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Corey Timson: 2010 Blue Torch Fabworks YJ Buggy

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2011 on November 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Corey Timson: 2010 Blue Torch Fabworks YJ Buggy
Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman

Buggy class: Check, Please
Fabrication plant manager Corey Timson seems to have all the bases covered with his incredible YJ buggy. Let’s see: Four hundred-horse big-block engine? Check. Beefed Rockwell axles? Check. Insane approach and departure angles? Check. A collection of fluid coolers? Check. It was wearing 49-inch IROKs when you voted it in, but now it’s running 54-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws.

The core of Timson’s buggy is a Blue Torch Fabworks chassis that contains only the necessities. There’s no frou-frou doo-dad’s residing on this machine. Timson created the exterior bodywork, which is a combination of custom aluminum panels and a steel hood and grille from a ‘87 Jeep YJ. A Warn 9,500-pound winch resides up front and a Warn 3,500-pound winch is bolted at the rear. The rig rolls on 54-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires that are mounted to 14-inch-wide Stazworks double beadlock wheels. Here’s an interesting fact: The wheelbase is almost the same length as the chassis.

The Details

  • Owner name/city: Corey Timson/Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Occupation: Fab shop plant manager
  • Vehicle model: 2010 Blue Torch Fabworks YJ buggy
  • Estimated value: $50,000
  • Engine/aspiration: 8.1L Chevy V-8/fuel injection, Hedman headers, 3½-inch-diameter exhaust, Flowmaster muffler Transmission: TH400, 4L80E sprags, shift kit, Dodge cooler
    Transfer case: StaK Monster three-speed
  • Suspension (f/r): Triangulated four-link, Fox remote-reservoir coilovers, Timbren rubber bumpstops, center-mount limiting strap/triangulated four-link, Fox remote-reservoir coilovers, Timbren rubber bumpstop, center-mount limiting strap
  • Axles (f/r): Narrowed 2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson Violator 2-in axleshafts, Ouverson Super 8 disc brakes with six-piston calipers, Ouverson Super 8 hubs, Ouverson Violator locker/narrowed 2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson Violator 2-in axleshafts, Ouverson Super 8 disc brakes with six-piston calipers, Ouverson Super 8 hubs, Ouverson Violator locker
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: 20x12-in steel Stazworks double beadlock
  • Tires: 54x19.50-20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Corey Timson, Team #33

  • Most looking forward to: “Mini Rubicon. Rocks are just my thing.”
  • Not looking forward to: “Tow Test. I can’t get the sound of snapping steel out of my head when I think of it.”
  • Playing in his iPod/CD player: “Uncle Kracker.”

Timson narrowed the 2½-ton Rockwell axles by 7 inches. This allows him to run the same short-side Ouverson Engineering 2-inch-diameter Violator axleshaft on both sides of each axle. Other axle mods include Ouverson Super 8 hubs, Ouverson Super 8 disc brakes with six-piston calipers, and an Ouverson Violator locker. The suspension uses a triangulated four-link system with Fox remote-reservoir coilovers, Timbren rubber bumpstops, and a center-mounted limiting strap. The front tires are pointed via a PSC hydraulic steering system.
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