Originally Published in Issue 27 of 4Low Magazine
Ryan Busa has been in and around the 4wheel drive industry for quite a few years. Ryan drives a Twisted Customs two-seat buggy designed by Jason Paule of South Dakota, Jason’s chassis’ have been a successful design for many years. The Twisted buggies have been copied by many over the years.
When Ryan decided it was time to get his son, Noah, into the driver’s seat, he called Jason. Building a mini-crawler on the great design proven by Jason was what Ryan had in mind. Ryan figured out his options and settled upon building the mini at a 75% scale. All the measurements work out to close tolerances based on that percentage from Ryan’s own Twisted Customs buggy.
Ryan chose a Honda 350cc rancher engine and transmission, a Suzuki transfer case and axles finish the drivetrain. To help young Noah steer the 31’ BFG AT’s, Ryan used a PSC full hydro steering system that’s adapted to the Honda engine. A custom set of ROI air struts were also used for great handling on the rocks.
Last but not least, Ryan had Jason create his signature Toyota FJ40 hood using that same 75% scale. The end result is a set of matching buggies that make both dad and son proud.