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Thread: Kamaz Inspired Dakar Build - The Tekin K55

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    Wow!! Looks great
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    Quote Originally Posted by neruda View Post
    Wow!! Looks great
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by pera2008 View Post
    You are just simply DAKAR TRUCK RC KING
    Well thanks! Not sure I can accept that title, there are some really awesome builds out there!
    TEKIN, INC.

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    Love what you are doing here. The first one was amazing iam thinking this one will be even better.

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    The roof took almost 24hrs to print, slowed the speed down a bit to get a clean part. It turned out decent, a bit warped and took some massaging with the oven and a heat gun but I got it to an acceptable state.

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    I also went ahead and attached the cab to the hinge to see how the clearance would be. Folds forward like it should and gets me access to the front shocks.

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    Lastly started working the back section of the fender flares over. Just need a bit more work and the truss they mount to off the printer!

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    Here's a comparison with the M55 we built last year. The K55 is about 35mm wider overall and 20mm wider track width. Can't wait to have them both out smashing sand dunes this summer!

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    TEKIN, INC.

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    This week has been great progress! The printer is dialed in and parts are coming off extremely clean and straight which makes my life a million times easier with less filing and sanding. The start of the box behind the cab consists of a bunch of structural parts (26 to be exact) and 6 outer panels. It holds up the front of the box and there will be some top beams running to the back of the box for the roof and sides.

    This is the front main rib of the box structure.

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    It mounts to a lower truss that spans the frame and has these two angled hanger brackets holding it up. These angled brackets will also hold the main top beams spanning the box distance to the back of the truck.

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    Top body panel section and the rear half of the big air vent on the side of the cab.

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    Support bracing for the top body panels.

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    The lower skirts also have a mesh panel, mount to the lower section of the fender flare and hold some of the cab weight in closed position.

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    Big steps towards the goal this week, hoping to have the rear box section built so I can start working on the panels!
    TEKIN, INC.

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    Your Dakar builds are stupid good. Such great planning and design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyAnguish View Post
    Your Dakar builds are stupid good. Such great planning and design.
    Thank you! The plan is always changing, we have revised a few parts here and there for clearance issues or just things that didn't fit quite like they did in 3D world.
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    More progress to report! Most of the big print jobs are now finished, so I'm working on getting perfect fitment of all the parts which requires a lot of sanding, filing and test fitting. This truck has been apart and back together a bunch of times already.

    The front and rear VP Currie Antirock sways are in. The front bar I narrowed and the cab truss had to be modified so the arm would clear during suspension compression.

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    The rear sway I left full Bomber width.

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    The lower skirt frames came out nice and tie the whole lower section of the truck together all the way back to the rear fender flare.

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    Truss that holds the rear of the lower skirt frames.

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    Then we started in on the rear section of the box, the spare tire carriers and the box caps. Also got that rear duckbill piece finished up and mocked in.

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    Finally a full side profile to stare at and it really puts in perspective the size of the truck. Next up will be an electronics box for the rear area and then it's on to the side door frames. Both sides of this truck will open up completely, so access to everything will be really nice. Now back to sanding as many parts as I can tolerate, I'm starting to get excited about painting this beast!
    TEKIN, INC.

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    Wow!! Very impressive looking! Can't wait to see this ready and your nice videos!
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    Another week, another progress report!

    I started in on all the lighting and worked on getting all the LED strands lengthened. I want the wiring to be cleaner on this truck so everything will be tucked away pretty nicely when it's going back together after paint.

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    Got the rear cargo area finished up and the floor is in, underneath all that wiring. This is where the fuel cell electronics box will sit.

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    The box sides are all assembled and installed.

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    Oh and both sides open for complete access to everything inside.

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    Last part for the week was the AC unit up on the roof.

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    Hope to start cutting panels and painting next week!
    TEKIN, INC.

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