Jim Ridderbush, Team Owner and Driver, RidderFab Offroad Racing
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Team Owner and Driver

Phone: (920) ***-****  HQ Phone
RidderFab Offroad Racing
3339 W Florida Ave
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
United States

 
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Team Profile
www.ridderfaboffroad.com, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Jim Ridderbush:Team and truck owner and driver
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Jim is the team owner and lead fabricator during the off season. Jim has been a professional welder for 20 years. He currently works for VanWin Corp in Kaukauna, WI. He also owns RidderFab Offroad which builds off highway vehicles year round for rock crawling, racing and expedition work.
Jim Ridderbush on the ...
www.ridderfaboffroad.com, 17 Aug 2008 [cached]
Jim Ridderbush on the winners stand Round 7, Bark River MichiganRidderFab Off Road Racing
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Jim Ridderbush, on his way to a First Place Finish in Round 7 at Bark River Michigan 2007
Where can I get good Quality work done?
mw4wda.org, 2 Oct 2008 [cached]
an Appleton shop I trust is Jim Ridderbush with RidderFab ... he's built a wide variety of offroad machines, from CORR race stuff to rock crawlers.....
2009 NEWS
www.ridderfaboffroad.com, 12 July 2009 [cached]
Jim took off and gave the truck a good ride but winning wasn't in the cards. The back up motor wasn't up to the task so Jim ran until the engine got hot and pulled off with very good track position when the motor got hot. After pulling off Jim said "We just didn't have it tonight, the BFG's were working great.
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Jim had nearly the entire back stretch in to the famous Argonne Loop lead. The truck was landing great off the jumps; the track crew had the racing surface in world class condition. Jim definitely had a ton more power than Friday night. The Offroad Superfans (www.offroadsuperfans.com) were on their feet as well as Sponsor's Brian "Woody" Swearingen of IH8MUD.com (www.ih8mud.com) and Greg Prusik of Prusik Livestock as Jim pulled away from the field.
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At the caution Jim pulled in behind the pace truck and allowed the pack to catch up. Spotter Jon Fintleman had Jim check the gauges and truck's systems while they had a moment to breath.
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Jim had a wide lead coming in to the competition yellow.
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The Superfans took up a collection and presented Jim Ridderbush a check for $334 in sponsorship money to help defray the costs of this very expensive year of racing. The entire team was introduced under the tent during the festivities.
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Driver of the #413 Jim Ridderbush and his crew had the truck prepped and ready for Friday night practice with high hopes for a solid weekend.
The #413 completed a lap of practice looking great. The Bark River Lions track prep crew has made some major changes to the track which helped us go even faster than ever on the 1.5 mile track. The Bark River International Raceway is home to Upper Michigan's only professional Offroad Racing event. The 1.5 Mile track is one of the most challenging in the TORC series, allowing drivers to reach speeds in excess of 90 mph. Ridderbush completed one lap and then heard a bad knock from the 355 cubic inch small block Chevrolet engine.
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This is a prize that has eluded Jim so far.
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July 24th 2009 found Jim Ridderbush and team Ridder Fab's # 413 Formula 4x4 from Appleton, WI (www.ridderfaboffroad.com) in Oshkosh, WI for rounds five and six of the TORC series (www.torcseries.com) off road championship. The Speedzone Raceway was converted from a clay circle track oval into a short course off road arena.
For Friday night's race the truck was wearing two new rear BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM's for the first time in over a year. The Sway Away 2.5" reservoir shocks had new adjustments in an attempt to conquer the jumps and moguls the Oshkosh short course presented.
Jim got off the start ok but it was immediately evident that the shock set up was not going to allow good handling on the track. Jim also lost four wheel drive around lap three. Thanks to Jim's versatile driving style he was able to settle into third place and hang on even with two wheel drive and compromised handling. Jim actually got some good racing in with the Classix car of Justin Keener towards the end of the race.
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Friday after the race the team pulled the Sway Away Racerunner's back off and gave Jim a whole new setup.
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Jim was ready to race.
Saturday's start put Jim on the outside of the front row for the rolling start. Oshkosh is the only rolling start of the season for team Ridder Fab due to the stock car track not having space for a land rush. With the drop of the green flag Jim launched out to the front of the pack. The truck was gaining lead steadily. With the Sway Away shocks working the Ridder Fab Blazer was able to double two sets of moguls in the infield. Jim carried more speed than ever into the transition from infield back up on to turn two of the stock car track. The truck landed and never set for the turn and Jim ended up with a hard roll that bounced him hard on the driver's side of the roof and landed the truck on the driver's side.
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Jim stated after the races Saturday.
Jim was able to walk away from this hard roll ever thanks to a sincere commitment to safety and truck preparation. A good helmet, Leatt Brace (www.leatt-brace.com) and properly installed and tightened belts kept Jim safe. After getting out of his race suit and looking at the truck, Jim said "I'll be a spokesman for that Leatt Brace after that roll.
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TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton gained two more podium finishes in Bark River, MI July 11th and 12th 2009.
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The new J&H transmission absolutely impressed driver Jim Ridderbush and crew. The technology and build quality of the J&H transmission as well as the support behind the team from Roger is top notch.
On Saturday Jim pulled the hole shot and gained a commanding lead over the pack. After leading five and a half of the six race laps the right front axle shaft broke in Bark River's famous "Cemetery Turn. The axle breaking led to a spin which cost Jim the lead and put him in two wheel drive to catch up. With a quick recovery Jim finished the lap and gladly took a second place.
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Once Jim got the truck got back in motion, again in two wheel drive Jim drove it as hard as he could to catch the field. The Formula 4x4 class has been running with the Classix trucks this year. The combination makes for some great action on the track. Unfortunately one of the Classix racers got in to Jim in the "Cemetery Turn" where the truck spun on Saturday. This time one of our BFGoodrich tires got punctured further slowing the Ridder Fab truck. The Pit crew quickly changed the tire and got Jim back out on the track in time for a third place finish.
When asked about the weekend Jim responded: "If it weren't for the great people that helped us this weekend would not have ended with two podium finishes. Jim went on to thank Roger of J&H Transmissions, Scott Douglas of Douglas Motorsports, Amsoil, Milan Mazanec for the shock work, the Ridder Fab crew and the Offroad Superfans.
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Jim is second in points for the series championship.
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Crandon, WI June 20-21,2009- TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton, WI took a solid second place on Sunday in the TORC series (www.torcseries.com) off road races at the "Big House" of off road racing (www.crandonoffroad.com ). This is the first race weekend of 2009 and Jim's first podium running the TORC series in 2009.
Pre-season testing has been a compilation of rough luck for the team. Some changes made over the winter were tweaked and tuned for better performance. ATS has built some solid transmissions for Jim. Jim never had anything but great performance last year from our ATS Turbo 400.
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Team Ridder Fab and Jim were confident we were ready for a good showing in front of packed Crandon International Raceway.
Saturday the Ridder Fab Formula 4x4 came off the start through turn one in the middle of the pack. Jim Ridderbush moved the truck up through the pack during the first couple laps. Jim radioed to the spotter's tower that the transmission was not shifting properly and the fluid temperature was getting high. Within a couple turns the truck burst into flames. Jim drove the truck to a track safety crew and got out safely.
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Jim brought the truck into the first turn at nearly 80 mph sounding great and in good running position. With in two laps Jim had a sizeable lead on the third place competitor and was chasing down 2008 Class Champion Dave Demaegd. Getting through traffic had cost precious time and Jim wasn't able to run down Dave for the win but he put the truck on the podium with a clean solid second place effort. After the race Jim said "We really have the truck dialed in.
2008 NEWS
www.ridderfaboffroad.com, 20 June 2008 [cached]
Crandon, WI June 20-21,2009- TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton, WI took a solid second place on Sunday in the TORC series (www.torcseries.com) off road races at the "Big House" of off road racing (www.crandonoffroad.com ). This is the first race weekend of 2009 and Jim's first podium running the TORC series in 2009.
Pre-season testing has been a compilation of rough luck for the team. Some changes made over the winter were tweaked and tuned for better performance. ATS has built some solid transmissions for Jim. Jim never had anything but great performance last year from our ATS Turbo 400.
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Team Ridder Fab and Jim were confident we were ready for a good showing in front of packed Crandon International Raceway.
Saturday the Ridder Fab Formula 4x4 came off the start through turn one in the middle of the pack. Jim Ridderbush moved the truck up through the pack during the first couple laps. Jim radioed to the spotter's tower that the transmission was not shifting properly and the fluid temperature was getting high. Within a couple turns the truck burst into flames. Jim drove the truck to a track safety crew and got out safely.
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Jim brought the truck into the first turn at nearly 80 mph sounding great and in good running position. With in two laps Jim had a sizeable lead on the third place competitor and was chasing down 2008 Class Champion Dave Demaegd. Getting through traffic had cost precious time and Jim wasn't able to run down Dave for the win but he put the truck on the podium with a clean solid second place effort. After the race Jim said "We really have the truck dialed in.
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