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    Looking at building my first buggy hopefully in the near future and had a couple questions.

    What is the cost avg. Cost to build the st4 with and without the motor?

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    This is the magical number we all chase. LOL This is a very subjective question. It all depends on what tools you have to work with, the ability to machine, water cut or plasma the platework or any of the needed parts. New parts, used parts, how well you can improvise with some automotive parts, shock style. I have almost 6,500k in my single seat, and I made just about all of my parts, but I am using really nice shocks, seat, harness ect in my build.


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    Thx, I know there is no real avg as like you said it depends on what you find on the cheap.
    Did you buy plans for your single seater or design it your self? What plans if so.

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    My 2 seat car was a Rorty R-16 build, and it's a big car that you can use some more automotive parts, that are usually heavier, and cheaper
    http://rorty.net/

    Below is the link to the plans used for my single seat car. I have a build thread to take a look at if you want. If you go to the site, Krasch Design, he has almost every part for sale there, and that will give you a really good idea as to what you will need as far as parts. His cars a tried and true.
    http://www.rickskraschsite.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZKdawg View Post
    Looking at building my first buggy hopefully in the near future and had a couple questions.

    What is the cost avg. Cost to build the st4 with and without the motor?

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    Just to be a smartass ---- more than you'll ever be able to sell it for !
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    Above is very true.

    Think about what you want to spend, now double it and you'll be pretty close.

    Unless you go completely nuts on your budget.

    I was thinking 2500-3000 when I built mine, I was closer to 6k I did re-coop some $ from parting the donor bike. I had to buy some tools so the price would have been lower if I had everything I needed from get go.
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    The double it is real close. If you have the time there are some things you can scrounge for off of this site and save some money. Other things you have to pay full retail, ouch. Dont cheap out on saftey equipment... the best seat(s) and harnesses are not cheap for a good reason and i hope that no one ever has to "test" them.
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    I was able to get a lot of deals and save a lot of money on some stuff, but even with all that I have north of $5k in mine. I had the tubing, a cnc plasma cutter, all the tools and I didn't skimp on anything, good brakes, shocks etc.
    The double your budget plan puts you real close to what it will actually be.
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    I looked up your previous posts to find out your background and interests. So, combining that with your question above . . .

    The Badlands ST4 buggy is one of the more expensive and more technical builds. Great looking buggy, however. If I were building a buggy today, I might tackle it, but for a first-time build, I would actually suggest the ST3 instead of the ST4. Simpler design and cheaper to build.

    An alternative is picking up an existing buggy and modifying it. As stated above, you typically can't sell a buggy for the same $$$ amount you spent on it. So, take advantage of that and pick up a buggy "on the cheap", so to speak. There's a fair number of buggies out there that get sold for a cheap price because it has engine, driveline or frame issues. Find one that has a problem that you think you can fix and have some fun!!!
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