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PostSubject: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:43 am

well i put a different tranny in the buggy
working on the front springs now, i put springs from a 3/4 to truck under it so that i can come off rocks and jumps without bashing my shit up.....b-4 the axle would hit the frame..
also this is raising me 6 inches higher, (nice ground clearance). the buggy was so stable at big dogs i did not think the 6 inches is an issue. here are some pics so far of the new springs



......I HAVE TO RE-MOUNT MY TRACK BAR BECAUSE OF THE HEIGHT DIFFERENCE
I STILL HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER SKID AND RE-DO THE REAR ONE LINK YET.........I SHOULD HAVE ABOUT 25 INCHES OF GROUND CLEARANCE WHEN IT IS ALL DONE cheers
for now the front springs are u-bolted to the frame. after i see how it does on the trails. i am sure i will have to modify the mount to make for better travel (down drop).. ITS ALL GOOD jocolor

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:46 pm

I have never heard of anyone using 3/4 ton coils for a buggy. Not to say it wont work but does the buggy weigh enough to allow for flex? I would have thought that finding some lift coils or using the same ones with a low mount on the body to raise the spring might work better.

Also I wanted to ask about the 1 link. What worked and what failed with it last time?

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:00 pm

test drive will tell if the springs will work or not. definitely a lot of weight in the front end with that big block. rear 1 link basically couldn't handle the torque on the rear axle and it peeled the weld off the axle as it rotated the axle. I think his plan was to include some lower control arms onto the bottom of teh axle to handle the torque better.

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:58 pm

bill is correct, also i am moving the pivot point to under the driveshaft. MY BALL HITCH JOINT LOOKS GREAT STILL. HOLDING UP QUITE NICELY......one of the reasons i went with somewhat of a stiffer spring is so that i can hammer comming over hill and what not without smashing down and breaking something (like joe did jocolor lol! ). dont worry, i have plans for the flexing issues Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:06 pm

here are pics of the rear susp. after raising 7 inches. the extension tubes still must be boxed and welded around the frame. they are just tack welded right now. and the springs are bolted to the extension tube



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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:28 am

Are those three pieces of square tube welded together a track bar?

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:29 am

that is his rear track bar. Looks like the middle piece sleeves the other two pieces and welded together. It's got a little bend to it.

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:58 am

YES. i allready had an arm to use and it was shorter,so i had to lenghen it with some 3/8 inch square tube. believe me, it will never break, it is sleeved in there quite a ways. i am going to put another support on the axle housing though going up to the top of the bracket

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:07 pm

your front suspension would work smoother and better with a longer panhard bar......i dont know how much room you have to work with but i would def try and make it longer. just my .02
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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:48 pm

i think i might do that, thanks. working on the 1-link and skid plate right now. it should turn out nicely i think 9

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:26 pm

Did you get any work done on it yesterday?

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:15 am

not really,worked for about 2 hours. that is just enough time to stop when you get started, the torch at my house took a crap on me so i had to switch tanks out monday. i will be working on it today after work though.

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PostSubject: Re: vons buggy repairs from big dogs   Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:34 am

here are some pics of my skidplate in progress

when it is all framed up i will be putting a metal plate under the whole thing and bend it up the sides to the frame, that way it is all one piece, WELL ACTUALLY THE PIECE UNDER THE ENGINE WILL BE SEPARATE

EVERYTHING STILL NEEDS TO BE FULLY WELDED, IT IS JUST TACKED RIGHT NOW. BUT IT IS COMING TOGETHER SLOWLY. DONT GET A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO WORK ON IT.
WITH THE NEW SKID AND SPRINGS I WILL HAVE ALLMOST HAVE 24 INCHES OF GROUND CLEARANCE AT THE LOWEST SPOT.

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