October 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm #977
I’ve spent some time trying to find information on the 4WD version of the mini-beep, and I haven’t come across anyone online who has built one and written a review of it. I am very interested in building one. I would love to use it for everything from cutting firewood, to driving it in local parades, to entering it in car shows, and for even for general use around our property, or just for driving to the neighbor’s house! I think it would be much more interesting, AND cheaper, than anything else comparable. I have a few concerns, however. I assume the 4×4 version also has a “live” front axle without a differential, so I was wondering how it drives on dry ground/pavement? I assume it’s difficult to steer because of the axle, but I’ve not come across anyone who has built one. The next question is, how much more capable is the 4×4 version, anyway? I’m assuming with the flat-bottom design and live rear axle, the 2WD version is probably fairly capable itself… Are there any videos showing the 4×4 version being put through it’s paces in the mud and over obstacles? I’d love to see what it can do before I commit to building one. I know what a basic 4×4 atv can do, and I don’t expect a mini-beep to do the same stuff; however, I still need it to be capable enough to do the jobs I need it to do! I’ve seen plenty of videos of it floating around a lake, and pushing snow and gravel on flat ground, but I’ve seen nothing with it driving through the woods over logs, or through mud, or places where I’d expect it to get stuck. Does anyone have some videos??October 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm #1179
I have some of the same questions you have. I have driven one at the Struck Company. I wasn’t able to really test it’s capability but did notice that it has a lot of torque steer with the 4wd. When not needed it looked like there were bolts in each hub that could be easily removed to disable the front wheel drive. The engine is also very loud, I don’t know if Kohler makes a better muffler for it or not.
I hope some one who has one will reply to these posts as I am very interested in getting one.July 27, 2018 at 11:39 am #5991
I built the 4WD mini beep so let me answer some questions, yes it is almost impossible to drive on pvement in 4WD unless you only need to go straight. But Struck designed shear pins into the front axles at the Hub on the front wheels. Easy to pop out but don’t forget to put them back in when your going off road. I can tell you in 2WD out behind my house my grandson and I got stuck in some water and mud that put us right to the underside of the jeep, I got really lucky that I was able to put the shear pins back in and drove right out of it. There was about 6 inches of water under that about 5 inches of gooey mud, I think had I not been going so slow I prolly would have gone through it. As for the motor I bought a Duramax engine off of Amazon, it came with an electric start that I relocated to the dash. So under the seat I made a spot for the battery, wired in a kill switch thats out of sight, I bought Led lights instead of the ones they sell. Much brighter and won’t kill the battery. They are on a seperate switch, I changed the front end a little because I mounted the 2500 hundred pound winch sold at Harbor freight, that also is on it’s own switch. Nothing can be turned on without flipping the master kill switch. I didn’t set mine up for water reason being Marine grade Paint is way to expensive for me.
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