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Old 10-15-2006, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ive been drawin plans for a buggy to build prob summer next year. My plans are for a 2 seater jungle gym out of 1.5 .120 wall DOM, my dakotas stock 3.9 v6 and ax-15 tranny w a 231 t case. Im plannin on a 78-79 bronco 44 front and 9 inch rear w 4.56s and lock-rites on 35 12.5 15s sprung by coils and 12 inch 5150s. Ill use one radius arm on the drivers side and a single link on the pass side and a 3 link out back. What I wheel is tight junk covered in woods barely big enough for a tracker so im thinkin maybe a 100in or so wheelbase and id like 90 degree approach and departure angles. Id like a 15 gallon fuel cell and I want to make this thing street legal so I can drive it to the fun stuff.

From what I have read, about 300 ft of tube is needed for a buggy and at 1.8somethin lb/ft, i figure about 500 lbs of tube. Im just not sure what the other stuff weighs. Id obviously like to keep this thing as light as possible, but is 2000-2500 a reasonable goal? are there any rigs out there like this? And what does 300ft of that size tube cost?
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You'll be hard-pressed to keep it at 2500 lbs. but crazier things have been done. My brother has a buggy with all Toyota stuff that weghs less than what you're tlaking about using and it weighs in at 2900. But there are things he could have done to make it lighter.

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Explain this 1 radius arm, 1 link BS to me..??
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I would say you could keep it close to 3k but its tough. My moonbuggy before water was 2640. 4.3 vortec, glide, atlas, 9"'s, aluminum centers. Can be done.
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From what I have read, about 300 ft of tube is needed for a buggy and at 1.8somethin lb/ft, i figure about 500 lbs of tube. Im just not sure what the other stuff weighs. Id obviously like to keep this thing as light as possible, but is 2000-2500 a reasonable goal? are there any rigs out there like this? And what does 300ft of that size tube cost?
3000-3500 is a more likely target unless you go to extremes and try to save weight everywhere. FWIW my 3 seater came out to 2800lbs with 37's, steel beadlocks, Suzuki 1.6l motor and toy 5sp/dual cases. I used thinner walled tubing on inner braces and made extra efforts to shave sprung weight. Fully loaded with tools, cooler and a driver the rig weighed a hair over 3k.
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