Jake Hallenbeck’s Full-Size Axial Rock Crawler


Jake’s Buggy Specs:
• 330hp Chevy Vortec 350, 700r4 trans, rockbox transfer case,
• Dana 60 high pinion front axle, 5:38 gears, arb locker. chromoly shafts
• Dana 70 rear, 5:38 gears, detroit locker, chromoly shafts
• 47″ Super Swamper LTB tires
• 15×10 Bart Racing beadlocks
• 112″ wheelbase
• 92″ wide
Q: How many Degrees of articulation does it have?
A: I don’t know, but i can lift one tire 54″ off the ground before another comes off.

Q:
What is the tire size?
A: 47″ Super Swamper LTB’s

Q:
How much suspension travel?

A: 16″ shafts

Q:
Is it comp ready?
A: No, not this one, but its trail ready for 5 days.

Q:
When are you most confident in your driving skills?

A:When I’m driving!

Q:
Has it ever been rolled?

A: Yes, 2 times, they were both minor though. i have rolled 67 times in my life.

Q:
What is the hardest trail you have done in the rig?

A: Punisher Kanyon (upper Bronco) in Reno, NV

Q:
What is your favorite drink?

A: Come’ on, Jack Daniels!

Q:
Do you actually wheel this or is it just a trophy buggy?

A: Do i have to even go there.  It’s clean because I can drive!

Q:
How long have you been off roading?

A:I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was 8.  4-wheeling for me started when I was 15 years old, and I have 8 years of professional experience.

Q:
What is your favorite offroad trail?

A: The Rubicon, its not to hard, but it’s beautiful.

Q:
Do you think RC rock crawling is similar to 1:1 crawling?  If so, how?

A: Yes, you have to have the rig set up correctly and you have to be able to see the line.

Q:
Have you learned any driving tricks from the RC rock crawlers that you have translated to the 1:1 crawlers?

A: Oh yeah, front dig climbs are a big one.

Q:
Most aren’t ever done with their build, so do you have any planned mods in the future?

A: Yes, i am going to 300m steel shafts in the buggy soon and racing bucket seats.  Nothing major, i love it.

Q:
What was the most critical criteria that you had to consider when building this crawler?

A: What you want to do with it, weight, tire size and wheelbase. You have to have a plan going in or when you get half-way into the build nothing fits and it gets really expensive fast.

Q:
You fabricated this rig yourself, so can you tell us something about your background on how you’re able to fabricate such an impressive rig?
A: Practice makes perfect.  I started reading 4wd magazines and decided to try things i saw.  I have been doing this for years now.  This is actually the first buggy i ever built back in 2002 and to this day its still my favorite.

Q:
What was the most challenging aspect of this build?

A: The visualization process and then bending the first tube is a hard decision. Other than that i would say the flooring and firewall gave me the most headache.

Q:
Did this build turn out the way you wanted it? If no, than what would have liked to have changed?
A: Yes, I have grown a taste for horsepower, so 500+ hp would be cool.

CKRC owner Jake Hallebeck’s 1:1 rock crawler and 8.15:1 RC replica.