Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:45 pm

Hey all...

Built a mini-sprint back in 1997 - 2000 and a sidewinder in 2001...

Decided it was time to make a piranha x 2, his and hers ;)

Anyway started building today and got a little bit done, this is gonna be a slow build but hey will get there in the end... Going to be going to the Double Arm front and Double Arm rear with CV's. Am looking at a 1000cc inline for mine, maybe a GSX and not sure if I should go something a little smaller, maybe round the 750cc mark or just go all out engine wise on both...

Have added 200mm to top and bottom chassis rails as I am 6'6", haven't added any extra to engine bay, hope that doesn't turn around and bite me in the future :(

Anyway enough dribbling, this is where I am at:

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:04 am

Now just gotta try and get my hands on a bender ;)

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby Bluezone » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:37 am

:shock: Bloody nice work and nice photos to. :) Keeping a eye on this.
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby Cpo » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:26 am

Would be a good idea to widen the hip rail to give your elbows some relief.
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby Mclovin » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:56 pm

I second what what CPO said.
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:23 pm

Cpo wrote:Would be a good idea to widen the hip rail to give your elbows some relief.


Do you know of anyone else on here who has done it so I can check it out and see how it looks and where exactly they made the changes ??

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby Mclovin » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:02 pm

Check out Russell's build! http://s144.photobucket.com/albums/r188 ... m%20front/

I believe his buggy is nearly exactly what you're planning with yours. (he did design the AA front end in the first place ;) )
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby chopper » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:31 pm

i did what those guys said, i widened my hip rail by 150mm, best thing i could have done, looks heaps better too, not as boxy
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby chopper » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:43 pm

check out the start of my build thread, heaps and heaps of pics, it does pose a few problems fabricating the chassis, the rear roll bar needs to be wider, aluminium panels on the side are a bitch to make because it isnt square to the base.
another tip, add some length to it, im not sure how tall you are but make it longer, i put an extra 120mm i think in mine and i could have gone more, i am about 5 foot 8, also go and buy some seats, just so you can mock up the driving position, some seats are too high and dont give clearance under the steering wheel for your legs, some lay back too far, seating position is crucial, it just depends on how you sit when you drive, that can determine alot of decisions, careful on steering wheel size too
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:41 am

chopper wrote:check out the start of my build thread, heaps and heaps of pics, it does pose a few problems fabricating the chassis, the rear roll bar needs to be wider, aluminium panels on the side are a bitch to make because it isnt square to the base.
another tip, add some length to it, im not sure how tall you are but make it longer, i put an extra 120mm i think in mine and i could have gone more, i am about 5 foot 8, also go and buy some seats, just so you can mock up the driving position, some seats are too high and dont give clearance under the steering wheel for your legs, some lay back too far, seating position is crucial, it just depends on how you sit when you drive, that can determine alot of decisions, careful on steering wheel size too


I am 6'6" I have added 200mm in length extra to my chassis, will check out your pics ;)

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:57 am

Damnnnnnnn... you guys... hahaha

I had the frame all perfect, now looks like I am chopping the top hip out to make it wider :( haha oh well should look good in the long run, just hope I can get it all nice and perfectly straight again...

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:35 am

Was just looking at Russells photos and I noticed that he has put RHS under where the rear roll bar hoop goes rather then taking the rear rollbar hoop right down to the bottom chassis rail, this would make things a lot easier from a bending perspective but would it reduce strength/rigidity of the frame ??

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:08 am

Well upon peoples recommendations I slightly widened the frame... Although I was a little reluctant due to the fact that I had everything all perfect, I took the plunge and modified it and I must say I am glad I did as I prefere the look of it already ;)

Anyway here are some pics, will let them doing the talking ;)

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby rob8420 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:12 am

That looks good alot better wish i had done mine when i had the chance but not now :D

Looks like your doing some nice work!!

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby matt(boily) » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:20 pm

Hey mate looks good. Was going to catch up with ya but just been under the pump the last week. Unplanned shutdown for 9 days. Looks like you got everything sorted. There a lots of great builds on this forum and heaps of helpful blokes so you should get a beast of a machine.

Catch up with ya soon
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:52 am

Bit of an update, borrowed a bender off a friend who is half way through a Barracudda, it is a ripper and he made it himself, will chuck up some pics of it next time.

Was able to spend a couple of hours on it on the weekend and got one roll bar bent up, hoping to spend some more time on it this weekend so should be able to get a bit more done ;)

Anyway heres a couple of pics.

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:56 am

Bluezone wrote::shock: Bloody nice work and nice photos to. :) Keeping a eye on this.


Thanks...

Shows how far the phones have come these days, all photos are taken with my Iphone, don't even need to crack out the dSLR for these one yet..

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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby chopper » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:15 pm

lookin good shaun, starting to take shape now, 2 piranhas at the same time is going to be fun, are they going to be identical, not sure if you have realised yet but 2 buggies means twice as much money to spend, lol.
hope you havent set a budget cos you can throw that out the window too, most of the guys on here will agree to that.
ya doin a great job, keep the pics flowing mate.
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby HoldenSS5L » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:14 am

Thanks dude,

Nah not making to a budget, but this is going to be a long term project due to the cost...

Hopefully should have some more progress this weekend ;)
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Re: Shaun's Piranha Build x 2 ;)

Postby Mclovin » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:48 am

Bloody good work mate! I'll be keeping an eye closely on this one!
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