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Old 07-07-2005, 05:46 AM
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i could have made the fronts one rib wider, but after looking at pics of 1:1 Bajas, skinny seemed more appropriate. the rears are as wide as they can be without fouling on the shocks.



i also stole the headlights from the Mini project (on hold til i figure out the interior) and popped 'em in the Bug. much better than decals, don't you think?
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This could be my new favourite car here! I just dig everything about it. Me likey! Chris
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Old 07-07-2005, 11:41 AM
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skinny fronts and fat rears....definetly suits the baja look.... :chug: :chug:

looks great.... :nice:

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Old 07-09-2005, 11:11 AM
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do these wheels make me look fat?



i added 1/2 inch to each wheel, equally inside & out, to give the tires a little more sidewall. this way they don't look so pinched as in the last photo. then i drove it around to scuff up the tread some. that way you can't see the CA glue
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Old 07-09-2005, 11:18 AM
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yes...but I think its definetly a good thing..... :chug:

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Nice deep dish wheels, you should post how you did all that!
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Very Scale, good job
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widening wheels is easy. you just need another set of wheels and a Dremel. on these, i cut the back off the Tamiya wheels to keep the spiffy chrome finish, scuffed the outer lip on the front to take glue, and glued the backs to the fronts. then cut the backs off another set of wheels to replace the backs that i cut off the originals, CA'd 'em together and epoxied around the joints for strength. took all of about 20 minutes for both of em. so no thread, it's too easy.

the tires i cut with scissors, cut the outer sidewall off one pair and the inner sidewall off another pair, then swap. you end up with 2 fat, 2 skinny and all have white letters. a little CA holds them together and works very well. when the rubber (or vinyl or whatever it is) is cut, the surface is very receptive to CA. again, an easy 20 minute project.
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That looks flawless, I really love the rear tyres! Has anyone used the glue in Bicycle tube repair kits to hold tyres together?
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does CA hold under load tho? I mean I've wondered about this, the rubber gives and the CA sets brittle....should something come apart under high cornering loads or speed? :blink:

if it holds then the process sound easier than I thought it would be..... :chug:

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That is a freakin awesome buggy!!!! good job so far it's really nice :nice:
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just a suggestion but if it were mine...I would raise the chassis (longer shocks) and try to get the body to cover the chassis sides (so you can't see it)....this would give more suspension travel too....but I still LOVE it.
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two problems with that KC:

one, the front suspension is already at full droop, and without redesigning the chassis there's no way to get it higher. i've already increased full droop by 1/4 inch, and that's just all it's got.

two, in the rear, the driveshafts would probably fall out if the suspension were raised. they're just about flat, but they angle rearward from the tranny to the hubs. and i'm already using 4 inch shocks. there's more room to work with the rear, but that still leaves the front all boogered up.

not to mention how squirrelly the thing is, can you imagine what it would be like with the CG raised by 3/4 inch?

i've been bothered by that gap since day one. so i've been pretending the problem doesn't exist. maybe i'll just paint the pan black. what i really need is a vintage Sand Scorcher to play with (like that's gonna happen, after all this is still a sub-$150 project)

oh, and Spoon, CA holds up very well on tires. my E-Maxx (12 lbs give or take) runs close to 30mph with cut-n-shut Jumbo Swamp Dawgs, takes jumps, wheelies, donuts, all sorts of abuse with no problems at all in the tire department.
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like I said...I still LOVE it!
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more improvements tonite...



i moved the engine 1/4 inch forward. it now looks like a stock engine cover would close over it, and it doesn't wobble around so much while in motion. i'm considering a Sand-Scorcher-ish cage for the engine. opinions?



also replaced the rear shocks with leftover TLT bits. although they're too soft, they have "the look" (thanks KingCobra for the idea of painting em, but i had to one-up ya with the stickers!)

i'm considering Mini-T rear shocks for the front, but i have a feeling they'll be way too soft, and the front suspension is all wrong anyway. aw hell, ya know i'm gonna do something with it, i have too many bits lying around! stay tuned!
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