FIRST TEST DRIVE! - 4x4 Off-Road UTV Build Ep.25

Fabricating air intake, routing brake lines and bleeding brakes, fabricating front propshaft and finally test driving this beast for the first time. :)
This is part of a series of a four wheel drive utility vehicle build to lessen the work load on my trusty 2002 Honda Foreman Rubicon TRX500FA. This partially answers the question "Why?" but for those who want to ask "why don't you just buy a side-by-side instead of building one?" I just want to say - I'm not made of money. Side-by-sides are ridiculously expensive, even the car I drive around daily is worth less (not worthless though!), hell, it is even worth less than my 2002 Honda ATV.
"How much HP will it have?" - the 1.4 litre FWD petrol engine I'm planning on using has 55 kw and this will not change, but the torque will be tripled via the BMW differentials I'm using to transfer power to front and rear axles.
"It will be too heavy!" - this project just like the firewood processor project does not have to float. And a heavier vehicle will handle better anyway when hauling heavy loads.
Stay tuned for future episodes! Thanks for watching!
My other videos:
#donndiy #homemade #4x4
Pomade - Silent Partner (ESdos Audio Library)
Welding equipment borrowed from Spetselektroodi AS, Estonia:
Fronius TransSteel 2700 welder
Optrel Crystal 2.0 Welding Helmet
Hypertherm Powermax 45 XP plasma cutter


  1. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 7 días

    More fabrication videos on esdos.infovideos

  2. Jimmy in Mexico

    Jimmy in MexicoHace 6 días

    @James Killeen a trailer that can carry the UTV and also be pulled by the UTV

  3. Jimmy in Mexico

    Jimmy in MexicoHace 6 días

    This is really awesome. I wanted to see the PTO work. It was very nice to see it drive and get around so well. You really did a good job with the gearing and everything.

  4. x111

    x111Hace 7 días

    Donn DIY, how could you live with that awful right steering wheel position !!

  5. James Killeen

    James KilleenHace 7 días

    Make a trailer too brov never know why boss

  6. Владелец жёлтой копейки

    Владелец жёлтой копейкиHace 7 días

    класс !!!!!!

  7. Michael Francis

    Michael FrancisHace 28 minutos

    That's a remarkable vehicle, I'm in awe. Congratulations on your first drive.

  8. MC İ

    MC İHace un hora

    Düşünsene yapımı bittikten sonra kapıdan geçmiyomuş. 😂😂 harika olmuş emeğine sağlık.

  9. مستر حيدوري

    مستر حيدوريHace 9 horas

    ما شاء الله الله يرزقك

  10. efsane hünkar

    efsane hünkarHace 20 horas

    it will be very hot when the engine warms up

  11. Curtis Tucker

    Curtis TuckerHace 20 horas

    Pretty interesting build you definitely have skills, but you might consider checking your valve clearances to get rid of some of that top end clatter.

  12. Ans

    AnsHace un día

    Tienes que hacer un tractor cortacésped que recoja la hierba!!!

  13. puncher davis

    puncher davisHace un día

    Exhaust sounds like a bubble maker bubble bubble bubble and Great a great Job Donn !!

  14. Seraphin De Oliveira

    Seraphin De OliveiraHace un día

    les premiers essais ce passe bien

  15. Руслан Вокин

    Руслан ВокинHace 2 días

    Ну наконец то!!!!👍🔥

  16. Honda EP3

    Honda EP3Hace 2 días

    Gawd. Hope u cleaned those shaving out that intake pipe after you drilled. Lmao. Or let the motor clean it out

  17. UCNÇ

    UCNÇHace 2 días

    Test final speed

  18. HMD

    HMDHace 2 días

    big like !

  19. Музыка Детская

    Музыка ДетскаяHace 2 días

    Hello class video! Super

  20. Музыка Детская

    Музыка ДетскаяHace 2 días

    See my videos, maybe you will like something! If you do not like it, I will not be offended. I will not make mistakes in the next one. Please

  21. britt vanegas

    britt vanegasHace 2 días

    They should make all utvs and atvs with manual transmissions. Cvt I like it but it's bullshit

  22. A Guy & A Shed

    A Guy & A ShedHace 2 días

    nice build

  23. RideNV

    RideNVHace 2 días

    Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution.

  24. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 2 días

    Yes, for some reason I know it too well. 😁

  25. جزيرة العرب الحربي

    جزيرة العرب الحربيHace 2 días


  26. Jwy2063

    Jwy2063Hace 2 días

    👍🏻👍🏻 Nice UTV Donn ! Will sure come in handy I promise ya, I built one acouple of yrs back, "same tires", 4x4 , from an Arctic Cat for my LiL Hobby farm and still using it today. Very handy and reliable ! Nice job buddy 👍🏻👍🏻✌🏻💪🏻

  27. Montenegro ZETA

    Montenegro ZETAHace 3 días

    Unefficient design with space just for driver

  28. Robert Jordan

    Robert JordanHace 3 días

    Seat is on the wrong side! Looks great So impressed

  29. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 2 días

    If you think about it... it is actually on the right side. 😉

  30. John Hayes

    John HayesHace 3 días

    You should build more on the driver side to distribute the weight

  31. John Hayes

    John HayesHace 2 días

    Ahh. Dandy

  32. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 2 días

    It is already balanced including the weight of fuel tank, fuel, battery and myself opposed to the weight engine, transmission, radiator, air box.

  33. Seth Burggraf

    Seth BurggrafHace 3 días

    My God please put street tires on and autox it one time just for shits. It's amazing. Congratulations!!!

  34. Green Giant

    Green GiantHace 3 días

    Pretty good!!!

  35. Fattlas

    FattlasHace 3 días


  36. Fattlas

    FattlasHace 3 días


  37. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Yes / jah.

  38. Юрий Сизенцов

    Юрий СизенцовHace 3 días

    Молодец круто💪💪💪Давай ещё что нибудь делай👍👍👍👍

  39. Ocean View Tree Services

    Ocean View Tree ServicesHace 3 días

    So cool 👍🏻


    PUTU BAJANGHace 3 días

    keren bosku 👌👌

  41. Andrei Kravets

    Andrei KravetsHace 3 días


  42. Andrei Kravets

    Andrei KravetsHace 3 días


  43. Liviu Colesnicov

    Liviu ColesnicovHace 3 días

    Fantastic work. I've watched all the videos and I like the final product. Great job. I have just one curiosity. I know that you cannot put a price on something build by your own hand, but I am curious how much money have been spent on this UTV, not considering the work and the parts from the old van? Just the new parts and the metal involved.

  44. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Amount of money spent on new parts and steel is around 1000 EUR at the moment (half of it was spent on the tires), not including my own work or the donor car.


    WITO SARLAWHace 3 días

    Mantap bang saya juga lagi bikin mini buggy...🙏😁😊

  46. MY tech channel

    MY tech channelHace 3 días


  47. ECM Мото Ремонт Александр

    ECM Мото Ремонт АлександрHace 3 días

    Вес наверн килограмм 700...

  48. Taylor Nehls

    Taylor NehlsHace 3 días

    I love how you used a transverse mounted engine as a transfer case. That solves soooo many issue in 4x4 fab

  49. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    This is nothing new - people have built vehicles with such drivetrain layout for decades. But I share your opinion on it thay it's just genius. 😁

  50. inventa tudo invenções

    inventa tudo invençõesHace 3 días


  51. Peter McCuskey

    Peter McCuskeyHace 3 días

    Beautiful work

  52. Chafik Oulmi

    Chafik OulmiHace 3 días

    Congratulations, I have followed you since the first episode ..

  53. Ben Mcintyre

    Ben McintyreHace 3 días

    Brilliant work Donn. It never ceases to amaze me that people feel the need to criticise! I'd like to see them put together a project like this as quickly as you do! Very well done. Love the channel and always great to see your ideas. Good on you for having a go! Cheers from Australia ;)

  54. puridade1

    puridade1Hace 3 días


  55. TBD vlogs

    TBD vlogsHace 4 días

    I'm from Vietnam, nice to know you, and have a passion for mechanics 👍👍

  56. Justin Deckard

    Justin DeckardHace 4 días

    I wish u would have done a pto for Bush hog or small tractor 🚜 accessories

  57. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    It has a PTO. Propshaft driven though. Implements will come.

  58. Justin Deckard

    Justin DeckardHace 4 días

    Still love it thi

  59. Andrew MacCormack

    Andrew MacCormackHace 4 días

    Donny is such an inspiration to so many, I think he's the coolest guy on the internet, this vehicle is awesome. I can't wait for the next project.

  60. Marty V

    Marty VHace 4 días

    Congrats!! 👍10:12 face says "I love it when a plan comes together" , just a cigar missing haha :D

  61. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Cheers man! Exactly!

  62. 배바우

    배바우Hace 4 días


  63. TelepaykaShow

    TelepaykaShowHace 4 días

    Donn DIY - What's the next PROJECT ?? Какой следующий ПРОЭКТ??

  64. TelepaykaShow

    TelepaykaShowHace 2 días

    @Donn DIY ок😉

  65. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Finishing this project first. Then new projects. 😉

  66. Art Szabo

    Art SzaboHace 4 días

    Awesome, as usual Donn. Once I realize how much there is to one of these machines I appreciate the factory made units more. Art

  67. Brenton Paterson

    Brenton PatersonHace 4 días

    Phase 2, rear steer.

  68. D S

    D SHace 4 días

    The steering wheel is on the wrong side😂

  69. MrKsmith65

    MrKsmith65Hace 4 días

    Outstanding build, I believe that I have watched all episodes. Very Cool!

  70. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Cheers man!

  71. Roberto Zalazar

    Roberto ZalazarHace 4 días

    Felicitaciones geniooo!!! Una belleza la bestia..!!!

  72. Trolling Modeactivated

    Trolling ModeactivatedHace 4 días

    Are you planning on making specific mattracks for this vehicle?

  73. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    I can use the ones I made for my ATV. But it would be fun to make a new upgraded set with higher gearing since the gearing the UTV has right now is way too low for the homemade ATV tracks.

  74. GodfatherMaxi

    GodfatherMaxiHace 4 días

    You need a V8 in there

  75. Mike Fick

    Mike FickHace 5 días

    Sad how its only a 1 seater but still! The side few looks siick

  76. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    No worries, it's a workhorse not a recreational vehicle. 😉

  77. creak92

    creak92Hace 5 días

    Amazing work, seems like it's great fun to drive along being a useful tool on the farm with the PTO, wondering what you'll build to make use of it. Seeing this ATV evolve out of nothing was a great journey.

  78. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    Cheers man. This UTV is still evolving. I'm thinking of many things I can use with the propshaft driven PTO. The main thing being the PTO driven timber trailer with hydraulic boom.

  79. Philippe Meyer

    Philippe MeyerHace 5 días

    Bravo, we are also looking at you in France, you are a good source of inspiration, we also manufacture rolling machines...

  80. Bob D. Fletcher Jr

    Bob D. Fletcher JrHace 5 días

    👍👍👍👍👍 that is an awesome machine

  81. matthew postlewait

    matthew postlewaitHace 5 días

    Its generally a cool build.... Just couple things that I feel could be an issue... 1. Its basically just the stock van in cut down skeleton for,. Nothing is really upgraded or heavy due for off road use or purpose. #2 and which is completely a personal thing but who likes offroading alone.... Best part of going 4wheeling is taking a random girl with you, drinking then making out with no clothes on at the end of the night

  82. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días

    "Nothing is really upgraded..." - 1) twice the original clearance, 2) better tires, 3) propshaft driven PTO for a driving trailer, 4) geared down drivetrain for slower crawling and more torque, 5) narrower stance & shorter wheel base for agility and manouverability, 6) stripped down mass for better off-road capabilities. That's enough for a homemade UTV in my mind. 🙂

  83. Skip Bolinger

    Skip BolingerHace 5 días

    Great job !! You are incredibly talented I can tell by your smile that it's been worth it congrats so proud of you ☺

  84. Remalnik

    RemalnikHace 5 días


  85. Dominique PICHOT

    Dominique PICHOTHace 5 días

    👏👏👏 ravi de voir le moteur Peugeot vivre sur cette création ! Félicitations de France 🤘🙏

  86. Phil Hammond

    Phil HammondHace 5 días

    When does the gas pedal get fitted? You need both hands for the wheel/gear stick?

  87. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 3 días


  88. dylan scronce

    dylan scronceHace 5 días

    i built one of these from a golfcart and a suzuki quadboss 4x4 a few years ago. was the first 4x4 one i had seen built. i miss that thing,. wish i would recorded it., took plenty of pics tho lol

  89. Tonnyplaysgames220 Daily gameplay

    Tonnyplaysgames220 Daily gameplayHace 5 días

    Ah Ha!!!! 👏👏👏👏👏

  90. Marek Küngas

    Marek KüngasHace 5 días

    nüüd vaid kilo värvi ja valma;)

  91. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    Jah, nii lihtne ongi. 😀

  92. Anthony Tomanini

    Anthony TomaniniHace 5 días

    Including your time was it worth more to build or to just buy one?

  93. Anthony Tomanini

    Anthony TomaniniHace 5 días

    @Donn DIY awesome 👍

  94. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    For me it was worth more to build it than buy it since I didn't have the money to buy it, but I had the tools and time and donor cars.

  95. Валера Апанасик

    Валера АпанасикHace 5 días

    Годная техника🖒

  96. Steven Burton

    Steven BurtonHace 5 días

    Love the build. Good to see it runing and driving

  97. Karl Higgins

    Karl HigginsHace 5 días

    Well done. I am still amazed at your engineering skill set.

  98. Александр Барсуков

    Александр БарсуковHace 5 días


  99. Oscar Samuelsson

    Oscar SamuelssonHace 5 días

    Awesome build as usual!! But I have to ask, why did you make it so you shift with your left arm and not the right?

  100. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    The gearbox is on the left.

  101. L l

    L lHace 5 días

    I cant wait for pto powered trailer

  102. Максим Яшкин

    Максим ЯшкинHace 5 días

    Мтз даже есть...

  103. Viktor Lenin

    Viktor LeninHace 5 días


  104. Jack Richards

    Jack RichardsHace 5 días

    Pretty easy to add a throttle cable , especially after building all that. You're just not getting the real experience of all your effort without it it Mr Donn? Needs a tow ball. Going to be a S4!t tonne of fun man .A simple idea but theres a great deal of work to make it all work so sweetly. A great idea at that.

  105. Sam I Am

    Sam I AmHace 5 días

    What does oli puudub mean?

  106. Sam I Am

    Sam I AmHace 5 días


  107. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    "No oil"

  108. Karl Gustav Kiviväli

    Karl Gustav KiviväliHace 5 días

    Hea video

  109. Popa Alexandru

    Popa AlexandruHace 5 días

    Too bad work - misconception is unbalanced. You could use the power train from Smart CDI - it is detachable (in 4 bolts it is attached to the body) and contains everything: engine, gearbox, engine wheels, suspension, brakes. DeDion suspension ,6-speed gearbox, 15 "wheels, top speed 135km / h, OM660 / 799cc turbodiesel engine (works without turbo) .

  110. roddas26

    roddas26Hace 5 días

    Not going to lie, but that thing looks dangerous af.

  111. вадим вадим

    вадим вадимHace 5 días

    МТЗ стоит на заднем плане?

  112. Duranjaya Hiresh

    Duranjaya HireshHace 5 días


  113. Will Tricks

    Will TricksHace 5 días

    Nice motor, thanks for the series. Cheers

  114. MrMontychops

    MrMontychopsHace 5 días

    The smile says it all 😁

  115. Reimo P

    Reimo PHace 5 días

    @10:10 Su muie ütleb kõik, polegi midagi lisada :) Aga näeb tõesti hea välja isegi ilma kerepaneelideta ja sõidab vägevalt :)

  116. z zzires

    z zziresHace 5 días

    Actually diasapointed you went for a low exhaust over something exiting the top with either a little hat or a flapper. Will this get body panels?

  117. Сергей Несмиянов

    Сергей НесмияновHace 5 días

    Аппарат супер 👍 👍👍

  118. waynec369

    waynec369Hace 5 días

    Will it do 190?


    OLD DAWG DREAMINGHace 5 días

    Way to go Donn, smooth moving machine. You’ll have lots of fun on this one. You did a fantastic job fabricating and manufacturing to finish this project. Thanks for sharing with us, we enjoyed watching you build this one also. Fred. 🙏🏻🙏🏻👍👍👏🏻👏🏻👋👋

  120. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    Thanks for watching the videos and following the process. 💪😉

  121. Ryan Fredell

    Ryan FredellHace 5 días

    You have a brilliant mind and I wish there were more people in the world like you!

  122. Peter Su

    Peter SuHace 5 días

    Mini ramps sure are helpful

  123. WaltherHK

    WaltherHKHace 5 días


  124. Colin Smith

    Colin SmithHace 5 días

    Amazing work! You might need some adjustable sway bars that can be unlinked for messing in hilly terrain.

  125. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    I don't plan on going fast on it so sway bars aren't necessary.

  126. Ttv

    TtvHace 5 días

    Wheels definitely need spacers for better stability

  127. Ttv

    TtvHace 5 días

    @Donn DIY unlucky

  128. Donn DIY

    Donn DIYHace 5 días

    Nope, it has to fit on my 1.5 metre wide trailer and has to be able to navigate the bush. Can't make it wider.

  129. Sergej Scholl

    Sergej SchollHace 5 días


  130. amilcar moncada

    amilcar moncadaHace 5 días

    Estupenda PRIMERA PRUEBA DE CONDUCCIÓN! - UTV todoterreno 4x4, respetos y saludos desde Venezuela💯💯👍👍🤘🤘🙏🙏💯💯

  131. disgustapated

    disgustapatedHace 5 días

    Your seat is on the wrong side?

  132. Jeremiah Meachum

    Jeremiah MeachumHace 5 días

    Awesome man.

  133. Damien Milk

    Damien MilkHace 5 días

    There are not many channels worth watching on YT anymore, but yours is first class. Thanks, real home engineering.

  134. tom lee

    tom leeHace 5 días

    love it

  135. teamidris

    teamidrisHace 5 días

    It moves perfectly :o) You have made a very nice vehicle. I like it ^-^