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Post Post subject: Hi from Abq NM
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 07:04 AM
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Hey guys,

I don't have my car started yet, I'm hoping to build a baja bug out of a super beetle. I've heard it's more trouble than it's worth to modify the super beetles, but I'd like to try it anyways. Any advice will be welcome.

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It all depends on what you want, and how you will drive it. You can do mild trails as is (with a strut brace); cut off the front and hang a beam off of your cage if you want to be harder on it. The harder part is paying the extra $$ for the baja kit since the hood is different.


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Ok, here is the run down on what I need:

1. An off road vehicle with capabilities comparable to that of a small 4x4

2. cheap

3. easy to work on in the mountains/ easy to recover from rocks or rollover

4. aproximately 12 in of ground clearance

5. capable of carrying 4 adults with Search and Rescue gear (reason for the hood space available in the super)

6. still be street legal and capable of highway speeds

7. I am based out of Abq which is aprox. 5,000 ft above sea level but work as high as 11,000 ft above sea level, I would like to make this climb without much loss of power
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I was thinking that the easiest way to get the ground clearance would be to weld a tube frame with A-arms with a double wish bone suspension. The issue I'm running into about raising the frame is how much positive camber the rear wheels will have, does anyone know if there is a way to reduce/ remove all the extra camber?

The other issue I'm having is with power, I don't think the 1600dp that's on it now will get it throught the terrain I want it to. Does anyone know the largest carburated aircooled engine the will fit into a rig like this?

I don't have any reservations about chopping the car to make room for these modifications, but I would like to do it fairly cheap.

It doesn't have to go fast off road it just has to be durable. And like I said above, it's more for mountain climbing than for desert racing.

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