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by Dave ‘Coonbottom” O’Kane

by Dave “Coonbottom” O’Kane

Last month we saw the death and rebirth of Twitty’s “Liva Killa” K5.

I had the honor of talking briefly with Twitty while he was checking out his soon-to-be-finished truck. It was like being in the presence of a new father as he meets his new baby for the first time.

Anyone who is not familiar with mud trucks might look at this K5 and think that is looks pretty tough.

However, for anyone who has an appreciation for details and quality craftsmanship, they will be able to take one look at this machine and know it is a crafted piece of art.

It would take you a while to look over everything and be able to see all of the details and planning that went into this build. The only problem is that it is hard to keep your eyes off the heart of the beast. With a new, 1,060-horsepower, 622 Merlin engine under the hood, this truck is ready to get back in the mud!

This truck is not only about performance – with a reinforced roll cage and an electrical safety shut-off switch – safety has also been kept in mind. Like the old saying goes, “Flying is easy, it is the landings that are hard.” A good roll cage takes away some of the worry about a bad landing.

One of the most important and often poorly designed parts on a bog truck is its suspension. The Liva Killa will now be sporting FOA adjustable coil over shocks.

Also, with an upgraded sway bar and bump stops, hopefully there are no more bad roll overs in Liva Killa’s future. As if all that wasn’t enough, even the link bars were upgraded.

Link bars are what keep the axles in place under the truck. They are vital to a truck’s performance, handling and keeping the shiny side up. They are also the most susceptible part of the suspension for failing. They take all of the abuse when the tires turn one way and the truck wants to go another. On the new-and-improved Liva Killa, they were beefed up to 2.5 inch diameter DOM that is a quarter-inch thick. Even Twitty won’t be able to bend those!

It is hard enough to keep yourself cool on a hot summer day, but keeping this engine cool will be no problem.

The main radiator is in the factory location, but a secondary one has been installed in the rear of the truck.

The water flows inside one of the frame supports down to the bed, then through the second radiator and back up the inside of the frame support on the other side.

This bog truck was built to last. But even the toughest trucks will need maintenance. Even that was taken into consideration. Everything was laid out to be easily removed. Even the hoses and lines were installed so removing them would be quick and easy.

It is almost like the staff at Bam Bam Biguns knew what they were doing when they were building this truck!

One problem even a master truck builder can’t overcome is the time constraints of the printing press. The truck was about 99% complete (and still on rolling-around tires") when I left the shop and had to send this in to Woods 'n Water.

Hopefully, you got a chance to see Twitty and the completely-reborn "Liva Killa" in its grand debut at Hortense, Georgia on June 25-26, after this edition went to press.

“I plan on easing around a little to get some seat time, and then I'm going to hit it as hard as I can hit!” he said.

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July 1-3 Redneck Yacht Club 4th of July Fireworks Weekend

Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda will host a huge "4th of July Fireworks Weekend" on July 1-3. Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday and close at 4 p.m. Sunday. On Friday night the RYC Calendar Girls will party at the stage beginning at 8 p.m. and a DJ will provide music starting at 9 p.m. The action gets started at 4 p.m. Saturday with ATV racing in the mud track ($500 purse), followed by side-by-side mud track racing ($500 purse) and the grand finale of the Triple Crown points challenge – the “Scraping Paint Race” with a guaranteed $10,000 purse for 1 ton and 2.5-ton trucks. Saturday night will be capped off at with Bikini Bull Riding at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., followed by country music star Chris Mac-Arthur on stage. The 800-acre off-road park has three mud holes, plenty of parking, camping, restrooms and foods vendors, as well as a 500-foot oval mud track that hosts some of the most exciting racing in the Southeast. RYC will have live entertainment, fireworks, food and more for the 4th of July weekend bash. Check out www.redneckyachtclubfl.com for details. See ad on page 49, call (941) 505-8465 or check out: www.redneckyachtclubfl.com for more details.

JULY 1-3 CREEK BOTTOM ATV PARK FIRECRACKER BASH - DOLES, GEORGIA

Creek Bottom ATV Park in Doles, Georgia will hold its 6th annual “Firecracker Bash” on July 1-3, highlighted by the first-ever joint SMRS & CMS race. There will be a poker run on Friday, July 1, and the SMRS/CMR race will be held on Saturday, July 2 with a live band performing Saturday night. Creek Bottom also has “open riding weekends” planned for July 16-17, Aug. 20-21 and Sept. 17-18 on 500 acres of mud, water and trails. For more information, go online (www.creekbottomatvpark.com) or call (352) 528-3252. Creek Bottom ATV Park has 1,800 acres of mud, water and trails with lighted mud pits, bridges, free hot showers and free primitive camping located on Hwy 32, 15 miles west of Ashburn, Ga

JULY 8-10 Mud Muckers FEATURES "RAZIN' KANE"

MudMuckers, the world’s largest offroad family fun park – home of JR McNeal and monster truck star “Razin' Kane” – will be open all weekend on July 8-10 in Bunnell. Gates open Friday at 9 a.m. and close Sunday at 6 p.m. The park now has all-new separate areas for trucks and ATVs, a "Hill & Hole" pit, mud drag pit, 5-acre play area, separate truck campground, ATV/UTV round pen, landing strip, obstacle course, balance beam and more trails than any other park in the world. Mud Muckers offers free camping, hot showers, a bike wash and store on-site. Mud Muckers consists of 11,000 acres of family-owned land in Bunnell, Fla. and has developed the best trails, mud pits, vendor area and entertainment. For upcoming dates, see ad on page 53 or, for more info, call “Iron Horse” Billy at 386-566-1456.

July 22-24 July JAM! Colt Ford & The Outdoor Channel at Triple Canopy Ranch

Get ready for an incredible weekend of muddin’ and fun in Lake Wales at Triple Canopy Ranch on July 22–24. The weekend will be packed with activities, including the “Florida Mud Racing Challenge” featuring a $2,500 purse for trucks and $500 for ATVs. There will also be “Redneck Games” on Friday night and a “belly-flop” contest in the mud pit on Saturday. Organizers say, “It’s gonna be a hot one, so be sure to take a dip in our new swimming hole and take the plunge on our Redneck Water Slide.” The highlight of the weekend will be Colt Ford as he co-hosts the Outdoor Channel’s new series, “Mud Slingers.” Colt will be mingling with the crowd and then will perform at Saturday’s “Party After Dark.” So bring your personalities and see if you’ve got what it takes to make it on national TV. If not, just come on out and enjoy the entire weekend of fun. With over 425 acres of the biggest and baddest truck pits in the state, TCR is the most centrally-located off-road park in Florida, offering ATV/UTV-only pits, miles of trails, circle track, obstacle course and side-by-side track, shaded camping, designated family camping, clean restrooms, outdoor showers, Party After Dark entertainment, and various vendors, including an on-site parts vendor for all of your repair needs, and much more.

(For the rest of this month's scheduled events pick up the current issue of Woods 'n Water Magazine.)

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