The Russell Built 911 Safari Sportsman is a bolt-on baja-light overhaul

Former singer-fabricator TJ Russell left for a solo career a few years ago, his first hit being a Baja-Spec Porsche based on the 911 964 generation that debuted at the 2019 SEMA show. Russell continued to work on the built trail – and won. A Rothsport Racing Porsche 911 rode a Russell Built suspension and won its class at the 2021 Baja 500. Where the price of the Safari 911, built entirely from California Fabricator, starts at about $ 400,000, the company has announced a Safari Sportsman package for the 964-Series 911 that gets the market most suspension and appearance for about one-third of the market price.

The kit starts with the same suspension fitted to the Baja-winning car, which is completely redesigned from what is available in Standard 911. Front heavy duty unit bearings and hubs, adjustable struts from UK firm EXE-TC, adjustable camber plates, steel plate lower A-arms, and 7075 billet aluminum upright, tie rod, way bar link and upper strut mount. On the back, a custom subframe that lowers the roll center includes internal bypass King Shock and boxed plate steel trailing arms attached to the coilover and other accessories such as billet aluminum hub carrier and heavy duty hub. Russell Bilt says there is a ten-inch rear trip; The 2019 Baja-Spec had a 12-inch front, 13.5-inch rear.

Outside, a quadrangle of bolt-on fenders gives that turbo look ample while creating space for extended tracks and suspension travel. There’s no engine change, but Moders will be happy to install the 400-horsepower 4.0-liter Flat-Six, starting with the gear shifting.

Without finishing touches like six skid plates, new fender liner, steel tube inserts for bumpers and mud flaps it would not be a complete baja kit, the package mounts on rotiform wheels that can be painted and throws away extra, all toy open country rubber set. Other unseen improvements include new brake lines and conversion of parking brakes to hydraulic actuation. An accessory catalog offers more bits like the roof rack – the fifth wheel to go somewhere – full steel tube bumpers and more skid plates, rally lights in the carbon housing, an internal roll hoop and an air compressor.

Russell Bilt says the Safari Sportsman package is “completely bolt-on”, “requires minimal fabrication” and “requires minimal trimming at the factory body”, but owners still can’t do the bolting. The store is only building in-house, starting at $ 135,000, which covers installation, tuning and painting. If you are wondering how to spend your tax return, visit the Russell Built site for some ideas.

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