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mr.mindless

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2019, 09:38:54 PM »
9s are what he needs for the moon unit. Maybe even air shock it. Selectables and cutting brakes if you want to cone dodge.
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Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2019, 09:48:01 PM »
This is along the lines of what I’m going for.



<3500lb is the goal. 14s are big, heavy boat anchors best suited for rock bouncers and high hp. 60s f/r at that weight with 150hp will be fine.

Nothing other than maybe a samurai or tracker as a base will fit my goals as a base rig, and I think I can be smaller and lighter going all tube.

9s are out of the budget and not worth the ~250lb [estimated] savings to me. Cutting brake in my Jeep has made front dig about 20% more useful, being able to scootch the rear one way or the other would be 10x more useful.

Nothing but wheels comes off my Jeep to make this happen, so I have time.
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Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2019, 11:14:10 PM »
I might take selectables and cutting over front dig? Not certain. One arb is a similar price to one good driveline disconnect needed to do front dig in a transaxle car, isn’t it?
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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2019, 08:25:15 AM »
Plan is to run full case auto lockers f/r. Maybe a rear disconnect down the road but frankly, my experience shows that there is very rarely enough traction with just front wheels to do anything meaningful with a front dig on the trail. Mostly use it now to make up for poor turning radius, and I suspect I’ll never miss it with rear steer.

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2019, 10:10:26 AM »
highly likely.
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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2019, 12:09:53 PM »
Just buy my Sami.

What tire size? 

I never had an issue with my toy axles with cromo's in them running 37 stickeys. 

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2019, 02:38:32 PM »
39 reds. Guy I wheel with here has broken multiple rear Toy r&p on 37 reds in his 2500lb transaxle buggy. I wanted to do FJ80s but the guy in the rig I pictured above advised against Toy anything after running them in that rig.

I considered Tracker or Samurai base, but decided against it. What’s the point? Most of it will get cut away and it will never be as light as tube and a transaxle.

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2019, 08:50:13 AM »
Following this thread.

I'm in the process of building a smaller scale buggy for my son, I've bought 3 "Suzuki" platforms, and have been working on my mobile chassis table so I can roll it around my shop..

Small and light is the key for me as well, I'm hoping he can use in up until the time he's legal to drive.

Final drivetrain is out of a 2001 tracker, 2.0, auto and case, rear axle out of a 1996 sidekick with factory 5.13's, front sami axle with spacers to match the rear width. I bought a set of 33's to get him going, but I'll build it for a larger tire. Links and air shocks all around.

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2019, 10:17:06 AM »
Just start building!

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2019, 12:20:25 PM »
Just start building!

This is the high level message I am getting from this thread. Time to start collecting parts!

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2019, 01:32:59 PM »


Guess it’s time to end this thread and start a build thread.

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2019, 08:08:06 PM »
Curious as to why you chose a vw power plant? Did you consider a 1.6 Honda or even a 2.2 ecotec ?and if you did why the vw over them

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2019, 08:48:28 PM »
Curious as to why you chose a vw power plant? Did you consider a 1.6 Honda or even a 2.2 ecotec ?and if you did why the vw over them

I’m curious on what your top speed will be
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mr.mindless

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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2019, 08:55:25 PM »
Hondas run backwards. Can cause packaging issues.
Ecotech could be a good choice.
Fuel efficiency isn’t a deciding factor in this, I’d bet my house on it.
It wasn’t me who gave him the vw idea afaik
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Re: Build from scratch: where to start?
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2019, 09:21:20 PM »
Quick math say ~38 mph at 6,000 rpm.