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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:37 pm

Corza19 wrote:Or am I confused lol

You are! :lol:
I will make a picture if it is done, maybe saturday.
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:58 pm

Again a weekend comes and goes..

The centre hub ring I wrote about
I ve drilled and cut 6 threads of M8 and connected it with slugs. Now the outer ring cant spin anymore.
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Then I welded the fuel tank.
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I filled it with 22 litre water which I took from home to the workshop (the rain barrel outside is frosen :roll: )
But there was much more space. I think it has a capacity of about 27L. That wasnt planned but nice to have.
I found three lil holes which could fixed quickly.

I also could install the old fill level sensor of the FJ. With the normal fuel tank design I couldn't do it.
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I inserted the filler cap, unfortunately the material was so thin that it has a littel distorted while welding. (And it is spinned a few degrees, but thats ok for me. :D )
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Corza19 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:30 pm

Ahh I get the centre hub now haha looks good mate

Great work on the fuel tank!
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:39 am

After a few days I will update a little.

I sold a few parts of the FJ (Rims+Tyres & Shocks) and I brought 100kg scrap iron to the junkyard.
Now there is more space in the Workshop. *g*

I welded the fuel tank tags ready and produced little rupperplates to decouple the tank from the frame.


Bought a 30cm steering wheel at the junkyard and connected it to a pipe so that I can also use the original horn button.
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Steering wheel triangle is a little small for all levers and the speedometer. Maybe I will change the layout.
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A friend sold me a seet and two exhaust's. After I disassembled the seat slides I saw two cables, it turned out that its a seat heater!!!
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Is it needed: NO, but "cool" to have for long cold winters like these.

I ordered a speedometer "Koso Rx2n replica" from china 30€ vs 230€. For this price I will test it. :D
I'm still waiting for all nuts and bolts. :cry:


I spottet the rear shock mounts. The distance is only 20mm but the lower mounts of the planned shock are 1 1/4" = 31,75mm
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I planned using 2" Fox AirShocks
Now I saw the graphic in the plans, and it seems, that you do not have to weld it directly on the top plates rather set a little outside. 20mm + 2x6mm = 32mm
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I generally dislike that the plans only shows the self made parts. On a lot of positions you need to see detailed drawings. On other parts you need to know where to weld.
But after the first buggy you know how to do. :lol:
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Corza19 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:53 pm

Great work mate!

Yeah the shock plates are welded on the outside, and yeah that's one of the pitfalls of the plans haha
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby kenrox » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:44 pm

well i decided to use the cv2 uprights without the caliper mount plates; as the shock plate is a single piece. saves a lot of time and sanity :) (needs a shock spacer though)
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:01 pm

Grrr!!! Now its fully welded and fits together.
I dont want to change it for the first buggy, maybe I will use it at the second one. :x
Did you also bought it from edge only due to this piece?
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby kenrox » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:09 pm

no i'll also build an x2 or else the wife will kill me :D
and also cv2 plans and cv2 rear upright laser files (which is $4.95) are on eziplans site.
you can either buy the plans or just by the rear upright laser files and figure the rest our yourself which you've already done :)
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:22 pm

thx Kenrox, for the next one I will take a closer look to eziplan.
I baught the plans 2013 and its a little frustrating to see the newer, better, easier parts. But in 2013 it also drove and made fun. :lol:
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby kenrox » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:32 pm

well i think it's always good news to see better, improved parts. i think tony has a really really good sense of balance of innovation and adaptability when it comes to new parts; radical updates without changing the whole lot that's a really neat trick. like the cv2. and the x2.
if you happen to have a cuda and x2 chassis. you can just exchange the parts and go. what more can one want :)

and using the cv2 rear upright has an advantage; if you need more brakes or you decide to use an lsd diff you can just install brakes on the uprighrs and get rid of the center brake and etc.
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:21 pm

Yes your right Kenrox, the possibility to combine new suspension parts with older buggy models is very cool.

Last time I worked at the front Suspension.
I welded the front uprights, wheelhubs and plates, connected the stub axles and it spinns very well. :D *lucky
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I got the 3.3547 aluminium bar from a friend. And stood the whole sunday in front of the lathe to produce the Rod end spacers.
I think they look good. Turning alu is a grateful job.
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I've build the dash frame with a rod end for the steering tube. I changed the Design a little because I need much space for Speedometer, ignition lock, Startswitch and lot of Light Levers. (Streetlegal useless sh#t 8) )
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Lil video:
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A Few Questions:
I can spin the rack and pinion 90mm in both directions
And on the uprights therer are 95mm possible. Thats ok I think.
Is it OK? How many movement is normal? (Corey also measured 95mm, Thx for that! :!: )
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(The pic shows the right side)

2nd question:
I already asked about the front upper suspension arm.
Now everything is connected and fits together but:

a) When I spin in the caster adjuster completely, the caster is 0° (or 90° when looking at the hole one)
so when I spin it out I can only adjust a negative caster and that isn't normal I think.
Or is it normal for a Buggy? Tony said I should adjust 4°. Did he meant +2°to -2° or 0° to +4°
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b) If I want to adjust the caster, the A arm gets wirder and the rod end wants to move right or left.
I fixed it all with nuts and clamps but the result is I can spin 1 round in both Directions then it is blocked.
Whats wrong with it? :(
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Corza19 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:34 pm

Good progress mate!

I'm not too sure with the suspension problems sorry, all I know is when you wind the castor adjuster nut in or out it leans the top of the upright back or forth...
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:34 pm

Yes good Progress, but I do not have to do any homework, so I can come home, changing clothes and go straightway to my workshop. :D
But such problems needs so much time.. *grrr

Yesterday I machined out the 6 aluminium adjuster plate spacer to hold the drive cartridge in the centre housing.
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I prepared the housing Capscrews.
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And I connected the petcock with a new rubber gasket and filled 5l water in the tank.
after it I tested with compressed air if it is leaky. The petcock isn't but a few other welds! :oops: :shock: :twisted:
Never thougt about the difficulty to weld something holding water.


I Bolted the rear wheel plate the first time. So I could see how it will be look.
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The overall width of 1900mm gives this "mini buggy" a very tough look.
Everytime I connect a wheel Im luckier and luckier. :P

A Friend told me about a write error. He said that the tire maker probably would like to write "SWAG" not "STAG" :lol:
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Corza19 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:12 pm

Looking good mate!

What size are your rims?
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:31 pm

12" Like in the plans
front 12" 26x9"
rear 12" 26x11"
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:02 pm

Yesterday I installed the centre cartridge
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That was a loooong way!

After it a friend helped me to align the engine.
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Then I temporary spottet brackets to hold the studding and the Engine in its position.
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I started producing the Engine mount tubes
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:26 pm

Yesterday I started with the first three Enginemountpoints (Painting with PhotoBucket is really crap)
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I tested it with the old chain of the FJ.
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After it I could see, that the chain connects the lower right engine mount. :oops:
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Solution:
A smaller engine sprocket and reduce the lenght of the mounttube should help. At least I will use the old rubber from the FJ

I have 8 Mountpoints, (4 both side)
When Im ready with mounting, there is no space left for exhaust pipes. :shock:
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Corza19 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:10 pm

Looking good mate!

What size engine sprocket are you gonna run?
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby kenrox » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:20 am

nice wheeelz :D (i'd still prefer beadlock ones though)
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Re: Shockwaves Barracuda Build

Postby Shockwave » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:20 am

I've searched for beadlock rims but in germany you can only buy 10" beadlocks for quads.
12" is a very exotic size here. The Buggy and Offroad Community is very small.

There where also only a little spread between a simple steel wheel and this aluminium ones.
I've searched longer for it than for the Engine. :lol:
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