trails in the foothills where I live

So far I've broken down everything far enough that I can start figuring out how things are gonna fit starting with the engine I have it dry fitted here and everything clears nicely and it's well covered by the hood/grille I'm planning to start fabricating the engine brackets in the morning
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:34 pm

i like what you got going on ! I've been thinking about doing a ATV style front suspension on my trail mower Beast! either rob one from a donor or maybe fab my own. keep the pics coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:47 am

Thanks, I appreciate your interest
I Got the engine mount finished today


After mounting the engine I started working on how to mount the suspension. I'm thinking of running the shock just forward of the engine so I can run a cross support between the engine and the grille. I spaced the grille forward by using some all-thread nuts on the plate that bolts to the front of the frame just to make sure I had plenty of clearance

After that and mounting my engine I threw the hood back on and started mocking up where the suspension is going to sit

The camber is gonna be way out but i think it should level out once it gets a load on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:37 pm

I really like this initial mockup. Yeah it's going to be tricky to get the ride height and chamber correct, but take your take and enjoy the challenge.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:43 pm

lookin good, nice progress. i would say there will for sure be some trial and error to get it all lined out ! patience is a virtue my friend ! Happy building.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:08 am

Hey great build man! I was just checking out the ATLTF map are you located in Oregon?
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:05 am

Man that is cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:16 pm

Yes I'm in oregon, i live just outside of silverton

I was up until about 10:15 last night putting together the subframe for the front suspension I got it roughed out and now she's sitting on her own four wheels again



The weight of the rig leveled out the suspension so the camber is pretty close to where it should be. I'm going to need to cut holes in the frame for the tie rods to pass through and work my way back to the steering shaft from there, but before that I need to get an engine pulley and figure out the belt path so I can make sure that the steering will be out of its way
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:35 pm

That subframe reminds me of the k member on a car. That's a good idea for adapting the IFS onto a tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:00 pm

Very Nice & Skillful Build!! Really liking it!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:43 pm

To fix the camber issue you could move your shock towers if the weight isn't enough to make it sit right.
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:13 pm

Looks good!
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PostSubject: Re: Bolens g11xl trail rig   Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:03 pm

nice work ! looks like you movin right along !
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