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    R1 powered buggy from scratch
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    Hello, New guy to the world of buggies but not a stranger to making fun projects. I never have a large budget, but I like to do what I can with what I have. I laid my R1 down this summer, breaking my collar bone, shoulder blade, and wrist, but doing mostly cosmetic damage to the bike. I pieced it together enough to ride it and make sure the engine was still sound. After that I got to work.


    There it is.....not the sweet alcohol dragster, the tubing next to it. I'm borrowing space in my buddies shop for the build.


    After day one, I was sure that the frame was square but I was also now aware of how much work it was going to be to hand fishmouth all the tubing.


    After day two I was feeling a little better


    A few more days and things were really taking shape.


    Things always look better when you set the wheels in place



    Made some motor mount bushings and got some mounts tacked in.


    Made a sprocket adaptor and a disc adaptor for the rear end


    Got the rear end and all of it's components machined and together


    This is the rear axle mounting plate. Looks goofy, but it is all there for a reason.


    When the axle bearing is forward, I will make the chain. As it stretches, I can adjust the axle back.


    This setup will give me almost an inch of travel for chain tensioning.


    Made 2 1/2 inch spacers between the plates and bolted everything up


    The flat plate will be boxed in for support, but this is all the further I am as of now.

    Last edited by Fabmaster; 01-17-2015 at 04:20 PM.
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    Awesome first post, looks great. What type of CVs are you using? What's the intended terrain?
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    Welcome and cool first post Your buggy looks a lot like ProtoDies SS I think there called . Nice picts i can readum just fine
    The question is not if its gona roll. Its when ..

    That be some kind of church cruzzer or commuter bike thingy ?
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    The CV's are for a VW Thing. Couldn't afford the 930's. Lol. My friend owns a sand pit and has wooded trails for anything from dirt bikes to trucks. I'm in Michigan and we don't have a lot of real crazy terrain around here. It will probably be mostly turf, light rooted trails, and sand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat4020 View Post
    Welcome and cool first post Your buggy looks a lot like ProtoDies SS I think there called . Nice picts i can readum just fine
    I grabbed a picture I liked online and just rolled with it. I think it may be the one you are thinking of.
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    This is the picture I was going off of.
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    Looking good man I really like that design.
    Rear live axle looks great, that adjustment is trick.
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    Welcome master.

    I read this, "I never have a large budget" , then looked at the first pic, then thought to my self, Im gonna smack this guy! HA....then I read the rest. Nice job, that's cool you have some private land to play on.
    "Speed is time-time is speed"-Dennis Hopper

    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Whoa! This build is great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Welcome master.

    I read this, "I never have a large budget" , then looked at the first pic, then thought to my self, Im gonna smack this guy! HA....then I read the rest. Nice job, that's cool you have some private land to play on.
    Right. I wish I had the money that goes into his rig. A $50,000 motor refresh every two years is not my idea of feasible. I'm just glad I can use his shop to do my little build.
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