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Komelika
07-15-2011, 01:36 PM
It's been a while since I have posted anything, but here is the Barracuda progress. The save, buy, build process is a slow one, but I knew that going into it. I got almost everything I need to make an unsprung roller by the end of summer! Can't wait to see it on wheels!

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/seat.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/Tires-1.jpg

EJ Mac
07-15-2011, 03:38 PM
Very nice.

Gene
07-15-2011, 06:04 PM
Good job! Keep saving and building and soon you will be driving!

TutTech
07-15-2011, 08:30 PM
heck ya I agree looks great.. dang wheels and tires already and their nice.. cool

Keep us posted and I hear ya my own buggy is sitting and I am buying parts as I do jobs so it is getting stuff ready for it.. then just need the time to finish it. The last details take awhile thats for sure.

Well keep us posted the frame is looking good and looks like your doing a great job.
:)

Razorbac
07-17-2011, 10:01 PM
Hi, what brand of tires do you have? Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Komelika
07-18-2011, 08:47 PM
Those are the Maxxis Ceros Tires.

Front: MU07 26x9/r12
Rear: MU08 26x11/r15

I got them shipped from Motorcycle Superstore through amazon.com for ~$530

Komelika
07-27-2011, 04:40 AM
Got a little more done this weekend. I'm waiting on the right 3/4" heim joints to complete the front suspension. I had 5/8" center holes with a 3/4" shaft. I had to get the rear wheels on it to see what it is going to look like. I really like the 26" tire on 15" wheel combo! I was getting tired toward the end, which is my excuse for mounting the lower a-arms upside down! :rolleyes:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Cuda2.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Cuda.jpg

whayden2003
07-27-2011, 06:46 AM
Looking Good Keep Plugging Away At It..

Komelika
08-08-2011, 04:44 AM
Starting to look buggylike! Just waiting on my R&P to arrive from the Edge and I can finish fab'n in the steering. I have some sheetmetal to start working on panels and the floor, but after that I'll be back in saving mode. Should hopefully save enough to begin ordering shocks so I can get it on the floor and then a center drive assembly.


http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/229679_2103965891241_1608312610_32058867_4253632_n .jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/185306_2103967091271_1608312610_32058868_4556999_n .jpg

adamphillip
08-08-2011, 08:22 AM
nice

RickS.
08-08-2011, 08:39 AM
Looks so clean.
I envy you guys in the dry climates where nothing rusts.

minibajaman
08-08-2011, 10:26 AM
Looks good. Why did you choose different diameter wheels for the front and rear?

CARLRIDDLE
08-08-2011, 02:31 PM
In my wife best voice, Why? because it was on sale.

Komelika
08-08-2011, 07:08 PM
Bingo! Not my first choice for front tires, but they'll work for the time being.

dirtreaper
08-12-2011, 01:14 PM
Looks so clean.
I envy you guys in the dry climates where nothing rusts.

[smilie=rofl.gif] I know exactly what you mean!!!!! I have the same problem

chrisMX-15
08-12-2011, 06:53 PM
LOOks nice so far!!!!! dont you hate the wait of parts

Chikin
08-12-2011, 09:08 PM
Has not rained in Phoenix for a long time .... Its kind of a dry year....We have wet tears when it comes to Power bills... 325.00 last month>>> But your stuff isnt rusty!

Komelika
02-14-2013, 01:39 PM
Been at it a bit lately. Hoping to running it this summer.

Update:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/IMG_1165.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/IMG_1169.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/425351_3116319959460_1608312610_32585606_185042807 8_n.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/image_zpsd0be514f.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/ExhaustL1_zps53beba26.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/DSC09336_zps444772ab.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/DSC09338_zpsf4b8a641.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/DSC09339_zpsf6e94a17.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/DSC09335_zps74497d3b.jpg

P-Dog
02-14-2013, 06:05 PM
Could you explain the reasoning behind putting the front shocks at that angle? I have never seen that particular setup on front coil overs before.

Odysseyninja
02-14-2013, 07:16 PM
Looks good! What size motor you running?

Komelika
02-14-2013, 09:56 PM
The shock angle is the result of the alignment I found when I cycled the suspension through its range of motion without the coils on the shocks. It seemed like the proper angle. I've seen this angle on other build threads and don't know of any issues. If it poses a problem I'll have to redo it.

I'm running an 04' GSXR1000.

leok
02-14-2013, 11:05 PM
Komelika,your going to love the power from the GSXR1000 ..... amazing [smilie=ecstatic.gi:
That's what I have in my Barracuda, and it's awsome.

You shouldn't have any issues with the angle of the shocks. That is the design and it works well. I have had my buggy 8 feet in the air, came down at a 45 degree nose down and landed soft as a feather. I have FOA 12" travel with split coils (125 lb 10" and 250 lb 14" if I remember right.). I have the same on the back and find the front a little softer due to the angle.
I am building a second buggy and plan on changing the front short coil to a little stronger ... around 150-175 to raise the static ride height.

Nice build.

Leo

Komelika
02-15-2013, 09:03 AM
Thanks Leo, I dig your build too! You definitely went in your own direction, which is cool. I watched your video and I can't wait to hear that 1000 sing! :D

Have you run it with any of the tops manufacturer's two seaters? Most of the off readers are running Polaris or article cats here. I know I'll have a much higher top speed, but they can handle whoops with ease. Can't wait to see what this thing will do!

leok
02-15-2013, 04:09 PM
Komelika,

I have a 13 tooth front and a 65 tooth rear sprocket with 27" tires. I have had the buggy up to about 85 mph. Based on the 12,500 rpm redline of the GSXR 1000 the redline speed with my set up is about 105 mph .... faster than I want to go.

I have run with a Razor several times. At his top end, I am just loafing at 1/2 power. In acceleration, his top acceleration is maybe 2/3 of what I can do. I learned the hard way not to hit the gas when in front of him ... I roosted about a 1/2 yard of dirt into his buggy by "accident" :eek:


I have also climbed sand hills at 45 degrees from a standing start with no problem on power at the low end.

I am not sure if the clutch was tweeked for racing, but without the lower gearing I couldn't reliably get the buggy moving without killing the engine over and over. It still takes some practice to not dump the clutch even with several mods. If you are staying with the hand clutch, you might not have so many problems ..... my clutch is on the left foot. From the clutch pulling to full engagement is only about 1/16-1/8" of cable movement

By the way, I can do whoops at twice the speed. In fact slowing to trail the Razor is worse for my suspension as the buggy has too much time to respond. I find about 10-20 mph faster than the 4 wheelers and bikes is smoother. That has a lot to do with how stiff you have the shocks. The Barracuda has plenty of travel to soak up the bumps. I can also corner much faster with the low wide CG as well.

Leo

Komelika
08-03-2013, 10:48 AM
Hey Leo. Thanks for the reply.

Its been a while but I'm making a lot of progress. Got the exhaust done and the buggy is running! It is going to be a beast! Just need to figure out my clutch, install axles, cv joints, chain, go through the brakes and tighten all fittings, add brake fluid, clean up wiring harness, and align the tires.

I am having an issue with the motor though. It won't start at all with the vacuum hose hooked up to the IAP sensor. It will only start if the vacuum hose is unplugged, but even then I have to prime the throttle bodies to get it to start. Once running, it idles smooth, but stalls as soon as I plug the vac hose to the IAP sensor. I have already replaced the IAP. I can feel vacuum on the hose with my finger. I'm not sure if it is pulling too much vacuum or not enough. Any ideas?

Komelika
08-03-2013, 11:26 AM
Edge Barracuda 2004 GSX-R1000 - YouTube (http://youtu.be/T7E0D2deBcQ)

CARLRIDDLE
08-04-2013, 06:42 AM
I would triple check the vac lines along with a good picture/diagram. Maybe ones hooked backwards or missing a check valve?

Benihana
08-04-2013, 06:57 AM
You're moving right along on this, it's gonna look mean. Is that the Beard 'TZ' suspension seat? Those are the ones (I think) I want. You obsiously haven't pounded the dirt in it yet, but what's your initial impression?

Komelika
08-04-2013, 09:55 AM
You're moving right along on this, it's gonna look mean. Is that the Beard 'TZ' suspension seat? Those are the ones (I think) I want. You obsiously haven't pounded the dirt in it yet, but what's your initial impression?

Nice tight fit! It really hugs the hips so I think I will like it. I was planning on using a poly seat, but I came across this one on ebay and got it for less than a poly seat and cover would have cost after shipping. I bought it brand new for $150 from a shop in Phoenix that had one extra one in inventory.

If you are building a Barracuda it probably won't fit if you build it per spec. I extended the cockpit 4" to fit me better since I am 6'2". It fits perfect with the extra 4" added. Would probably be tight otherwise.

Benihana
08-05-2013, 01:14 PM
Nice tight fit! It really hugs the hips so I think I will like it. I was planning on using a poly seat, but I came across this one on ebay and got it for less than a poly seat and cover would have cost after shipping. I bought it brand new for $150 from a shop in Phoenix that had one extra one in inventory.

If you are building a Barracuda it probably won't fit if you build it per spec. I extended the cockpit 4" to fit me better since I am 6'2". It fits perfect with the extra 4" added. Would probably be tight otherwise.

Dang, that is a crazy good deal for that seat!! I'm not building a Barracuda, it's a 2 seater, and I'll have about 51" to fit them in. Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

leok
08-05-2013, 08:34 PM
Komelika,

Did you get your engine problem sorted? I had a few minor issues with the wiring so I bought a Service manual ... great investment. I think I spent $30 is all.

Leo

Komelika
08-06-2013, 09:36 AM
Komelika,

Did you get your engine problem sorted? I had a few minor issues with the wiring so I bought a Service manual ... great investment. I think I spent $30 is all.

Leo

Still working that issue. I have the manual on the PC, but without trouble codes it is hard to pinpoint the problem. If I switch the IAP and the AP in the harness it will start without priming the TBs, but it doesn't start strong. Kind of coughs to life and idles rough and it still dies when I plug the vacuum line into either sensor. I won't be able to get back to it till next week. I think I'll start with a thorough cleaning of the throttle bodies and intake and see if that gets me anything.

chrisMX-15
08-16-2013, 02:49 AM
Great build love the banter about blowng off razors lol!!! But mostly your a arm bolts are too short in the pics need to get the threads out side of those plastic lock nuts or they will back off and not pretty at speed. My buddys sled did just that he went flying into snow and sled went into woods!!!!!!!!!!!!

Komelika
12-17-2014, 04:28 PM
Great build love the banter about blowng off razors lol!!! But mostly your a arm bolts are too short in the pics need to get the threads out side of those plastic lock nuts or they will back off and not pretty at speed. My buddys sled did just that he went flying into snow and sled went into woods!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is done now. It was always on my to do list. Thanks for mentioning it.

This should shore up the weakness in the upper roll bars. I used a 1" inner tube at the splice and drilled in three places to weld the inner tube in place.

Before:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/1554344_10203541872699940_6045030365447882598_n_zp s4f6d3264.jpg

After:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/10850017_10204316545226269_5641372357870596984_n_z psa2555ac0.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/Barracuda%20Build/10846132_10204316545706281_7607598822497739415_n_z ps7c6d3355.jpg

K-fab
12-17-2014, 04:46 PM
That looks good!

Really glad you walked away from that crash, as the damage was pretty massive. Then again, I'd much rather fix some tubing instead of getting my body fixed. Cage did it's job.

Bullnerd
12-17-2014, 05:59 PM
Looks good, I was wondering when you'd be back.

Komelika
12-17-2014, 06:28 PM
Thanks guys. I'd say the cage did well considering the intensity of the crash. I finally found some motivation. I recently bought an older Chenowth that needs a lot of work, but has a ton of potential. I'm considering selling the cuda and putting some money into the Chenowth so I can have a seat for my kids and reverse.

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z74/komelika/10306321_10204230550476454_7265893130242568052_n_z ps04f81012.jpg

K-fab
12-18-2014, 03:23 AM
Old School!!!

Komelika
12-20-2014, 11:13 PM
Yep. Functional though. Turn Brake, rear disk breaks, dual port engine, 6 rib Bus tranny, and link pin front axle for $1200. I can probably have it back in top notch condition with a set of 3x3 trailing arms for another $2000. If I decide to sell it I can probably get $4-5K locally.

K-fab
12-21-2014, 02:12 AM
rear disk breaksOh, I hope not! :cool:

Komelika
12-22-2014, 12:46 PM
Oh, I hope not! :cool:
I'm usually the spelling and grammar cop! [smilie=gun_gun.gif]
I hate when I do that!

K-fab
12-22-2014, 02:35 PM
I'm usually the spelling and grammar cop! [smilie=gun_gun.gif]
I hate when I do that!LOL!!!
Okay, then if you put "alot" in any post, instead of the proper and correct "a lot" I'm gonna boot ya! [smilie=thumbs_up.g:
It's a pet peeve of mine...

Komelika
12-22-2014, 05:56 PM
LOL!!!
Okay, then if you put "alot" in any post, instead of the proper and correct "a lot" I'm gonna boot ya! [smilie=thumbs_up.g:
It's a pet peeve of mine...

Oh yeah, I have aton of pet peeves! < see what I did there? [smilie=jumping.gif]