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  1. FE135

    Buggy Roundup 5 Trip Reports

    Photos from the DDR 5th Annual Buggy Get Together on my website. http://www.nealrideoutphotography.com/ddrbuggy5
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    Buggy Roundup 5 Trip Reports

    Yea I got it. Still working on all the pics I took.
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    Buggy Roundup 5


    Looks like I'm going to make a day trip of it Saturday. My rail is broke right now and there is no way to get her fixed in time. Soooo, I guess its the Rhino and a camera for me.
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    Halloween weekend '17

    I'm heading out there Thursday.
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    Auto trans questions

    Probably the simplest setup is like the trucks use. A J-arm with solid axle. I've seen some rails in this config. Obviously, you would have to fab a frame for this from the start as it's not a normal sandrail setup. Robert Jones at Emery Sandcars in Fresno builds these type rails. He is a member of the Dune Masters old school club. Don't have a number but google should help. His personal car has this setup and it rocks the dunes pretty good.
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    Sand Wars rollover at Idaho Dunes Assault

    It is that steep. Right at the beginning of the video on the right side of the hill about half way is my rail. I was the finish line. I had to bury the paddles in reverse to keep from rolling. I was sitting next to the rail for shade and eventually slid against the front tire. Soft and steep but a fun hill.
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    Berts old SCU

    You can post them. No secret.
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    August Dune Pic of the Month submissions

    Made in America!
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    Berts old SCU

    I got a chance to see Berts old car stored in Idaho so I took a few cell phone shots of it. It looks amazing! The new owner really made it his own but I know that car will always have an emotional attachment to many on this site. Hopefully later this summer I can get good shots of the car in action.
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    Mazzone 5 link

    Looks nice from the front also. The a arms should be a nice upgrade from the beam car. Your current car looks nice too. Guess I have a soft spot for the older rails. Mine was built in the early 90's so it's getting into the old school club I guess.
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    Mazzone 5 link

    I don't know what you are driving now or before this but as long as you understand the limitations of the basic VW style suspension, you will have fun. It's a light car and as long as the engine is larger than 1600, you should get anywhere in the dunes. It looks like it has a small a-arm setup up front. A-arms are usually smoother but a beam is much stronger. Most have the beam in stock configuration which makes it a stiff ride. In my experience, those air shocks are usually setup stiff to control the bottoming out and is usually a stiff ride. Coilovers give you back control since you can set compression and rebound. When you only have 8 to 10 inches of travel, ya gotta make the best of it. My guess is if this car is in your price range and you like it, budget a little more for upgrades or personal tweeks. I had an old 2 seater vw style years ago and had a blast. Wasn't this nice either. Plus, you can take it out in the desert too. But to answer your question, the rear on this one looks like it would function better than a stock IRS with spring plates. The front is hard to see but beam fronts are strong but usually stiff and limited in travel (in stock form). A-arms are lighter and a smoother ride for the most part. Sounds like a test ride is in order. And, Thank you, glad you like my photos!
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    Mazzone 5 link

    Looks nice. That style of car is limited in travel which limits your speed over the whoops. You will have fun though. The suspension style has been around for some time and works well. Much better than the same car with swing axle. My only concern is the upper shock mount. That is where all the bottom outs will transmit force. I don't see any gusseting in the pic. I'm no expert though, just seen things over the years. I also like coil over shocks better. Those air shocks will work but if they leak, the car squats at rest. I do like the Rhino case on that T1 trans. I would also check to see if the shifter assembly sticking out the back doesn't extend passed the tires. Don't want to drag it if you wheelie over a lip on power. Just my 2 cents. Back in the day, that was a high end setup.
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    And the fix was ????
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    The one oil press switch is for the idiot light only. That much I'm sure. I also know for sure a VTEC problem, (solenoid or press switch) and crank sensor problem will limit you to 3000 rpms (Been there, done that). Having seen your issue, I'm still stumped. I know of no sensor that would do that. Brandon who goes by Kraut n Rice on Glamis dunes is an expert on the Honda motors. He was a tech on them for years and does the computer mods and harnesses. I've called him several times during my build and he has been spot on so far. I have his number if you want it. Your engine should rev out way more than it does.