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Shane Vizenor: 2009 Lil' Nasty Buggy

Buggy Rear Three Quarter
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted November 1, 2011
Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman

Top Truck Challenge 2011 Competitors: Show & Tell

Buggy class: Lil’ Nasty
You made this custom buggy, owned by Shane and Jessilyn Vizenor, the number one vote-getter in the Buggy Class. Here’s a shocker: This incredible buggy was built in only six weeks. The big-block, Rockwell-shod machine offers a glimpse into how mechanic Shane Vizenor’s over-the-top mind works, and it’s a beautiful thing.

The Details

  • Owner name/city: Shane and Jessilyn Vizenor/Fisher, MN
  • Occupation: Mechanic
  • Vehicle model: 2009 “Li’l Nasty” buggy
  • Estimated value: $60,000
  • Engine/aspiration: 502ci Chevy Ram Jet V-8/fuel-injection, Sanderson headers, Dynomax muffler
  • Transmission: PTC TH400
  • Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3:1 2-spd
  • Suspension (f/r): Four-link, King 2.5 remote-reservoir coilovers, King 2.5 bumpstops/four-link, King 2.5 remote-reservoir coilovers, King 2.5 bumpstops
  • Axles (f/r): 2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson Violator 2-in axleshafts, Ouverson pinion brake, Ouverson Violator locker/2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson Violator 2-in axleshafts, Ouverson pinion brake, Ouverson Violator locker
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: 20x14-in steel Marsh Racing beadlock
  • Tires: 54x19.50-20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Shane Vizenor, Team #11

  • Most looking forward to: “I’d have to say the Tank Trap. It’s known by everyone for its off-the-wall craziness. There’s only one time a year that trail gets as gnarly as people see it, and to get the opportunity to run it in its ideal condition is by far an honor.”
  • Not looking forward to: “The Mud Pit is probably the worst. I hate mud. Although that’s where I and many others have started, running mud holes. I’d rather drive around it, ha ha.”
  • Playing in his iPod/CD player: “Rev It Up And Go-Go, Jesse James Dupree.”

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