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    More progress.
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    More progress. Cut more improper tubing off. Next step is probably to remove the center tubes in rear as well and replace with either 1x1x.120 or slightly larger to have a base to start the rear suspension with. Probably 6” between tubes for the rear main square tubing; going to leave it long after welded up so I have room to place motor and center spool.

    EDIT: Just realized I double posted pics, oops.
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    Good progress. Best bit is you can now start putting it back together properly now.
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    Thanks Jim, yes excited about that. I was surprised how light this frame rear end was after pulling the motor out. Easy to lift with one hand. I’ve been doing some parts searching and plan to go with stock type 2 axles and cv’s if I can make them fit my 64” max rear width. Front is 66” outside of tires and want to keep rear narrower.
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    Good stuff.
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    Going back to work this Monday after being off for the shoulder surgery recovery. It’s going to be much busier over here in the near future so buggy build may get slowed a bit, but still planning on making progress.
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    First day back at work today after surgery recovery, went alright actually. Anyway, pulled the KLR motor from frame and labeled all the wires, just in case.
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    Glad work went well. Just don't over do it to early.
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    Thanks, not planning on hurting my “rebuilt” arm again. Placed the motor on frame. Leaving 2.5” exhaust header clearance to back of seat at full back position; may wrap it depending how hot seat gets. Planning on making a rectangle frame section from 1.25 or 1.5” square tubing for ease of driveline setup and a-arm mounts. Sprocket is 3.5” offset so planning to shift motor over by an inch or two and place battery on opposing side to balance. Center carrier will have sprocket in between frame rails.
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    Purchased 3, 10' pieces of 1-1/4" square tubing for the rear frame section. .090" wall. It will be braced strategically.
    .120" looked a little overkill for my power level.

    Question: If I'm building 16-19" long H-arms; would anyone recommend 1"x .080-.090" tubing? Or should I go .120"? Reason I'm asking is if my main frame is .090" should my suspension arms be thinner to allow bending upon impact rather than the frame get bent? Or can I go the thinner on the non-shock-mounted arm and .120" on the shock-mount one?
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