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    Very cool, there's a geodesic home near me for sale that I looked at, not quite enough land for what I'm after and the wife doesn't like the looks of the house design-wise ...
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    Thanks. It has taken some getting used to and some "creative" staging. We are on just over 5 acres that actually back up to 20+ acres.
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    So... after many months I was finally able to get in some time on the buggy parts last night. I have been gathering parts, but hadn't taken the time to fabricate any (didn't help that my shop door was frozen to the ground . Anyway finally was able to cur out the other side plates needed for the rear suspension uprights. I am using 1/2" grade 8 hardware, but the hole fit was still a bit snug, so I ordered me a 13mm bit .5118" that should be just enough to slide in nicely. Everything has been cut on my Swag Offraod porta-band table. Material is 1/4" thick... a bit beefy, but should show any failures. The bottom hole is not crooked, just the camera angle. I assure you everything is straight.






    Both Pieces stacked on top of each other, not a bad fit overall.

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    What are your reviews on that Bauer portaband on the SWAG Table?

    I've been looking at doing that same setup
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    "What are your reviews on that Bauer portaband on the SWAG Table? I've been looking at doing that same setup"
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    So far it has done very well. Mine is about 2 years old now. I have cut everything from gauge metal to 1/4" mild steel as well as 3/8" aluminum without any problems. Only limitation might be the depth you are able to cut. Not sure what the newest latest and greatest is, but the Swag-Offroad site should have details. I have been using the blades from HF as well. So far I only broke 1 and that was pressing and turning hard into some 4130 plate...
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    Lot's of progress pic's. Not using the Covid-19 as time to fab as I am essential and still work during the week...Rear buggy uprights are complete. I showed my apprentice how to finish grind the support plates that I plasma cut out. All GTAW (TIG) welded with the power of Blue. Couple more just because. Power plant is a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 street bike engine. Chain drive to a FNR, Forward-Neutral-Reverse gearbox, then 930 Porsche CV’s for the drive axles. The rear suspension mock up begins Finally... but there was one snag, but a simple fix. When I drew out the upright templates, it was based on a Fox 2.0 air shock. Now I am going to be running Elka 2.5" coilovers... Needless to say the Elka's are a bit more beefy and use a 3/4" uniball at the pivot instead of a 1/2" uniball. Simple fix, I will cut off the upper ears and replace them with longer ones, while I am at it I will be adding welded in spacers to minimize any shock play.



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    Not all the pictures posted for some reason, but you get the point. A-Arms will be out of 1 1/4" .120 wall DOM material. Heims at the wheels are 3/4", the ones at the bulkhead are 1/2" because of the way the cage was made already...
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    Got to be happy with how they came out. I know I would be.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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