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Old 08-23-2014, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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reasonable to use a glide in a buggy?

I wouldnt think so but its hard to ignore a brand new glide I got setting in the corner with no hope of using it anywhere else. Im building a machine with stuff I have around. I will be using a 351 truck motor and would perfer a C6 or C4 BUT... I like free and strength of the glide. I could use a three speed transfer case to help with gear range. Too complicate things more I need it to run 70 at 2500 RPMs. I wheeling in the mountains of Tennessee and Georgia to paint a picture.

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What vehicle? What low ranges? What kind of use?
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wtf you wheelin in tennesse that you need to do 70mph at 2500 rpms, you say buggy so im assuming its not for the highway.

tim camerons first 20 buggys had glides in them
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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wtf you wheelin in tennesse that you need to do 70mph at 2500 rpms, you say buggy so im assuming its not for the highway.

tim camerons first 20 buggy had glides in them
Term Buggy summed it up pretty well.. If need to know a jeep tub setting in a buggy and I have dealer tags that I want to throw on and drive on the street.. I may not like it but want the option.

Its just that low crawling to 70 mph is a stretch with two gear.. Is why Im thinking four speed transfer

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cruise speed (70 at 2500) is all about axle gear. Glide is still 1:1 in high gear, so would be no different than a C6 or C4 in that regard. Match your axle gearing to tire height for rpm at speed and you're good.
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Cruise speed (70 at 2500) is all about axle gear. Glide is still 1:1 in high gear, so would be no different than a C6 or C4 in that regard. Match your axle gearing to tire height for rpm at speed and you're good.
Im not good.. this is whats bothering me. the 70 mph 1:1 and gear to tire size is a no bran er.. but where is a low range? maybe I needed lower axle grears. Maybe the low is real low for rocks and then im screaming the motor in second gear low to go 10 mph down the trail.. what about a hard 15 mph hill climb? what range/gear? not enough options.
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So, with a 4:1 low range, trans in high gear, 30 mph is 4500 rpm with 40" tires and 4.56 gears (4.56s and 40s gets you 70 at about 2600rpm). Seems doable. btw, low gear in the glide is either 1.76 or 1.82 stock...

This setup can work in a rock bouncer, maybe not the greatest for crawling... why 2500 rpm at 70??? If it's not a frequent driver, more rpm isn't such an issue.
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i bet at sumbitch rite ther would come up money hill slangin lugs off walkin' the cam like "RAAA..AHAAAA...AHAHAHNNAAAAA" and then get hung up on the chunk and be like RAAAANAANANAANAAAA POW!!!! and some chick would pass out from a airborne orgasm!!!

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You can get a 2.5 first gear for the glide. I had one in my first two buggies and loved them.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can get a 2.5 first gear for the glide. I had one in my first two buggies and loved them.
Sorry to hijack. But who/where do you get 2.5 gears?
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I keep trying to convince myself to put a Glide in a rig. They're so short and strong. But I never can get around only having 2 gears. The stock 1st gear seems too high to be useful and the aftermarket 2.5 seems like it would be a huge jump from 2.5 to 1 in terms of engine power band requirements. It seems like people who use them either have amazingly healthy engines to make up for gearing and primarily go fast or give up on going fast and just put tons of gearing behind them for crawling. This makes sense to me since they're essentially building a buggy around the transmission. But I think the vast majority of us like having both as options. What am I missing?
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've got a glide behind a LS1 and goes into a 5.0 Atlas, 5.13 gears in the diffs. Works well for me. In low, I'm really low, and in second gear I wish I could go faster. Instead, I can work the levers to high and let it go. I've thought about a different Atlas, but I don't care to spend the money.

Done over 70 mph, GPS speedo, on a lake bed at the Hammers. I had plenty engine left but have no idea what my RPM's were. I can cruise dirt roads at 50 mph and push into the 60's in the wash. Good enough for rec wheeling.
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