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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Dave Green's 2004 Homemade Off Road Buggy

Posted in Top Truck Challenge on November 1, 2009
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
"Road Kill" is all-homemade, from the 15/8 x 0.120-wall tubing and bodywork, to the custom 30-gallon fuel tank, to the 24x12 double beadlocks enveloped by the 52-inch West Lake tractor tires. Light Force Striker 170s provide illumination for night wheeling, and a Warn M12000 is on call for extraction duties.

Dave Green is one tough guy. A too-close encounter with a Sawzall in camp found Dave in the emergency room at Hollister General, sporting 32 stitches in his left hand a day before the start of TTC. Unfazed, the Red Deer, Alberta, resident shook off the pain and was ready to compete the next day. Dave's "Road Kill" buggy is an intriguing combination of a stock Dodge diesel powertrain, a custom suspension, 2 1/2-ton running gear, and major-mud agricultural tires.

Specifications
Owner name/city: Dave Green, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Rig-up foreman, Victory Rig Equipment
Vehicle model: 2004 homemade tube buggy
Estimated value: $80,000
Engine/aspiration: 5.9L Cummins B turbodiesel I-6, Flowmaster muffler
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: Twin-stick NP205
Suspension (f/r): 4-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/4-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers; 6061/7075 aluminum upper/lower link bars; Evo Heim joints
Axles (f/r): 2 1/2-ton Rockwell, Detroit Locker/2 1/2-ton Rockwell, welded spiders; 16-spline Ouverson shafts, Fabworks custom driveshafts; WIlwood brakes; rear steer
Axle ratio: 6.72:1
Wheels: 24x12 homemade double-beadlocks
Tires: 16.9/24-52 West Lake CB 538 agricultural

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