It is currently Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:43 am

Board index » General » Buggy Builds

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:50 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Hi everyone, I am new to this website but my dad posted here years back with a few photos of his buggy. This year I finally hopped on board and picked up my own buggy. This winter we are doing some decently big changes to both of the buggies and figured I would try and post some photos along the way. We are from Alberta, Canada and have some amazing trail riding literally 30 minutes from our house. We have lots of big hills, mountains, trees and mud.

The red buggy is my dads, Its got a beefed up 6 rib with a Saturn 4 cylinder fuel injected engine. It has been the same for the most part for the last few years but this winter it is getting a whole new cage, front suspension and body panel's. Everything was done himself, all the bends, notches and design. Its all tacked up as you can see and ready to be welded up this winter. He is eliminating his front torsion's and putting on 10" fox air shocks. Most of the next few months will be spent on mine but I will post photos of his progress in the future.

The Green buggy is the one I just picked up. It came with a 2000cc VW bus engine and a 6 rib tranny which is a great start but with my dads buggy running a newer fuel injected engine this was clearly the direction to go for us. After finding a buyer or the VW engine i searched and searched for a 2.4L ecotec with little success, there doesent seem to be too many where we are from. I ended up picking up a 2006 saturn Ion for $400 and we pulled the 2.2L ecotec, computer and wiring harness from it. I ordered the adapter kit from Kennedy along with a whole new clutch. The only new parts in the photos are 33" tires i put on, otherwise everything is still untouched thus far.

This thread will likely be a mix of photos from both our buggies but I will try my best to make it clear which is which!


Attachments:
IMG_75381.jpg
IMG_75381.jpg [ 132.38 KiB | Viewed 537 times ]
IMG_77361.jpg
IMG_77361.jpg [ 122.07 KiB | Viewed 537 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:06 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
My old man is amazing at fabricating pretty much anything. As stated above he bent, notched and put this whole new cage together, it's been tacked for quite awhile now, he is going to start welding it up this winter whenever we aren't working on mine.


Attachments:
IMG_7738.JPG
IMG_7738.JPG [ 158.58 KiB | Viewed 528 times ]
IMG_7737.JPG
IMG_7737.JPG [ 222.77 KiB | Viewed 528 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:49 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Got the ecotec and adapter bolted to the transaxle, sitting in the buggy ready to be solid mounted. Also received this new front axle - it came with 8 inch longer shock towers and the adjusters for the torsions, beats cutting my old current one up that's forsure!


Attachments:
IMG_7782.JPG
IMG_7782.JPG [ 212.34 KiB | Viewed 478 times ]
IMG_7784.JPG
IMG_7784.JPG [ 198.49 KiB | Viewed 478 times ]
IMG_7783.JPG
IMG_7783.JPG [ 196.77 KiB | Viewed 478 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 974
Location: franklin indiana
Thanks for sharing. Sadly i think all of our members have moved on.

_________________
Air cooled forever,i hate rusty tools!!!!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:53 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Thanks Rick.

Figured I would keep posting once in awhile just in case there are still a few people on the site still. Got the ecotec/tranny solid mounted, fuel pump and regulator mounted, radiator from the Saturn ion mounted nicely behind the seats. The motor ended up fitting a lot better then we could have hoped for. We are currently working on the exhaust system and hooking up the rad hoses etc before we move onto the wiring!


Attachments:
IMG_7945.JPG
IMG_7945.JPG [ 265.89 KiB | Viewed 383 times ]
IMG_7946.JPG
IMG_7946.JPG [ 163.42 KiB | Viewed 383 times ]
IMG_7948.JPG
IMG_7948.JPG [ 186.86 KiB | Viewed 383 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:00 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Couple photos of the front trailing bars my dad has been working on for his buggy, he made up a jig with his old ones and extended these new ones. Next he has to move his shock towers slightly and mount his shocks and work on the rack on pinion set up.


Attachments:
IMG_7944.JPG
IMG_7944.JPG [ 190.66 KiB | Viewed 383 times ]
IMG_7949.JPG
IMG_7949.JPG [ 159.12 KiB | Viewed 383 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:23 pm 
Offline
WB Contributor

Joined: Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:49 pm
Posts: 1105
Location: cinti,oh
Rick wrote:
Thanks for sharing. Sadly i think all of our members have moved on.

yep, facebook ruined this site! I still check in once in awhile! nice build you got going on there, that's an interesting rear mount for the eco setup

_________________
ANTI- antifreeze!!!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:23 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
diamonddav wrote:
Rick wrote:
Thanks for sharing. Sadly i think all of our members have moved on.

yep, facebook ruined this site! I still check in once in awhile! nice build you got going on there, that's an interesting rear mount for the eco setup


yeah that sucks, i quite like this site, i was hoping it would still be more active.

Thanks! the mount is definitely not something I have seen before either but we wanted to make everything easily removable and its nice and strong. With the tranny mount as well it might be all we need, we may add some smaller mounts below on the skid plate tubing but it doesn't seem to need it!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:28 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Picked up some bends and my dad whipped up this sweet exhaust in no time. Simple but looks killer! It would have been easier to run the exhaust lower and out the back like lots of guys on this site but where we ride we can get some random deep water holes so we thought higher the better!


Attachments:
IMG_7960.JPG
IMG_7960.JPG [ 180.6 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]
IMG_7961.JPG
IMG_7961.JPG [ 184.04 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]
IMG_7962.JPG
IMG_7962.JPG [ 169.77 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:36 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:01 am
Posts: 316
Location: Butler, PA
Very nice builds. Looking at the tires can you ride on the roads also?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 974
Location: franklin indiana
Looking good, i have to say the way i back into shit i would rip that muffler of first ride..lol 8)

_________________
Air cooled forever,i hate rusty tools!!!!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:26 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Bubbalowe wrote:
Very nice builds. Looking at the tires can you ride on the roads also?



Thank you! and no these will just be for off road, we dont do tons of climbing like most guys on this site so these are just truck mud tires, I got a super good deal on them so i figured for now they will work. Ill eventually get some cut boggers down the road! We both have the 29" goodyear v treads for the fronts on the way though!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:28 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Rick wrote:
Looking good, i have to say the way i back into shit i would rip that muffler of first ride..lol 8)


Thank you Rick I appreciate it! Yeah i was hoping to have it inside the cage but like I said we wanted it to come out fairly high so it wasent much of an option, we generally dont ride to crazy so hopefully it lasts haha


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:16 pm
Posts: 707
Location: hayden, al
8)

_________________
LEGALIZE BLUEGRASS!!!

Save a tree... eat a Beaver


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:37 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Well we finally got the ecotec fired up and running! we had a small issue with the computer, it would start and run for a few seconds and die for no reason. After this we did some research and realized the 2005-2006 saturn ion 2.2L ecotecs are pretty much the only engine that have not been cracked yet and you cant get a tune for them to delete anything so we thought we were screwed. Did some more research and hooked up the factory ignition and body control module and ran a couple wires to the computer and thank goodness it worked! engine runs great and everything seems to be good to go. Now a few hours of cleaning up the wiring and making it nice and onto some more rear end brackets etc before we start on the front suspension!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:16 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Posts: 18
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Picked up my shocks this week, always heard great things about bilstein's and I like how they are finished, seem like high quality shocks, plus they came in 35" for the rear with 14" of travel which was nice. Got fronts and rears to match.


Attachments:
IMG_8120.JPG
IMG_8120.JPG [ 165.78 KiB | Viewed 184 times ]
IMG_8119.JPG
IMG_8119.JPG [ 187.98 KiB | Viewed 184 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ] 

Board index » General » Buggy Builds

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group