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    No engine news for now. Quick question though, thinking about going with the Miata CV axle route. Granted the axles are about 7-8 inches longer than what the plans call for. Anyway, someone did ask on the forum a few years ago what kind of travel you can get with Miata axles, but there was never an actual answer to it. So with A-arms, what kind of travel can you get with Miata axles, unmodified/shortened. I would cut them down to size, but that seems to never go right if you don't have that done by a proper shop.
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    I don't have an immediate answer, but Vasily Builds on Youtube used Mazda Miata CV axles on his build. He may have talked about the amount of travel he has built into his rear suspension. It's been about a year since I watched his videos, so I don't remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darwinpayne2000 View Post
    I don't have an immediate answer, but Vasily Builds on Youtube used Mazda Miata CV axles on his build. He may have talked about the amount of travel he has built into his rear suspension. It's been about a year since I watched his videos, so I don't remember.
    Just watched the older 670 video where he used Miata axles, he never mentioned how much wheel travel. But its significant far as I can tell, just hard to judge.
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    I remember a comment that Greg on Desertkarts.com made about travel with Volkswagen CV axles. He had figured out that you could get 10 inches, if I remember correctly. He had someone comment that he had his buggy configured for 12 inches of travel. He asked the guy, "do you hear a clicking noise from the CV axles when you jack it up and rotate the wheels?" "Yes, how did you know?", the guy responded. Greg pointed out that if you exceed the allowed travel on the CV axles, they'll start making noise.

    So, I guess you jack up the rear end and raise/lower the trailing arm until you hear a clicking noise from the axles, then back off a bit.
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    Yeah that's one way to do it lol. Thinking I will go the Miata axle route. Adequate wheel travel, should take plenty of power, can run 1" axles without an issue. Plus, helluva lot cheaper than trying to piece 1310 U-joints ($115 on CV axles vs $230 for complete 1310).

    If I had to guess , somewhere in the ball park of 8-12 inches of wheel travel. Couldn't find anywhere he stated the numbers.
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    This weekend my dad will be coming down to grab his trailer. Over Thanksgiving, he'll be bringing down the snowmobile, so I can attempt to get it running. If I get it running, debating if I should convert it to dual carb or leave it as a single carb, not sure if there'll be any benefits to a dual setup.

    Also, when it comes to full skid plates, how well does 1/8" (~10ga) Aluminum sheetmetal fair vs same thickness mild steel? Few of the areas I'll be riding in may have some deep ruts that the skid plate will more than likely rub against, though with the Miata axles and longer A-arms, may get some extra ground clearance to help, but it might not be enough.
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    1/8 mild steel would weigh heaps! Great if your a Tiger tank but not so great on a mini buggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    1/8 mild steel would weigh heaps! Great if your a Tiger tank but not so great on a mini buggy.

    Go the Al
    Any particular alloy of Aluminum I should look for? No idea what is used on say TRD Tundra and Tacoms, those will sometimes have an aluminum skid plate, but no idea what alloy.
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    If it's in 1/8 of an inch even 99% pure Al will take a few knocks. It's really down to cost vs how hard you are going to punish the underside.

    You could also go mild steel just much thinner than 1/8.

    Anyone else have any thoughts?
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    .125” aluminum (5000 series, not 6061) will be sufficient but it tends to stick on rocks and will deform around tubes if hit right.

    Look at 3/8” (8mm) UHMW plastic sheet. It’s extremely tough, slippy as shit and does a killer job. It’ll deform and then return.
    I’m using nut inserts in my frame with button head cap screws screwed in flush (the UHMW will deform a tad w/o issues).

    Search UHMW and/or skid plate in the Mini-Raptor thread for pix.
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