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    Re: MEGALODON project build by badlandbuggy.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandbuggy View Post
    Photo of Project: MEGALODON's Jeffco Reverse Gear Box added to our live Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/badlandbuggy). Follow us on Twitter for more photos this week.
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    Got the laser cut plates for the new Modular Rear Drive System finalized & checked mechanically with the new Jeffco Reverse Gear Box & all parts out for quote today. We're going to prototype the rear a-arms using mild steel rectangular tubing with DOM tube for the pivots, but we've also got a cool all aluminum version of rear a-arms designed for future production options. Right now, the DOM tube for the pivot points of the steel version of the a-arms is at the machining shop.

    We're also ready to order raw materials for the chassis's this week. The chassis is the relatively quick & cheap part to build. We may start bending tubes as early as next week.

    Ordered the rod ends, misalignment bushings, tube adapters, spare pivot bushings & new shoulder bolts for all the suspension pivot points earlier today. Lots of things left to purchase yet but we're sticking with the original plan: build front suspension/steering system, build rear drive/suspension system, build chassis's, then everything else.

    Still haven't located the powerplant yet. We're hoping to find a local late model 'Busa soon so we can design laser cut plates for mounting the engine. If it works out good, we're considering offering engine mounting kits for Hayabusa's.
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    We originally intended to go with Fox 2.0 Series Air Shocks (amazing air shocks) for the MEGALODON project. We're now steering towards to upgrading further to long travel Coil Over Shocks with tuned springs at calculated spring rates and Piggyback reservoirs. More to come soon.
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    Laser cut plates for the rear drive system are ordered, will arrive in about a week. More mechanical parts are scheduled to be delivered this week. Chassis & suspension materials haven't arrived yet. Pivot tubes for the suspension a-arms are finishing up at the machine shop today.
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    Balance of suspension pivot bushings arrived yesterday, just in time to beat the Canadian Postal Strike that started last night at 11:59pm. Hope this postal strike doesn't last long, we're waiting on more parts to arrive!

    Here's the link to the suspension pivot bushings we're using for MEGALODON:
    Energy Suspension 9.9105 Flange - Link Type Bushing

    We're using the "black" ones. We're using the same brand of bushings at the wheel hubs, just a different size.

    Laser cut plates for the rear drive/suspension haven't been received yet. Leaning back towards Fox 2.0 Series Air Shocks again now. They seem to fit better with the overall design of MEGALODON, plus, they are lighter & half the cost of coil overs. Not sure which way we'll go with the shocks yet.

    No luck on sourcing a Hayabusa yet either. Checked out a few running bikes locally but nothing worth laying down cash for.
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    Update on Project: MEGALODON.

    Machined parts for the suspension pivots on the a-arms have been received & checked with new suspension bushings, fits great! We're ready to build the a-arms now. Also now have all the shoulder bolts for the suspension pivots. Received a few more laser cut plates. Received misalignment bushings & tube adapters from chassisshop.com. High quality, as always. Rod ends should show up this week too.

    Replaced all the 12 pt bolts for the CV's & CV flanges with Socket Head Cap Screws, much easier to work with. Bolted together all the mechanical parts for the new modular rear drive system to check for fitment. This drive system is beefy! Took a quick measurement, hub to hub distance on the bench is approx 66". I guesstimate it weighs about 160 lbs so far, will likely top 200 lbs when done. Not bad considering there's a 100 lb reverse gear box with differential included in there.

    We've been putting off the chassis build until all the mechanical parts came in, just in case we had to make any final changes. There's still a few mechanical parts remaining to purchase including the front brakes, wheel hubs & shocks but we've built these before & know they work great. We're planning on building the MEGALODON chassis next week now. We're toying with the ideal of also prototyping an all aluminum chassis to increase the power to weight ratio of the finished vehicle. Plus, an all aluminum TIG welded chassis would just be cool.

    Haven't decided on the seat package yet. Liking the Corbeau Forza, Sparco, Mastercraft, hmm...

    More build photos coming very soon.
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    DUDE, your in my city!! nice build by the way!
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    Tom, thanks for the PM. Replied back to you. We'll have to get together. E-mail me at info@badlandbuggy.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandbuggy View Post
    Tom, thanks for the PM. Replied back to you. We'll have to get together. E-mail me at info@badlandbuggy.com
    WOW! this build could not be any more professional. The build looks even better in person! Thanks for the tour around your shop, It was nice to meet you and your family. Hope to see you in the not to distant future
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    Tom, great to meet you today! Who knew we were right around the corner from each other! Damn, it's a small world. This is what I love about MBN, it connects buggy builders with other buggy builders.

    And thanks for coming to check out our Project: MEGALODON. What a cool guy Tom is. Can't wait to see your buggy next week. Call me when it's ready, I want to check it out in person. You'll have to take MEGALODON for a test drive when she's ready, sound cool?
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