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gvouvakos
01-14-2013, 10:17 AM
yup...that will work!

ok thanks!

I have been busy lately with school work etc. and did not have time to work on the buggy
There is a leak where i have connected my brake pipe with the master cylinder. I have tighten it but i am not sure if i have resolved the problem, will check tomorrow

I am waiting for some parts that i have ordered (i should get them this week)


2 racing seat belts
the fill kit for the shocks
the poly-urethane roller

and i have to go to the junkyard and get a 3/4 master cylinder and a few pedal return springs.


more to come :)

chrisMX-15
01-16-2013, 08:32 PM
if you need to bleed them your self get a stick or pipe. Something to keep pedal to floor and wedge it in seat or something to keep pedal there then go open bleeder screw a little then close and go pump brakes again and wedge to floor do this few times and should be good to go. make sure the pipe is wedged good and tight when you open the screw if any travel is left it will let pedal go and pipe will fall out and then have to start all over. pump few times hold to floor wedge pipe in, open screw. do again. old garage trick

gvouvakos
01-17-2013, 06:38 AM
I love receiving parts :D
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0886_zpsa9717422.jpg

split wire dressing
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0888_zpsa81792b9.jpg

the polyurethane roller! as you can see it's small but it will work perfectly
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0889_zps3e7659d3.jpg

and the 3/4 master cylinder for the front brakes! i have to change though the fitting on my brake pipe because it's different
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0887_zps9cda17a0.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0887_zps9cda17a0.jpg

Rat4020
01-17-2013, 06:47 AM
Cool just like XMas in Jan :)

Pstegs 101
01-17-2013, 08:17 AM
its so fun getting more parts:):):)

gvouvakos
01-17-2013, 10:21 AM
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0893_zpsc939ded1.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0892_zps7693e92f.jpg

Pstegs 101
01-18-2013, 08:36 AM
that looks so good u should sooooo proud

gvouvakos
01-18-2013, 12:52 PM
that looks so good u should sooooo proud

thank you :)

gvouvakos
01-20-2013, 11:01 AM
Finally, i got the brakes working( the front actually) and had a test drive.
Only 2 words to describe it. VERY FAST

I have run it on tarmac, I believe i have reached around 40 mph with 3rd gear! it accelerates REALLY fast

I have not added the 4th gear because the brakes were not working properly.. most probably air in the system

the only problem was my dad, because he threaten me that he will burn it if i run too fast :mad:

My friend was filming, but it was dark! i hope to get the video shortly so i can post it here

Chikin
01-20-2013, 11:06 AM
Sounds cool that your test driving. Don't rush to get chair time and skip the brake issue. Yeah I know it's drivable but the brakes coould fail and set you back farther it you crash.

And as for dads. Well he says that because he cares. But let him drive it and just yell at him and tell him the same thing back. I take my dad do dinner and make it a point to say loudly infront of others. "You know son I
Always am here for you" as I pay the bill. It's had medicine.

gvouvakos
01-20-2013, 11:35 AM
i know that i need to sort out the brake issue!

i am running double master cylinder (one for front and one for rear) with a balance bar

the real problem was the m/c for the rear! i have connected everything but i couldn't get the m/c to suck fluid from the reservoir i have tried bleeding it 25-30 times with the technique i have posted above but with no luck! i believe there is something pluged into the brake line, will disassemble everything and i hope to get it sorted out easily. the weird is that i have checked the m/c with water before mounting, and it was working perfectly

the front brakes just need bleeding. At the beginning there was a leak at the tee, but i believe after tighten it, there was no leak

gvouvakos
01-22-2013, 10:06 AM
Finally got the videos uploaded.. it was dark so they are not the best, on the first clip the gear was not engaging and i needed a push

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/th_20130120_174806_zpsb2a652ef.jpg (http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/20130120_174806_zpsb2a652ef.mp4)

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/th_20130120_174913_zpsf090ecfc.jpg (http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/20130120_174913_zpsf090ecfc.mp4)

more videos will follow

custom39
01-22-2013, 10:20 AM
I bet you are very happy!

gvouvakos
01-22-2013, 11:31 AM
I bet you are very happy!

Yes sure! i am really excited

i have replaced the master cylinder rubber seals which means tomorrow i will have both front and rear brakes working, and more test drives :D

Pstegs 101
01-22-2013, 06:51 PM
I would be so happy if i was u and u better get some lights on it :p:p:p

gvouvakos
01-23-2013, 06:13 AM
I would be so happy if i was u and u better get some lights on it :p:p:p

yeah, i will add some lighting soon

gvouvakos
01-24-2013, 11:32 AM
I 've sorted out the problem with the stupid chain roller. i used Teflon, machined on a lathe

Also the brakes are working well now, i hope tomorrow to have some time to film me driving it during daytime:D

Chikin
01-24-2013, 05:25 PM
Makes me wanna get my garage open and drive mine down my street.

gvouvakos
01-25-2013, 12:52 PM
Ok guys, i need some help now! when the motor is running between 3000-4000 rpm there is a really really annoying and loud (vibration???) from the rear. the engine is bolted directly to the metal mounts!
Should i add some rubber mounts ? maybe something like this http://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/ProductImages/OG/0000-Bikers-Choice-Oil-Tank-Rubber-Mount.jpg to minimize the vibrations?

fabdaddy55
01-25-2013, 02:05 PM
bike motors need to be HARD mounted to frame like in a bike

Gotted
01-26-2013, 01:45 AM
Recheck the motor mount bolts they mite of loosened up?
Kick ass job!!

gvouvakos
01-26-2013, 05:02 AM
Recheck the motor mount bolts they mite of loosened up?
Kick ass job!!

I will check them today, when i go to the shop! i hope that is the problem so i can fix it fast!
thanks

Pstegs 101
01-26-2013, 08:46 AM
so close, but yet so far:p:p

gvouvakos
01-26-2013, 10:01 AM
so close, but yet so far:p:p

hah.. you are correct

Pstegs 101
01-26-2013, 04:21 PM
its always like that :p:p:p

gvouvakos
01-27-2013, 03:19 AM
click hd

Buggy Test Drive - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NheeRrK3rOU)

Pstegs 101
01-27-2013, 08:22 AM
wow that looks sick:):)

custom39
01-27-2013, 10:37 AM
Glad to see it running!
What next??

gvouvakos
01-27-2013, 11:25 AM
Glad to see it running!
What next??

add electric reverse, adjust the nitrogen pressure in the shocks, finish the aluminum panels, add some headlights and the best of all paint :D

fabdaddy55
01-27-2013, 12:32 PM
FINALLY .congrats, you look so happy. you will work all the kinks out in no time. do you have any good places to ride? wheres your helmet and eye protection:mad:

chrisMX-15
01-27-2013, 01:22 PM
dam you now i have to work harder to get my st3 done looks good must be great feeling good job

gvouvakos
01-27-2013, 01:37 PM
FINALLY .congrats, you look so happy. you will work all the kinks out in no time. do you have any good places to ride? wheres your helmet and eye protection:mad:

in my area we have some dirt roads that i can ride for a few weeks before painting it. when it is totally finished i will transport it to my second house in the mountains where there are some nice mountain trails through the forests!

i was driving in paved road so i don't think i needed any eye protection
and i am sure i did not exceed 40 mph

gvouvakos
01-27-2013, 01:37 PM
dam you now i have to work harder to get my st3 done looks good must be great feeling good job

yeah, it's a great feeling! thank you

Lknight98
01-27-2013, 04:26 PM
and now to take it all apart and make it look epic. Congrats on the test....cant wait to see it finished!

Pstegs 101
01-27-2013, 06:49 PM
what color are u going to doooooooo?????

gvouvakos
01-28-2013, 06:26 AM
and now to take it all apart and make it look epic. Congrats on the test....cant wait to see it finished!

thank you! stripping everything down is the easy part :p

gvouvakos
01-28-2013, 06:30 AM
what color are u going to doooooooo?????

most probably "psycho green" with a high gloss finish for the frame and the panels mat black. On the panels i will add some brand logos, like "fox" "yamaha" "momo" and the best of all i will draw my self with calligraphic on the side panel "GV RACING". gv are my initials :D

and the suspension arms also black and the uprighs green! all calipers will be painted red

Pstegs 101
01-28-2013, 07:19 AM
wow that is going to look hot!!!!

gvouvakos
01-28-2013, 08:01 AM
Now i have a small problem. The nitrogen regulators that i bought from the US does not fit to the nitrogen bottles in my country! the fitting no longer exist due to a European regulation. the fitting on all bottle is male, and it looks like the cga320. I don't know what to do

ErwinBnl
01-28-2013, 04:15 PM
Ohh I really hate that! All those stupid mixed fittings and measurements :mad:
I can't help you with this, I'm sorry.. I hope you have a solution soon!

And if you fill your FOX shocks with Nitrogen, do you need to add or drain some oil also?


Erwin

Chikin
01-28-2013, 04:51 PM
Yeah some one from the USA could send him a tank fitting. But he couldn't fill it there due to the same problem. Darn the bad luck on the regulator. Your not alone

gvouvakos
01-29-2013, 06:12 AM
Ohh I really hate that! All those stupid mixed fittings and measurements :mad:
I can't help you with this, I'm sorry.. I hope you have a solution soon!

And if you fill your FOX shocks with Nitrogen, do you need to add or drain some oil also?


Erwin

stupid fittings.. i don't know about the oil lever

gvouvakos
01-29-2013, 06:13 AM
Yeah some one from the USA could send him a tank fitting. But he couldn't fill it there due to the same problem. Darn the bad luck on the regulator. Your not alone

The local gas supplier is looking for an adapter for me. i hope to find one

Pstegs 101
01-29-2013, 07:02 AM
i hope to u find one u deserve it:):):)

gvouvakos
02-01-2013, 08:42 AM
i had to change the whole fitting and neck that connects to the nitrogen bottle! removed the original, re taped the threads on the regulator, and attached the new piece of pipe that has the correct fitting for the gas tank. i had to grind the pipe a bit, so i could grab it with the wrench, and used loctite and make sure there will be no leaking. the local gas bottle supplier was closed today, so on monday i will go pick up a nitrogen bottle and give it a try

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0907_zps1913af87.jpg

Rat4020
02-01-2013, 08:56 AM
I dont want to sound neg but ya shouldnt have ground that notch into the pipe ya know those tanks are 2000 psi plus . Ya better check how much wall thickness ya got on that tube .

Pstegs 101
02-01-2013, 09:06 AM
ya it could burst under presser that would be bad :eek::eek:

gvouvakos
02-01-2013, 09:23 AM
Actually is not me that grinded it, it was the guy at the lathe shop. He reassured me that is will not be a problem, he has done this hundreds of times. took some measurements with the caliper! the wall thickness is 4.7mm (0.18") and the groove is 1.9mm (0.07") deep. so there is 2.8mm (.11") thick material left.

maybe i can weld something? add material ? but how do i weld bronze

Rat4020
02-01-2013, 09:45 AM
Should of just grabed it with a pipe wrench ,it was a one time tighten .. But I guess we all heard the "Shoulda woulda coulda thang..:)

gvouvakos
02-02-2013, 10:24 AM
Added a pair of headlights, tail light and stop light
In the future i will add another pair o headlights on top of the buggy

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-02163519_zps0ffdc6c6.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-02172026_zpsf85917aa.jpg

Pstegs 101
02-02-2013, 12:49 PM
wow that looks good:):):)

daddymatty86
02-02-2013, 08:50 PM
hey mate i was tossing up between the st3 and the r82s from rorty and decided to go with the r82s but youve done a real good job with your buggy mate looks awesome

gvouvakos
02-03-2013, 04:06 AM
Thnaks! :)

gvouvakos
02-04-2013, 10:39 AM
Bought a bottle of NITROGEN today, and charged the shocks with no problems!

Pressure:
Front 450 psi (it is really high because the shock mount is 1/3 the length of the a-arm)
Rear 340 psi

work left:


add electric reverse (it's really annoying having to push it backwards)
water temperature gauge
finish the body panels in the rear (between the passengers and engine)
and finally paint

Chikin
02-04-2013, 10:46 AM
Hey looks good. But I have a question. I know the translation might be off. But do you mean>
Nitrogen .....

Hydrogen is flammable and well the Hindenburg had hydrogen

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x86/wingodingo43/hindenpaul.jpg

gvouvakos
02-04-2013, 10:48 AM
Oops! my mistake! I bought nitrogen

I don't know why i wrote hydrogen ;)

daaboots
02-05-2013, 07:37 AM
looking good!

gvouvakos
02-05-2013, 10:14 AM
Thank you daaboots

Today, i broke the stupid shifter linkage cable :mad: i will try get a replacement tomorrow
i was near some nice dirt roads when it broke;)

the gearing is a bit low, i had fifth gear in and i was going with aprox 40mph with 6000 RPM
i will order a smaller sprocket

fabdaddy55
02-05-2013, 12:10 PM
I bet it sure takes off good from the start. No feathering the clutch.

how is that chain tention wheel holding up?

Be sure to check for loose bolts.I found some:o

gvouvakos
02-05-2013, 01:03 PM
I bet it sure takes off good from the start. No feathering the clutch.

how is that chain tention wheel holding up?

Be sure to check for loose bolts.I found some:o

It takes off really fast! i have replaced the metal roller with a teflon roller and it works perfect

i have checked the bolts a few times, and only one bolt was loose, on the rear right upright

Pstegs 101
02-05-2013, 05:28 PM
wow now its time for a badass vid. :):):) of u ripping across something :/

gvouvakos
02-09-2013, 09:27 AM
Bought another car shifter cable and it broke again :mad:

So i have decided to run a direct link between the shifter and the gearbox
On monday i will buy four rod ends to use. I will use 1/2 id steel pipe, and i have spare 2 bushings for the pivot point which will be located in front of the engine

But i was able to go offroading, it handles great, the suspension i awesome! and my dad is now convinced that the fox air shocks worth the 1000 euros i paid. The reduction is a bit high but i like how it accelerates and it's ok for the mountain trails. It will climb easily. More to come

Pstegs 101
02-09-2013, 11:30 AM
now its time for buggy two :):):)

gvouvakos
02-12-2013, 10:31 AM
Broke the speed record today

71 km/h (44mph)
with sixth gear @ 8000 RPM

That's perfect for my purpose :D

Pstegs 101
02-12-2013, 10:35 AM
sick is that how fast u can go??

gvouvakos
02-12-2013, 10:38 AM
sick is that how fast u can go??

I believe 50mph at redline

Pstegs 101
02-12-2013, 10:39 AM
cool :):):)

fabdaddy55
02-12-2013, 04:55 PM
VVVVIIIIDDDDEEEEOOOO please. of you rippin it up[smilie=ecstatic.gi:

gvouvakos
02-13-2013, 06:22 AM
VVVVIIIIDDDDEEEEOOOO please. of you rippin it up[smilie=ecstatic.gi:

I will try get one today :)

gvouvakos
02-13-2013, 11:40 AM
I believe i have an important problem. The 17 teeth sprocket on the mid jack shaft is worn on one side. there is a deep groove from the chain almost 1mm, i have checked the alignment and it's ok. I don't know why this happens. i will add some photos tomorrow

Pstegs 101
02-13-2013, 02:21 PM
that sucks i hate when things go bad :mad::mad:

fabdaddy55
02-13-2013, 05:36 PM
when I posted a comment about my concern for the frame work that supports your jackshaft do you think that area might flex under a load and then spring back so when you look at it or use a straight edge to check alignment that it has already come back to straight?
mount your gopro camera down close to your sprockets and do a test drive to see if it flexes and springs back.
With you low gear ratios w/ 50 mph top speed you are putting INCREDIBLE forces on your entire jackshaft configuration. camera may show the problem
good luck

don

gvouvakos
02-14-2013, 10:26 AM
when I posted a comment about my concern for the frame work that supports your jackshaft do you think that area might flex under a load and then spring back so when you look at it or use a straight edge to check alignment that it has already come back to straight?
mount your gopro camera down close to your sprockets and do a test drive to see if it flexes and springs back.
With you low gear ratios w/ 50 mph top speed you are putting INCREDIBLE forces on your entire jackshaft configuration. camera may show the problem
good luck

don

I believe i know what happened.. a few weeks ago, at the first test drive, i forgot to tighten the jam bolts on the pillow blocks that holds the axle on the lower center, which has the 42 tooth sprocket(the one connecting the 2 pto shafts), and the whole shaft moved 3/4 of an inch to the left. Maybe at that time the sprocket got worn, i have covered a few miles before noticing it.

I am 90% sure that it is not flexing at all because i have added a lot of reinforcement.

fabdaddy55
02-14-2013, 10:49 AM
thats good news . can you flip the damaged sprocket and drive it again and see if it marks/scratches the sprocket on the other side . if it doesent scratch it then you have fixed the prob. by tightening the pillow bearing good luck glad things are not flexing have fun with it . now you need to get your friends to build one also to have someone to ride with

gvouvakos
02-15-2013, 02:20 AM
thats good news . can you flip the damaged sprocket and drive it again and see if it marks/scratches the sprocket on the other side . if it doesent scratch it then you have fixed the prob. by tightening the pillow bearing good luck glad things are not flexing have fun with it . now you need to get your friends to build one also to have someone to ride with

No, i cannot flip the sprocket because it is welded on the jack shaft. It's so small that i t would be difficult to make an adapter plate and then bolt the sprocket on.

Most of my friends can't even tighten a bolt ;)

gvouvakos
02-15-2013, 02:32 AM
some pictures of the shifting mechanism
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-15102333_zps25df5f22.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-15102326_zpsaedcfdeb.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-15102343_zps61392a96.jpg

gvouvakos
02-16-2013, 10:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ngm_R2Pd-4

fabdaddy55
02-16-2013, 11:43 AM
looks awesome GV

gvouvakos
02-16-2013, 11:49 AM
looks awesome GV

Thank you fabdaddy :)

custom39
02-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Looks awsome! great job!

What are you running for a final drive ratio?

Chikin
02-16-2013, 03:11 PM
Looks like fun.

gvouvakos
02-16-2013, 03:13 PM
don't really know the final ratio,
Its 17 teeth to 38 teeth
and then 17 teeth to 42 teeth
with 24" tires

gvouvakos
02-19-2013, 09:18 AM
4 new air-filters
temperature gauge and sensor (next to the gauge there is space for the gps)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-19155141_zps4360c98e.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-19155148_zps00a0741e.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-19155208_zps6001f810.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2013-02-19155159_zpsc8ae330d.jpg

gvouvakos
02-27-2013, 09:38 AM
Some photos from today!
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0033_zps705b4dca.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0036_zps4524d0de.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0043_zps8f1868f8.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_00451_zps20e4daff.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0046_zps59cbfb73.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0048_zps5a8c1062.jpg

fabdaddy55
02-27-2013, 12:16 PM
sooo coool GV
bet your friends WISH they had one too

gvouvakos
02-27-2013, 10:59 PM
sooo coool GV
bet your friends WISH they had one too

Thanks :) yes all of my friends want one but they are very happy because i take them for a ride every few days

gvouvakos
03-01-2013, 07:05 AM
I have a new video :D click 1080p hd
Off-road buggy test drive - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpRcmoYQyQk)

and smashed the rear left shock mount. the problem was that i forgot to weld it over using the mig welder, and the thin arc welding cracked on the jumb at 2:00 on the video. and at 2:32 you can see the damage

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/65EF0991-1677-44A1-A28F-9AA4FB47DFD3-10486-000002D8CEC2D77C_zps845f1522.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/3F0A8FFC-5D1B-4339-8898-22A6A6CAA551-10486-000002D8D649A32E_zps1daaad91.jpg

fabdaddy55
03-01-2013, 10:55 AM
wow gv, I was concerned when I saw you build those shock mounts
your weld in not the problem. all the connections are on the same
plane. You need to have OFF plane triangulation of some sort
does that make sence??

gvouvakos
03-02-2013, 06:14 AM
The right shock mount did not even move 1mm.. I have checked that.. and it was fully welded

I will reweld the left hand side, and add a removable bracing to the tube below on both sides fro extra support

I am really busy with school tests, exams right now so no time o fix it at the moment. maybe next weekend

Pstegs 101
03-03-2013, 11:51 AM
The right shock mount did not even move 1mm.. I have checked that.. and it was fully welded

I will reweld the left hand side, and add a removable bracing to the tube below on both sides fro extra support

I am really busy with school tests, exams right now so no time o fix it at the moment. maybe next weekend


i hate when school gets in the way of the buggy [smilie=gun_chair.g:[smilie=gun_chair.g:

gvouvakos
03-03-2013, 11:01 PM
i have contacted downsouth motorsports about the proble of the front shocks bottoming easily and he suggested me to add some compression valving, i will pay for the shipping and he will sent them for free but i have to ad them to the shocks. he told me it is easy enough to do it yourself, you dont have to be an expert

gvouvakos
03-06-2013, 11:59 AM
Some update. Disassembled everything except the motor

Work to be done before paint


Have to fix the exhausts, because the one is higher than the other
add a heat shield between the motor and the passengers
reconstruct the left upper shock mount, and add support to both left and right
grind, plug some holes, weld and prime

Next week i have 1 week off school, so i should be able to start painting
then clean up the motor, carbs, change the oil, oil filter etc


some pics!
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/84003517-D252-4A46-AB1E-8402158E5ED4-7818-0000026E4C36A3BB_zpsbcb71cb8.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/1002C9B9-BE09-468E-8110-FE44AE773960-7818-0000026E52B8322F_zps5433ff8c.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/F42C76B2-B340-4897-882C-1170F5A9C4EF-7818-0000026E5E9F9241_zps4d62d6e8.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/9C7B5E9A-01AA-44C4-8235-6B06038AB5E7-7818-0000026E749539B4_zps1497fdb1.jpg

Pstegs 101
03-06-2013, 12:28 PM
time for paint what color r u doing????

gvouvakos
03-06-2013, 12:38 PM
time for paint what color r u doing????

Green with black/grey

Pstegs 101
03-06-2013, 06:10 PM
Green with black/grey


thats going to look sick

gvouvakos
03-09-2013, 11:07 AM
Rear shock mount re fabricated, and reinforced. Will start prime everything on Tuesday and on Thursday start painting
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/AD9DA822-FC8D-4066-8919-6591489616AD-10623-00000320834750C8_zpse523c306.jpg

gvouvakos
03-14-2013, 01:26 PM
Some progress :)
Painted the suspension arms! and prime coat the frame again. tomorrow will paint the frame and aluminum panels

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/8F7B6A25-EE15-4843-A79B-017555EA5E7E-18826-000005020FF35DC2_zpsfc593d18.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/F24F5134-4DF7-412E-888D-3AF9C8AC3818-18826-000005020982411A_zps33d5a06c.jpg

this is the color combination, the green is for the frame and the black/grey for the aluminum panels
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/BBDB0A25-586C-4CC9-B119-72BFB30C4032-18826-000005020381CB2D_zps5635f702.jpg

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/F2032865-E550-4B98-9782-C3AD65CE1BD7-18826-00000501FCBDB97C_zps213162fa.jpg

Trouble675
03-14-2013, 01:49 PM
I give you 2 thumbs up! 3 if I had that many.

Chikin
03-14-2013, 04:12 PM
I do have 3 thumbs. Don't ask how. So 3 up.

custom39
03-14-2013, 04:19 PM
looking good!

Trouble675
03-14-2013, 05:13 PM
I do have 3 thumbs. Don't ask how. So 3 up.

Chikin is sporting wood again. [smilie=icon_bolt.g:

gvouvakos
03-15-2013, 02:25 AM
Thank you all for the good comments

Today i have no school, so i will start painting the frame, cut 3 aluminum sheets that i am missing, prepare the body panels for paint and pain them.. pictures will follow :)

gvouvakos
03-15-2013, 12:18 PM
Frame prime coated
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/22638A87-D3AC-4FDC-9A7A-D51430B0D5EA-19536-00000545179BC0BA_zps0ede0c5f.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/1A3E5DF3-D0A5-42FD-9DF0-4513E99B5581-19536-00000545279CBEE6_zps78e0cfff.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/131C82C4-CAE7-402F-B92D-38E589AF6526-19536-0000054534C0F11E_zpse1dfc7b9.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/0F773C27-EB7D-4860-BEC5-816D22A3AA0D-19536-00000545604EB262_zps56fd65d3.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/22A7251A-6E18-4AC2-A715-C02C341E275A-19536-0000054576B9C59F_zps0c3d721d.jpg


I don't know why, but the paint on the aluminum panels is not even. I hope when they dry, the lines will disappear
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/6CEFC945-9909-4CD2-A390-15B0FAF46035-19536-000005452E09E710_zps051c0ecf.jpg

Trouble675
03-15-2013, 02:30 PM
"I don't know why, but the paint on the aluminum panels is not even. I hope when they dry, the lines will disappear"

You may not have over lapped your spray pattern enough. Try going with a second coat, but don't lay the paint down in the same direction as the first. That should fix it.

Chikin
03-15-2013, 05:17 PM
When it comes to spray cans. Spray more paint (lay it on when it's cooler) it will help out and fix the streaks.

gvouvakos
03-16-2013, 02:39 AM
The aluminum panels are sprayed using metallic paint and a painting gun. I will do a 2nd coat today, in a different direction and see what will happen

gvouvakos
03-16-2013, 11:39 AM
finished with the frame. I have used total 12 cans of 400ml spray
and also 2 coats of high gloss clear coat for extra protection and shine

the painting of the panels is almost complete. will finish them tomorrow
Reassembling will start next Thursday because i have a lot of school work to do.

Btw, in the last picture you can see the reinforced shock mounts
Stay tuned :)

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/728E8069-C762-44E7-9412-B3A3E46DEA14-20477-0000059D97F13177_zps7c012b73.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/C4E3D115-EAD9-4E1A-817C-8AA774703FAA-20477-0000059DA96F94C8_zpsdcdcfd42.jpg

Trouble675
03-16-2013, 11:43 AM
That looks sweet! I'm anxious to see how the panels turned out.

gvouvakos
03-16-2013, 11:51 AM
That looks sweet! I'm anxious to see how the panels turned out.

I did a 2nd coat, some panels are good but some of them still have lines.

the ones that are not even, i will pass a third coat ;)

Duane
03-16-2013, 02:22 PM
I get the best finish with rattle cans by keeping a wet edge as I go. Even speed and distance to work and overlap the last pass. It is possible to get a nice finish. Also let it dry between coats longer than they recommend.

Trouble675
03-16-2013, 07:38 PM
Hey G, I know its a little late but I found this and thought it might help ya. This is the correct way to paint with a can. Notice how the first coat has very little coverage. The second one is a little thicker and the third is heavy. But be careful to not go too heavy that you get runs. Hope it helps!

http://youtu.be/_MsVWj3fGkY

Chikin
03-16-2013, 08:09 PM
Trouble is helping u out of a troubling situation. Ha awesome.

gvouvakos
03-17-2013, 04:51 AM
as i said previously, the panels are painted using a spraying gun and oil paint, i think he problem is not the technique, because i have painted metal sheets previously with other oil paints and the result was very smooth. I think it's the paint. However some panels turned out good in the end, but some still need another coat

gvouvakos
03-20-2013, 02:31 PM
started reassembling today, finished the front sudmension and stearing, and attached some panels
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/BA2CC632-89F9-4720-8A3B-2359B23FC9E6-25650-000006CFAD113639_zps14c15baa.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/8C4D296D-A19D-4487-B6DB-7D3C5F136625-25650-000006CFB3C4F5BA_zpsc775b3bd.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/2A0D2261-CE97-4F22-9D32-4E83F93F7D21-25650-000006CFBA0A6BA3_zps043786dd.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/C42B60EB-0356-40A3-A2E5-6C5C3CFE0DC0-25650-000006CFC0B7F680_zps08b28c3b.jpg

Trouble675
03-20-2013, 02:37 PM
Looking good! How'd your panels turn out?

gvouvakos
03-20-2013, 02:50 PM
only 6 out of the 25 need a re-coat. will paint them tomorrow before mounting the engine in :)

christopher338
03-21-2013, 01:06 PM
Hey GVouvakos!

Absolutely love your build! Magnificent machine.

I'm currently on the last step of building my Badland Buggy. It needs a rear drive system, currently they'res nothing they're

Here's a picture.

http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s533/christopher_mcdonnell1/buggy-rear_zpsde6ac8b4.png
I'm wondering if you can assist me on where to get them parts you got for your drive?

The drive line
The TPO Shafts I think?
The bearings for the drive line and that block of stuff you have for your center drive line? Basically the whole back end parts bar the suspension and wheels.

All the componants in this image, and how much do they cost?
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0541.jpg

Thanks a million!

Best Regards,
Chris.

Pstegs 101
03-21-2013, 01:51 PM
only 6 out of the 25 need a re-coat. will paint them tomorrow before mounting the engine in :)

how did they come out??

gvouvakos
03-22-2013, 12:42 PM
christopher check your inbox


how did they come out??

Did not finish the painting yet

Work to be done:


finish painting the aluminum panels
paint the wheels
finish the assembling

And i will try to get a title for it.. only offroad. I am sure they will not allow for road



some more pictures from the assembling
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/8AE0D0D0-14A0-4196-92AF-FB17F88A3341-27304-0000073BBBD920EE_zpsdab826f6.jpg
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/38E03398-EE13-4343-BFF0-5B301E182B39-27304-0000073BDB58891E_zps4ce2f2a8.jpg

and i have to say, i like the colour combination :)

gvouvakos
03-25-2013, 03:06 AM
Almost finished. A few details left
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/6595C800-1CCC-41C6-B595-B78209CFF12B-28447-00000776F5A1B0C4_zps5c4e7f57.jpg

Pstegs 101
03-25-2013, 07:16 AM
wow that looks really good like the color now you just need some off road tires :p

gvouvakos
03-26-2013, 01:17 PM
Badland buggy ST3 first jump - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXlbsQrCR9o)

not much, but it's better than nothing

Chikin
03-26-2013, 01:47 PM
Hey hold the throttle when u hit the jump. It's not much but hold the gas into and over the jump.
Will help with the nose dive.

Looks good though.

gvouvakos
03-26-2013, 01:57 PM
Hey hold the throttle when u hit the jump. It's not much but hold the gas into and over the jump.
Will help with the nose dive.

Looks good though.

It was afraid that's why i let the gas off, next time i will not decelerate.:)

Chikin
03-26-2013, 02:05 PM
It was afraid that's why i let the gas off, next time i will not decelerate.:)

So glock and custom39 and now u have jumping videos. Man I'm really behind in all of this!!
I need to step it up big time.

Pstegs 101
03-27-2013, 08:29 AM
So glock and custom39 and now u have jumping videos. Man I'm really behind in all of this!!
I need to step it up big time.


yaa like any day now aka get your fat ass of the couch and give me a dam good video :D show um whos daddy major dick:p

Rat4020
03-27-2013, 09:07 AM
So glock and custom39 and now u have jumping videos. Man I'm really behind in all of this!!
I need to step it up big time.




Uhm [smilie=whistle.gif]
JUMP 002 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAYIXyT5sVk&feature=player_detailpage)

custom39
03-27-2013, 09:52 AM
Uhm [smilie=whistle.gif]
JUMP 002 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAYIXyT5sVk&feature=player_detailpage)


thats a fast jump........scary! I will get there!

gvouvakos
03-27-2013, 01:36 PM
That's a nice jump.. I am just afraid not to damage the rear shock mounts again during landing. Even if i have reinforced them

Anw, I have sent a new drawing to the laser cut shop, for a new sprocket. To lower the reduction because it's too high.

From 42, i will go with 32 tooth. Right now the top speed is 50mp/h. With my calculations the top speed after the modification will be 63. And i will order some offroad tyres which are a bit bigger and the top speed will be 74mp/h.:)

However as you may all know, there is huge financial problem in my countries 2 major banks are in a huge dept and the haircut is estimated to be 50%. Thus i may not buy tires in the meantime

Pstegs 101
03-27-2013, 05:19 PM
That's a nice jump.. I am just afraid not to damage the rear shock mounts again during landing. Even if i have reinforced them

Anw, I have sent a new drawing to the laser cut shop, for a new sprocket. To lower the reduction because it's too high.

From 42, i will go with 32 tooth. Right now the top speed is 50mp/h. With my calculations the top speed after the modification will be 63. And i will order some offroad tyres which are a bit bigger and the top speed will be 74mp/h.:)

However as you may all know, there is huge financial problem in my countries 2 major banks are in a huge dept and the haircut is estimated to be 50%. Thus i may not buy tires in the meantime

dam i hate when things like that get in the way[smilie=gun_chair.g:[smilie=gun_chair.g:

gvouvakos
04-01-2013, 02:17 PM
Changed the sprocket, and now the gearing is perfect!
I have been driving it everyday for a week now and everything is working perfect, except some freaking nuts coming lose, and they are locknuts. I will add loctite, because i am tired of tightening them continuously.

And also i have realized that the engine consumes A LOT of fuel, and unleaded petrol here is 1.4 euros per litre which is 6.8 dollars per gallon. :mad:

What is the price of petrol in us?

Chikin
04-01-2013, 02:38 PM
Changed the sprocket, and now the gearing is perfect!
I have been driving it everyday for a week now and everything is working perfect, except some freaking nuts coming lose, and they are locknuts. I will add loctite, because i am tired of tightening them continuously.

And also i have realized that the engine consumes A LOT of fuel, and unleaded petrol here is 1.4 euros per litre which is 6.8 dollars per gallon. :mad:

What is the price of petrol in us?

In Phoenix Arizona it's 3.48 a gallon.

VP110 race fuel is 7.99 a gallon or 39.95 for 5 gallon can (from vp)

GateKeeper
04-01-2013, 02:51 PM
Changed the sprocket, and now the gearing is perfect!
I have been driving it everyday for a week now and everything is working perfect, except some freaking nuts coming lose, and they are locknuts. I will add loctite, because i am tired of tightening them continuously.

And also i have realized that the engine consumes A LOT of fuel, and unleaded petrol here is 1.4 euros per litre which is 6.8 dollars per gallon. :mad:

What is the price of petrol in us?

Around $3.80 a gallon

gvouvakos
04-02-2013, 01:16 PM
Smashed my top speed today.. From 72 km/h (45 mph) to 92 km/h (57 mph) @ 7500 RPM
I have another 3500 till red line, so if i find a straight road on a non-windy day i am sure i will excite 100 km/h

Chikin
04-02-2013, 01:44 PM
Smashed my top speed today.. From 72 km/h (45 mph) to 92 km/h (57 mph) @ 7500 RPM
I have another 3500 till red line, so if i find a straight road on a non-windy day i am sure i will excite 100 km/h

Might cost u 10 dollar pass(gas wise) . But worth it.

ErwinBnl
04-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Wow that's a nice speeding record you have so far.. I'm very curious what my ST2 LT will do when it's finally finished.

The unleaded patrol (95) costs €1,85 a liter here in The Netherlands.. it's crazy! :mad:
And Cyprus is all day, for weeks now, in the news because of the financial status over there.. poor people! Our country, with many others, have invested many millions of Euro's in Greece, Spain and Cyprus the last years.. but it's bad everywhere.. Quite sick.. :mad:

Nice jumping video! At the first jump, does the chassis hit the floor? Or does it just seem like that?
I want more video's! Also inboard! [smilie=ecstatic.gi:

gvouvakos
04-03-2013, 06:50 AM
the financial problem is huge. the banks are near bankrupt. and you are only allowed to retrive as very small amount from your account each day.

no the chassis does not hit the ground. more videos will follow

gvouvakos
04-05-2013, 11:01 AM
And Erwin you were correct. The rear hit the ground. Did a slow motion video of the previous jump.

Today i run out of fuel, and when i refueled the engine it started normal, but then it died. I had to remove the sparks, hit the starter a few times, put the sparks back and it didn't started.

I don't know if this is normal but i put my hand over the air intakes of the cylinders and a after moving and playing with the intakes, it started!
but it warmed up to quickly, at idle the water temp went to 65 degrees Celsius (150 Fahrenheit), in 2 minutes. went for a ride and the temperature with the fan on was fluctuating between 70-75 celsius (160-165 Fahrenheit). Usually with the fan on previously the temperature was constant at 67 Celsius.

Also i can hear the right hand exhaust popping, what does this mean? do i have to pull the carbs appart , clean them and put them back on? is there a proper way (step by step procedure to do this?)

Please help me because i am a bit frustrated :mad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfTXf4_WOTM&list=HL1365177085&feature=mh_lolz

Pstegs 101
04-05-2013, 02:54 PM
is the fan still going? i know it might be dumb but they might have forgoten the easy :D i have done that a couple of times :):) just stand back a look at it from a far

Fluke
04-05-2013, 04:34 PM
Hey Man

I ran my buggy out of fuel without a fuel filter(dumb I know)and it sucked a bunch of crap from my tank into the carbs. Anyways it caused starting troubles as some of the gunk from the tank partially plugged one of the jets. It also caused popping or backfiring in that one cylinder. Caused a lean condition. Pull the carbs. Take off the bowl and clean the jet. It is self explanatory once its apart. Hop this helps.

gvouvakos
04-07-2013, 12:47 PM
Bended the right front a arm during landing

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/image_1365254510615122_zpscac831db.jpg

Pstegs 101
04-07-2013, 03:18 PM
how are you going to fix it??

daaboots
04-10-2013, 07:38 AM
Wow, did you ever bend it.

monkeyinfantry
04-10-2013, 09:47 AM
Ouch, new arm time [smilie=alright.gif] I'd make a new set and brace them where that one bent

gvouvakos
04-10-2013, 02:11 PM
Yeah i will make new ones but after a while. I don't have time

Old Skool
04-10-2013, 05:27 PM
This is a great build and your buggy came out great!!!. I admire your inginuety.

Do you have any pics of your electric reverse?? Thanks

gvouvakos
04-11-2013, 06:04 AM
This is a great build and your buggy came out great!!!. I admire your inginuety.

Do you have any pics of your electric reverse?? Thanks

Thanks. No electric reverse yet ;)

Pstegs 101
04-11-2013, 08:31 AM
Thanks. No electric reverse yet ;)


i like the yet :):)

ErwinBnl
04-14-2013, 06:02 AM
That's quite f*cked up, your suspension arm bend...
Are they 100% from the buggy plans or did you modify them? Because my ST2 has the lower shock mount way further to the wheel so the bump is more on the shock/wheel than on the arm itself.

Maybe you can prevent this from happening in the future with stiffer shocks? More nitrogen? Because this probably happened during full shock compression.

gvouvakos
04-14-2013, 07:58 AM
That's quite f*cked up, your suspension arm bend...
Are they 100% from the buggy plans or did you modify them? Because my ST2 has the lower shock mount way further to the wheel so the bump is more on the shock/wheel than on the arm itself.

Maybe you can prevent this from happening in the future with stiffer shocks? More nitrogen? Because this probably happened during full shock compression.

No.. My arms are longer than the ones the plans say. I have made the mistake of ordering 4" shocks, i should have bought 8" - 9" travel so that the motion ratio of the arm is not that big as it is now. Downsouth motorsports sent me some compression valve stacks to add to make the shock stiffer, and also i have sent a message to fox asking what the max oil level is for the 4" shock but no reply yet :mad:

Chikin
04-14-2013, 11:31 AM
Hey I mentioned this before and let it go. What I would do is this (custom 39 would agree)

So you have a 4 inch shock. Cool. Well make the shock move 4 inches and depending on how you make the arms and pivot points. You can get more shock travel usage with the same small shock.
Cantalever set up.

Here is a pic and let's say that the shock is 4 inches of total travel.
Well the arm has a pivot. And the down tube is longer. Well that 4 inch shock now has 6 inches of travel on the a arm (yet the shock will never move more that 4 inches)

Now this could move the shock mount out wards and this relieve the stress of the shock being mounted inward and causing the bending you have now.
It takes some craftsmenship and well cad parts or design would be ideal. It's also not neccicary either.

Only issues (maybe some one will chime in on this) can you mount a air shock laying flat???


Here is a pic of a car I saw last week at some rich snob car show.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k5/chikin1974/4BF3B8D6-0904-4E3E-AA4F-40C67F50A73E-6798-00000B5216D5E5D2.jpg

custom39
04-14-2013, 12:15 PM
I wanted to do that for my current build..... but you can't use emulsion shocks ;(

The problem you will run into (GV) is if you make a stronger a-arm the next thing to break will be a heim or spindle.

I think you need to mount the shock around 30 dergrees and get it closer to the spindle....you will lose some of your travel but will be a better design.

gvouvakos
04-14-2013, 12:57 PM
I want to lay the shocks flatter, so that it is closer to the wheel but that would require a huge amount of modification, both lower and upper shock mounts. And actually know i don't have time due to exams. I hope to do the modification during Easter holidays ;)

gvouvakos
04-14-2013, 01:05 PM
Like this
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_0300_zps0410727e.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_0300_zps0410727e.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
04-15-2013, 08:36 AM
New Lower A-Arm design. The plates shown are 5mm, but the wall will be 8mm. No way it will bent, and as you can see i have moved the lower shock mount, and i have found an easy way to do the upper shock mount with not a lot of modifications
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/aarms_zps9cb92029.png (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/aarms_zps9cb92029.png.html)

Fred3500
04-17-2013, 09:13 PM
How many feet did you need?

gvouvakos
04-18-2013, 02:46 AM
How many feet did you need?

What do you mean?

gvouvakos
04-20-2013, 11:43 AM
I made a few calls to the road transport department to see if i can get a license to it. But they said there is no chance in getting it street legal. Only factory build buggies can have a license or prototypes build by car manufacturing firms.

On monday i will have the the laser cut plates for the new a-arms. I will most probably finish all the welding on Monday, and finish the new front shock mounts. Pictures will follow

custom39
04-20-2013, 12:00 PM
Sorry to here this.....looks like you have plenty of space to enjoy it!

Chikin
04-20-2013, 01:09 PM
Ah that sucks. Well drive it like it is. And tell them "chikin" said it was ok to drive it on the streets.
Then tell them. Do you know who I am!!!

Police love that statement.

gvouvakos
04-21-2013, 02:40 AM
Sorry to here this.....looks like you have plenty of space to enjoy it!

Yes we have a lot of fields but in the summer i will take it to the beach, that's why i would like to have it street legal :p

gvouvakos
04-21-2013, 02:42 AM
Ah that sucks. Well drive it like it is. And tell them "chikin" said it was ok to drive it on the streets.
Then tell them. Do you know who I am!!!

Police love that statement.

and then I go to prison. No wait by dad will go to prison, I am not 18 yet :p

Chikin
04-21-2013, 08:17 AM
and then I go to prison. No wait by dad will go to prison, I am not 18 yet :p

Happy Father's Day dad. Ha that's funny.

Pstegs 101
04-22-2013, 12:34 PM
Happy Father's Day dad. Ha that's funny.


not funny :p:p but o wait i am not the one going to jail so it is[smilie=ecstatic.gi:[smilie=ecstatic.gi:

gvouvakos
04-23-2013, 10:54 AM
New lower A-arms. No way this will bend. It's all around 5mm steel.
Although i ended up having to do a lot of modifications. Now the shock hits the upper arm, so i will have to extend them to clear the shock,

Also, in the next 2-3 days i will have 4 new off road tires.. size 205/70 R15

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/465E6A32-3E96-4FCD-9BF6-1598BCECE059-14504-000003E63A0675B2_zps9dd519dc.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/465E6A32-3E96-4FCD-9BF6-1598BCECE059-14504-000003E63A0675B2_zps9dd519dc.jpg.html)

Chikin
04-23-2013, 11:05 AM
Yeah that looks like it should not bend. Good

Pstegs 101
04-23-2013, 11:09 AM
yeah that looks really good nice job and thanks for the pics

gvouvakos
04-24-2013, 11:58 AM
Front suspension rebuild finished and tested. Works perfect. I have 350psi in each shock and the shock did not bottom even is some very deep grooves, and the ground clearance is perfect. approximately 17" and with the new tires it will be 19" :)

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps84c35e00.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps84c35e00.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zpse167f56d.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zpse167f56d.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
04-26-2013, 11:12 AM
Finally got the offroad tires. And it looks like a tractor. It is sitting high above the ground and i like it a lot
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_03421_zps99fde294.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_03421_zps99fde294.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_03411_zpsc4357a5f.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_03411_zpsc4357a5f.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_03471_zps56f9152f.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_03471_zps56f9152f.jpg.html)

Pstegs 101
04-26-2013, 11:59 AM
wow that looks really good does your buggy feel underpowered

monkeyinfantry
04-26-2013, 12:09 PM
Very nice, up and running already, with some upgrades! :D

gvouvakos
04-26-2013, 01:22 PM
wow that looks really good does your buggy feel underpowered

Right now with the bigger tires yes. It needs higher reduction. I am planning to change the sprocket with the bigger one i had a month ago

gvouvakos
04-26-2013, 01:23 PM
Very nice, up and running already, with some upgrades! :D

Thanks :D

custom39
04-26-2013, 01:47 PM
looks really good!

I like your tyres!

Nice job on the A- arms

gvouvakos
04-26-2013, 11:35 PM
looks really good!

I like your tyres!

Nice job on the A- arms

Thank you custom. I tried my best.

Btw the tires were a gift from my uncle, for accomplishing to finish the buggy myself :D

Chikin
04-27-2013, 05:25 AM
Wow that's a cool uncle. Parts look good. Now get out there and get some more videos.

Pstegs 101
04-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Wow that's a cool uncle. Parts look good. Now get out there and get some more videos.


yeah talk about vidoes aka get me mmmmmmmooooorrrrrrrreeeeee

Chikin
04-27-2013, 12:40 PM
See unlike other parts of the world. It's already 100 degrees. Kinda hot here already. So I'm working on a night run at the local track. So I'm working on MOAR myself.

gvouvakos
04-28-2013, 09:34 AM
I was thinking for a night run last night, but i have changed my mind.;)

Pstegs 101
04-28-2013, 01:03 PM
I was thinking for a night run last night, but i have changed my mind.;)


why and hb a great video :):) like really long and full of cool things:p

gvouvakos
05-13-2013, 02:18 PM
Time to post some update.
I have decided to reconstruct the rear hubs, since i have continues problems with the them. The shaft slips in the bearings. the following picture shows the my existing hubs and how they are constructed. As you can see there is nothing to prevent the shaft from moving.
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0724.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/SAM_0724.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/SAM_0721.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/SAM_0721.jpg.html)

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/Untitled_zps5c2bbe05.png (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/Untitled_zps5c2bbe05.png.html)
This is the new design! the 35mm diameter part (where it is hold by the bearings) will be machined with the required tolerance to have the axle press fitted in the bearings, so that it will never move again.

Also i will replace those threaded a-arm axle pivots with higher quality bolts. I have decided to build new upper front A-arms since they are a bit short. More to follow

Fred3500
05-13-2013, 06:02 PM
What do you mean?

Sorry for being so vague:o how manny feet of tubing did you use?

Fred3500
05-13-2013, 06:10 PM
Did you have an trubble with following the plans IYO was it with buildingfrom these plans? How much $$$?

Pstegs 101
05-13-2013, 07:39 PM
Did you have an trubble with following the plans IYO was it with buildingfrom these plans? How much $$$?



is that the only thing you say[smilie=thumbs_down: and the ST4 badland buggy plands suck

gvouvakos
05-14-2013, 12:45 AM
Sorry for being so vague:o how manny feet of tubing did you use?

Don't know really.. All tubing was already in my shop so i didn't order any tubing so i don't know how much i have used

Fred3500
05-14-2013, 11:45 PM
Ok thanks man one more question how much $$$$ did it cost

Pstegs 101
05-15-2013, 08:45 AM
Ok thanks man one more question how much $$$$ did it cost


and lot of people dont want to know and i am sure you dont and i am sure that gouvakos would say that

gvouvakos
05-15-2013, 08:47 AM
Ok thanks man one more question how much $$$$ did it cost

50$ I am sick of this question :mad:

Pstegs 101
05-15-2013, 08:52 AM
yeah i tryed to help you [smilie=alright.gif] you just blow me off thanks :p

gvouvakos
05-30-2013, 08:46 AM
Hello guys..

Is there anything that i can use which is a bearing if you turn it one way, but it locks if you turn it the other way?

Bullnerd
05-30-2013, 10:12 AM
My old ski machine had one of those in it...a one way bearing....Nordic track...thats it.

gvouvakos
06-02-2013, 03:12 AM
Yesterday, I had some time to work on the buggy. I made a modification to the new front a-arm. i have also build new upper arms, because they were short. Also replaced 2 heim joints because they were twisted. More to follow next week

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zpsa7c19d1a.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zpsa7c19d1a.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
06-05-2013, 12:44 AM
An old picture I found on my phone, with the buggy with it's new off-road tires

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/942012_10201390266465463_664000502_n.jpg

GateKeeper
06-05-2013, 10:56 AM
Hello guys..

Is there anything that i can use which is a bearing if you turn it one way, but it locks if you turn it the other way?

Yamaha rhinos use them in the clutch

gvouvakos
06-08-2013, 12:31 PM
Some progress, finished with the new front a-arms

Also took the carbs apart to clean them, but they were very clean
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_06501_zps461880c2.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_06501_zps461880c2.jpg.html)

Pstegs 101
06-08-2013, 02:17 PM
haha i just did that:D and thoes nuts that hold the belly pan on are very hard to get off, so i took the hammer to it and that did it:cool:

Bullnerd
06-08-2013, 06:27 PM
Is that RTV on the bowls?

Is that a good idea? See all the little pieces on the inside waiting to fall off?

Chikin
06-08-2013, 08:05 PM
Hey bull has a point. The grey sealant (or gasket material) can fall off or get sucked in to the carbs. That's not good. It could make it not run and well scrape it off and only use a little bit. A little goes a long way.

Pstegs 101
06-08-2013, 08:12 PM
yeah it can do damage

Chikin
06-08-2013, 08:28 PM
Well damage is one thing. But more than likely. It will come off and plug a jet. And we'll it won't start or run. That can be annoying.

gvouvakos
06-09-2013, 03:28 AM
I was worried too about that silicone material.. I wil take them apart again, scrape it off, and add new sealant. Than you for the notification

gvouvakos
06-09-2013, 03:32 AM
haha i just did that:D and thoes nuts that hold the belly pan on are very hard to get off, so i took the hammer to it and that did it:cool:

Had the same problem with almost all the bolts. I ended up using my impact wrench, and took them of easily. I have to replace some bolts, since i have destroyed their head

gvouvakos
06-09-2013, 11:46 AM
Hey huys.. something else i would like to ask

If i use a fully threaded steel rod, for the a arms pivot point with the frame, will it "eat" up my teflon bushes?

fabdaddy55
06-09-2013, 12:14 PM
Yes. Very quickly

tbwcurtis
06-09-2013, 05:26 PM
I used a threaded rod on my front a-arms as my budget did not allow for bolts to be made, I ended up replacing the acetyl bushes after my first two test runs!!! It does not pay to use threaded rod, even for testing!!!

gvouvakos
06-10-2013, 01:44 AM
the problem is that, i used steel rods and added threads on the ends.. but 8 mm of the threads have been leveled from the constant touch with the flanges (the flanges connecting the a arms with the frame)

I was thinking of making new ones with shorter threads, so that the threads are just after the flange

tbwcurtis
06-10-2013, 01:51 AM
I was worried too about that silicone material.. I wil take them apart again, scrape it off, and add new sealant. Than you for the notification


Hey, can you get a gasket sheet that can be used with fuel? Even when re-doing the sealant, you never know what is going to squeeze out inside the chamber when tightening fully. I had a 4 barrel holey that gave me endless issues due to silicone in the float switch.
Not sure what everyone else thinks about using a gasket, or if you can use one due to thickness! Good luck getting it up and running, looking forward to the video!!

tbwcurtis
06-10-2013, 01:56 AM
For your a-arm bolts, why not use a solid bar with one side tapped (this is the time consuming part) and on the other side, drill out a nut to the same diameter and weld it on (bevel the rod and the outside of the nut before welding)

I gather you don't have an internal sleeve and are using the torque when tightening to adjust the pressure on the arms. This can be a real pain as the bushes wear. What about opening the bushes out and using a sleeve, then you can use threaded rod and can then set the torque permanently. Just ensure that the sleeve does not turn on the bar. try and use a stainless rod and sleeve!! Just a thought. Good luck

tbwcurtis
06-10-2013, 02:01 AM
Another thought, why not turn a bush that inserts through your mounting plate and in to the a-arm bush, yet has a flange to stop it falling in to the a-arm tube. You could then use a threaded rod and be sure to not have the bush turn on the rod. The only difference would be that you are still using the torque to adjust the pressure on the a-arms. You could also notch the flanges and place a spot of weld on the outside of the a-arm mounting plates that would also stop the bushes from rotating. Just an idea!

gvouvakos
07-02-2013, 05:39 AM
Finally the machinist finished the modification of the rear hubs.. and also modified the clutch.. I have attached the bikes original master cylinder on the shifter since i was having problem with the clutch. The only problem now is that there is a leak from the reservoir cup since it is vertical. I will add a high strength sealant.

The only thing left to do are the a-arm bolts and buy a pair of headlights

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/B8BFAC5C-A3AE-4347-B802-8B73DB5EE3FA-21685-000004CD31B0622B_zps7dd5edab.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/B8BFAC5C-A3AE-4347-B802-8B73DB5EE3FA-21685-000004CD31B0622B_zps7dd5edab.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/A7412CEE-C45F-4115-A0CA-9AE72A84F9FB-34820-000007AE2841367E_zps4c8bb215.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/A7412CEE-C45F-4115-A0CA-9AE72A84F9FB-34820-000007AE2841367E_zps4c8bb215.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/BAA0FB30-77D9-4E1F-81A2-D75BC7B46DC5-34820-000007AE76190B97_zps298bb1cd.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/BAA0FB30-77D9-4E1F-81A2-D75BC7B46DC5-34820-000007AE76190B97_zps298bb1cd.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
07-05-2013, 01:04 PM
finished all the work on the buggy. The clutch works good now, but i need some time to get used to it.. The toe has to be adjusted on most of the wheels

a picture from today's test drive

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/DBE36C1B-8BCA-46D2-9744-49B983FA78D8-37967-0000084F92933A25_zps7e2f7951.jpg

custom39
07-05-2013, 02:21 PM
looking good!

Duane
07-05-2013, 02:52 PM
Looks good. Now have some fun! But we still want video!

Pstegs 101
07-05-2013, 05:45 PM
yeah i want a video (in little kid whine):p

Bullnerd
07-05-2013, 07:23 PM
Wow!...anybody ever google where this dude lives?

Check it out.

Hows the weather on that island?

Trouble675
07-05-2013, 07:29 PM
Great pic!

Bullnerd
07-05-2013, 08:54 PM
Great pic!

Thanks...wait ..me or him? Ha.

Trouble675
07-05-2013, 09:52 PM
Thanks...wait ..me or him? Ha.

Actually, I was addressing Google! Lol



(Not really)

Bullnerd
07-05-2013, 10:35 PM
Well then..

gvouvakos
07-06-2013, 03:28 AM
The good thing now it's that all of the crops in the fields have been harvested so now I have a lot more places to ride my buggy :)


looking good!

Thank you man


Looks good. Now have some fun! But we still want video!

Thank you Duane, a video will be recorded soon!


Wow!...anybody ever google where this dude lives?

Check it out.

Hows the weather on that island?

Chikin checked where i live a few months back. And he realized i live in the otherside of the earth :D

The weather is good to go to the beach. Now the temperature is at 90 degrees Fahrenheit


Great pic!
Thank you :)

millbilly
07-06-2013, 04:33 AM
Bull,
You didn't know where Cyprus was???
No where close to NJ.....

Bullnerd
07-06-2013, 09:12 AM
Yeah I'm in my own little world.

gvouvakos
07-06-2013, 10:40 AM
I have some bad news.. Today me and my friend had an accident with the buggy.. however we only have some scratches on our legs.

I was driving with 40-50 mph in the fields when i saw a small drop of 20 inches 15 metres away. I couldn't do anything , i had to jump. when landed the whole force was in the front right wheel where the weld holding the threaded bung snapped.. leading to the a arm digging the earth, and the the buggy flipped 90 degrees sideways. We were both wearing our seat belt, which were life saving.

Some pictures
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_1785_zps8135a6cc.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_1785_zps8135a6cc.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zpsb1c2dcb0.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zpsb1c2dcb0.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps8e5a54f1.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps8e5a54f1.jpg.html)

upper shock mount twisted
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps2f50212e.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps2f50212e.jpg.html)

the steering column is bent, from holding it strongly and the dash board
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps4f987044.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps4f987044.jpg.html)

Trouble675
07-06-2013, 11:55 AM
Aww dang! Glad you guys are ok! But it doesn't look too bad. It should be a fairly easy fix. You'll have her back up n ruining in no time.

gvouvakos
07-06-2013, 12:02 PM
Aww dang! Glad you guys are ok! But it doesn't look too bad. It should be a fairly easy fix. You'll have her back up n ruining in no time.

Luckily i have time now, since the schools are closed. I believe it's about 11-12 hours of hard work

Duane
07-06-2013, 01:02 PM
DANG! Tore it right off! Fixin time.

Pstegs 101
07-06-2013, 05:29 PM
first question i ask it not are you okay but, is the buggy and shocks okay :D

gvouvakos
07-07-2013, 04:17 AM
first question i ask it not are you okay but, is the buggy and shocks okay :D

when human lifes are in danger, I don't care about metal that can be fixed

gvouvakos
07-07-2013, 04:25 AM
Checked the damage on the buggy early in the morning today. I am so relieved that the shocks have no twisted body or shafts.. only scratches on the body and stickers. Found the threaded insert that did all the damege, and concluded that it was not welded very good.

My only question is what size rod end the 14" latest rage rack and pinion has? is it 3/8" unf?

My dash board is bent. I hope i will be able to fix it and repaint it

and I have to cut and replace some tubing

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/D163AD52-7AE2-4103-B754-5C8C38F98398-41101-00000914A0F61ACD_zps97a9916a.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/D163AD52-7AE2-4103-B754-5C8C38F98398-41101-00000914A0F61ACD_zps97a9916a.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/382C47F4-1331-47BD-9FA6-0548C4179BF0-41101-000009169297D9AC_zpsf8285537.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/382C47F4-1331-47BD-9FA6-0548C4179BF0-41101-000009169297D9AC_zpsf8285537.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/A19B624B-A7BA-4F20-9BAA-AFB9F57690BA-41101-00000914AB1B842C_zps2e82b18f.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/A19B624B-A7BA-4F20-9BAA-AFB9F57690BA-41101-00000914AB1B842C_zps2e82b18f.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/9912296B-54FE-4A3F-9599-797A081CFE81-41101-00000914CC6E7CFE_zpsb8da915f.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/9912296B-54FE-4A3F-9599-797A081CFE81-41101-00000914CC6E7CFE_zpsb8da915f.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/E169AE8F-EC2C-4696-BAED-F031DE6B05BC-41101-00000916995F702F_zpsf789e82a.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/E169AE8F-EC2C-4696-BAED-F031DE6B05BC-41101-00000916995F702F_zpsf789e82a.jpg.html)

Chikin
07-07-2013, 11:50 AM
I was it first on face book. Glad ur ok. It's just metal.

Pstegs 101
07-07-2013, 05:59 PM
hopefully you will get it up and running soon

gvouvakos
07-10-2013, 10:37 AM
Forgot to post this. It's a short video, filmed 20 minutes before the crash. The buggy was working perfectly

click hd
Badland's st3 buggy - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX1m5n-SUlc)

CARLRIDDLE
07-10-2013, 01:55 PM
I prefer the tabs with the turnout ends, like [. Especially on suspension stuff. Just a little more surface for the weld.

A big hammer, some metal glue, and some crayons she'll look like new.

gvouvakos
07-17-2013, 12:03 PM
Yesterday and today, i have worked almost 8 hours each day on the buggy to get it ready for some driving on Saturday

Replaced all bent tubing, front suspension tabs and shock mount, repainted everything.
Replaced the steering column. I am waiting for a pair of new heims for my rack and pinion
Tomorrow i will go pick up a brake hose that was cut.

Only a few details left and it should be up and running in no time

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps35b3916f.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps35b3916f.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps7d4ded9c.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps7d4ded9c.jpg.html)

Trouble675
07-18-2013, 11:05 AM
Attaboy!

gvouvakos
07-23-2013, 11:28 AM
Had some free time, so I have decided to make some graphics and stick some logos

and of course minibuggy.net

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps224ec8bb.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps224ec8bb.jpg.html)

Chikin
07-23-2013, 12:45 PM
Nice!! Looks good. I need to make some of those mbn stickers.

gvouvakos
07-23-2013, 01:46 PM
Nice!! Looks good. I need to make some of those mbn stickers.

It's very simple. I have used oil paints and then 2 coats of high gloss clear coat

gvouvakos
07-25-2013, 01:38 PM
received a pair of brake hoses today, bleeded the brakes and had a short test drive
my uncle has a trailer, and with a few modifications i will be able to use it to transfer the buggy :D

Number 1
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zpsa4ca2902.jpg

gvouvakos
07-26-2013, 12:12 PM
It's officially finished :D i hope so :p
The following video was filmed on-board by my sister. Click full hd and widescreen

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/IMG_1954_zps19e65488.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/IMG_1954_zps19e65488.jpg.html)

Badland ST3 on-board video short trip - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqUz3WNbnRY)

gvouvakos
07-27-2013, 05:13 AM
Put my camera facing the front suspension to see how thing are working

Badland ST3 modified front suspension with fox air shocks testing - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhNn3dKb9CQ)

ErwinBnl
07-29-2013, 05:36 PM
It's officially finished :D i hope so :p
The following video was filmed on-board by my sister. Click full hd and widescreen


Badland ST3 on-board video short trip - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqUz3WNbnRY)


Show your sister this:
Vertical Video Syndrome - A PSA - YouTube (http://youtu.be/Bt9zSfinwFA)

[smilie=tongue.gif]

Besides that.. very nice video!

gvouvakos
07-29-2013, 06:00 PM
Show your sister this:
Vertical Video Syndrome - A PSA - YouTube (http://youtu.be/Bt9zSfinwFA)

[smilie=tongue.gif]

Besides that.. very nice video!

I was so pissed of when i watched the videos and they were vertical :mad:

Haha.. love the video

Duane
07-29-2013, 08:29 PM
Sisters are not qualified for the technical things we men do. They can bake you a birthday cake or make you a sandwich. They can even marry a cool guy who makes a great brother in law. That's just the way life is.

gvouvakos
07-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Today, I went shopping. Picked up a pair of new 4" halogen headlights.. They will be placed on the highest point on the buggy.. In the future i will buy another pair that will be placed lower..

Meanwhile, i have searched for some speakers to add, and a woofer. To have a pro sound system :D
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/null_zps9f4b7b44.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/null_zps9f4b7b44.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
08-02-2013, 12:51 PM
Installed! however not tested at night yet
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg507/gvouvakos/6E4B9925-B1ED-4DED-9F9F-3718ACBDCFC9-13850-0000033E0244436E_zps996da727.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/gvouvakos/media/6E4B9925-B1ED-4DED-9F9F-3718ACBDCFC9-13850-0000033E0244436E_zps996da727.jpg.html)

gvouvakos
08-03-2013, 06:24 PM
New video guys, not much but it's something :)

Badland ST3 buggy on-board camera - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxTFmY7XMQE)

gvouvakos
08-04-2013, 03:34 PM
I have another video, reached 80 kilometers per hour with 3rd gear @ 8000 rpm
However during the shifting it was like hell, the clutch is not working properly
The road was not straight so i couldn't reach top speed

Badland ST3 buggy, 80 km/h with 3rd gear @ 8000 RPM - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAqdSHK-yN4)

Rat4020
08-07-2013, 06:39 AM
Thanx for postin the vid . With these dam buggy projects I guess we gots to take it one step at a time and they aint always in a row ... LOL .. I am quite sure yull get it worked out :cool:

gvouvakos
08-07-2013, 07:26 AM
Thanx for postin the vid . With these dam buggy projects I guess we gots to take it one step at a time and they aint always in a row ... LOL .. I am quite sure yull get it worked out :cool:

I hope so!

Does anyone know what can cause not shifting gears smoothly.. i have bleeded the clutch a lot of times so i don't think i have any air bubbles