Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

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Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

Postby Bobmar » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:25 pm

I have never built a buggy before but am ok at welding etc.
I have an old Kawasaki zzr250 engine and was wondering wether the sidewinder or taipan would be the best buggy to start with. I also have an old suzuki 450 quad bike that I will be using for parts (engine seized so can't use that part unfortunately.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Also I am a bit worried about mounting the radiator next to the driver. Has anyone ever had an issue with a broken hose or rollover and the radiator breaking and therefore burning the driver?
Do the plans cover these sort of issues?
Thanks for the help.
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Re: Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

Postby Corza19 » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:56 pm

Hi mate,

I can't really say but my first buggy build is the Barracuda and so far so good.

As for your engine, being a 250cc it is a bit small for a Sidewinder... but the Sidewinder is a better buggy and could be easily converted into a Piranha in the future and what not 8)

Check out Mogrel's Taipan buildhttp://www.edgebuggyforums.com/vie ... =4&t=16361 as he is also using a 250cc engine... it might give you some ideas.

Good luck with whatever you pick :P

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Re: Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

Postby Mongrel » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:48 am

As I said to Corza, the frame is the easy part it's the fiddly bits that take time. If you want a reasonably quick build that gives you quicker gratification and the 'buggy bug' infection go a taipan. You will be building a Sidey for a while and may give up. Lot less fiddly bits in a Taipan

There are always dangers when sitting in front, behind or next to a motor, fuel tank and radiator - you work out how to minimise the dangers as you go. On my first piranha I used industrial grade radiator hose, easy to run and less prone to splitting. Pre flight checks are always important
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Re: Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

Postby Bobmar » Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:53 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies. Looks like the Taipan is the way to go as I am just looking for something to thrash about the paddock in.

Also want something fairly straight forward for the first project.

Again thanks for the help and I will post some picks when it is underway.

Cheers
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Re: Which buggy is best for an amateur? Taipan or Sidewinder

Postby Tokitomaru » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:33 pm

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