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Old 02-04-2010, 08:30 AM   #41
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Thats looking very nice. Are you not tempted to mid mount the engine while you have the chance?
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #42
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Ive been looking into mid mounting a subaru engine using a subaru box but it makes the seating area in a manx very short, if i wasn't 6ft tall i'd give it a go.

i've got some dimensions if anyone wants to try.
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i've got some dimensions if anyone wants to try.
email to stevesmart999 at homail dot com

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Cool, they're just engine and box dimensions, buggy track width stuff like that, when i get some spare time i'll transfer then to the laptop and email them over.
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It has crossed my mind and I was very tempted. If it were a long wheelbase I deffo would, as Manx says there really isn't much room in there plus I am 6'5" with very long legs lol.
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6.5'! jesus, i've had to learn to move my knee out of the way when i change gear otherwise i wont get 3rd,
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Fortunately for me with it being tube framed I can put everything exactly where I want it :-).

Had a play with the tig welder and made myself a spring plate with a rose joint, I'm using coilovers for the rear suspension.
Not the prettiest but it'll do and I'm learning.



Then once that was finished I bolted it in to place to se how it looked, what do you guys think?



Here you can see the top mount for the coilover, again tig welded in place, I'm not totally happy with this as it is in single shear so will make a frame around this to add some strength.



Then the lower spring mount, this is yet to be fully welded when I get a better mig welder, next weekend hopefully.



You can see it all assembled here, it can now support it's own weight :-)



And last one showing the rose joint where it mounts.



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Welding is my nemisis! so i can't pass judgment, i was thinking of changing to coilovers but i have too many other things to sort out first,

i cant get my head around how beetle irs rear susspension really works, (i mean the more in depth stuff) i understand double A arm and Mcphee struts and how they affect roll centers, but i just cant see where the forces go with this set up,

my point being, the irs we bolt on was designed around the longer chassis, with the buggies being shortened and you making your own pick up points you have the option to optimise the susspension, but i cant figure it out
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I wish I was in a position where I could work it all out, I did work it out to a certain point as the springs I'm using are rated at 250 pounds per side. So they needed to quite far outboard on the trailing arms.

I'm hoping this set up will work ok, if not it'll be back into the workshop for adjustment lol.

I'm just so desperate to get this going this summer.

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Homemade suspension? Love it
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