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    Both sides tacked up. Spent lots of time on the left side and mirrored it for the right side. Too hot for more tinkering today, 109 degrees out.
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    More roll cage progress. Shock mounts next. Picked up a ton (literally) of steel cut-offs of odds and ends from a fab shop for really cheap (he said I did him a favor actually by hauling them away). Should come in handy.

    Looks like the new 10” travel Fox shocks will be a better fit than the 12” travel ones.

    I’m thinking the shocks should be perpendicular to the arms at full bump for max bottoming resistance, ride height at 30-ish percent of shock travel, and the arm-side mount as far “outboard” as practical for best damping control. Preload is nitrogen adjustable, damping isn’t adjustable (other than fluid weight and valving I think; which I don’t plan on messing with if it rides reasonably). I was originally aiming for 8-10” rear travel, but looks like I can get 12” or more. Did I miss anything?
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    It looks like you're making good progress. Did you miss anything? Not sure, but when you're almost finished, all the things you missed will suddenly be apparent.
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    Ha! That’s what I’m hoping to avoid… surprises. I realized yesterday that I didn’t incorporate any rake into the pivot points on the rear suspension, although I have about 2 degrees of nose up at ride height. Oh well, the show goes on!
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    I was talking to a co-worker today who races ultra4 about getting some new shocks for my buggy. He said with the economy the way it is currently he would expect a 6-9 month lead time on shocks that are ordered right now. I about had to pick my jaw off the ground. I hope you already have your shocks in hand, as I dont.
    Your progress is looking good. It's always nice realizing you can get a little more travel out of your setup.

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    Holy moly 6-9 months is long enough for me to mine all of the materials and build shocks myself. Thankfully, I do already have shocks, which I picked up from another member. What type and travel numbers on the shocks do you need? I can keep an eye out here as every once in a while some pop up.
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    Greasable sway bar bushing for the column.
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    Clever!!!! A++ for you.
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    Thanks Jimmy! Hoping to get another hour or two to fab the column mount tube tomorrow.
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    Looking into radiators. I have a dual row aluminum Civic radiator, but it seems overkill and huge for the 650cc single. Would a radiator from say, a Kawasaki zx6 ninja be enough capacity? It’s curved and looks like it’d fit nicely. I figure it cools 110hp 4 cyl, it should be enough for a 40hp single.
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