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Old 12-16-2010, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How much is it going to cost me??

Hey guys! I'd like to build myself a single seater, and I am courious on how much (approx.) it will cost me.

I am using a :

16V 1.6L Sidekick/Tracker motor
Automatic Sidekick/Tracker tranny
Propane Kit
Toyota Axles front and rear
35/1450/15 Pitbull Rockers
Custom frame with about a 90" WB
Most comfortable seat I can find
4-Link with coils


I already have the motor and tranny and I can get the axles for next to nothing, I can get all the tubing for $2 a foot, and I am great friends with the local wreck yard so I can get parts there dirt cheap.. but I am not sure how much the odds and ends are going to cost me?

Also, I can't remember the name of the suspension type where it is the coils sitting atop the axles with seperate shocks with the 4 link? Coil overs or is that just for the shock/spring combo?

The set-up on the second buggy (1:35)
YouTube - Aetna boys at Morris Mountain


Thanks Guys!
Colton W.

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Old 12-16-2010, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to be more specific....

I assume you mean you want to build something like the second buggy in the video?
That's just coils with 4 link, and seperate shocks. Not coil overs.

Gotpropane has a kit for about a grand that is awesome, use that. By "odds & ends", if you're running linked susp. those little "odds & ends" will add up QUICK. Heims, tubing, gussets, link brackets, coil buckets, shocks, coils, ect...

I think you should figure out exactly how you want to run your susp. & then make a list, price it out.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Building a link suspension from scratch is a lot of trial and error to get it to work how you want. Get used to moving your links around to get different squat/antisquat characteristics.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Heims, tubing, gussets, link brackets, coil buckets, shocks, coils, etc.

Heims I need to buy

tubing I can get cheap

guessets I can make

link brackets I can make

coil bucks I can have made for nothing by my fathers friend (owns a machine shop)

shocks I need to buy

coils - can I get coils off of a old vehicle or not? I will have to buy these.

So for the suspension all I will need to buy is the heims, shocks, springs, and I get the tubing for next to nothing...

And I do not want to make a buggy that large that is in the video.
I would like to make a buggy like this one: YouTube - Terry's Rising Sun Samurai/Toyota

This is my friends that uses a Samurai frame, Yota axles, 22r with Propane, 4 link w/ coils, 35 Rockers, and a barrien buggy chassis.. I'd like to make on like that, but a single seater.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is a nice propane kit:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUK...Q5fAccessories

I will simply use the Samurai manifold..
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, because you can make parts, you save some money...However, last time I checked, materials are not cheap.

Heims, 4 link f\r, 16 heims, that's 700-800.00 last time I checked for good big heims. In a little gutless 22r with toyota axles, you can probably get away with some cheaper ones...But it still adds up.

2$ a ft for tube, not bad. Plan on using atleast 250.00 worth, but I'd bet much more. Rule of thumb for a build, plan it, make a price list...Now double it.

Go with cheap rancho or pro crap shocks, do a search really everything you asked is quicker if you search instead of waiting for replys.

Quick Edit... Just remember, you get what yu pay for. Ask yourself how hard you're going to be on your shit

Coils to your door, for (4), probably 350.00 or so. Unless you find some wrecked Jeeps @ your wrecking yard for cheap.

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