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    Also depends on plate material... 4130 or A36 etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkw1 View Post
    Depends, are you going to see a lot of rocks? The bottom plate is usually thicker than the rest to put up with the abuse. Bottom, .156 Sides .125 or .090. Top, if your going to mount unsupported shock tabs off it, .125 . If the shock tabs are on an internal rib, .090.

    It all depends on the design, design it right and it will be much lighter. Make it bullet proof ad it will be 32 pounds, right K-fab?
    I dont intend to be doing any rock bouncing with it haha so bottom and sides/internal ribs .125? that just leaves the top which i could do in .090 but its probably easier and cheaper to just do it all in .125, does that sound reasonable just use all .125?
    I started designing them using 3/16 so this is a good weight savings, I'll post some pics of my ideas
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    I started trying to design and my computer froze and I lost everything, so I'm going to wait until I get the buggy back from Michigan for that.

    For now I'm looking into making it street legal and getting some lights, can anyone recommend an led headlight that has high, low, and something I can use for a turn signal? I plan on using some kind of trailer light in the rear.

    The best ive found is these https://www.amazon.com/Brightest-Dri...motive&sr=1-10
    they have high, low and daytime running light which could be wired as a turn signal but its white and I feel a reason for a cop to pull me over
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    They look good. Not sure on them in particular but get quality as is found that iffy ones burn LED,s out after a few months. Which sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    They look good. Not sure on them in particular but get quality as is found that iffy ones burn LED,s out after a few months. Which sucks.
    I just cant justify hundreds of dollars for headlights haha, they are really just to pass inspection and for the street, I'll probably put a light bar on at some point
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    I got the buggy back in town so I'll be messing with control arms soon. I also have started the process of getting it street legal which has me kind of in the market for some tires that wont get destroyed on the road, any recommendations? Something that could do double duty and I can keep an aggressive off road only set too if i want, Cheap is always good. I run a 28 on a 15 inch wheel I cant clear 14s on the front
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    Katani Mongrels - DOT approved, lasts really well, works well on all sorts of terrain.
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    I thought of those but for some reason it was in my head they wore quick, I'm probably wrong, any first hand experience with road driving them?

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    Ran them on both the 900 Rzrs with great success. They wear well on the street. It's at minimum a 12 mile drive to the dirt (so 24 each trip) on the streets so we got a lot of miles out of them on the roads. And when you think about it, as long as you're not on the throttle (no fun) or hard on the brakes (no fun) and just drive nice and "legal" you'll not wear them much anyhow.

    The Mongrels are really quiet on the streets too, unlike a Big-Horn, which I can hear on the road about 1/3 mile from us.

    I cheat and ride the bike out on occasion too and discovered that as long as I'm easy with inputs wear is minimal.
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    I'm going to have an issue with all that no fun driving, I cant sit on 350hp and not use it haha
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