Author Topic: Marlin Crawler's New Rock Crawling Long Travel IFS Suspension System (#RCLT)  (Read 20201 times)

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May 1, 2019: First Road Trip on RCLT HD!

The very next morning with less than 10 miles on RCLT HD Prototype V2.0 I loaded up and headed south for a 500 mile round-trip journey to the Los Angeles area!

And HOLY CRAP guys this front end rides LIGHT YEARS BETTER than the one-off prototype LT setup I've been running all these trails with. Unbelievably better!!

It rides WAY smoother, corners WAY better, comes out of corners WAY better, drives PERFECTLY STRAIGHT at 75 MPH on the highway, and is simply everything I could ever ask for thus far.

I've been intentionally driving up and off curbs all over the place and am completely amazed at how the front end sucks up bumps, NOTHING like my old LT setup.

I can NOT WAIT to get this baby out on a trail!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RCLT HD. Amazing.


And I thought the rear leaf spring setup was a pile of crap before??? The front suspension is SO GOOD that now the rear suspension is SIMPLY UNBEARABLE!!!!!!! What can I do to improve the crappy rear suspension??


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Finally, I addressed timeline for pricing and availability in response to a user from another forum as follows:

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In In In we need release dates and pricing please :D :D :D :D
I know :( and I'd like to chat about this real quick.

We still have a LOT of work to do... Thus far everything RCLT related has been a two man show: Myself designing/producing/installing/marketing, and my lead fabricator Rocky doing the welding.

So far we have only made 1 x each prototype, which is very slow to produce and extremely expensive.

The good news moving forward is that I now have confidence for the next prototype (V3.0) to be considered a RC (Release Candidate, sorry I'm also a programmer :p) which means we'll be producing a few of them. Sorry, they have long been scheduled for specific vehicles with tight and confidential (NDA) criteria.

I am mentioning this now because I am confident that V3.0 will be the last prototype after which I will *finally* pass the reigns of RCLT HD over to CruzrDave, who is my lead production and operations manager. He will then have the uphill task of establishing vendors, creating production schedules, creating part numbers, getting raw materials in, organizing warehouse space, figuring out packaging & shipping, educating our sales and installation teams, and so on.
Somewhere in there he will figure out costs and finally a retail price. I'll then move to working on the installation guide, pictures, video marketing, and getting all the information up on our Store website.

This is all shorthand for WE HAVE A SH*T TON OF WORK TO DO and RCLT HD will have one of the highest SKU counts for a single product we've ever done as a company. So this isn't something where we just blow our nose and suddenly we have RCLT HD listed on our website with same day shipping ready to go.

I am still hopeful for a Summer release, but, the Standard RCLT kit obviously is behind schedule. Of course it was never our intent to release info and get all this hype started without actually having a product ready to sell (not many companies spend hours of time posting to forums about progress of expensive prototypes with ROI no where in sight) but we were motivated by specific factors to get progress of RCLT out as soon as we could.

It's a lot of moving pieces :cheers:
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...and that's where we are today as of early May, 2019!

Current Progress on hopefully the last prototype:
I've been working late nights trying to get V3.0 CAD files submitted today for the next and hopefully final round of prototyping, but I probably won't get it finished until early next week. We've had a lot of other things going on at work and I just returned this past Monday after spending the previous 9 days out of town working on another project.

I will keep the thread updated and will check in to respond to questions. Thank you everyone for your patience and we know RCLT is gonna be a game changer for Rock Crawling + IFS!!

Regards,
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Great job Mike, and your enthusiasm is contagious for the release of the final version!

Can you comment briefly on the steering angle you have?

Can't wait to see this become available for other platforms and continue to push the industry  :biggthumpup:
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Very nice suspension.  If I needed it here and could afford it I'd buy it.

BTW, Mike where did you run your extra light wiring through the firewall?  I have more lights to put on.

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Great job Mike, and your enthusiasm is contagious for the release of the final version!

Can you comment briefly on the steering angle you have?

Can't wait to see this become available for other platforms and continue to push the industry  :biggthumpup:
Thank you for the kind words Mtkid. I took many measurements with my former LT setup but have not had time to work on the Tacoma since getting it back on the road. I'll be posting comparative data sometime soon hopefully.

Very nice suspension.
Mahalo nui loa!!

BTW, Mike where did you run your extra light wiring through the firewall?  I have more lights to put on.
Yes, for the front. I've poked a small hole in the driver side's main rubber grommet.

For circuits leaving the back of the Access Cab, I found an unused hole with rubber plug approximately directly behind the driver rear passenger lower seat belt bolt/mount and have fed a few wires out back through there. :thumbs:

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What are the chances of V3.0 having some kind of manual hub?. :headscratch:
I would not care if I had to sit on the ground with wrench every time if I could just have manual hubs on the front. :thumbs:

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I may know of a place you could go for alignments. Send me a PM to discuss.

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So much awesomeness here. I need to start saving for its release. :D

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What are the chances of V3.0 having some kind of manual hub?. :headscratch:
I would not care if I had to sit on the ground with wrench every time if I could just have manual hubs on the front. :thumbs:
I know, we have already looked into this and it is going to be a lot of work. There are a couple solutions out there that use 1st gen Tacoma axles (extremely weak) as well as Dana 44 axles (also weak) that I would have zero confidence with handling 40" tires. For example, first gen Tacoma axles already break with 33" tires, so... :outtahere:

I may know of a place you could go for alignments. Send me a PM to discuss.
Hello Don! PM incoming!

So much awesomeness here. I need to start saving for its release. :D
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Got a few more pics I should copy over from my build thread. These are from my first 500 mile road trip with RCLT a few weeks ago:



#RCLT HD Passenger Side



#RCLT HD Driver Side





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Still here with my ready hat on :)

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This is a kit to be really excited about! I will be putting it on my 2020 Tacoma later this year when they are released. Right now, just thinking about if I will run 37" or 39"  tires. Thanks for posting all the details and taking the time and high effort to get it as good as you can!

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Just a quick reply to subscribe to this thread. This looks like exactly what i am looking for and i will be following along closely.

 
 
 
 
 

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