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RickS.
01-02-2011, 11:48 AM
I should have done this earlier. I'll be posting the final assembly for this buggy here.
The buggy needs a name so here it is.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Logo.jpg
The enclosure will house the battery, electronics, and radiator overflow bottle.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Enclosure1.jpg
The electronics will all exit out the bottom. This sets above the transmission and should be well protected from water and debris.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Enclosure2.jpg
The back side is open, but the fuel tank seals this off. The bottom plate is just a mock-up prototype. I'll make the final bottom when I finish up the wireing.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Enclosure3.jpg
Throttle pedal box and stops.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Throttlestops.jpg
Pedals and front floor.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Pedals3.jpg
That's all for now. Other projects are calling.

sodman
01-02-2011, 12:07 PM
Rick congrats on the color choice you do fantastic work man attention to detail "first Class" . Just wondering whats "AR51" stand for ? Have not been on here for a few days New Year and the young one playing Hockey and lets not forget this dumb house still not done just saw the pics before I had to go to the rink this morrning.
Plans???
Later Sodman

RickS.
01-02-2011, 12:43 PM
At first the name was RAS1. My initials RAS and 1 for single seat or first model. I had the logo made up and my son thought the S looked like a 5.
So it was RA51. My home business name is Krasch Design & Fab. We were thinking about a website and came up with Rick's Krasch Site. I thought this would be good since most on the web know me as RickS. Then we flipped the RA to AR as in Area 51 or AR-15. Just thought it sounded cool.
And the 2 seater to follow...... AR52. That would be Glocks idea.

The plans are in the works. I know I keep saying this, but it's a ton of work. They are about 80% done. Just need to finish up the rear drive and arms.

Glock n Ballz
01-02-2011, 05:04 PM
Wow Rick,

Tht blue really pops. Must be hard to put that down and go do other stuff! (pesky customers)[smilie=tr_sorry.gi:.

AR52...good one. Thanks for the props.

Got my new front brake pads, but just now noticed that Im missing clips for one caliper. Ill have to post up on TLzone and maybe some one will have some freebies they dont need. dang.

Band sawed off that aluminum tabs off of one of calipers Rick- you know the one I mean..looks better, gotta debur still. Ill probly buy some black fingernail polish to seal that raw aluminum off.

RickS.
01-02-2011, 05:24 PM
You could probably just use flat black Rustoleum. I've used Rustoleum on cast aluminum parts and it does hold up.

RickS.
01-02-2011, 05:38 PM
Here's the rear drive in Unigraphics and then fitted up on the buggy.
This has a full 7/8" of eccentric axle adjustment. Adjuster plates are stainless steel.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/newcvdrive1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/newcvdrive2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/RearDrive1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/RearDrive2.jpg

Glock n Ballz
01-02-2011, 05:49 PM
Yeah man, i got to have me some of that.

ErwinBnl
01-02-2011, 06:22 PM
Glock,

You turn up throwing your ST2 chassis away and build a complete new AR51:p

Glock n Ballz
01-02-2011, 07:50 PM
Glock,

You turn up throwing your ST2 chassis away and build a complete new AR51:p

That's not gonna happen. I want to stay married.

Rick says I'll have all my front end parts by mid January!!![smilie=wbounce.gif][smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=wbounce.gif]

dirtreaper
01-02-2011, 08:26 PM
That's not gonna happen. I want to stay married.

Rick says I'll have all my front end parts by mid January!!![smilie=wbounce.gif][smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=wbounce.gif]

Amen to that.lol

Rick it looks awesome the colours are sick!!

ErwinBnl
01-02-2011, 09:39 PM
That's not gonna happen. I want to stay married.

Rick says I'll have all my front end parts by mid January!!![smilie=wbounce.gif][smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=boogie.gif][smilie=wbounce.gif]


Nice!:cool: Count-down around 13 days or so!!![smilie=boogie.gif]
Pour Rick... has enough work already[smilie=blink.gif]

intfit
01-03-2011, 07:30 AM
Wow, beautiful work and superb attention to detail!

As part of my job I've been designing laser cut things for years, including hundreds or maybe even thousands of intricate slot and tab features. I'm almost sick of seeing laser cut parts.
But your your rear drive set-up is a sight for jaded eyes, very impressive design work. [smilie=thumbs_up.g: And it looks pretty light too!

RickS.
01-03-2011, 09:52 AM
The entire assembly weighs 45lb. That's the entire unit including sprockets,
rotor, caliper, bearings, etc. Everything shown in the cad model. With stainless steel I'm able to thin and remove material without sacrificing strength.

daaboots
01-04-2011, 08:36 AM
Very nice work Rick! Love the blue color.

KrunchWorkz
01-04-2011, 08:56 PM
Rick,

Is the Chrome actual chrome plating or simulated chrome powder coating?

reidy01
01-05-2011, 01:36 AM
Gee Rick you do some nice work! I actually tried to buy some of your radiator mount bracketts but couldn't get a response.

RickS.
01-05-2011, 09:57 AM
Rick,

Is the Chrome actual chrome plating or simulated chrome powder coating?

It's powder coat. Looks more like silver to me. No metal flakes in it.
Some parts do actually look like chrome though.

RickS.
01-05-2011, 09:58 AM
Gee Rick you do some nice work! I actually tried to buy some of your radiator mount bracketts but couldn't get a response.

PM me. I don't remember seeing anything.

Engineer
01-05-2011, 02:08 PM
Looks great Rick!


Is that blue with flake powder?

minibajaman
01-05-2011, 06:19 PM
The buggy looks fantastic so far Rick, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you! I can't wait to see it finished.

RickS.
01-05-2011, 07:40 PM
Looks great Rick!
Is that blue with flake powder?

The frame has 5 coats of powder.
1st coat, Zinc primer (Fills imperfections and smooths welds)
2nd coat, Chrome (no metal flakes) same as what's on the a arms.
3rd coat, blue.
4th coat, blue.
5th coat, clear.

TutTech
01-06-2011, 08:29 AM
Nice!! really its awesome man.. the level of detail, the work and the look
Very impressive can't wait to see it complete.. after you do some work for customers.... ha ha. :D


I will check back, can't wait to see it completed.. super nice Rick!
:)

Glock n Ballz
01-06-2011, 11:42 AM
Very impressive can't wait to see it complete.. after you do some work for customers.... ha ha. :D

:)

Yeah Rick....:p

Engineer
01-06-2011, 05:36 PM
The frame has 5 coats of powder.
1st coat, Zinc primer (Fills imperfections and smooths welds)
2nd coat, Chrome (no metal flakes) same as what's on the a arms.
3rd coat, blue.
4th coat, blue.
5th coat, clear.

Wow. Makes me rethink my powder plan.

Is that something most places that do powder can do or is it a special shop that does fancy powder?

RickS.
01-06-2011, 07:29 PM
I think most places that do powder coating can do candy coatings.
I wasn't aware of the base zinc coat option until this guy suggested it.
He does do quite a bit of custom stuff, even fade jobs. I may take my side panels back to him. I'm thinking of having them done in the blue with a fade to chrome.

RickS.
01-06-2011, 08:20 PM
Been wanting to get these finished up. I'm short stroking these by adding 60dorometer urethane bumpers on the shafts. Also added boot retaining sleeves and Dennis Kirk fork boots to protect the shafts. Next I'll need to add oil. Same volume as the unused shaft's stroke.
I've heard that the Fox shocks come a bit soft or low on oil. Anyone know how much you can safely add without hydrolocking the shock?
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/Shockstop1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/Shockstop2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/Shockstop3.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/Shockstop4.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/Shockstop5-1.jpg

millbilly
01-06-2011, 09:06 PM
Five coats of power.... Thats thick.... But, damn that looks good!!! Translucents color's are thin. Nice build!

RickS.
01-06-2011, 09:23 PM
Yeah, It seems to be about .025 thick. I've been facing off quite a few spacers and bushings. It works out nice on the bushings because I'm able to custom fit each one, leaving the newly faced off edges sharp. This knife edge helps to better seal out dirt. A chamfered bushing head makes a nice place for dirt to work it's way in.

odypilots
01-07-2011, 10:38 AM
I've heard that the Fox shocks come a bit soft or low on oil. Anyone know how much you can safely add without hydrolocking the shock?


I compress the shock all the way, and then fill as much as I can.

BLUERACER
01-07-2011, 06:07 PM
Rick, now I know what my frame is going to look like, that's looking sweet. You know if I wasn't mistaking this looks like my color scheme. You're way ahead of me now, love that battery box....

Bullnerd
01-07-2011, 07:31 PM
You must have one understanding wife?Mine wont let me rebuild my shocks on the carpet!

Glock n Ballz
01-09-2011, 09:13 PM
Word.

RickS.
01-15-2011, 04:39 PM
She understands as long as I clean up my mess.
Our bedroom is full of parts too. Spring and fall They rust up if left in the shop.
She don't like it, but she does put up with it. When it gets too piled up she organizes it. Then I can't find anything.

RickS.
01-15-2011, 04:46 PM
Here's a little more progress. I'll start moving on this now that the dirty work is done. For the dash I'm waiting on a new bezel and lense before I mount the cluster. Fade job on the side panels didn't turn out like we wanted. The powder coater is chemically stripping the panels and going with all chrome.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Dash1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Dash3.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Dash2.jpg

Glock n Ballz
01-15-2011, 05:27 PM
Looking good man. The mirror mounts look sharp.

Deranged
01-15-2011, 08:09 PM
Man that looks nice!! Are you going to be @ Silver Lake on opening weekend?? That is the goal for my shotgun...

RickS.
01-15-2011, 08:15 PM
What's the date. I do plan to make it before Memorial Day.

6x6TRex
01-15-2011, 08:32 PM
Looking good man. The mirror mounts look sharp.
They are a pretty nice setup, I got a pair from him for my buggy.

Keep up the good work Rick!

Deranged
01-15-2011, 08:39 PM
April first is the first day open.

RickS.
01-16-2011, 07:43 AM
Not sure if I can make April 1
We'll see though.

Bugpac
01-16-2011, 09:13 AM
Man that thing is looking awesome..

RickS.
01-16-2011, 04:05 PM
Hey where you been? If you get up here be sure to stop by.

AtvNut
01-16-2011, 06:52 PM
Just dont ever park to close to K-fab with that thing lol it looks way to nice he he

RickS.
01-16-2011, 09:12 PM
I'm gonna hate seein it get dirty, but I'll sure have fun doin it.
Got the front suspension tackled today. Every spacer, crush sleeve, and bushing had to be faced down to fit. Packing bearings and mounting the hubs next. Zinc plated parts will be done this week. Here are a few more pix of the progress.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06831.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06830.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06827.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06826.jpg

standfast
01-16-2011, 10:13 PM
Way too pretty to get dirty! Nice work and attention to detail.

sodman
01-17-2011, 06:46 AM
Frig the dirt driving that thing should out weight any dirt that will get on it. Buggy building at it's best fantasic job Rick.

leok
01-17-2011, 08:14 AM
Rick,
you really set the bar high. Nice work.

jersdunz
01-17-2011, 08:46 AM
Rick, I am really disappointed in this build it is terrible looking. !!
Finish putting it together bring it over here and i promise I wont tell anybody you did it!!..

[smilie=giddy.gif]

he he he, seriously though don't hold back on the pics i wanna see every component..
I love how you did the a-arms they look very adjustable..

RickS.
01-17-2011, 09:48 AM
Yes very adjustable and caster can be changed by cranking the upper forward arm. The way it's designed the caster adjustment has almost no effect on the camber.

AtvNut
01-17-2011, 10:15 AM
Looks like I need to make the trek an hour north to see this work of art :)

jersdunz
01-18-2011, 07:11 AM
Looks like I need to make the trek an hour north to see this work of art :)

Sheesh your only an hour away and you not helping twice a week, What the crap yo!! ?? ..
:D

dirtreaper
01-18-2011, 12:00 PM
That looks awesome, it gets better looking everytime I see it. Awesome colour again Rick!!!

RickS.
01-20-2011, 08:50 PM
Got the rear carrier, a arms, and uprights all done. The zinc plating really helped to tighten everything up. Hubs had to be presssed onto the spline shafts. Almost a roller again.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Rearon3.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Rearon2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Rearon4.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Rearon1.jpg

Glock n Ballz
01-20-2011, 09:01 PM
Not bad for a white boy.

mx450rider
01-21-2011, 07:13 AM
Looks fantastic Rick. What is your static ride height going to be? What length are your shocks ? Truely a beast of a machine/ the new standard of quality work.:cool:

RickS.
01-21-2011, 10:08 AM
Rear will be around 12" Front around 14"
10" stroke front shocks 14" rear. I'm only using 11" of the rear shock stroke.
I wanted to keep the mount points high.

The Kar Audio Guy
01-21-2011, 07:24 PM
Not bad for a white boy.

Maybe he is purple, you never see him in the fotos...maybe a green alien, his builds are way too nice for a normal man ;)

Bullnerd
01-21-2011, 07:34 PM
Rick,could you throw up some info on those lights when you get a chance.

I hate your shop!

6x6TRex
01-21-2011, 10:29 PM
You never see him in the fotos...
Almost got one of him tonight!

Secret spy pics... Its a roller! Picked up some plate work and helped install the front calipers and wheels. The pics don't do it any justice, this thing looks awesome in person.
Keep up the good work Rick!

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/6x6TRex/buggy/0121112251.jpg
http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/6x6TRex/buggy/0121112302.jpg

sodman
01-22-2011, 08:55 AM
Looking good Rick the bead locks in the rear who make's them/sells them? Are they a 12 inch rim ? What are the off sets front and rear? Sorry for all the questions
Thanks

RickS.
01-22-2011, 05:03 PM
Rick,could you throw up some info on those lights when you get a chance.

I hate your shop!

Lights are billet Laser Star 55 watt. You see a lot of them in polished aluminum. I found these in gloss black. I'd have to search a bit to find where I purchased them.

RickS.
01-22-2011, 05:14 PM
Looking good Rick the bead locks in the rear who make's them/sells them? Are they a 12 inch rim ? What are the off sets front and rear? Sorry for all the questions
Thanks

Fronts are Douglas Red Label 12 x 6, 4B 2N
Rears are Douglas Red Label 12 x 9, 4B 5N with OMF Beadlocks.
These were custom ordered from OMF. Don't remember how much I payed but they were not cheap. I think the 12 x 9 was also a custom order from Douglas.

Bullnerd
01-22-2011, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the light info.

RickS.
01-22-2011, 06:53 PM
The cluster bezel showed up today from Bike Bandit. It looks like a new cluster now. Tuned the front suspension, steering, toe, and camber. Locked all of that down. Polished and mounted up the front stainless skid.
In the one pic (of the skid from the front) you can see my scrub eliminator slides. I use these for setting ride height. In the pic they are under the rear tires. Not that I'm setting it yet, but I wanted to see how the suspension felt at 200psi.
I'll be making two more of the slides so I can do all four corners.
These are linear ball bearing carriage slides. They allow the wheels to scrub effortlesly. Real handy for setting ride height. You can bounce the front and rear and the buggy is free to settle at ride height without rolling the chassis. Without these IMO it's a tedious process because of scrub. Also toe in or out are always trying to raise and lower the suspension as you roll forward or back.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/cluster.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/cluster2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/spindle.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/skid.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/skid2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06859.jpg

sodman
01-22-2011, 08:02 PM
Rick Thanks for the rim info found a company in Ontario that carries the 12*6, 4B 2N but they show no listing for the 12*9 I'll email the first of the week. The buggy is looking sweet
Thanks Sodman

RickS.
01-22-2011, 10:15 PM
I have 12x8 4B 4N on the other buggy. They are plenty wide too.

KrunchWorkz
01-22-2011, 11:40 PM
I thought they may have been DWT.

You can find some DWT Beadlocks at Kartek.

Kartek Off Road - Douglas Wheels (http://www.kartek.com/Product/Tires/Douglas.html)

No pricing, but they offer two sizes for Trophy Karts... 10X7 & 10X8

RickS.
01-23-2011, 09:04 PM
Got the motor mounted today. Idler installed and aligned too. The idler is only to raise the chain over the shift lever and cover mount bolt. Not for tensioning the chain. I made the idler from a hardened sprocket. Bored and snap ring grooved it for 2 sealed bearing units. Installing the cv axles next. Here are pix.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/motor1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/idler.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/motormounts4.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/motormounts1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/motormounts2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/motormounts3.jpg

sodman
01-24-2011, 05:36 AM
Rick I think you've got our attention. You really have left no rock's unturned in the design of this buggy have you. The detail of everything down to the motor mounts is nothing short of a work of art . Man I would like to see it for my self in person

ErwinBnl
01-24-2011, 05:46 AM
Rick I think you've got our attention. You really have left no rock's unturned in the design of this buggy have you. The detail of everything down to the motor mounts is nothing short of a work of art . Man I would like to see it for my self in person


Idem!:)

dirtreaper
01-24-2011, 06:09 AM
Beautiful work Rick cant wait to see some video

reidy01
01-24-2011, 06:32 AM
I'll second that! You do, do very nice work.:cool:

Deranged
01-24-2011, 07:00 AM
I like the use, and adjustability of the spit ring shaft collars! McMaster car?? Super cheap, and QUICK!

daaboots
01-24-2011, 11:06 AM
Wow...

Glock n Ballz
01-24-2011, 08:45 PM
ok Rick,

You just makin us all look bad. If I didnt want to see it done so bad, I'd ask you to stop posting pictures...but I'll be ok...keep posting pictures!! Looks perfect.[smilie=rockout3.gi:[smilie=bow.gif]

RickS.
01-30-2011, 08:04 AM
Got the cv's preped and installed. Chain fit and ready to go. I cut a rubber mat to fit the cockpit floor. Floor has drain holes in the corners.
The mat covers these up, but it's easily removed to empty out debris.
I had the same set-up on my 954 and it worked out nice.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Rear-1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Floor.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/cvs-1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Frt.jpg

voodoochikin04
01-30-2011, 08:21 AM
hey rick, on your rear arms, do you run a crush tube? if not, do they wear very much? do you wrap your axles with black tape? they look wrapped with something? also, whats with that hole in the tube on the right side under about where the mirror goes? (not picking apart your build, just curious) :D

bamabuggy
01-30-2011, 09:29 AM
hey rick man that buggy looks good i like the blue [smilie=wbounce.gif]

RickS.
01-30-2011, 05:10 PM
hey rick, on your rear arms, do you run a crush tube? if not, do they wear very much? do you wrap your axles with black tape? they look wrapped with something? also, whats with that hole in the tube on the right side under about where the mirror goes? (not picking apart your build, just curious) :D

Yes, black tape on the axles. I think I read that on the Rorty site. Did that on my other buggy and it held up nice. Easy to replace if it gets chewed up too.

The hole is an alignment hole that positions the donor bike's hand controls.

I run crush sleeves on the front a arms. On the rears I only run crush sleeves where the arms mount to the chassis. Where they mount to the uprights I use bushings without the sleeve. A key is welded along side the hex of the bolt head to prevent the bolt from turning. The nylock nut is snugged up until the bushing fit is tight. With the forward links I've never seen any noticeable wear on the outer or inner arm pivots. The links take a huge load off of the arm pivots. Without the links the outer pivots would slop out quick. Just ask anyone who owns a standard Piranha.
I started running the sleeve on the inners just for ease of assembly.
The long sleeve makes it easier to install the long arm pivot bolt.
I also make the crush sleeves with pressed on bushing ejector cuffs.
This allows you to easily press out the bushings for replacement. It also helps with installation. Slide the delrin bushing over the sleeve then press the assembly into the a arm. Then push the sleeve through a bit and use it to guide the opposite bushing in. Here's a pic of the sleeve with the cuffs.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/crushsleeve.jpg

zuverinb
01-31-2011, 07:22 AM
Nice work Rick!

BLUERACER
01-31-2011, 12:30 PM
Rick buddy, your the man hats off to ya!
I don't want to show another picture of my buggy on here, my lands I'm so a shamed there is no way I can compete with such detail; I'm just sick that's just some awesome work my friend, my hat is in the air. Now this is just gonna to cause me to spend more money , I'm gonna haveta get me ona those things there to put along with three I already have...

Glock n Ballz
02-01-2011, 10:03 AM
Yeah, and see that big ass bolt? Ricks makes those from scratch!!



Nice work Rick!


Yes, black tape on the axles. I think I read that on the Rorty site. Did that on my other buggy and it held up nice. Easy to replace if it gets chewed up too.

The hole is an alignment hole that positions the donor bike's hand controls.

I run crush sleeves on the front a arms. On the rears I only run crush sleeves where the arms mount to the chassis. Where they mount to the uprights I use bushings without the sleeve. A key is welded along side the hex of the bolt head to prevent the bolt from turning. The nylock nut is snugged up until the bushing fit is tight. With the forward links I've never seen any noticeable wear on the outer or inner arm pivots. The links take a huge load off of the arm pivots. Without the links the outer pivots would slop out quick. Just ask anyone who owns a standard Piranha.
I started running the sleeve on the inners just for ease of assembly.
The long sleeve makes it easier to install the long arm pivot bolt.
I also make the crush sleeves with pressed on bushing ejector cuffs.
This allows you to easily press out the bushings for replacement. It also helps with installation. Slide the delrin bushing over the sleeve then press the assembly into the a arm. Then push the sleeve through a bit and use it to guide the opposite bushing in. Here's a pic of the sleeve with the cuffs.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Piranha%20Double%20A%20Front%20Module/crushsleeve.jpg

RickS.
02-01-2011, 08:59 PM
More bling! Made a cover plate for the rack.
Started sorting out the wireing harness. Looks like it shouldn't be too bad. Got the exhaust servo removal sorted out. On the 01 GSXR 1000 you can remove the valve and servo. Then clip one wire on the harness and it's gone with no error codes on the cluster.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Scull1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Scull2.jpg

reidy01
02-01-2011, 10:09 PM
Hey Rick I was just looking at your setup for the A-arms do you have a slot cut in the cuff so the grease can get to the bushes? I noticed you have a grease nipple but I can't see how the grease would get to the bushes. As always the build looks very neat.

dirtreaper
02-02-2011, 07:15 AM
Rick that Punisher bling is an awesome subtle detail!!!!!!! Sick looking biggy man I think I've said that about 10 times already...lol

RickS.
02-02-2011, 07:26 AM
Hey Rick I was just looking at your setup for the A-arms do you have a slot cut in the cuff so the grease can get to the bushes? I noticed you have a grease nipple but I can't see how the grease would get to the bushes. As always the build looks very neat.

The grease can go around the cuff. I won't be greasing the delrin bushings though. I made those arms 3 years ago, before I decided to run delrin with crush sleeves. Figured I'd leave them in. This way they're in and if I see wear I can go back to the bronze. On the other buggy there really was zero slop in the rear after 2 seasons use on the bronze. Just a pain to install the long bolt because welding tends to warp the bearing tube of the arm. Also anything with grease is a magnet for dirt and sand.
The front arms on the 954 buggy saw a lot of wear. The bronze bushings had to be replaced every season. This was The Edge single a design. The grease may have added to the problem because dirt was attracted to the bushings.

jersdunz
02-02-2011, 07:36 AM
The grease can go around the cuff. I won't be greasing the delrin bushings though. I made those arms 3 years ago, before I decided to run delrin with crush sleeves. Figured I'd leave them in. This way they're in and if I see wear I can go back to the bronze. On the other buggy there really was zero slop in the rear after 2 seasons use on the bronze. Just a pain to install the long bolt because welding tends to warp the bearing tube of the arm. Also anything with grease is a magnet for dirt and sand.
The front arms on the 954 buggy saw a lot of wear. The bronze bushings had to be replaced every season. This was The Edge single a design. The grease may have added to the problem because dirt was attracted to the bushings.

Amen to that!, any thing that runs the dunes you don't want grease joints unless absolutely necessary..

RickS.
02-02-2011, 07:37 AM
Rick that Punisher bling is an awesome subtle detail!!!!!!! Sick looking biggy man I think I've said that about 10 times already...lol

Hey thanks, subtle is what I'm shooting for. There was a large recessed cover on the front of that rack. A place for crap to collect. Just needed something to cover it up.

Glock n Ballz
02-02-2011, 07:56 AM
That looks bad ass Rick.

Dead guys rule.

[smilie=big_hang.gi:

dirtreaper
02-02-2011, 10:07 AM
That something to cover is really something!!

reidy01
02-02-2011, 11:30 PM
Ah OK that's cool, good idea cause as you said the dirt and crap sticks to the grease and just weares it out quicker. I thought the same when I built my Piranah but sold it pretty quick so I didn't have to deal with that head ache.:D

link80reid
02-04-2011, 01:19 PM
I just wanted to add my 2 cents about the sprocket in the 3d drawing. It appears to be of the "Vortex" Aluminum type. Just a heads up, these are made for light duty, or 1 track day at the most. I would melt all of the teeth off of them in one track day on my R6. I would suggest going with a steel offering.

RickS.
02-04-2011, 03:39 PM
I just wanted to add my 2 cents about the sprocket in the 3d drawing. It appears to be of the "Vortex" Aluminum type. Just a heads up, these are made for light duty, or 1 track day at the most. I would melt all of the teeth off of them in one track day on my R6. I would suggest going with a steel offering.

What are you talking about?

Glock n Ballz
02-04-2011, 04:06 PM
What are you talking about?


Uh-oh! Youve done it now Link...[smilie=ext_doc.gif]

CARLRIDDLE
02-04-2011, 04:46 PM
Cad on page 1? Sprocket is steel, heck it looks just like the one on my buggy. Rick must have copied my design, yep he did made two when he made mine. I really like how deeeeeep the blue looks.

RickS.
02-04-2011, 08:37 PM
Oh, OK I guess that aluminum brake rotor will have to go as well.

250r05
02-08-2011, 05:35 PM
Man going threw your build your attetion to detail is mind blowing right down to your choice in hardware in fasteners. well done

RickS.
02-20-2011, 07:04 PM
Made some good progress this weekend. I'd planed on installing and bleeding brake lines, bit they didn't show up on Saturday. This was good though as it forced me to do other things. Got the radiator plumbed up. Found some Gates hoses that fit perfect. Searched the stock at 4 different parts stores, but I finally found just the right ones.
Got the electrical finished up too. No problems so this is good, electronics seem to be working as they should. I wired in a battery tender port for easy trickle charging without having to open up the box.
Chain installed and tightened too. Oil lines, cables, and brake lines next.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/ECU.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Battery.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/hoses.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Radhoses.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Lowerhose.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/gauge.jpg

RickS.
02-20-2011, 09:36 PM
A few more.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/upperhose2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/upperhose.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/wireing.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/wireing2.jpg

6x6TRex
02-20-2011, 10:23 PM
Looking good as always Rick!

Binze
02-21-2011, 05:24 AM
Wow, such a clean work. Respect.

jersdunz
02-21-2011, 08:12 AM
Dude, Your sporting a horn!! .. nice.
All those wires look like fun.....[smilie=gun_2guns.g:

RickS.
02-21-2011, 09:53 AM
I eliminated nothing except the tip over sensor, exhaust valve servos, and side stand switch. The GSXR harness was easy to modify. Basically extended in one place. There was a 2 foot section on the harness that I was able to stagger all 26 splices throughout. The forward harness is stock except for the new light and brake switch connectors. Ignition and both hand control pigtails also stock.
On the rear harness I only had to extend the Rectifier connection and wire in new tail light and fan connectors.
I still need to clean up under the hood and mount the fuse box.

ErwinBnl
02-22-2011, 04:46 PM
Ohh I can't see enough of this buggy![smilie=ecstatic.gi:

Glock n Ballz
02-23-2011, 09:12 AM
I like the sprocket in the first picture!! Haha, couldn't resist Rick!!

Looks good man. Figured you'd get more replies...I think everyone wants to see her start up and drive around...Video.

I know you'll hook it up.

RickS.
02-23-2011, 09:44 AM
It won't be long. I'll try to get some video. Brake lines are all installed. Installing oil lines tonight. This weekend I'll bleed the brakes and add fluids. Cables are due back end of next week.
Then it's just the cosmetic stuff.

RickS.
02-27-2011, 12:42 PM
Here are some screen shots of the new rear carrier design. (for the next generation build) This is the design I'll be adding to the plans. Envelope is the same as the current set-up. I'll also be using Intrepid bearing asm's with 930 microstubs at the wheels.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/cvrearasm.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/cvrearasm2.jpg

RickS.
02-28-2011, 03:57 AM
Added some gussets to the housing carrier.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/adjuster.jpg

RickS.
02-28-2011, 04:01 AM
The oil lines never showed up this weekend. Fedex delays because of bad weather up here. I did get the brakes finished up. Here's a pic of the front with the line clamps I made.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Brakelines-1.jpg

Glock n Ballz
02-28-2011, 04:47 AM
Cool dude

dirtreaper
02-28-2011, 08:29 AM
Can you be any cleaner? lol awesome work

Binze
02-28-2011, 08:52 AM
Can you be any cleaner? lol awesome work
I would ask can I be your shop cleaner :D

Bullnerd
02-28-2011, 04:31 PM
Awesome job Rick!

I've been a machinist(well working in machine shops,still dont call myself a machinist)for twenty years.I've machined all kinds of crazy crap over the years.I gotta say,I'm super jealous of you guys with the solid model/sheetmetal skills!What an awesome tool to have in the fab/offroad-world!The possibilities are endless!I'm so far behind with my SW skills its frustrating.

Looking forward to seeing more.

RickS.
02-28-2011, 05:26 PM
Thanks, I'm able to model stuff in Solidworks, but I still figure everything out in 2D AutoCAD first. Having been a board rat for 17 years and then 2D cad for 13 years. I still find it hard to design in 3D.

One thing I really like about 3D modeling is it's a great check of the 2D work.
When something is wrong it shows up nice in 3D. And this is much better than finding the problem in steel.

Bullnerd
02-28-2011, 05:58 PM
No S!@t ,I was draftsmen before getting into machine work.I took a bunch of design/drafting classes in school in preperation for engineering college,then I figured out that I suck at mathmatics and bailed after one year of ME!Did drafting for while then got offered a job in the shop.I can do OK with 2d cad,I have mastercam 9 that I draw with.When it comes to solidworks I just cant figure it out!

RickS.
02-28-2011, 09:51 PM
You just need to practice with the tutorials. Repeat lesson 1 until it comes easy, then move on to 2 etc. This is what I did while I was laid off.
I'm probably doing alot of things the hard way, but I manage to get it done.
I also have a full blown seat at work. I really should start using it there.
Plenty of professional help at work too. The pace is usually too fast though. just quicker to design in 2D CAD for me.

RickS.
03-05-2011, 09:22 AM
Got the Intrepid/Microstub uprights figured out. I'm really excited about how this is evolving. Super simple with off the shelf parts, will save me a ton of work on my rear end builds. I've got wider a arm connections on this new upright and it still incorporates the forward link for extra support.
The set-up is so compact that I gained 2" of travel without going any wider on the rear track. Lower arms are also raised up closer to the axle centerline and axle plunge is under 1/16".
I've also designed the upright with just under 1 degree of toe in. In the 2nd pic. you can see how the front plate is slightly angled.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/microstubupright2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/microstubupright.jpg

RickS.
03-05-2011, 03:10 PM
Final design.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/New%20930%20rear/microstubupright3.jpg

Bullnerd
03-05-2011, 03:51 PM
Yeah,I like the blue better also!

Now I want your shed(I like how Aussies call garages sheds),and your mad solid modeling skills!

I've always liked the Rage buggies rear carriers for their simplicity,not too far off from your design.

plkracer
03-05-2011, 08:28 PM
Yeah, but do the Rage assemblies use a press in bearing? I have that setup in mine, and can see how the bolt in units are easier to replace if needed, and most likely cheaper. I paid around 40 each for the bearing and the hub, but your can find the combo units on ebay for 40 or so...

Looks good Rick! Is there a common hub that fits the 930 stub shaft that is on a 4.75 inch bolt circle (besides the empi unit)? Looking to use more common rims without redrilling like I did on my Cuda.

Doug Heim
03-05-2011, 08:53 PM
Very Nice Rick!!! I am looking forward to seeing this come spring for its maiden voyage. I dont get onto the forums much these days but its always motivational to check in an see your work. Simply awesome!

RickS.
03-05-2011, 11:05 PM
Hey thanks Doug,
I should be ready for SL by mid April. Been putting it on the back burner again. Busy with this new rear design and prototype. Keeps on snowing here anyway so there's really no rush. Just some rashed covers on the motor to replace and cables to install. I've got the new covers and cables. Just need to get on it. I'll be working on it all day tomorrow. I'll post up pics tomorrow night.

brandonw
03-06-2011, 09:06 AM
thats a piece of art man , i would be afraid to drive something like that. i wouldnt want to get it dirty. maybe some day i can make a baby like that. awesome

Doug Heim
03-06-2011, 09:40 AM
Sounds good Rick, just keep me posted. I wont have my new Cuda ready but I always have my old Piranah to use that I just bought back for a steal!

PS. your spindles are being drilled today and shipping tomorrow, I made 4 sets. Let me know how they look!

RickS.
03-06-2011, 09:13 PM
Todays progress on the buggy.... First I got the rashed covers replaced. Then cleaned up the header. Removed all of the bb spater that Suzuki leaves on there. Bead blasted it, then used Roloc scotchbrite pads on a die grinder to polish it all up. Turned out better than expected. Actually looks like a new exhaust. Got the oil lines locked down and changed the filter. Mounted the right side nerf and panels. I'll be pulling the panels and lining the inside somehow. Haven't decided exactly how I'll do that yet. Here's some pics.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Exhaust.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06976.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06986.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06980.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC06983.jpg

6x6TRex
03-06-2011, 11:35 PM
Looking good Rick! Love the silver panels next to the blue.

vidio1
03-07-2011, 06:41 AM
Wow.......I'd be afraid to take that out and get it dirty. Beautiful work

Deranged
03-07-2011, 07:03 AM
Can't wait to see all these cool mini buggers at silver lale this summer!!

Glock n Ballz
03-07-2011, 10:10 AM
Nice Rick.
Keep going.

K-fab
03-11-2011, 03:45 PM
Time to get that thing dirty!!!

Great looking machine and work Rick.

Stomper
03-11-2011, 06:45 PM
WOW:eek:. Man you sure pay attention to the fine detail. Thats what makes the difference between a fabricator and an artist. And you sir, are an artist.
What size plate did tou make your front uprights and rear bearing carriers out of, if you don't mind me asking.

RickS.
03-11-2011, 07:51 PM
Thanks for that.
Front spindle uprights are 3/16
Rears on this current build are also 3/16.
The new ones I'm doing for the next generation are 1/4 face plate and sides with 3/16 bracing.
On this build I tried to shave weight everywhere I could. Hopefully it doesn't come back to bite me.
The front is so light you can pick it up and walk it around. I'm hoping the front will pull of the ground with this buggy. The fuel tank C.G. is directly over the rear axle. The battery is right in front of that. I'm guessing, but it should weigh in at around 750 maybe even a little less.

RickS.
03-13-2011, 11:54 AM
Final pics before adding fluids. If all goes well it will be running this afternoon. Just need to head out and get 1 hose clamp. Then it's add fuel, coolant, and oil. Got the fuel tank in last night. Just been going over everything, hoping I haven't missed anything. Fuel pump is priming and everything seems to be working. I may try to post a video later. That's if I can figure out the camera.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Final3.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Final4.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Final1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Final2.jpg

Bullnerd
03-13-2011, 12:03 PM
Wow,Not much room left in that engine compartment!So this one is for display and the one in the backround is for beatin on!

Quick question Rick,does that heater in the backround heat your building ok?

RickS.
03-13-2011, 12:17 PM
Yep it's all packed in rearward of the motor. Lots of room in front though.
Not busy at all. I'll be jumping on the other build soon. probably start another AR51 with the new mods too.
The heater works great. 75000 BTU heating about 900 sq. ft.
A 60000 will heat a shop this size, but the larger will bring the temp up quick. I keep it 50 when I'm not out there and 65 when I'm working. Only adds about $100 to our monthly bill.

wildcatkit52
03-14-2011, 12:36 AM
Maybe he is purple, you never see him in the fotos...maybe a green alien, his builds are way too nice for a normal man ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/notanalian.jpg

RickS.
03-14-2011, 09:46 AM
Well start up didn't go so well. Everything is good. Bright lights, plenty of juice there. New full charged battery, but only clicking when I hit start.
fuel pump is working. I'm guessing it's a ground problem. Ground on the bike was only one spot on he top of the gear case. I left all of this alone. Never even disconnected it. On the bike the ground can also include the frame. (through the motor mounts) My mounts are all powdercoated and I doubt there is any connection to the frame. At least not a good one.
First I think I'll try a cable from the battery negative to the frame. If that doesn't work I'll try running another from the bolt on the gear case to the frame. I know it's not the side stand switch, clutch switch, or tip over sensor. I did eliminate the exhaust servo according to instructions on the GSXR forum. No error code on the cluster either.
Anyone have any other ideas?

Glock n Ballz
03-14-2011, 10:12 AM
Yeah I got an idea.
Why dont you ship that buggy to my house in Fort Worth and I'll figure it out for ya.

I'll even split the shipping with ya!:rolleyes:

K-fab
03-14-2011, 04:00 PM
Rick - Two thoughts, one's sort of caveman. Tap the starter with a wooden stick or the handle of a hammer. On occasion, especially if the engine's not been started in a while, the brushes in the starter will slightly corrode and won't make enough contact to get things spinning. The bump will generally knock them loose and it works again.

Second thought is along your lines of bad grounding. You said everything else works, but no moto-a-go-go. A quick way to check would be take a jumper cable and grab a lug on the engine (ideally around the starter) and then the ground on the battery. If that makes things work, you'll know right off the bat it's a bad ground for the engine.

I'd try to make sure that at least one place that the engine sits in the frame has a metal to metal junction w/o any powder coating between. It just makes life easier in the long run.

The powder coating between things will squish and allow for things to become loose too, so you may wanna go in and clean those spots up "just because".

Or follow Glock's suggestion. He'd be a happy camper.

johnmbranham
03-14-2011, 05:19 PM
Rick - Two thoughts, one's sort of caveman. Tap the starter with a wooden stick or the handle of a hammer. On occasion, especially if the engine's not been started in a while, the brushes in the starter will slightly corrode and won't make enough contact to get things spinning. The bump will generally knock them loose and it works again.

Second thought is along your lines of bad grounding. You said everything else works, but no moto-a-go-go. A quick way to check would be take a jumper cable and grab a lug on the engine (ideally around the starter) and then the ground on the battery. If that makes things work, you'll know right off the bat it's a bad ground for the engine.

I'd try to make sure that at least one place that the engine sits in the frame has a metal to metal junction w/o any powder coating between. It just makes life easier in the long run.

The powder coating between things will squish and allow for things to become loose too, so you may wanna go in and clean those spots up "just because".

Or follow Glock's suggestion. He'd be a happy camper.

I agree, try it in that same order too. SHWeet buggy by the way.

Glock n Ballz
03-14-2011, 05:22 PM
Check your wires to the relay. You might have your negative hooked to bat instead of ground.

RickS.
03-14-2011, 06:22 PM
Well I got it cranking now. It really helps if the starter's hooked to the relay. Still won't start though. I can hear the fuel pump.
I don't think I have spark. I'll look into it more tomorrow. I've got everything so packed in there it's difficult to work on.

wildcatkit52
03-14-2011, 09:54 PM
You'll have it going in no time. I guess my good fortune of the day had to be evened out someplace! I will be getting with you soon on some things. I won't get your thread off track though. Good Luck!

RickS.
03-15-2011, 10:08 AM
Great to hear you've got it back. How does it look?

wildcatkit52
03-15-2011, 05:33 PM
Great to hear you've got it back. How does it look?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1005.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1006.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1007.jpg

wildcatkit52
03-15-2011, 05:35 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1009.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1008.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1010.jpg

wildcatkit52
03-15-2011, 05:36 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1011.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1012.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1013.jpg

wildcatkit52
03-15-2011, 05:36 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/wildcatkit52/Piranha/IMG_1014.jpg

RickS.
03-15-2011, 07:02 PM
Not too bad. Looks like it was left outside. I'd tear it down and convert the front end to the double A. Also put fox 2.0's all four corners.
Upgrade the rear caliper too. I forgot that I remade the front a arms using round tube. You could sell those along with the rack, calipers, hubs and rotors.

wyattboche
03-15-2011, 08:55 PM
If I was you, It would be in the garage at all times. Nice to see it back in your yard and not the other guys!

Snoopy
03-15-2011, 10:33 PM
Hey Rick, will this unit be for sale when you consider it complete or finished?
Thanks and congrats on a beautiful build.

RickS.
03-16-2011, 09:49 AM
I plan to use it this season then prob sell in the fall.

RickS.
03-17-2011, 09:46 AM
Got it running last night. Just needed to prime the system. Bottle fed gas to the intakes. Took about 10 times and she finally started sputtering, then smoothed right out. I took some video. Haven't figured out how to get it loaded to my computer. We're looking at almost 70* here today, so I think it's coming out for a test run. Leaving work now.

ProtoDie
03-17-2011, 09:57 AM
I will be curious on your thoughts of the different motors you have used and how they feel / torque etc.

I forget but was it these?

Honda 954
RC51 V twin
Now GSXR 1000

wildcatkit52
03-17-2011, 11:09 AM
I will be curious on your thoughts of the different motors you have used and how they feel / torque etc.

I forget but was it these?

Honda 954
RC51 V twin
Now GSXR 1000

Exactly right

The 954 is a 02
The GSX-R 1000 is a 01
I don't remember what year his RC51 was...

The 954 is pretty fast but bottom end torque is it's biggest issue... With any engine proper gearing is a must BUT for the size of the engine compared to other engines the same size I'll replace the 954 should I find it isn't any good after the 2 years away from home.

Specifically with the gear ratio this buggy has it has gone through many clutches. I went ahead and replaced them after getting it from Rick. One ride on them then it was stolen. The guy I got it from replaced them when he got it 4 to 5 months later. When i got it back it had been sitting with bad clutches again.

CBR954RR bhp = 149 (117 to 120 true RWHP on stock bike)
GSX-R1000 bhp = 160 (121 to 129 true RWHP on stock bike)

My GSX-R1000 bike is at 165 to the ground. (dynojet... likely around 145 true RWHP)

My first choice for a replacement engine would be the busa. Larger displacement, more TQ.

Again though, all engines are not created equal. Gearing on the 954, 1000, 1300, and RC 51 would all need to be different to work properly in the same buggy. Just ask my clutches!

RickS.
03-18-2011, 10:07 AM
Been having issues getting on here from my home computer again. 3 days now it can't find the site.
Those are the 3 motors I've worked with. The RC51 I've never run. The 954 was quicker than the RC51 that I raced at Silver Lake. I felt the 954 had plenty of torque. Even with the 14/60 gearing. I never had a problem with the clutch either. I do try not to abuse the clutch though. The GSXR 1000 seems to have a bit less torque than my 954 did. I do need to change to 13/60 though. This buggy has 29" tall tires (954 were 26) I also removed the exhaust valve on this one. (Kept it on the 954) I have all the discs in the Supertrapp muffler. Need to remove some (add back pressure) and do more testing.
I'll add a Power Commander too. I think the GSXR will be quicker than the other two. Just need to get it dialed in. It sounds great right now.
Ripped on it yesterday afternoon. All was good except my custom cv flanges are leaking where I pressed in the boot sleeves. Now I need to tear them out and seal them up. Only wish I'd of done this before. This will be a huge PITA.

jersdunz
03-18-2011, 11:29 AM
Ripped on it yesterday afternoon. All was good except my custom cv flanges are leaking where I pressed in the boot sleeves. Now I need to tear them out and seal them up. Only wish I'd of done this before. This will be a huge PITA.

Don't you dare get that car dirty without getting video of it!!!!

ProtoDie
03-18-2011, 11:40 AM
Good motor info,
we have always used the GSXR 600 and 1000 motors and been very happy.
But can not compare them to anything else, because we have not used anything else.

The exhaust servo maximizes low end torque. Can this be added back in ?

TutTech
03-18-2011, 04:38 PM
Thanks a ton for the motor info that helps out a lot to hear some first hand info.
So wow you were able to take it out.. I can't wait to see some video.. dang thats to bad you werent able to get on from home?? weird.

Oh and dang that sucks about the leaking flanges.. dang.

Well cool thanks a ton for all the info you have included in this post along with your build and pics, I sure appreciate it.
:)

RickS.
03-19-2011, 12:43 PM
The GSXR motor was a breeze to wire compared to the Hondas. Way more parts online too. Many parts like the covers are interchangeable between the 600's 750's and 1000's. I use Bikebandit to crossreferance parts, then Ebay to get the best deal.
After a closer look at my cv flanges it's actually the boot clamps that are failing. I just broke down and ordered a roll of stainless banding, clips, and the ratchet install tool. I just wasn't able to cinch the bands tight enough without the tool. I've got them on tight enough now for more testing.
I have taken video, but think I need to load drivers on the computer to get the video off the camera?
Here are some pics outside. Ride height is up a little high in the rear. 360psi in the rear shocks. Front is good with the precharged 200 psi. Probably need to add a little more oil to the fronts though. I did add oil to the rears.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Test1.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Test2.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Test3.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Test4.jpg

Glock n Ballz
03-19-2011, 07:53 PM
Saweet.

RickS.
03-20-2011, 11:31 AM
A buddy of mine just shot some video with his new digital camcorder.
Not much because we had to lay low after screaming 80+ down a residential road.
As soon as he gets it to me I'll post it up. I really like the sound of this motor with the Supertrapp. Not obnoxious but throaty. Hope it comes through on the video. He says there's not much to see as I hammer through the gears and blow by, but the sound is awesome.

KrunchWorkz
03-20-2011, 02:26 PM
Very nice....:)

Glock n Ballz
03-20-2011, 02:29 PM
Hurry the F up!!


Jeez[smilie=strokin.gif]

K-fab
03-20-2011, 02:54 PM
Hurry the F up!!


Jeez[smilie=strokin.gif]Like you can talk... :p

Where's an update on your ride??? [smilie=poked.gif]

Glock n Ballz
03-20-2011, 04:30 PM
Like you can talk... :p

Where's an update on your ride??? [smilie=poked.gif]

Yeah well...

You shut your mouth when youre talkin' to me![smilie=evilmad.gif]

RickS.
03-20-2011, 07:04 PM
Here's a little video.
YouTube - 2nd pass AR51 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DcRt8fUwm0)

RickS.
03-20-2011, 07:07 PM
YouTube - first pass AR51 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVjA3ldU-cU)

Glock n Ballz
03-20-2011, 07:25 PM
Awesome. That thing really hauls the mail Rick.

Mike425
03-20-2011, 08:08 PM
That buggy is awesome Rick! :D

Chikin
03-20-2011, 08:40 PM
I love the second pass videos.... Say it coming ... then forest.... And ZOOOM .. Car beats camera guy! Ha... Sounds fast as shitockie! Film more and post

RickS.
03-20-2011, 09:02 PM
I have a friend that's got a free style mx track in his back yard.
We'll be filming more over there. He has an RZR that he jumps on the track. I just need to button up a few more things and make sure It's ready before I let Neal take the wheel.

ALWX65
03-21-2011, 05:54 AM
Rick awsome work, looks and runs great. Can I say one thing though HELMET HELMET HELMET ... Not trying to be an azz here but remember Lee Shepherd ... off my soap box now

Great Work Rick !!!!!

ALW

RickS.
03-21-2011, 09:54 AM
LOL figured I'd get called out on that. No harness and seat wasn't fastened down either. All that's done now though.

jersdunz
03-21-2011, 10:11 AM
LOL figured I'd get called out on that. No harness and seat wasn't fastened down either. All that's done now though.

Two words!! GoHero Pro
Please get one, I wanna see some cool vids outta you this season!

Oh yea tell yer buddy that too fast is for girls...lol or, oh wait maybe a should rephrase that too fast is for sissies yea there we go..lol

sodman
03-21-2011, 10:20 AM
Impressive impressive impressive Get that thing on the track and post some vids up
Congrates on getting it up and running you've done one hell of job
Later Sodman

daaboots
03-21-2011, 10:22 AM
Impressive build Rick! The stance of that machine is awesome!

Glock n Ballz
03-21-2011, 06:55 PM
http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/ac287/GlocknBalls1/RickSFlyBy.jpg

AtvNut
03-21-2011, 07:03 PM
Hey Rick I am trying to secure (lease) us some land to ride on in Dryden if your interested My family used to own a farm up there and the people that own it now dont use it so maybe my old mx track is still there :) regardless I know it has a nice small gravel pit that is fun to get air out of. The old county gravel pit is right next to it and they have built an mx track there so maybe some fun there playing on gravel mounds. We sold the land to the State and if I recall right we had first right of refusal rumor has it it might be coming up for sale if so I am thinking of jumping on it for a play area.

Would you please wear a brain bucket to many heroes of my life lost there noodle on test rides

RickS.
03-21-2011, 08:38 PM
Keep me posted on that. I'd like to check it out. Dryden is not too far from here. Not sure why I didn't wear the helmet. It was not a planned test run. He just showed up with the video camera and off we went.

6x6TRex
03-21-2011, 10:04 PM
Love the videos Rick! Can't wait till I see it! Are you taking it to the buggy show this weekend?

dirtreaper
03-22-2011, 08:45 AM
Wow

RickS.
03-22-2011, 09:36 AM
Love the videos Rick! Can't wait till I see it! Are you taking it to the buggy show this weekend?

No. But I am planning on it next year.

RickS.
03-23-2011, 01:38 PM
Got the new cv bands installed. Just a few more things left to do. Muffler bracket, Heat shield behind the seat, covers for the roll bar padding.
Also a stainless trim plate for the hood. Shooting for a Silver Lake trip weekend of the 16th, or 23rd of April.

AtvNut
03-24-2011, 10:34 PM
Rick you named it wrong should be the AR5150 :)
5150 is police code for CRAZY nice job are you going to be at the buggy show Sunday?

RickS.
03-25-2011, 04:14 AM
5150 that's cool.
I'm thinking about heading up there, but not sure yet.

daaboots
03-27-2011, 06:56 PM
What does AR51 stand for anyway?

6x6TRex
03-27-2011, 08:59 PM
What does AR51 stand for anyway?

At first the name was RAS1. My initials RAS and 1 for single seat or first model. I had the logo made up and my son thought the S looked like a 5.
So it was RA51. My home business name is Krasch Design & Fab. We were thinking about a website and came up with Rick's Krasch Site. I thought this would be good since most on the web know me as RickS. Then we flipped the RA to AR as in Area 51 or AR-15. Just thought it sounded cool.
And the 2 seater to follow...... AR52. That would be Glocks idea.
This

RickS.
04-02-2011, 08:25 PM
Made this stainless exhaust bracket today. Swapped out the front sprocket to 13T. Not sure I like it yet. I'll leave it for the first trip to SL though. Hope to get over to the mx track next weekend. Snow here still.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/exhaustbrkt.jpg

leok
04-02-2011, 10:22 PM
You sure do nice work Rick. I really need to come up and see the finished product.
Maybe we'll get some decent weather soon. :mad:

Leo

RickS.
04-03-2011, 04:33 AM
Thanks Leo,
I really need to stop by and check out your builds too.
Been super busy at work and at home. Up at 4:30am today just trying to get caught up.

6x6TRex
05-07-2011, 12:54 PM
Hey Rick any updates?

chrisMX-15
05-07-2011, 02:33 PM
cant see videos im at work but pics are great almost same blue i have picked out for my buggy great work cant wait to get hoome and watch and hear videos.

Deranged
05-07-2011, 07:16 PM
I think Rick, and Glock eloped to Florida...:p

RickS.
05-07-2011, 09:21 PM
I'm back now, been real busy. My Father's in ICU down in Fla. he's having a tough time. I Spent 3 days pretty much at his bed side. Took a little break when Glock and his wife picked me up there for lunch on Lido Key.
Buggy is ready for Silver Lake. I hope to get up there next Sunday.
My home business (Krasch Design & Fab. L.L.C.) is finally legit.
The website will be next. AR51 Plans are also being finished up.
Working overtime at my day job as well.

wildcatkit52
05-07-2011, 10:00 PM
I'm back now, been real busy. My Father's in ICU down in Fla. he's having a tough time. I Spent 3 days pretty much at his bed side. Took a little break when Glock and his wife picked me up there for lunch on Lido Key.
Buggy is ready for Silver Lake. I hope to get up there next Sunday.
My home business (Krasch Design & Fab. L.L.C.) is finally legit.
The website will be next. AR51 Plans are also being finished up.
Working overtime at my day job as well.

Sorry to hear about your dad Rick. Good to hear about the business being legit. I guess you have figured out I haven't sent you that sprocket yet. I haven't had time to do ANYTHING with the buggy at all and likely won't for a while. When I do I'll hit you up.

Thinking it'd be nice to have a RPM gear box maybe sometime down the road? I'd still like to get that sprocket for the mean time though. I'll get it off and to you when I get home around the first of next month.

Snoopy
05-08-2011, 08:00 PM
Hey Rick, sorry to hear the news, my family will keep you in our prayers.
A HUGE congrats on going bigtime with the company ! I hope to be contacting you for a few custom parts later this summer. Your quality of work speaks for itself, some of the best in the business.
Snoopy

Glock n Ballz
05-08-2011, 08:20 PM
http://i908.photobucket.com/albums/ac287/GlocknBalls1/7a9868dc.jpg
Glock/Rick
[smilie=ext_beer2.g:

dirtreaper
05-09-2011, 02:01 PM
Hope your dad does better Rick, and a big congrats on the business!!!!!!!! Your work is truly awesome!!!

Bullnerd
05-09-2011, 04:36 PM
Rick,did you wear that shirt just for Glock?

Congratulations on your success Rick.

RickS.
05-09-2011, 08:22 PM
I brought the shirt thinking I might get a chance to hook up with Glock.
My wife sells all types of sports clothing jerseys etc. on EBay.
My dad is still in ICU. Respirator and tubes were removed today. My brother has decided to stay down there until Friday. Dad is so weak were not sure how he can recover. 10 days with almost no solid food. He can barely even lift his arms.

RickS.
05-13-2011, 09:34 PM
Heading up to Silver Lake Sunday morning with rxpo.
Weather looks questionable, but it's either now or after Memorial Day, which I'd rather not do. Here is where the AR51 is at now. Just got the roll bar pads on. Mounted prefilters on the intakes, Heat shield behind the seat. Made a billet steering wheel cap and a trim piece for the hood. It's just bare alum. for now. I plan to powdercoat it later.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07078.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07093.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07091.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07084.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07085.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/DSC07082.jpg

KrunchWorkz
05-13-2011, 10:32 PM
Sweet man. Hope to see some video from the trip Sunday!

Chikin
05-13-2011, 10:33 PM
Wow looks awesome... Well one can only hope you post videos of your outing this weekend.

rob8420
05-14-2011, 02:55 AM
Thats is looking good, me too want to some some video footage:D

Robin

Bullnerd
05-14-2011, 06:51 AM
Bare aluminum?!.....Slacker!

Have fun Rick!

RickS.
05-14-2011, 09:50 AM
I don't have a GoPro on board yet, but I will try to get some video.
Not sure how my camera battery will hold a charge as I rarely use it.
It does take descent quality video. It's Mini DVD.

RickS.
05-14-2011, 09:53 PM
All loaded up and ready to go. Sould be on the dunes around noon tomorrow.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07101.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07106.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07112.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07117.jpg

Deranged
05-15-2011, 07:21 AM
MAN, I wish I could meet you guys up there!! Rain, and bare steel do bad things...lol. Unless you want the rat rod look... I still have to get a new shifter cable coming too. Any time you head up there, let me know....We live 1 hour south of the dunes:p! Have fun!

Justin

Glock n Ballz
05-15-2011, 07:42 AM
Yeah Rick..

Looks good man. I really like the sewn covers for your roll bar padding. Did you sew these? I know you didnt...tell me about these.. I want some for my ride.
I also like your "Pre-Filters" screwed onto your airbox intake ports, that's slick man. Ought to keep the grasshoppers out..heh heh..

Call me tonight ya fugger and tell me about SL.

Mike

TutTech
05-15-2011, 11:54 AM
Hey Rick, I am really sorry to hear about your father and I hope he is doing even better.
[smilie=alright.gif]

I hope you had a chance to go test, have fun and relax for the weekend.. I am also waiting to see pics, video? maybe and hear about how it went.
Love how you can fit both buggies into your trailer.. super nice.

Have fun.
:)

RickS.
05-15-2011, 08:40 PM
Just got back an hour ago. Everything went great no major issues with either buggy. Weather was beautiful. Very windy, but dry. Left the rain as we headed north out of Muskegon.
Got a little video that I'll post up when I figure out how. Rxpo has some too.
I need to get paddles. This was the first time I've run in sand without them.
Buggy was very fast, but not like the 954 with paddles. Suspension soaks up everything nice. I'm new to jumping so I wasn't going too crazy. I'll push a bit more next time. Got some video jumping, but not mad air. Got more air later and took a pretty hard scarey landing on the left front wheel.
Rxpo was behind me and thought I was going to loose it. Buggy handled the landing fine but the jolt to my 51 yr old body rattled me. Need to get a neck brace.
My old Dodge Ram pulled nice but it's getting tired. 6.5 mpg so it's time for a new tow vehicle too.
Here's a few still shots of the AR51.
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07130.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07121.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07129.jpg
http://i363.photobucket.com/albums/oo76/Krasch_Design/Silver%20Lake%205-11/DSC07128.jpg

Glock n Ballz
05-15-2011, 08:46 PM
Just got back an hour ago. Everything went great no major issues with either buggy.

Im sure youre wiped out buy make with the video!!!

Deranged
05-16-2011, 06:57 AM
dang, I should have loaded up the bike at least... The weather broke in allendale around 5PM. Looks like it was nice and smooth...can't wait to see the video!

daaboots
05-16-2011, 03:12 PM
Wow Rick, such a nice looking machine! Looks like you had a great time. That sticker on your gas tank, is that a trail pass of some type?

If you're a Dodge guy (like me!), you should look at one of the new Heavy Duty Ram's. Such a nice looking truck... I'd love to get one someday.

Hope your Dad is doing better.

RickS.
05-16-2011, 07:46 PM
Sticker is a Michigan ORV permit. Mine looks a bit different than the ones most people buy here in MI. If you order them online (in early spring) you get the nice one. Most people just by the ones that are printed off at the stores like Wallmart or Meijer.
I'm looking at an 08 Hemi Ram. I really do still like my 99.

Glock n Ballz
05-16-2011, 08:19 PM
Rick,
Love the beach man.

How fun was that??? So jealous.[smilie=puke.gif]

6x6TRex
05-16-2011, 08:59 PM
Love the beach man.
I've had some fun times on that beach! Found out the hard way that my dads 88 Honda Fourtrax 350 will float 1/4" below the top of the fender! [smilie=tr_oops.gif]
Rick hurry up and post that video! [smilie=ecstatic.gi:

millbilly
05-16-2011, 09:55 PM
No foot prints getting out on the sand. Must have been blowing hard. Looks good!! Nice ride!!!

KrunchWorkz
05-16-2011, 10:59 PM
sweet pics. You can get an idea of just how hard it was blowing by the second pic. Look at the whips on both buggies. Even with a small flag they are bending pretty good. Wind about 25 to 30?

TutTech
05-17-2011, 09:30 AM
Wow that is Art Work.. those pics are something I would hang on my wall.. Beautiful buggy out on a nice beach.. rustic old branches etc.. wow.. That's art man. Nice.

[smilie=thumbs_up.g:[smilie=thumbs_up.g:

RickS.
05-17-2011, 09:45 AM
YouTube - Ricks AR51 Maiden Voyage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAv9N73B2sI)

Glock n Ballz
05-17-2011, 10:06 AM
Nice!!
That looks like so much fun Rick. You gotta be stoked to have her done...

Sounded a bit windy out there, but I am sure you guys are glad that you went when you did. You are right...you need paddles. Bet she'll be more likely to wheelie with some Sand Slapperz out back.

Good good good for you Rick!!

Congrats my Brotha man.

rob8420
05-17-2011, 01:05 PM
Damn that looks good that sure is windy :D

Robin

jersdunz
05-17-2011, 01:17 PM
Rule number One! Where there shall be dunes there Shall be wind....lol Yea buddy

Bullnerd
05-17-2011, 01:43 PM
Congrats Rick,awesome car!

Thanks for taking the time to share the vid.

I'm so jealous of you guys that have such cool riding spots!

RickS.
05-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Here's more video. Sorry about the large size. I haven't quite figured out this video posting yet.
YouTube - AR51 at Silver Lake 0001 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfdqEZpywGg)

Snoopy
05-17-2011, 10:08 PM
Wow, just amazing. :) Great job, and I sure hope that now that you went big time with your biz that there will be parts, buggies or kitsets for sale by maybe next spring or something ? Congrats and again, sweet ride, Snoopy

intfit
05-18-2011, 03:36 AM
Wow that is Art Work.. those pics are something I would hang on my wall.. Beautiful buggy out on a nice beach.. rustic old branches etc.. wow.. That's art man. Nice.

[smilie=thumbs_up.g:[smilie=thumbs_up.g:

+1. love the first photo. Your buggy looks great up close and from afar, well done!

flyinwall
05-18-2011, 04:56 AM
looks like fun was had by ......... well at least one person

Glock n Ballz
05-18-2011, 06:12 AM
Nice thumb.

leok
05-18-2011, 09:11 PM
Rick,

The buggy looks great. [smilie=ecstatic.gi: I'd really like to stop by some time and see it in person.
I gotta get mine done so I can join you for a trip to the dunes.
Awsome job

Leo

bamabuggy
05-18-2011, 09:37 PM
looks good rick with some paddles you could really get some air:D
hows the font end doing

RickS.
05-19-2011, 05:46 AM
Rick,

The buggy looks great. [smilie=ecstatic.gi: I'd really like to stop by some time and see it in person.
I gotta get mine done so I can join you for a trip to the dunes.
Awsome job

Leo

Leo,
Stop by any time. Looks like your build is getting close.
Let me know when you're ready we will plan a trip.

RickS.
05-19-2011, 06:25 AM
looks good rick with some paddles you could really get some air:D
hows the font end doing

Actually the tires I'm running aren't that bad. I could have easily got more air had I pushed it harder. With paddles I do believe it will lift the front end. The front and rear suspension felt great. Handled the whops nice too. I set the front shocks at 260psi with the valving as it came from Fox (60/40?) Rears are at 360 with same valving. I did add oil front and rear. Not once was I burried or sprayed with sand in the cockpit. With the 954 Piranha it was horrible.
I'm completely satisfied with everything about the front end. Steering effort is minimal. At a crawl on hard pack you can turn at full lock without pushing. It turns sharp. There is some dive when braking but this feels good to me.
The rear is being completely redesigned for the next version, but I am happy with this rear also. The new design is here: http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/projects-progress/14900-ar51-930-rear.html

wildcatkit52
06-12-2011, 12:15 AM
Hey Rick, I just now saw the vids... Looks great! I just got back from Fort Irwin California so I have been a little behind on things. It was crappy to be in that area with no toys to play on! The best I got was riding around in hummers and a little Kubota RTV900 diesel. :mad:

Now I am looking at going to Ft Sill in early July. Maybe I'll get lucky and have a place to work on the 954 while I am there. If I can't do anything with it there I'll have to wait until later and go ahead and do a full on face lift.

Anyway, did you stick with the 13 tooth front sprocket? How did you like the gearing in the sand? What tire sizes are you running on it? I don't remember if I asked you that before or not...

I still haven't gotten a chance to pull the dang rear sprocket or even try to get the 954 started. [smilie=alright.gif]

I'll try to call you later in the month when the opportunity presents... I've dgt a few things banging around in my empty head I'd like to run by you.

RickS.
06-12-2011, 04:09 AM
I'm running 13/60 with 28" tires. I like it at the dunes. Still think 14/60 is a better for U.P. Snowmobile trail riding.

odypilots
09-05-2011, 11:44 AM
I got the chance to see the AR51 run at Livewire's brother's place this Sunday. I have seen Rick's last buggy, so I know what kind of work he does, and this new one is sweet! Great eye candy!

And runs well, too. The track didn't let it stretch it's legs much because of the course's length, which didn't seem short in my 400 Pilot.:o It sounds like the plans aren't too far off. Here's a video clip. Watch on YouTube to see in hi def.

RickS and his AR51 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlkMw5xnN2g)

RickS.
09-05-2011, 12:46 PM
Dave,
Thanks for taking and posting the video. Nice editing too.
First time for me on a track. And a really nice one at that.
Was only able to get 2nd gear on most of it and barely into 3rd on the 2 straights.
A real work out and great fun though. That's a sweet set up, Livewire's brother place.
Now I'm standing here looking at my front yard with lots of ideas.

K-fab
09-05-2011, 01:06 PM
I'm impressed with how flat the chassis stays in the corners.

Looks like it soaks up the landings and rebounds very well too. Nice.

Glock n Ballz
09-05-2011, 01:52 PM
Very fun!!! Nice work on the video..

ErwinBnl
09-05-2011, 05:37 PM
Nice video!

Thanks for holding the camera steady and focused on the buggy all the time!:D
You don't see that very much lately:(

Rick, the buggy looks great! Nice to see it in it's natural habitat;) It also sounds nice and it's really an eye catcher! :cool:

odypilots
09-05-2011, 09:15 PM
Your welcome, Rick! I'm glad I waited to see you run. Forget about the lawn. The mower will just keep getting high sided on the berms!

Yeah, K-fab, I was expecting quite a bit of push, as tight as the corners are, but it looks like he was railing all the corners but one. To say for sure, I'd have to drive it. Purely for scientific reasons, of course!

Thanks for the thumbs up on the video, guys. I wish I'd got more angles. That's the real key to a great video.

rob8420
09-06-2011, 06:27 AM
Hey Rick that looks great going round there so good round those corners and of course looking fantastic as usual :D

And great video footage odypilots :D

Robin

moose79
01-19-2012, 07:55 AM
truely inspiring. how much time do u have invested in this work of art?

RickS.
01-19-2012, 09:19 AM
Build was around 18 months start to finish. Actual hours would be difficult to say.
At whole lot of R&D went into this car. The front suspension is my 3rd design.
The rear on this car is also a 3rd design (type 4 cvs.)
Plans for this buggy use a 4th rear design with 930 cvs and Dodge Intrepid hubs.

Steven Hunter
01-19-2012, 09:07 PM
If you had to take out the engine, would it be a problem getting out. I like parts that unbolt, but then you
might have a weak point. The buggy is really sweet. Keep up the good work.

RickS.
01-19-2012, 09:31 PM
All 8 motor mounts are removable. With 8 mounts I wouldn't call it weak.
Motor is removed from the side.

TutTech
01-20-2012, 09:49 AM
That was cool. The video shooting was well done and the car was awesome.. smooth, fast and looks like it handles amazing..
Video is worth thousands of words and every word I saw was awesome.
Great job.

:)

RickS.
01-20-2012, 09:56 AM
Thanks Tut.