Cactus piranha

Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Fri May 17, 2013 11:14 pm

Thanks ,I appreciate the comments I have to build structures to an engineers
Diagrams all the time,and even though they think what they have designed makes sense to
Them ,someone has to build it and paper translates to reality and I try and fill
The gaps. I've used the same theories on the buggy
Think about the end result and work it backwards
Then your ready to start
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby itchyback » Sat May 18, 2013 9:30 am

Nice, youre experience really shows, this is going to be a great buggy.
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Thu May 23, 2013 9:05 pm

Mounting the motor is one of the most challenging parts of the build I have done.trying to figure out how to mount it and fabricate removable brackets was a real challenge.I think the motor has been in and out a dozen times and in the end I came up with this
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Tell me what u think
It's the first engine I've ever mounted and I'm pretty f**Ken happy
I mate the rear brace so the original airbox could be retained
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Thu May 23, 2013 9:25 pm

Forgot this one
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And chain trial
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Hence the need for the idler sprocket
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Mclovin » Thu May 23, 2013 9:36 pm

I'd be changing those mounts straight away. Do your absolute best to NOT use an idler sprocket. Best to tilt the engine back a bit more to get a straight line from sprocket to sprocket with no obstructions. Either that or drop the engine lower.

Sorry to say but easier to do it now.
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Mongrel » Fri May 24, 2013 8:08 am

I looked at so many builds before and after I mounted mine I thought I was going crazy!

To lower my engine I moved those centre bars out and my motor fits between. I will have a bash plate for that to prevent sump damage. Also allowed better access to the drain plug...

Looking good though!
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby AA+sidie » Fri May 24, 2013 7:06 pm

Why don't you guys notch the plate that is in the way out so the chain is not obstructed and then strengthen it back up either between the chain or over the top?
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Mclovin » Fri May 24, 2013 7:19 pm

Looks like the chain guard on the engine is the thing which will be in the way.
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Sat May 25, 2013 12:00 pm

I notched the hole in for the chain and tried a few different ways to mount the engine
But to get it to line up it would have to hang about 150 mm below the frame
If I tilted the motor it would have had to have lent back abot 30 degrees ,so the idler sprocket
Is the only option .I've seen people try and fail but I actually got my idler sprocket from a conveyor company
And he matched the pitch to the bike chain.
He told me to put a hard rubber mount between the bracket and the frame to soak up noise and vibrations
(like a gearbox mount) this should eliminate problem
Il give it a go and see how it goes
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Thu May 30, 2013 2:45 pm

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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:53 pm

Had a bit of time of this week due to bad weather, started mocking up the nerf bars
I used some electrical conduit with a spring inside to get the bends figured out
This worked a charm then bent them up,I had already made the mounts so welded the plates on
(I used 10 mm) then tapped holes, bolted on the plates welded on the bottom and top nerf bars
And they came up a treat
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Also floor tabs and cut out floor
Had a great week after a lot of time off this year
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:47 pm

Here's some bits and pieces I've been working on.
Got this new seat off a builder I know and mounted it in
Seat mounted,steering finally done and front brake kit in
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:26 pm

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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Mclovin » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:28 pm

Awesome score on the seat!
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:59 pm

Yeah $450 with harness and mounting brackets it's actually out of a track car
Very happy I saw u have got yours going mclovin
I'm hanging for that day but as u said it's worth the wait
I also got this to use as a shifter
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It's a stainless knife handle it feels great
It's a prototype I scored I think it will be s##t hot
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Bean » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:37 am

Nice bro, keep up the good work!
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby 19wilson67 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:50 pm

looking god buddy, been following this for a while and liking a lot of your little ideas, eg stole your top steering mount :p Anyway keep up the good work!
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby 14WRC » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:48 am

Looking good I better start building again soon looks like you will finish before me the cash is killing mine
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:36 pm

Yeah cash is always a problem but when i can't spare any I usually make little bits and pieces and do some part browsing and start figuring out what else il need down the track.
I got my rims and ordered my tyres as well, they should be here on Monday,then this baby will be mobile
Been looking at radiator hoses and found this flex tube
Has anyone used it ? Or any other options comments always appreciated
Got the weekend off so it's a buggy building marathon :)
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Re: Cactus piranha

Postby Trav281276 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:10 pm

She's got her shoes and finally a roller
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