Title

Rock Crawler

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Abstract/Artist Statement

The purpose of this project is to take a stock 1981 Jeep CJ-5 and modify it to tackle two of the most challenging trails in the U.S.; the Rubicon in California and the Golden Spike in Moab, Utah. While components are available on the after market, the needed parts for building an extreme off road vehicle are limited and expensive. This project will focus primarily on four areas of interest: roll cage design, suspension design, drive train design and steering design. This project will focus on optimizing the functions of the above systems, thus building a vehicle capable of tackling the most extreme trails. Design of the roll cage will add structural integrity and protection of the occupants. Design of the suspension system will improve articulation and ultimately yield a high Ramp Travel Index. The engineering of the drive train will provide the desired torque to the wheels, and will include: engine swap, transmission swap, transfer case swap, axle swaps, lockers installed in axles and various other upgrades. Design of the steering will consist of a fully hydraulic steering system that will provide adequate steering force for extreme off road conditions.

Location

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Start Date

6-5-2006 2:00 PM

End Date

6-5-2006 3:30 PM

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Rock Crawler

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

The purpose of this project is to take a stock 1981 Jeep CJ-5 and modify it to tackle two of the most challenging trails in the U.S.; the Rubicon in California and the Golden Spike in Moab, Utah. While components are available on the after market, the needed parts for building an extreme off road vehicle are limited and expensive. This project will focus primarily on four areas of interest: roll cage design, suspension design, drive train design and steering design. This project will focus on optimizing the functions of the above systems, thus building a vehicle capable of tackling the most extreme trails. Design of the roll cage will add structural integrity and protection of the occupants. Design of the suspension system will improve articulation and ultimately yield a high Ramp Travel Index. The engineering of the drive train will provide the desired torque to the wheels, and will include: engine swap, transmission swap, transfer case swap, axle swaps, lockers installed in axles and various other upgrades. Design of the steering will consist of a fully hydraulic steering system that will provide adequate steering force for extreme off road conditions.