Bob Barnett's Project UBkon
The UBKON was built for a customer in Mississippi named Bob Barnet. A lot of people call him “U B” for uncle Bob. So when we decided that we wanted to put a Yukon front clip on the buggy the name UBKON is what we came up with. Bob knew he wanted a buggy that could tackle any trail he could throw at it so he contacted us to build a one off turn key buggy. He wanted some thing with some style and was going to be able to handle the abuse of hard core trail wheeling.
We started out with building the chassis main structural with 1 ¾” x .120 wall thickness DOM tubing. All the link mount tabs and brackets from there are made from 3/8ths in thick steel. We used FK 1 ¼” Rod ends on all of the suspension joints and 1 ¾ in x .375 wall thickness DOM for the link bars. The front axle of the buggy is a Dana 60 from out of a Chevrolet truck with hi steer arms, Hydraulic steering, Yukon Chromoly axle shafts, and an ARB Air locker. The rear end is a tried and true 14 bolt with a spool out fitted with disk brakes.
This buggy has a stout 6.0 engine pushing out somewhere around 500 hp at the fly wheel thanks to a set of heads, camshaft, and a forged stroker rotating assembly. Backed up by that is a TH400 and an Advanced Adapters Atlas 2 transfer case.
All of the body and interior panels on this buggy are built out of 16ga. Aluminum. The hood is a stock unit off of a Yukon that we cut down, and the grill is a stock piece that has been cut down as well. All of the gauges are from Auto Meter it the transmission is shifted by a Hurst Quarter Stick.
The buggy has a great blend of form and function. It has a great style about it and just the right touch of chrome to set it off but at the same time all of the body panels are easy to replace if they get damaged. It’s a great trail rig that has held up great over the years and still looks good.
The UBKON has been featured in CRAWL magazine and has also been on an episode of Xtreme 4x4 television. Look for it out wheeling in the South East.
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