EDIT: I'm restructuring the pictures in this thread so that I don't have to attach them. This will allow me to have up to 10 images (including smileys) per post and the pictures are hosted on my server instead of taking the board's server.
Matt, the owner of this rig, was planning on building a scout. He's had several and never had one really built to what he was looking for (Matt is into the outdoors and has climbed almost every peak up to 20000 ft). This scout was going to be that scout. He's bought a few things from me for his build, and while he was out climbing peaks he got a guy to come help with the build. Unfortunately the guy helped take everything apart and little else.
I was looking through the classifies one day and saw that he was selling it. I emailed/PM him right away to see why he was selling it. After a little conversation it was clear that the project hit a big road block and Matt was needing something he could drive, and the scout seemed so far away from that, he was about to start over.
We had talked before about a buildup. Matt, like most of us, has a 'scout fund' and when he told me that he simply didn't see this scout being used for at least a year, I decided to pitch him this build.
I'm sure I sound like a lunatic psycho when people get me talking about something I'd like to build ~ and surprisingly enough, Matt wasn't scared off by my rambles about a revolutionary project. With a little help, I was sure we could put this build together.
With that, this build was born. Matt put things relatively back together ~ at least enough to roll the scout onto a flatbed and have it brought over. He will be my co-pilot in this build. Although its highly uncommon for a shop to allow a customer to do in-depth work right along side them, that's exactly what you'll see.
So lets begin.
First and foremost, when I said the last guy knew how to take things apart, I meant it. The rockers on this beast need replacing and that's exactly what they were in process of getting.
Normally you'd call Mr. Scout, Scout FX or any other LL dealer for some replacement rockers. However, I knew that this scout was being built for rugged use and would need some RockSliders ~ so I figured, why not build them into the rockers? Matt agreed and so we started measuring.
Interestingly enough the inner/outer rocker assemblies measured 3.5" tall. It so happened to be 3.5" wide as well (or could be). So I ordered up some 3.5" x 3.5" box tube (.188" wall). I believe they'd normally be about 60" long, but after Matt measured, we ended up with 58" long.
I want the new rockers to look somewhat stock, so we marked and cut a 2.5" x 2.5" angle out of them.