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    The Tightest Turning Radius
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    Smaller turning radius = better maneuverability, so theoretically someone who wants to be able to turn around in a driveway without backing up (no reverse gear ) would want the smallest possible turning radius. I did some rough calculations and it looks like my buggy will turn around easily as long as the driveway is 37 feet wide... And that's assuming the rear spool doesn't affect anything. Looks like the main limitation is the maximum angle of the front wheels at full lock.

    Now the way I see it the only two reasons a buggy shouldn't have a large max steering angle is because at high speeds it could possibly make it more difficult to handle and also at really high angles the front wheels might become really side loaded and decide to pop off the a arms. Or rip off a tie rod. Like imagine hitting bumps in the terrain with wheels turned like this:
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    Anyway now I'm curious what y'alls experience is saying about turning radius for buggys??

    Or maybe someone could convince me to just save up for a reverse box.
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    The right pedal really helps you steer.
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    Depends on ratio of steering wheel input to angle of wheel turn.

    Honda Pilot was about 120 degrees of wheel turn to full lock and very quick.
    Put a 2 turn lock to lock rack in it and you’ll have all sorts of wheel input to steering output.

    Does that make sense? You can make the system as sensitive or as slow reacting as you want.

    You want reverse.
    just say’n...
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    Wheelbase also effects how tight you can turn. If your buggy is super long, you will need to be able to turn the front wheels at a higher angle to be able to have the same turning radius as a shorter wheelbase buggy
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    or add rear steer..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkw1 View Post
    The right pedal really helps you steer.


    I have a pilot and a mini rail, neither turns well at low speed but in the sand with a little momentum, back out of the gas, turn and back on the gas they will turn, actually sliding the back around, pretty quick.
    I guess it depends on what you are going to be doing with it, if rock crawling I think you need something to turn, same if your bashing about in the woods, open desert, dunes, wide trails, not so much.
    and yes, reverse is nice to have, unfortunately it's only in the pilot
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    I can get our four seat XP1K to turn into our garage if I come in a tad hot (faster than walking), touch the brakes and get the rear light. It'll make the turn enough to drive into the garage. If I don't be aggressive it's a three point turn. If I ever dump it on the side, it'll be trying to make it in one shot. (scared myself last time).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    I welded on that thing, surprised it's still in one piece.
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    LOL!
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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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