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    Here is a list of parts for anyone that wants to do it.
    1997 chevy S10 front rotors. 25 dollars each
    PS1 wilwood rotors 79 dollars each
    1 inch steel rod 10 dollars 12 inches
    8mm X40mm cap bolts 5 dollars for 4
    -3 brake lines/fittings 60 dollars
    The cost difference between doing this and buying a kit paid for the lathe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armymp View Post
    I am 5'8" and I can adjust the seat if needed for someone probably 6 foot. any bigger than that you head is going through the roof. The reason I would buy one of Tuts is you will not have to buy a bender. The bender was a 600 investment then throw in a quality notcher and you are closer to 800. Then you still have to buy plans/tubing/steel for jigs. I have about 600 dollars in tubing alone into it. The fact that I built the buggy myself I cannot put a price on however. It's kinda nice to have people over and they ask where where I bought it. Then I point to a stick of DOM in the corner and tell them I built it out of that. It's worth it to me. Explaining it to your wife however is the hard part. I am currently working on getting dual disk at the rear end to replace the disk on the RPM. I am using disk off a S10 turned down on a lathe and Wilwood calipers. I will post pics tomorrow.
    Thanks for the responses! Sounds like I should be comfortable in it then since I'm only 5' 7" tall.

    I hear you on the tools thing. The tools are expensive. If I would have known how inexpensive Tut's frames were, I would have gone that route too but I already bought a JD2 bender.

    Still, It would be great to have the satisfaction of building my own as well.

    By the way, where did you get your lathe? I was considering getting a Harbor Freight mini lathe. I have done some research on them, and most people seem to like them.
    Joey G.
    Downey, CA
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    For the price of the cheapest harbor freight lathe you can buy a used 10+ inch lathe. If I had it to do over I would have bought at least a 12 inch lathe. Just keep your eye out for a atlas or southbend lathe. When I bought mine the guy was also selling a 10x56 atlas for 400 but I don't work anything near that long. The atlas also comes with power cross feed which is a nice bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armymp View Post
    For the price of the cheapest harbor freight lathe you can buy a used 10+ inch lathe. If I had it to do over I would have bought at least a 12 inch lathe. Just keep your eye out for a atlas or southbend lathe. When I bought mine the guy was also selling a 10x56 atlas for 400 but I don't work anything near that long. The atlas also comes with power cross feed which is a nice bonus.
    Where did you find yours? A lathe would be great for making tube ends and stuff like that.

    What else did you use it for?
    Joey G.
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    There is a logan on Inland Empire craigslist right now. It's in Rancho Cucamunga. If you keep a eye out tnere are some great lathes for sale. I see them all the time now. I only looked for a week when I found mine. Go to you tube there are a couple vids on how to buy a lathe. Good luck they are really handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armymp View Post
    There is a logan on Inland Empire craigslist right now. It's in Rancho Cucamunga. If you keep a eye out tnere are some great lathes for sale. I see them all the time now. I only looked for a week when I found mine. Go to you tube there are a couple vids on how to buy a lathe. Good luck they are really handy.
    Right on! I'll check Criagslist now. I'm just not familiar with them enough to know the good brands from the bad ones. Or what else to look for and stuff like that.

    Regarding your R21, do the plans require a reverse gearbox? Or, can you omit that in order to save money?

    Thanks again!
    Joey G.
    Downey, CA
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    you could always go with a jack shaft set up. If you go with a reverse set up go with the lowest ratio (numerically) as you can. I went with a 4.7 rpm box and wish I had a 3.9. I can get all the speed I need but the small rear sprocket makes the chain get hot. Make sure you can still get the parts from Kludge before you pay for the plans. He was having health issues last year at this time. I hope he is doing better. If you have a lathe you can make all the round parts and have someone laser cut your other parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armymp View Post
    you could always go with a jack shaft set up. If you go with a reverse set up go with the lowest ratio (numerically) as you can. I went with a 4.7 rpm box and wish I had a 3.9. I can get all the speed I need but the small rear sprocket makes the chain get hot. Make sure you can still get the parts from Kludge before you pay for the plans. He was having health issues last year at this time. I hope he is doing better. If you have a lathe you can make all the round parts and have someone laser cut your other parts.
    Oh wow, I was about to buy plans right now too.

    Kludge is on this site?

    What do you think about the R6? The R11 is also another favorite of mine, but it seems too big.

    I also bought Desert Karts Panther plans. They're not expensive, so it wouldn't hurt to have a set.
    Joey G.
    Downey, CA
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    Kludge is on this site?-not for a long time.

    You should e-mail Rorty,might clear up some of your questions.If Kludge isnt making parts anymore I would ask Rorty to give you the DXF and just go to the laser place in Oregon that everyone uses.(cant remember the name)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullnerd View Post
    Kludge is on this site?-not for a long time.

    You should e-mail Rorty,might clear up some of your questions.If Kludge isnt making parts anymore I would ask Rorty to give you the DXF and just go to the laser place in Oregon that everyone uses.(cant remember the name)
    Actually, I did email Rorty and he told me that I could get all the parts in Oregon. I thought Kludge and the "Oregon Parts Place" was one and the same. So you're saying it's not?

    I corresponded with Rorty last week by the way.
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