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Old January 14th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default need some opinions on a front end rebuild - stronger and better looking

I've had some trouble with the chassis on my buggy bending. I'm also not a huge fan of the look in front. It seems unfinished to me. The idea is not to turn this into an enormous project, but to keep it similar to how it is now, with some small changes to accomplish the goal.

The first problem is the lower frame rail is bent and twisted from impacts to the bump stops. The remedy for this will be a double tube lower rail that runs from the cab out past the radiator. This should hold up much better than the current single rail.

The next problem is the whole upper / front area in front of the coilovers bents too easy (three times now) from what I would consider a mild / hard impact. The shock hoop that is above the hood line is bent back and the hood is wrinkled up. The intersection of the 3 tubes behind the shock hoop is solid. This is where I'm not 100% sure what I want to do.

First thing I'm going to do is try to lower the shock hoops down. The coilovers mount on brackets raised about 4" off the axle tube. I'm hoping to get that down closer to 1", but clearance is tight.

Here is a picture of a nearly twin buggy to mine that was raced for several years with reportedly no problems. I would love to have the coilovers tucked under the hood like this, but I don't think its possible.





I found this pic and like the look of the front end of this buggy a lot better than mine. So this is kind of what I'm going for, minus the rise in the center of the hood.



I'm going to remove the 20" LED bar and replace it with a 10" LED bar (shown). I'm also hoping to eliminate the horizontal platform the winch is mounted to and mount it on the new, angled loser section.

Here are some rough sketches. Feedback is appreciated.





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Old January 14th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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double on the bottom and use 188 dom for your hoops and you wont have anymore issues. adam lees buggy is the blue one and he just rolled it end for end down a hill last weekend with no issues.most all the southern rigs are 188 lower section including shock hoops.mine is all 188 lower shock hoops and windshield bar.i flipped it end for end and nothing bent.

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Old January 14th, 2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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Agreed. I was planning on a .188 tube on the lower lower rail, .120 tube on the upper lower rail, and .188 on the hoops. Thanks for the feedback.
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