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Old March 27th, 2009, 01:52 AM   #1
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The title is corny but that's where I started with it.It's a single seat,rear engine,4 wheel steer buggy with a 2.4L engine and manual 5sp. out of a dodge neon.A few specs: 100 w.b. 20" of belly clearance and sits 5'6" tall.I will be running 35"BFG KM2's on toyota steer axles.Hopefully weighs under 2500lbs. finished.16" fox air shox on the front,3link w/pan hard and 1/4 elleptical on the rear 3 link w/ a wishbone.I'm currently waiting on some material to show up so I can get the pan hard bar on the front to see if there is any binding issues before I finish gussets and welding



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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:05 AM   #2
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Old March 27th, 2009, 07:43 AM   #3
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nice. i like different
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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that is deffinately not a neon!! i expected some hillbillys neon on a blazer frame with 18 inch body lift. looks awesome keep it up, more pics.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #5
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #6
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How are you going about running the drivetrain off of the transaxle? I imagine if you could get a 4 or 5:1 R&P for it, it could be just like a full-time transfercase if you weld the spiders. (?)

Looks neat.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:53 AM   #7
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jebus fawkin nice
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I dream of owning a toy like that some day!
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:16 AM   #10
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Very nice! Looks like you will sit pretty low in there... Are your legs going to dangle out the bottom?
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Looks sweet.

Will visibility be an issue? Looks like you are pretty low in there.
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How are you going about running the drivetrain off of the transaxle? I imagine if you could get a 4 or 5:1 R&P for it, it could be just like a full-time transfercase if you weld the spiders. (?)

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Mount the FWD motor sideways maybe? There would be really deep gearing that way, because of the trans, the diff in the transaxle, and then the drive axles.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 01:43 PM   #14
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i wanted to build one of these when i totaled my sunfire.
the engine and transaxle ran great. would have been very similar.

too bad im poor.

looks sweet.
keep us posted
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Old March 27th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #15
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How are you going about running the drivetrain off of the transaxle? I imagine if you could get a 4 or 5:1 R&P for it, it could be just like a full-time transfercase if you weld the spiders. (?)

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Looks to me like he's got the front axle upside-down (driver's drop) and the motor is facing backward, so the shafts are spinning backward, and the rear....well, can't see enough to see what's going on there, but it looks like a high-pinion 3rd in a front housing turned around.

Edit: I see in the first pic a housing with teh 3rd installed and the gears exposed, so some flipping went on there, maybe the shafts aren't counter-rotating

VERY cool, I was rolling that idea around in my head a month or so ago, only with a welded transaxle diff and a sweet divorced Nissan t-case I've got laying around, powering a set of Zamboni axles (49" wide Dana 60 rear, 8-lug44 front)
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looks pretty awsome cant wait to see a finished project
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Will visibility be an issue? Looks like you are pretty low in there.
Visibility is blocked where most rigs aren't but I can see below what you are looking at and see the whole front axle.I think I have the visibility where it matters.Starting out I will have a crawl ratio of 54:1 but can go to 76:1 if need be.The chassis is nowhere near done as far as tube work but you start to get the idea.C.G. should be really low but it's so ass backwards I guessed on the suspension to get a base line.I'm not even going to play it out like I know what I'm doing here.I think I will be cloose to what I want but may be a mile off.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #18
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Mount the FWD motor sideways maybe? There would be really deep gearing that way, because of the trans, the diff in the transaxle, and then the drive axles.
It already is
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That thing is going to be totally badass!! Keep the pics of progress coming.
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cant wait to see it done
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