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    off road buggy project help
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    hi everyone,
    i am a student in my last year of 6th form and i have decided to design and manufacture an off road buggy for my product design project.
    i would really value your help in answering my research questions

    what is the main age group that use off road buggys?
    what is the main gender that uses off road buggys ?
    how frequently do you use buggys?
    where do you use the buggys?
    do you own your own buggy ?
    or use a clubs buggy ?
    if you own your own buggy did you make it ?
    or buy it ?
    what are the good and bad points about your buggy?
    what would you change about your buggy ?

    thanks very much
    regards
    jason
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    Welcome to MBN!

    It would be helpful to break down the questions into categories so you can organize responses.

    what is the main age group that use off road buggys?
    11 to 20; 21 to 31; 31 to 40; 41 to 50; 51 to 60; over 60 or some other grouping. I'm 57
    what is the main gender that uses off road buggys ? No brainer - Male. Better to ask: Are you male or female, then tabulate responses. You might get 3 females to 100 males at MBN.
    how frequently do you use buggys? Not often enough. You might ask like this: 1 week per year; 2 weeks; 3 weeks; or ask in days.
    where do you use the buggys? Ask for categories like dunes, dirt, woods, snow, road legal, road racing
    do you own your own buggy ? Most of us will say yes
    or use a clubs buggy ? very few clubs, none that I know in the US
    if you own your own buggy did you make it ? both. Bought 2 cars and then made them again
    or buy it ?
    what are the good and bad points about your buggy?
    what would you change about your buggy ?
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    cheers mate thanks for the advice do you recon i should make a new post or leave my first one ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miniracer1962 View Post
    cheers mate thanks for the advice do you recon i should make a new post or leave my first one ?

    I have read your post and Gene's reply.

    I recommend just let this post ride. Others may chime in. Gene however, has given you an excellent reply. All true.

    Have you decidd on a buggy to build? Are you planning on buying plans to build from or what? If this is your first buggy I would recommend using a set of plans from a reputible source. There are many to choose from.

    Welcome to MBN.
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    Welcome to MBN!

    I know as im near as expeirenced as alot of the other members on here and you not at the building stage yet BUT the main thing you need to consider is safety, i recently fitted a 350cc egine out of my mates old quad into a little buggy of mine which had a 125cc engine, and it was great with this new engine, untill the steering failed and i hit a tree head on at about 30mph, VERY luckily i had reinforced te roll-cage and added a 5 point harness, the buggy was a mess that bad i just sent it to the scrappies, i went to hospital with nothing more than sore bollocks because of the harness, and was also told if i hadnt added supports to the roll cage and fitted the harness i would probaly be paralised as it stopped my helmet hitting off the cage as hard, not trying to scare you but remember safety if designing yourself

    Anyway good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock n Ballz View Post
    I have read your post and Gene's reply.

    I recommend just let this post ride. Others may chime in. Gene however, has given you an excellent reply. All true.

    Have you decidd on a buggy to build? Are you planning on buying plans to build from or what? If this is your first buggy I would recommend using a set of plans from a reputible source. There are many to choose from.

    Welcome to MBN.


    cheers
    well i have decided just to get different parts and build my own frame
    it isnt my first buggy build, me and my dad have built a 1800cc (1.8 injection) buggy before but thanks for the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewikenzie1 View Post
    Welcome to MBN!

    I know as im near as expeirenced as alot of the other members on here and you not at the building stage yet BUT the main thing you need to consider is safety, i recently fitted a 350cc egine out of my mates old quad into a little buggy of mine which had a 125cc engine, and it was great with this new engine, untill the steering failed and i hit a tree head on at about 30mph, VERY luckily i had reinforced te roll-cage and added a 5 point harness, the buggy was a mess that bad i just sent it to the scrappies, i went to hospital with nothing more than sore bollocks because of the harness, and was also told if i hadnt added supports to the roll cage and fitted the harness i would probaly be paralised as it stopped my helmet hitting off the cage as hard, not trying to scare you but remember safety if designing yourself

    Anyway good luck

    cheers m8 sounds good but unliucky about the crash
    i will make sure my frame is solid enough to withstand a crash
    my dad crashed my other buggy through a fence and into a bank and there was very little damage and he was doin about 40mph +
    also do you know if i can get a speedo that i can fit to my build aswell??
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    Not your first buggy- good! You are already initiated then!
    I'll be following your build thread when you start one.
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