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    looks are deceiving.
    The upper heim would have to be forced 28 degrees past it's position in full droop to get to a flat line and be able to fold over.

    This can not physically happen, because other components would hit 1st.



    Yrs of testing is not accomplished by owning something for yrs, You have to run it more than 20 laps 10 times a yr at the local 1/2 mile track. Sitting in the garage does not qualify as testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoDie View Post
    Yes, there will be a guard to protect the radiator.
    Vented Aluminum, and then a screen behind that.

    see cad pic

    Front angles are pretty much the same we have been running with no issues, maybe slightly steeper.

    Wheel scrub thru full travel is around 6"
    also pretty much the same as we have been running.

    Short front a arms on a car this size probably create more wheel scrub than a large center bulkhead car.

    How much wheel srcub on did you end up with on your new build?

    I wonder if you get any forward mud sling on the short tracks you race? It may pack up the fan. I like the front guard. That is a clever use of the airflow in that area. I don't think I have seen that setup before. I may have to steal that idea from you in the future. If the rad's are kept safe with guards it should work well. Just another way to keep the COG lower.

    I can't remember what my wheel scrub was. I need to check that. I have LONG arms and my lower a-arm pivot is as close to spindle as possible. I think it can be cut down with a taller upright a bit but I am not sure if that applies. I see some cars with a real tall upright. I haven't put it into the computer and seen how it affects everything though. Either way, I think the effects of the wheel scrub might not be noticeable on a car of that weight but I dunno? Whats the car gonna weigh about?

    I just noticed your adjustable shock mounts. Thats probably real useful when using airshocks. Pretty cool the way you did that.
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    The back of the fire wall has always stayed real clean , even when muddy.

    I guess all the dirt is thrown back in the roost.

    Our radiator used to be up high behind the motor for air flow.
    What it really catches is dirt flow at the track.

    We would protect it with screens, so it was ok,,,,,,but that is whay I decided to move it & protect it more.
    And like you said COG, and a better/ more open rear view.

    I have been real happy with our handling on all kinds of different tracks & sand dunes, so I do not mind the wheel scrub.

    The last cars weighed about 900-940 lbs. I was hoping to have this one lighter,,,,,but with the 1000cc & the RPM gear box, I hope to end up around the same weight,,,,,,I will know soon.

    With in the next 2 weeks, I hope to scale out the single seater & the 2 seater.
    That will be interesting....
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    Nice car jody also good artical in sand sports that is a hard mag to find in canada. really like your single seaters
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    Thanks, I am real happy with the article they wrote.
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    where is the thread in your two seater version. i will be looking to purchase rather then build my next frame as a starting point in about 6 - 8 months and I love your designs.
    DOES THIS LOOK STRAIGHT OR ARE THE FUMES JUST GETTING TO ME?
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    Thank you,
    here is the 2 seat thread

    https://www.minibuggy.net/forum/proje...ext-build.html

    When you are ready, we can set you up with a chassis
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    Very well done. I like it a lot and the motor cradle is awesome!
    I like your ideas and really appreciate someone taking the time to set things like that up so others
    of us have more options like say purchasing one from you rather than us learning the hard way, testing, failure, test, pass test, improve, upgrade and then finally reach the level you are at.
    Oh and I almost forgot spend a ton of money for all that testing a long the way.

    I like it and the article was very cool and I bought the book the minute I saw you in it.


    Keep up the great work and I wish I could meet up with you one day and see your work in person and pick your brain for an afternoon.


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    Jody's work is killer and he's a cool guy to boot.

    Pix on the computer just don't do his cars any justice at all. In person the car's extremely sweet looking and I was really surprised at how good they looked. (thought they looked sort of funky in pix).
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    Thanks guys.
    I always like to meet up with fellow MBN members and throw ideas around and check out other peoples rides.
    Lots of different ways to build, that all work.

    Yes, my designs are different (funky) than the standard/ classic "dune buggy"

    We started designing & building back in 2002/2003, and did not really base our buggies roll cages off anything,,,or anyone other than what we wanted to build & race for ourselves on the home dirt track.
    Then it all keeps evolving,,,into the next thing,,,and the next one,,,,like an addiction

    This new single seater is going to a guy in Oregon City Oregon. So we will have a car out on the West coast. Maybe a few of you guys will be able to check it out . Probably after the 4Th of July.

    I may be heading out there with it for a few days,,,,,,to have a look at the BIG sand.
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