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Poison Spyder 2012 KOH Modified Class Build

Once again Poison Spyder is building a car for King of the Hammers, this time for the new "Modified" class. We've studied the rulebook and decided to build an all new car from scratch, rather than re-work last year's car or build from a bone-stock Jeep to fit within the class rules. It is being built within the "envelope" of a JK, and will be skinned as a JK.

Here are a couple of videos we put together to sort of re-cap what we did last year, racing the full-bodied Jeep JK Unlimited that we built in a mere 17 days, and hinting at what was coming (this was posted a few weeks ago on our facebook):

KOH 2012 Poison Spyder Racing Part 1 - YouTube

And here Larry talks a bit more about our plans and build philosophy for the 2012 car:

KOH 2012 Poison Spyder Racing Part 2 - YouTube

Here's a rough rendering of the 2012 car. It is being built on Poison Spyder's new "Venom" chassis (there will also be one more car running our Venom chassis at KOH), which was completely designed in SolidWorks:



Before we get started with the build thread and photos, we'd like to thank all of our sponsors and partners who have signed on to assist with this project:

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OK, let's get this party started...

Like all of our Poison Spyder manufactured products, the Venom chassis was 3D CAD designed in solidworks. That includes not only the parts themselves but the assembly fixtures as well:



Laying out fixtures on the table to begin assembly of the Venom chassis:



The chassis was designed to be assembled in a modular fashion. First is the upper cockpit section, these are some of the fixtures to locate those components:



Here's the upper cockpit section going together:



Like our Lazer-Fit Cage Kits, this entire chassis was CNC laser cut, laser-notched, laser etched with part numbers for each piece, and NC-bent for a precise fit right from the 3D model. More photos soon...
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Looking foward to the build,watching that jk catch air is awesome..Keep up the good work!!

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Upper cockpit section done and set aside while the fixture table is set up for the main body section:



Beginning to lay out the main body section:



The front of the car is in the foreground. The triangular section at the rear is just underneath where the fuel cell will sit:



Little laser-cut bulkheads to strengthen tube joints. Note the fitment of the laser-cut notches, and the etched part numbers to simplify assembly:



The assembly fixtures were all designed in SolidWorks right along with the chassis itself:



Its so nice to be able to fit all of the pieces together without having to grind and fit notches!



The entire chassis is TIG welded. All of the tubular components are chromoly:

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Going to be AWESOME! Good luck with the build and the race....we will all be watching!

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Thank you. We hope to keep the videos coming so we can share the entire process here. Including race footage as soon as we can post it.

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That is a sweet build you have going.. cant wait to see more!!!!

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I like what I'm seeing, will definitely keep my eye on this thread.

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Awesome! Cant wait to see it Pretty cool seeing the whole assembly as well! Would be fun to have a 'Jeep' like that some day...hmm...

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Nothing but the best from the boys at Poison Spyder! Can't wait to see Larry drive that thing.
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LOVE the JK from KOH 2011!!!!! Cannot wait to see what you have down there 2012! Best of luck to the build!

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This is very exciting Larry, I hope you don't break your arm this year.
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Looks fuckin great. I'd love to get my hands on the JK from '11 definitely going to keep a watch on the build for the '12 looks awesome so far.

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With the lower section done, the upper cockpit section is set back onto the fixtures.



Some quick measurements to make sure everything is still where it belongs.





Larry says "hurry up and put the seats in so I can get in it!"





Adding tubes to mate the upper and lower sections.



Needs more triangulation!



It's starting to look like something!

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