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    Economy Side by Side build
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    Hi
    been around for some time in the background but havent done much posting,
    really fancy a Rhino or RZR but we dont really get them over here in the UK so l thought about biulding one from scratch, thought about it and thought about it some more, nothing really happened till a subaru justy dropped into my lap, almost free, be rude to turn it down so l took it and drove it around the fields abit, the more l looked at it the more l thought it would make a good base for a small 2 seat buggy
    it has a 1200cc 3 cylinder engine that puts out about 75bhp but plenty people seem to be turbochargeing them for 150 hp, its part 4 wheel drive with the front always driven and the rear brought in when you require it by a simple button on the gearstick, its also a cvt transmission with a sport setting, the only down side l can see is that its macphereson strut all round for the suspension, so axle travel is going to be limited, but how much is needed ? how much does a stock rhino have ? l guess l will have to live with it as l see it as a woods buggy for exploring rather than a hi speed machine

    l am thinking of using all the mechanicals off the subaru bolted up to a tube frame, l have stripped the car of all the bits l need and then made a jig from the bottom of it using all the suspension pick up points,

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    and heres the engine and box




    and heres a fuel injected manual version


    so lets hear it, why is this a good/bad idea then
    Andy
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    Re: Side by Side biuld
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    Its never a bad idea. i might be a little front heavy. Are you going to run rhino plastics? those are cool knobby tires in last picture are thoes what you are running ? those arent avialble here.
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    Re: Side by Side biuld
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    hi
    these tyres ?


    these are called alligators and are quite common over here, nice for muddy conditions but they arent road legal and are only really suitable for buggies that you trailer around,
    dont think l will be able to run those on my subaru buggy since they are 33" tall and the subaru stock size is 22" tall, might have a gearing issue there, but l do have some alloys l bought for my quad with mud tyres on that will bolt straight on same pcd


    would like some rhino plastics but not very easy to find over here,

    Andy
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    Wow very cool and great job of taking it from the car and making the frame and fabbing it up and then pulling it out and finishing it. It looks like it is really coming a long... please post more pics.

    Very cool idea and looks like top notch work.


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    I like the idea, can we see a pic or the rear?
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    hi
    TutTech/nutnbolt

    pic of the rear of what, the car or the jig,
    l am afraid the car has gone to that great scrapyard in the sky, but heres what it looked like before it went



    decided on about 80" for the wheelbase and as l took the jig straight of the justy which is about 92" l cut 12" out of the middle of the jig today





    started making the chassis as well, theres a lot more to think about than first meets the eye, you have to keep thinking about leaving clearence for components that arnt there at the moment, managed to put a cross member right where the rear prop goes , still l am winging this making it up as l go along, wish l had a rhino to copy



    Andy
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    That is so professional even bent the box section for clearance on the front struts. Keep up the good work Andy
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    Quote Originally Posted by LEE1969GB View Post
    That is so professional even bent the box section for clearance on the front struts. Keep up the good work Andy

    hi Lee
    fancy seeing you on here,
    that 2" box is a bitch to curve, took all the skin of my knee as l worked it round lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    hi Lee
    fancy seeing you on here,
    that 2" box is a bitch to curve, took all the skin of my knee as l worked it round lol
    You had better get used to it you have 6 lengths of tube to curve for your frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LEE1969GB View Post
    You had better get used to it you have 6 lengths of tube to curve for your frame.
    l think l will wimp out and have it rolled lol
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