Wrapup! Final Touches AND Driving Impressions
We couldn't tell you with any honesty that we are ever truly finished with a project vehicle. There's always someone making some cool component we'd like to bolt or weld onto our rigs. But for now we are wrapping up the buildup on Project Super Equator after the addition of a pair of custom MasterCraft racing seats and rocker guards from Shrockworks.
We're always happy to jump in a rig with MasterCraft seats, and not just for their comfort. They are constructed with an internal suspension system, which helps reduce the shock of harsh terrain. Side bolsters hold a driver and passenger in place, enhancing safety, especially when wheeling at extreme angles or high-speed racing. Our vehicles can never have enough body armor-especially a rig with rocker panels as long as this four-door Equator. The ShrockBars offer ridged full-length protection.
We've driven the truck more than 7,000 miles and are still enamored of its on- and off-highway performance. We would love to work the magic we do on trucks like this by tearing off the IFS suspension and rear axle, to replace them with bulletproof solid axles. But that wasn't the plan for our Equator, and it would probably turn into a never-ending build. We just want to drive it! Approaching this build, we had the idea of creating a rugged and capable truck anyone could build, yet still use as a daily driver or family go-getter. And that's what we have accomplished.
Over the past few months, we have come to appreciate the Equator's economical performance and all-around versatility. The truck is comfortable, gets decent gas mileage, and has enough storage space for camping gear or a load of bricks from the local home center. The truck has been invaluable to the staff for trail runs, photo shoots, and as a parts hauler. We also used it just for what Suzuki designed it for: transporting ATVs and motorcycles.