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Old June 6th, 2011, 11:00 AM   #261
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It looks great .took a look at it sat very good work
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Old June 7th, 2011, 06:24 AM   #262
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july 23 is not a KOH qualifier. atleast that gives you the chance to run 3 races with it and get the bugs outs before the qualifier.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:12 AM   #263
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do you think it is balanced good with the motor in the back to mid of the chassie? just wonder how it will jump.maybe a little light in the front.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:44 AM   #264
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do you think it is balanced good with the motor in the back to mid of the chassie? just wonder how it will jump.maybe a little light in the front.
i'm guessing it is about 60-65% weight biased to the rear. However, I'm not really looking to air this thing out monster truck style.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #265
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seems like it would be a good center of gravity. should run good through the woops.nice rig bill.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 12:30 PM   #266
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Your welcome to borrow my scales if you want, Bill.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #267
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one question on the build. whats up with the rear axle shaft hanging out? are you running a spline flange or something?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:45 PM   #268
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DownRiver cruise is coming up.. outa take it out there get some miles on the drivetrain.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #269
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you have scales???? Hell yeah I want to borrow them. Ever get near Dearborn or Livonia (I can't remember where you are working now).

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one question on the build. whats up with the rear axle shaft hanging out? are you running a spline flange or something?
Yes, the rear axle shaft are splined on both ends, and then you run a splined flange that bolts to the hub.
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Thanks to Scott for bringing some scales over tonight.

The buggy weighed in at 377X without divers, spare tire, skid plate, tools and only a couple gallons of fuel. Mike guessed it would be 3700 lbs, so I guesshe might actually know what he is talking about. Race ready I will be around 4450 or so.

The real pleasant suprise was the weight distribution. The car is split 51% rear and 49% front. That is awesome, and all the credit goes to Mike on that one.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 03:50 AM   #272
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....split 51% rear and 49% front....
Wow!

Having access to those scales could prove very handy. Once you have all the permanent fixtures in place, put it back on the scales and pack it for race day, could be helpful for finding the right place to pack tools, spares, etc.

Nice work.
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luck over skill any day!
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Old June 9th, 2011, 08:39 AM   #274
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The car is split 51% rear and 49% front. That is awesome, and all the credit goes to Mike on that one.
I imagine that it should handle any sort of jumps or majorly big bumps pretty well at speed with distribution like that.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #275
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yea that is what i was getting at.that is balanced real nice.should fly nice and even.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #276
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although, if you think about it, weight probably doesn't impact how it flys. Heavy objects fall just as fast as light ones. Its all in the valving and springs so take off is smooth. Now shooting ledges, thats a different story and front weight is king.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #277
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although, if you think about it, weight probably doesn't impact how it flys. Heavy objects fall just as fast as light ones. Its all in the valving and springs so take off is smooth. Now shooting ledges, thats a different story and front weight is king.
what you are talking about is terminal velocity and heavier objects reach terminal velocity outside of a vacuum do to wind resistance quicker than lighter objects. his 51-49 split is not a big enough difference, so the difference in velocity of decent between the front and rear is negligible...and you are right suspension plays a HUGE role in how something jumps, more so than weight distribution...however saying that there is a reason a VW beetle jumps better than a ford escort and that has nothing to do with suspension.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #278
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So Mike, are you saying that the split may give him problems on ledges? I'm kinda surprised it weighs that much. My jeep weighs about the same.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #279
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yes, his buggy will not ledge as good as a front engine buggy - hence most comp buggies water the tires for even more front weight for sick bonus climbs, but the visibility and sweet front geometry will make up for it in the rocks and desert respectivley.
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Come check out the buggy at the Michigan Offroad Expo in Birch Run this weekend (June 18th and 19th).

I'll be there most of the time to answer questions about the build. I'm always curious what people would have done differently if they were building the same thing, so stop by and let me know!
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