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    off road buggy space frame
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    hey im a newbie here, Im Ronan, im 23 and im a

    mechanic and fabricator here in ireland.



    thought you guys might be interested in this one,
    this is a space frame im in the middle of fabricating for a customer,
    its a off road buggy, or dune buggy, theres a 1.3
    corolla engine going into it, but the customer is
    putting a glanza turbo engine in in the future.
    its a full custom mandrell bent frame, made from
    1 7/8th tubing, and 1 1/2 tubing. on this one im
    only doing the frame, and all suspension mounting
    the engine and fab work, should be a prety
    cool little machine when finished.



















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    why are the upper side rails so low?
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    because of the type of engine, thats going into it, the customer im building it for is putting a shit engine in, and shit components and shocks, there is alot more bars to go in. this is my first buggy to build, and i've already learnt alot. i would change the height of the top rail, and id also make it a few inch's narrower. but when you got shit to work with its very hard to make it look good.
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    Looks pretty good. Such a small buggy with a good motor will haul ass. Looking forward to seeing how the build progresses. And for a first build, very nice!!
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    It looks pretty good. If you are happy with the design, and it is safe, then don't let anyone steer you away from that. I like the design.
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    Welcome to MBN!

    Don't take any comments in particular as anything other than constructive criticism and an honest question.

    It is an attractive frame so far and I think width adds to safety. I'm curious about the engine and drivetrain layout since it is in the frame transversely and I see the transaxle hanging off the engine.

    I'm interested to know more about that and also about the intended use. It looks like it could be an all wheel drive buggy.
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    just small update, finished the rear shock turrets
    made them out of 1 1/2 tube, and just triangulated
    them back to the main frame. there very strong and
    should hold up well in a roll.











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    small update,

    rear wishbones, lca 4'' longer, and tube inside for strength










    frame and front suspension, alot more support bars left to go in,
    gusseting. but ya get the idea

















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    Hey, did you welded on rear car connecting rod to the frame?
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    do you mean the arm that is inplace of where a steering rack would bolt? if so then no the tie rod end is bolted on a bushing to the frame to keep the back wheels in line.
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