From what I can tell it is missing side view mirrors, driver side running board, roll bar lights, hood latches, belts and a needs a new shifter boot. Most of which I have coming from fellow member Taz very soon.
I let the little one drive it after I cleaned switch and contacts on reverse switch. He didn't quite understand how to keep the vehicle in reverse. A few days later I heard the gearboxes start clicking. The vehicle needs torn down and thoroughly cleaned. So, I tore into it but only after finishing up Kawasaki Ninja Quad. Upon investigation I found the middle 10-46 gear was missing a tooth. Maybe he stripped by slamming into forward from reverse or maybe it's really why the Apache was outside a thrift store we happened to walk by?
So, Taz had the gear I needed as well. However, the broken gear had me exploring other options and builds from fellow members in the past. I have a good idea of what I would like to do with this little Apache.
- - Decal Removal - (Replacement Options?)
- Attempt Color Restoration with Heatgun - If not Full Prep & Paint
- 24V ESC Conversion
- Gaucho Motors/Gearboxes - (Motor Upgrade?)
- Gaucho Rear Shocks - (Other Substitutes?)
- Other Gaucho Trim & Accessories
- Full LED Lighting
- 1.5" Lift
I have purchased the 24V ESC conversion from eBay. It arrived this morning two days later. I went with the plastic throttle pedal.
I have read a little bit about getting the Gaucho gearboxes into the Apache. So far I have read using the Gaucho rear pan and mounting the gearboxes to the outside of the pan and using an extended rear axle. I am uncertain why with little modification the Gaucho gearboxes cannot be fit into the Gaucho rear pan and mount inside as the factory gearboxes did? Does anyone have any insight on that?
Hopefully this build progresses nicely. Look forward to hearing opinions and suggestions for the build. I am certain I will have some questions along the way! Thanks!
6-26-14: Went ahead with the gearbox/motor upgrade. Ordered a pair of new Gaucho gearboxes with motors from tigerimports.