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    Fox and walker evans might be a little more expensive than the showa and sachs and such, but they’re worth the expense. You can find podiums for under $100 a pop and they’re rebukdable and tunable. The evans shocks are better and more suited for longer travel and bigger buggies and only a little more expensive.

    front tire sizes are a big question. Really depends on exactly how you plan to use the buggy.
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    Woods mostly and out on frozen lakes. Mostly ATV trails and old logging trails. I was planning on getting 24x8x12 for the front and 24x11x10 for the rear or I'll just run the 24x8x12 in the rear as well to keep it streamlined for size.

    But what I mean is the track width of it. So like 60" wide front and like 50" rear, 50" front 60" rear. Measuring from the outside of the tire.
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    In theory if the rear is more narrow than the front then the car could turn sharper than the other way around. There are some vehicles that come stock with a slightly narrow rear end as compared to the front.

    Cheaper shocks like these empi vw shocks
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...-Es2uC1fKJeECI
    May work if your not planning on jumping or going way fast over very rough terrain. If the buggy is being powered by a big motorcycle engine those shocks probably won't be adequate for the speed or power on tap but for a predator engine powered buggy they may work ok. It really depends on what you want to do an how fast you want to do it.

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    So as far as power goes, I'm looking at either a Honda Rebel 250, which is 16hp, a Ninja 250 or something else but not much more than that in displacement. Most of the trails I'll be riding on are pretty rough, so I'll probably look at used/new (just swapped out and sold) RZR type shocks.

    But thank you for explaining on the rear track width for me. I wasnt sure if that would be beneficial having it more narrow than the front, but that does help me out now for designing.
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    So my brother recently asked me if I had thought about using a shorten I-beam from a VW bug for the front suspension on my build. I said, I hadn't thought about it. But i have been looking at tons of buggies for inspiration, mainly US military FAV from Chenowth. I'm shooting for a weight under half a ton by itself, I'm wondering if the torsion bar suspension on the front will almost be too stiff to be of any use for some comfort?
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    Well, speaking of VW torsion suspension and VW shocks . . .

    I had those VW shocks on the front of my buggy for many years. Mine is a lightweight buggy and they seemed to do the job. The only downside is that they only last a few years, then you have to decide whether to buy another pair or bite the bullet and get rebuildable shocks. I went the former route the first time I needed to replace the shocks, then went the latter route last year. Personally, the ride is basically the same. However, I wouldn't use those shocks on a two-seater or a heavier buggy. They would be way too soft and basically turn into a pogo stick.

    A VW torsion front end might work. It might not. I'm using dual A-arms on my setup, but the torsion bars would make the nose shorter.
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    the empi vw shocks are decent, but the springs are not good and do not last long at all.
    add good springs and then they work great. I had to make adapters to fit 1 7/8 x 10" springs

    http://protodie.com/Shocks_c_11.html
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    That's actually not a bad price. Do you think that the front end setup from a Classic bug is too heavy for a mini buggy, or is it fine?
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    I still have some Fox 2.0 air shock here at the house. I believe they are 10" and 12 inch. The 10's have not been used the 12's were removed from a functioning buggy. I would be willing to let them go for $400 shipped if interested... That is less than half of new. I can get pictures if interested and send them to you. I think we PM'd before, but I got caught up in house projects... and your build was going to be a slow one :-).
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    I'm still a ways away from building this project. Can't build anything at an apartment. Might be a year or so before I can start. Still in the parts accumulation phase right now. But thanks for the offer.
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