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Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 05:17 AM
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I have been told a couple of times to get a body lift but I would rather put that money from lifting the body into the suspension. What are the benefits of lifting the body?

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I have been told a couple of times to get a body lift but I would rather put that money from lifting the body into the suspension. What are the benefits of lifting the body?

Unless you're 7'2" and trying to drive a bug, I can't think of a single functional one. Purely cosmetic. Very Happy


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It also raises the center of gravity. They were/are used to make up for the original Baja offroad fenders lack of clearance for larger tires. It was lets sell them off road fenders for stock tires and then sell an expensive lift to make them clear. Later those people went into politics and came up with taxing inventory. Smile

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Ha! Thats great!

Don't you want to keep your center of gravity low. That is what I always thought.

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Yes you do. One plus of a raised body is more head room for the roll cage.
Get your beam 3"-4" wider if your keeping stock the rear suspension as this will let you use 26-30" tall tires without hitting the sides of the body.

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Post Post subject: Re: My First Baja Project
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If your concern in center of gravity it's 3" not going to make that big of a deal, also you have your body off now is the best time to do a lift. You can bolt on suspension later if you need to wait for budget reasons. But with the body lift half the work is done at this point already with the body off the pan. As far as being 7'2" one of the only reasons for needing one, I'm 6'8" and no one can sit behind me in my baja. That's part of the reason for me, that and I'm putting 4X5 rear arms on my car and want all the up clearance I can get. Just my $.2

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So I went over to Bugzyla.com's shop yesterday to pick Daryll's brain about what I would need for what I am planning to turn my bug into. Great visit that totally got me pumped to get my baja conversion moving forward (except the cost but I want to do this right so I knew it would be more than I expected). Nevertheless I am still excited. And I even am convinced of getting a body lift after sitting in a bug with a lift and one without. Thanks again Daryll for your time and information. I hope you hear from me soon.

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hi... when i started building my rail, i knew nothing... just knew i wanted a rail... so i found pictures on the web of the things i liked.... but i found out the best was to see in person and bring a camera.

sat jan 15 at sycamore creek there is going to be about 10 baja's and a few rails, come out and see, ask questions, take pics, even get some riding done.

dont be shy... we will help you build it right


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That sounds awesome but I am actually going up to Show Low this weekend. Next time!

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So I haven't done anything more on my baja. I have been doing projects in my garage to make it more organized for when I do (adding more outlets and building shelves). But I do have a simple question. Does anyone know where I could find a 2011 VW Baja calendar?

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You can make your own.

www.freeprintablecalen...endar.aspx

Just add your favorite pic and hit print. Cool


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So I made a little more progress this weekend. Only worked a few hours. I have been busy with other projects in my garage trying to get it ready to work on my baja. I first added 5 more wall outlets since the area I am going to build the baja had none. Thanks Fulton Homes! And then I built some shelves and a workbench out of wood.



I know I still have to organize everything on it. Then I built a platform on wheels so that I could put the shell on it and roll it over the pan so I can get all the cars in the garage.



I know it looks funny but it works great! So today we were able to finish taking all of the tar insulation off the pan which is not any fun. Then we took the front beam assembly off (I am going to get a custom linkpin front end that are widened with taller towers)



And then we took off the motor. I think I am going to try and sell it. I am not sure if I can get any money for it. I do know it is not seized up at least.



So I think I will finish getting the pan stripped down so I can get it stripped or sand blasted so I can repaint it all. Then Bugzyla here I come!

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So this last weekend I purchased my motor for my baja. I got it for a great, and I mean great price! It is a 1835 cc and I am way excited. I am not quite ready to put it in and get it running, but I needed to buy it before my friends son bought it. Here it is.





I believe that the only big things that I need are a carb and coil. I am sure that there is more that I need.

So I wanted to ask all you out there something. This motor used to run with dual carbs but I wanted to run it with a single carb. Which means, I would also need to get a new manifold. My question is what are your thoughts on going with a single carb vs. dual? And how big would I need to go with a single carb to make sure I am maximizing performance?

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Ok well it has been a while and my project is completely different. I acquired a '73 baja that had no motor and is supposedly ready to bolt on a motor and go. I have a rebuilt 1776 that should be ready to go, only has 20 min runtime from the shop. Is it as simple as bolting the motor on and connect electrical, fuel, throttle cable, add oil, etc and go? I just want to make sure that I don't ruin my motor and my ignorance scares me sometimes. I have several mannuals and guides that I have read up on and it all seems to make sense. I just thought I would ask the experts. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Whether it is "plug & play" depends on what you have in the car and what is there in the engine. But basically..."maybe".

One issue is the oil cooler. Stock engines up through 1970 had a steel oil cooler which mounted to the top of the block ("case") and stood up inside the fan shroud. From 71-on they had what is called a "doghouse" cooler. This also bolted to the same place on top of the block, but is made of aluminum and is larger. It also stands closer to the firewall and sits inside of a semi separate box (the "doghouse") on the firewall side of the fanshroud with a slightly larger fan to blow air through it. This type of cooler does not block or pre-warm the cooling air flow to the left side cylinders like the early type does. Both will work, though I really don't recommend leaving a stock early cooler setup. You may have either one of these and it will be plug& play. If the engine had an external oil cooler and it is hanging by the hoses, you will need to mount the cooler to the car somewhere. If it had an external cooler and it is not on the engine, you will need to add one. It may also have a filter in this external oil plumbing. This is a good thing even on pavement all the time. There are 2 places for an external cooler to connect to the engine. One is at the top of the case where the stock cooler goes. The firewall side of the fan shroud would probably have a hole or notch near the bottom to the left of center with fittings for 1/2" hose sticking out. I don't recommend this style as you only get about 1/3 flow of oil to the cooler and filter this way. But it will work OK. The other location (and the BETTER) is for the oil to come out of the oil pump under the crank pulley. It then returns to a hole drilled and tapped into the end of an oil passage to the left of the pulley. If the oil pump has 2 fittings, the oil returns to the pump and into the case that way. There are also oil pumps which have an oil filter right on the pump cover which sticks out to the left of the pump down low. This is OK, but the filter is vulnerable to rocks etc. and often interferes with the lower tube of the bumper cage. If the engine has an add-on oil sump, they are often in the way of bumpers also and vulnerable to damage as well as reducing ground clearance.

Another item which may stand between this engine and plug & play is crankcase vents. Stock there is only a 1/2 tube next to the oil cap. a hi-performance engine often needs more venting from the valve covers. This engine may have tubes added there. These would have to be hooked up by hose to a breather of some sort. This MAY be on the car.

Pictures of the car and the engine will help us help you figure this out.


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