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daaboots
10-27-2009, 10:27 AM
Well I started on my second build recently. It's an Edge Trax 2 for my wife. Here's the pics so far...

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/100_0278.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/100_0248.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/100_0244.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4387.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4398.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4397.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4411.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4412.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4413.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4414.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4431.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4432.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4433.jpg

Working from the plans is very nice. I almost wish I would have bought plans for my first buggy. Oh well [smilie=dunno.gif]

Progress is going very fast. I'm hoping to have it done for Christmas.

nutnbolt2002
10-27-2009, 12:08 PM
Do a search on jwcarguy he has pics of his buggy and you can see his suspension.

rgvkid
10-30-2009, 12:56 AM
Can you show some pics of your bender? I have a jd2 bender but i don't want to spend another $300 for a one inch die.I have all the stuff to make a bender like yours for 1 inch tubing. But im not sure how you clamp the tubing to the die. It looks like your using a Gate roller wheel. Nice setup. It doesn't look like it kinks much either. You can also cut a piece of 1.25x .120 tubing in half and weld it onto the angle iron to cup the tubing better.

ruthlessxbeastx
10-30-2009, 01:00 AM
looking good!

sodman
10-30-2009, 11:08 AM
Good luck on the new build David
I'd say someone went to princess auto for a parts run It's a great place to blunder around for an hour or so I think the wife will have a blast with it . Good luck on the build keep us posted
How are edge plans ? everyone that has a set seems to think there great
Later Sodman

daaboots
11-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Can you show some pics of your bender? I have a jd2 bender but i don't want to spend another $300 for a one inch die.I have all the stuff to make a bender like yours for 1 inch tubing. But im not sure how you clamp the tubing to the die. It looks like your using a Gate roller wheel. Nice setup. It doesn't look like it kinks much either. You can also cut a piece of 1.25x .120 tubing in half and weld it onto the angle iron to cup the tubing better.

It's just a home made bender, nothing fancy. I'll try and get some pics for you if I remember.

daaboots
11-01-2009, 07:47 PM
Good luck on the new build David
I'd say someone went to princess auto for a parts run It's a great place to blunder around for an hour or so I think the wife will have a blast with it . Good luck on the build keep us posted
How are edge plans ? everyone that has a set seems to think there great
Later Sodman

Yes, I'm a big Princess Auto fan, but I actually buy most of my parts from a company in the US because of the price difference.

The Edge plans seem ok. There were a few things that could have been done different. I've never worked with plans before so I cant really compare them to anything.

Take care Sodman.

Short Circuit
11-02-2009, 07:59 AM
Looking forward to this build as I thoroughly enjoyed your first one

Mark

daaboots
11-20-2009, 07:43 AM
Update:
First of all, I picked up this old Honda 4-wheeler for $150 to use for parts! The top end of the motor is done, but I plan to use the rims, tires, and front suspension. It has hydraulic drum brakes on the front which should work great on the buggy! I'm hoping to use the front swing-arm suspension, but I'm not sure how that will fit on just yet.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4483.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4488.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4486.jpg

Found a really nice seat for the buggy. Made some real good progress on the rear end. I moved the axle back some, and made it wider. The rear end will be close to 52" wide when I'm done. I would have gone wider, but then it wouldn't have fit in the back of my truck box. I added some extra brace for the axle to support the extra width.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4495.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4496.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4497.jpg

Brake mount is finished, along with the motor mount.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4498.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4499.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4500.jpg

Next, I'm going to get the seat mounted, and then start working on the front suspension.

sodman
11-20-2009, 03:32 PM
How's it going David
I see that the buggy is starting to come forward. That swing arm looks close to or identical to the swing arms that the FL 250 odyssee's used I have one setting in the shop that I was going to bring back to life some day but the the sabertooth took over.(needs a motor) Some of the odysee guys on here could give you pointers I would imagine. Good luck on the build
Later Sodman

daaboots
11-29-2009, 10:02 AM
Update:

Started to mock up how the swing arm suspension could be used on the Trax 2. I'm pretty sure I can make it work.

Basic mock up of how the buggy will look. The tires will be level when I'm done. The front tires will come forward about another 1".

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4543.jpg

The buggy will be 52" wide when I'm done. Should be very stable.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4545.jpg

I'll need to turn the steering connection points on the spindles around to the front in order to make rack fit properly.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4546.jpg

Thanks for looking.

fl250driver
12-02-2009, 03:36 PM
looking good!
i can wait to see it finished :D

daaboots
12-18-2009, 12:02 PM
Well its getting really cold outside lately. Minus 25c this morning. Not going to get much done on the buggy till March now.

My propane heater setup... doesn't help if you don't have insulation in your garage :(
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4573.jpg

Mounted the 4-wheeler swing-arm.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4575.jpg

... then realized it has positive camber :x
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4576.jpg

Getting there...
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4572.jpg
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4577.jpg

boilermaker
12-19-2009, 07:56 PM
What would happen if you swapped sides with the front wheel/suspension assemblies, it looks like then it would have neg camber...

CarolinaRigman
12-19-2009, 08:42 PM
[smilie=bs_offtopic:Do you still have thr fenders? I need to add some to my little woma's buggy.

daaboots
12-20-2009, 11:56 AM
What would happen if you swapped sides with the front wheel/suspension assemblies, it looks like then it would have neg camber...

I'm not sure what to do. I don't think it will be much of an issue... the wife will never notice ;)

daaboots
12-20-2009, 11:58 AM
[smilie=bs_offtopic:Do you still have thr fenders? I need to add some to my little woma's buggy.

Sorry, I plan on using the 4-wheeler fenders on this buggy :)

CarolinaRigman
12-20-2009, 12:02 PM
Thats ok!
It'll be interesting to see how you mount them.:)

daaboots
01-01-2010, 06:38 PM
The Trax 2 was my Christmas present to my wife. I was hoping to have it complete, but I didn't have enough time to finish it. Here are some pics of it partially assembled and wrapped for Christmas.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4618.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4617.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4619.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4622.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4623.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4632.jpg

I also picked up a nice pink helmet for her as well as some goggles.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4634.jpg

Martinm210
01-31-2010, 01:53 PM
Awesome work! that front end suspension looks like it was all part of the design.

Binze
01-31-2010, 02:52 PM
Where's ribbon on present? :eek:

nutnbolt2002
01-31-2010, 04:41 PM
daaboots, I still think that you should put some suspension on it. Even something simple like this.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c14/theo44/Jasonsbuggy.jpg

daaboots
02-01-2010, 11:22 AM
daaboots, I still think that you should put some suspension on it. Even something simple like this.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c14/theo44/Jasonsbuggy.jpg


I'll think about it. If my wife really likes driving buggies I might sell it and build something bigger for her. Or maybe I could give her mine and build something bigger for myself [smilie=mhihi.gif]

Minirail
02-01-2010, 07:46 PM
I Like your bender, I am going to build myself one...

Martinm210
02-02-2010, 12:59 AM
I Like your bender, I am going to build myself one...

Me too. You wouldn't happen to have a close up side view of the bender would you?

Did you make the bending die yourself as well?
Thanks!
Martin

CarolinaRigman
02-02-2010, 01:06 AM
Yeah, but that steering shaft looks a little short![smilie=ecstatic.gi:
Don't tell her she'll never notice for the first few feet!![smilie=gun_chair.g:

daaboots
02-02-2010, 07:15 AM
Me too. You wouldn't happen to have a close up side view of the bender would you?

Did you make the bending die yourself as well?
Thanks!
Martin

I have some pictures, but I don't have them in my Photobucket account. One of these days I'll post some pics. Yes, I did may the die myself. Not the best but it works.

rgvkid
02-03-2010, 02:38 AM
Yes great bender. The Die Looks like a Gate roller with a v groove. Would be great for 3/4 & 1" tubing bends. look forward to seeing the close up pics.

daaboots
02-19-2010, 07:42 AM
Pics of my homemade bender are here http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/projects-progress/12578-homemade-pipe-bender.html

daaboots
02-19-2010, 10:07 AM
A few updates that I've never got around to posting until now.

Shock mounts in place. Will add more bracing at some point.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4664.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4665.jpg

Pedals in place.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4686.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4687.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_4690.jpg

I'm using the same rack and pinion as my 250 buggy with the Festiva tie rod ends.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/250%20Buggy/P1100040.jpg

daaboots
04-12-2010, 12:00 PM
Small update. The little details are really taking a lot of time now. I'm trying to finish up the steering, gas, and brake pedals now.

Work on the steering arm & rack... still a work in progress.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100065.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100059.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100061.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100062.jpg

Made some threads on my 1" live axle. Had a great time making these on my lathe.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100064.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100060.jpg

I bought a 1" keyed live axle from Princess Auto. The key slot was around .232 instead of 1/4" [smilie=thumbs_down: I made an attachment for my lathe so I can do some simple milling. I milled out the keyway slot to a true 1/4". I love working with my new lathe :D
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100068.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100069.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100066.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100067.jpg


Gettin' there [smilie=wink.gif]

rgvkid
04-12-2010, 03:13 PM
Coming along really nice! I need to get a lathe Bad!

jschatte
04-20-2010, 12:58 AM
looks good! I got a axle from princess auto as well, i hope the keys fit.

kliff
04-20-2010, 06:13 AM
Once you get a lathe, you're spoiled for life.....

30 years back, Dad and I got a little Atlas/Crathsman 6 x 12.... then a South bend 9x36... then another small Atlas/Craftsman.... sold the South Bend, bought a 13x40 Chinese Harbor Freight....all this in a ten year span.... then 3 years ago, I got yet another mini 6x12 Cummins(chinese) for the back bedroom....midnight rush projects. Also during that first 10 year span, we bought a milling machine, another import, but still running great!

Yeah, you got the bug....tell me what all ya got 10 years from now.... I'll bet it's more than 1 lathe....LOL[smilie=ecstatic.gi:

daaboots
04-20-2010, 07:07 AM
Mill is next on the list... someday :cool:

telodge
04-25-2010, 09:37 AM
nice looking buggie i love the keyway cut on the lathe thats great

daaboots
04-26-2010, 08:53 AM
Upgraded to a 84 Honda TRX 200 carb!
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100077.jpg

Made an adapter on my lathe.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100081.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100087.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100091.jpg

Well my front steering plans didn't work out very well. The car ball joints were too big and wouldn't clear the rims. I went back to my old 3/8 joints and they even had problems. I had to bend the tie rod arm in order to make it fit. I'm not too pleased with the setup. Hopefully it works ok.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100102.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100104.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100106.jpg

More work on the frame. Getting real close now!
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100114.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100118.jpg

ErwinBnl
04-26-2010, 09:15 AM
Nice work on the carborator! :D

Do you already know how you are gonna attach the rear wheels to the axle?

daaboots
04-27-2010, 08:16 AM
Nice work on the carborator! :D

Do you already know how you are gonna attach the rear wheels to the axle?

I made my own hubs from a weldable keyed hub and a large gear. I removed all the teeth on the gear and turned the remaining section to fit my rims. Then I drilled the proper bolt pattern. I'll try and get some pictures at some point. A few other people have done something similar.

Short Circuit
04-27-2010, 02:08 PM
Nice work David.
What did you use for a brake disc?

Mark

daaboots
04-27-2010, 09:13 PM
Nice work David.
What did you use for a brake disc?

Mark

I bought the rotor here: Brakes & Accessories BMI Karts and Supplies - Home (http://www.bmikarts.com/category/Brakes-&-Accessories-174/rec/30)

Caliper was from ebay.

daaboots
06-13-2010, 09:08 PM
It moves!! [smilie=ecstatic.gi:
Finally got it running. I don't have brakes yet... having problems with my master cylinder. Still have a lot of small details to take care of yet, but it was sure nice to drive it around the yard.

Final assembly pictures

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100157.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100160.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100165.jpg

Ready to roll!

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100180.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100179.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100178.jpg

Look, my blue buggy has a friend :rolleyes:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100183.jpg

Videos coming tomorrow.

daaboots
06-14-2010, 09:47 AM
First test drive. Not the best video, but you get the point :cool:

YouTube - Custom Edge Trax2 buggy - First drive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H4rK8zUHBY)

Binze
06-14-2010, 11:13 AM
Congratulations! :) How's suspension works? Isn't too hard at back? What's more left to do?

Martinm210
06-15-2010, 09:08 PM
Very nice!
Brakes are overrated anyhow, I ran my first build without brake or a throttle for the first little while...Had to reach back to throttle the engine directly...all part of the fun and rewarding "testing phase"..:D

sodman
06-16-2010, 07:39 PM
Congrats on buggy # 2 startup whats all left to do untill ripped down for paint ? Hey David you should buy a small 2 stroke and mount it on that stoller and make it a family thing "Ha ha" Great job and have fun blasting around with the wife this summer
Later Blair

daaboots
06-17-2010, 07:48 AM
Thanks everyone!

The suspension isn't the best. The ATV shocks in the front are really stiff. The balloon tires one the back are OK. Should be good for a sand pit or well groomed trails.

Yes brakes are important. I had a little "mishap" the other day... almost ended up in my neighbors flower bed [smilie=alright.gif]

Things left to do: Connect brake master cylinder, make a battery box, make my dash panel and body panels, hook up starter and head lights, fully connect floor pan, find and connect some rear-view mirrors, and thats pretty much it [smilie=ecstatic.gi:

daaboots
06-17-2010, 10:52 AM
Just a quick walk around video of the buggy under construction.

YouTube - Custom Edge Trax2 buggy construction walk around (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27AzJnB6ZRo)

Gene
06-17-2010, 08:00 PM
Nice work on the car boots. Watching the clutch move was interesting too.

fatal-exception
06-17-2010, 10:27 PM
Nice job David. As i said on the edge forum, I'm sure your wife will love bombing around in that buggy with you (or in front of you???). Nice work.

Now get to work on the next one! :D

daaboots
06-29-2010, 07:36 AM
Finally found a K&N filter that would fit in the tight location I had to work with.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100197.jpg

You'll never believe what I snagged this weekend. And to think its been sitting in a corner in my father-in-laws shed for almost 25 years. Well, I'll just let you see it for yourself [smilie=ecstatic.gi:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100199.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100200.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100202.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100205.jpg

YES, thats right, a FNR box from a late 1970's 6x6 Argo!!!!! The price... FREE! It needs a bearing, but no big deal. Looks like it has about a 2.5:1 gear reduction. The original motor on the Argo was around 20 hp, so it will be strong enough for my 8 hp. Can't wait to install it on the Trax2.

fatal-exception
06-29-2010, 09:23 AM
Nice score! :D That will be a nice addition to your Trax2.

Now get to work.... :p

Paul

daaboots
07-06-2010, 03:37 PM
Went for a few nice rides on the weekend. Except for the gear ratio problem, the buggy ran great!

Nice family pic. No, she didn't tag along... not yet anyway ;)

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_5244.jpg


My wife's first ride in a pit. She had a great time!

YouTube - Custom Edge Trax2 buggy in sand pit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04wHv3qcjnk)

Enjoy

TheDoc
07-10-2010, 06:07 AM
She'll be wanting your ride soon, now you have her hooked on the dirt.

Way to get an upgrade, :) build the missus a slow one to start with, then wham you get a new ride.
She'll want rear suspension real soon.
Nick.

daaboots
08-08-2010, 07:26 PM
The FNR is all in place and working. I had to replace all the bearings and seals... $200 later [smilie=gun_chair.g: Oh well. I made a tool to align the box, and then used a flex coupler to connect the Tav2 to the FNR.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100216.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100220.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100224.jpg

Machined the keys on my lathe. I bought a dial gauge so I could get an accurate reading on the depth. Before, I would just guess and measure. Turned out really nice.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100217.jpg

Made a shift handle.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100226.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100228.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100230.jpg

Mounted the battery under the hood. Connected all the wires. It now has push button electric start :cool:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100233.jpg

As it stands today.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100231.jpg

Thanks for looking.

TheDoc
08-15-2010, 04:15 AM
Great work,

I still bet she wants your ride soon. Once the bumps start to become more frequent with experience.

Nick.

daaboots
04-18-2011, 11:43 AM
So it seems that the 8hp Tecumseh just doesn't have enough power to keep up with my buggy or our friends with ATV's. This year, the Trax2 is getting a Honda 200 transplant! The engine has high, low, reverse, and electric start. Before it could go into the buggy, it needed to be rebuilt.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100241.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100242.jpg


New piston, rings, rebore, wrist-pin, etc.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100464.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100466.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100471.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100474.jpg


Since the motor is shaft driven, we had to turn it sideways to align the output shaft. This worked out very well because the motor actually fits better in the small space we had.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100478.jpg


Picked up a cheap GIO exhaust system of eBay. Not the best quality but hopefully it will do the trick.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100489.jpg


In order to mount the two gas tanks, the seat belt mounts will need to be relocated.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100487.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100488.jpg

nutnbolt2002
04-18-2011, 12:21 PM
Looks good Daaboots, but you should at least change the rear over to a swing arm, give her at least a little suspension, and it wouldn't be all that much more work.

CARLRIDDLE
04-19-2011, 09:09 AM
If your goning to put a sprocket on that output shaft you'll need a support bearing. It wont handle the side load put on it by the chain.

daaboots
04-19-2011, 10:48 AM
If your goning to put a sprocket on that output shaft you'll need a support bearing. It wont handle the side load put on it by the chain.

Good info! I'll add a support.

nutnbolt2002
04-19-2011, 12:41 PM
I added a sprocket to my 200E and have driven it for 7 years with no problem without a support.

daaboots
04-20-2011, 11:26 AM
I added a sprocket to my 200E and have driven it for 7 years with no problem without a support.

Well then, maybe I don't need a bearing! Say, do you have any pictures? Did you just take the u-joint and weld on a sprocket? I can't find anyone that sells a hub that will fit the honda spline shaft.

nutnbolt2002
04-20-2011, 11:44 AM
I split the u joint, turned turned one end to take a weldable sprocket. I drilled and taped for a set screw, you also need to take a dremel and grind in a dent into the shaft spline for the set screw..

good649
04-20-2011, 04:08 PM
I split the u joint, turned turned one end to take a weldable sprocket. I drilled and taped for a set screw, you also need to take a dremel and grind in a dent into the shaft spline for the set screw..
just drill and tap the center of the shaft for a retention bolt, there is already a center drill hole in the shaft. i agree with turning down the u-joint coupler, it will work great. there is a bearing on the backside of the shaft, so you shouldn't need a carrier bearing on the other side. just make a chain tensioner, so there isn't alot of side load on the shaft

nutnbolt2002
04-20-2011, 04:38 PM
You might have a hard time drilling and taping that shaft, it's hard stuff.

Short Circuit
04-20-2011, 09:52 PM
I don't run a carrier bearing on mine either and have had no problems

Mark

good649
04-21-2011, 11:02 AM
Dave, where did you get the long throttle cable? i will need to get one longer than the stok one on my motor.

daaboots
04-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Dave, where did you get the long throttle cable? i will need to get one longer than the stok one on my motor.

I just used a bike cable and then linked them in the middle.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/250%20Buggy/P1090615.jpg

samsonjohn
04-27-2011, 12:27 PM
any new videos with the new engine?

thanks
John

looks great

daaboots
04-28-2011, 09:25 AM
any new videos with the new engine?

thanks
John

looks great

I haven't even fired it up yet. Too many other projects on the go.

daaboots
07-17-2011, 07:57 PM
Well I was hoping to have this done by the spring... didn't happen.

Updates:

Started to make a bracket to hold the gas tank in place.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100511.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100569.jpg


Made a bracket for the shift lever.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100585.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100586.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100590.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100591.jpg


Made a bracket for the rear removable cross brace over the engine. If anyone wants a set of these brackets just let me know and I can make another pair.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100635.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100637.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100638.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100640.jpg

flyinwall
12-29-2011, 06:59 PM
you should be finished this by now :):)
are there any updates??

daaboots
12-31-2011, 08:48 PM
You're right, I should be finished by now :p

I've been busy building other things lately. I hope to have this finished by spring 2012.

daaboots
07-13-2012, 05:01 PM
So I'm finally back at it after a very long break!

Machined the U joint to accept a weld on sprocket.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100649.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100650.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100652.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100654.jpg


I didn't like the mount position of the carb, so I machined the intake to adjust the angle.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100673.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100674.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100675.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100677.jpg


More work on the gas tank mount.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100679.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100680.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/P1100697.jpg

Gettin' there ;)

leok
07-13-2012, 08:30 PM
Nice work Daaboots,

Nice machine work. You are ahead of me with a buggy for your wife. That will be the next part of my twin build thread.

Leo

nutnbolt2002
07-13-2012, 09:15 PM
Looks nice, but for the time it would take, you should install single a arms on the rear. Your wife will thank you, in many ways.

Martinm210
07-14-2012, 10:06 AM
Wow, nice machining work there and tools to do the job right. One of these days I'll replace my toys with some nice real machines like that. Looks really good and professional:cool:

dirtbag
07-14-2012, 10:53 AM
Nice work, Im jelous, I want a mill.

daaboots
07-25-2012, 10:01 PM
Ok, some more updates. At this rate, I should have most of it finished for the weekend.

Wired the motor and fired it up for the first time since I rebuilt it. Ran great! The dash is really simple compared to my buggy. Just a volt meter on this one. I'm hoping to make a little glove box in the center so my wife can put her girl junk somewhere :p
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6806.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6805.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6807.jpg


The old axle was junk so I started to make a new one. Here I'm turning some 8 TPI threads for the axle nut.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6850.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6852.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6854.jpg


So now it was time for the tear-down and prep for paint! I hate this part the most, well the prep part that is.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6843.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6844.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6842.jpg

Paint tomorrow [smilie=thumbs_up.g:

daaboots
08-01-2012, 06:06 PM
Well I painted it - hot pink - just like the wife wanted. It's mostly finished now, just need to put a few more parts back on.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6894.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6895.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6896.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6897.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6898.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6899.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6900.jpg

Almost done!

daaboots
08-01-2012, 07:19 PM
And here is a video of the first drive. The engine has a misfire in the upper RPM range. I'm thinking the timing might be off from when I rebuilt it.

Trax2 with Honda 200 first drive - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbTHqKZP_j8&feature=youtu.be)

daaboots
08-02-2012, 06:54 AM
Here's a quick walk around video. Trax2 walk around with Honda 200 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWeiIIbr3fw)

gvouvakos
08-02-2012, 07:23 AM
Very nice looking buggy. Good colour choice :D

daaboots
08-02-2012, 12:55 PM
So it turns out the engine misfire is because the cam is off 1 tooth from when I rebuilt it. Should have it up and running smooth tonight :D

Martinm210
08-02-2012, 08:40 PM
Awesome work, I like the shaft>sprocket conversion and sideways motor mount. Nice clean and tidy setup, all controls in the dash is a great attention to detail too:D

daaboots
08-08-2012, 06:21 PM
Thanks Martin! I really learned alot from my last build and tried not to repeat the same mistakes.

Here is a few pics of us before our first ride. Everything went great until the master link on my chain went missing. The little pink buggy had to tow me back [smilie=blush.gif]

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6931.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6932.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6933.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6934.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6936.jpg

Bullnerd
08-08-2012, 08:02 PM
So cool !

I think you might have some kind of a record for the shortest wheelbase with the pink one?

I know how you feel.Stuck my old 79' bronco with 35s,wifes bone stock jeep wrangler with street tread pulled me out!

Chikin
08-08-2012, 08:55 PM
Really cool. Hey at least you had some one to tow you back. Most of my stories are of me waiting for help! Ha

Makes me want to have my car done now...... Shoot most all of the updates make me want my car done

Martinm210
08-09-2012, 03:30 PM
That is awesome. I'll be curious how my better half like driving the big buggy when I get it done. I was suprised to see her in the kids buggy the other day. I'm almost afraid I'll be starting over on build number 3 before long if she takes a liking to #2 but it's all good..

Great looking buggies, and despite the chain incident, a good thing you had the backup at the ready..:)

Deranged
08-09-2012, 08:04 PM
Really, really cool you guys!! Those look like a lot of great reliable fun for you guys. The dude in the garage is like...man, I gots to build me one of those lil buggers! Haa!

Justin

ErwinBnl
09-16-2012, 04:59 PM
Nice!

I really like your weld-on sprocket solution!
I have the same issue with my shaft driven engine.. I don't know how to get a sprocket on my axle and I like it the way you did! I want to do the same thing... except, I need to move my sprocket further away from the engine because it needs to line up with my big sprocket that is attached to my differential.

But don't you have problems with your sprocket turning out of the engine? It seems that the old U-joint is just pushed in place without mounting it with something..

I'm sorry I can't explain well :p

I will make a 20mm shaft to the old U-joint and place 2 bearings on it.

daaboots
09-17-2012, 08:23 AM
I added a set screw so that the sprocket is held in place. I only have about 200 km on it, but no issues so far.

daaboots
10-04-2012, 09:35 PM
Just a few more pics. I still need to add the side panels.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6951.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6952.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6953.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6954.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m304/daaboots/Trax%202%20Buggy/101_6955.jpg

:cool:

Martinm210
10-04-2012, 10:03 PM
Extremely sharp and clean, that's awesome!

BTW, what sort of seat is that?
Thanks!
Martin

Chikin
10-04-2012, 11:03 PM
Wow that's super clean. Nice job

Wheels
10-05-2012, 06:37 AM
wife's buggy looks great! and that seat looks super plush... is it as comfortable as it looks?

daaboots
10-05-2012, 09:22 AM
Thanks guys. The seat is very comfortable! I bought if off some kid that had it in his chev cavilier.

DMoneyAllstar
10-05-2012, 09:25 AM
Dude, that thing is as clean as it gets Looks factory-fresh! 2 thumbs up!! :)

Masteryota
10-06-2013, 10:03 PM
Ok, questions.

I know, old thread rules and such, but here is where they should be.

How are the 3 engine mounts holding up?
With the gear shifter being that short, is the throw hard at all?
What was the final drive ratio? I know it has H/L/R, just curious.
Do you have any vids of it in action?

I am pretty close to getting mine running, and always looking to circumvent foreseeable issues.

daaboots
10-08-2013, 12:22 PM
The gear shifter is a bit stiff, but nothing that my wife can't handle. I haven't had any issues at all with the engine mounts, and we've put a lot of miles on this thing.

I have a few videos, but nothing great.

Trax2 with Honda 200 first drive - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbTHqKZP_j8)

Trax2 walk around with Honda 200 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWeiIIbr3fw)

Trax2 with Honda 200 - GoPro Helmet Cam - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kofap96sOnA)
I'll have to check ratio from the engine to the axle because I can't remember right now... it's somewhere around 3.6:1 if I remember correctly

In all, the Honda 200 has been a great engine!

Rat4020
10-08-2013, 03:11 PM
Man that Honda is just FLAT out Keystone smooooooooooth:D I bet she likes drivin that buggy

daaboots
10-09-2013, 09:26 AM
It's a fun little buggy for sure!

I checked last night and my ratio is 3.2:1 from the engine to the axle. I'm not sure if the FNR built into the engine changes the ratio from the output of the engine you are using.

Masteryota
10-09-2013, 11:14 AM
It's a fun little buggy for sure!

I checked last night and my ratio is 3.2:1 from the engine to the axle. I'm not sure if the FNR built into the engine changes the ratio from the output of the engine you are using.

Thats sounds about right actually. The ATC it came out of was 3.9:1, and I am dropping it to 6.2:1with a 5.6:1 option. I don't think Honda changed the internal ratio with the hi/lo/rev box, but can't be too sure. I am told the quads actually had a higher final drive ratio.

daaboots
05-27-2014, 11:20 AM
Buggy is up for sale if anyone is interested.

http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/sale/20216-custom-trax2-honda-200-a.html

Sadly, the ride is just too harsh for my wife (who now has a bad back since the birth of our last child). I'd love to modify this one, or build a new one, but spare time is nowhere to be found these days. I'm looking at that new Polaris Ace as a nice little buggy for her. She sure deserves it :)

ilm25_5
10-28-2015, 05:06 PM
I'm planning on building a Trax 2 and I'm wondering if you used the
30mm x 30mm x 1.6mm wall square tube for the chasis that the plans call for. It seems a little small and thin. If that is what you used how has it held up

daaboots
10-28-2015, 07:22 PM
I actually used 1"x1" 0.095 wall for the lower frame. I had it braced up in a lot more places than what the plans called for though.