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i would like to build a baja as cheap as possible and street leagle. i can get a bug. what year and what cc motor would yall suggest. thank you and please help Razz


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There are many questions to ask yourself when buying a bug.

What year? I usually start with this, Does the state you live in require emmisions test on 67 & up vehicles like AZ does? If so get a 66 & earlier.

Another question is, do you want a swing axle, or IRS rear? Link pin or ball joint front?

Link Pin 65 & earlier, Balljoint 66 & later.

Swing axle 68 & earler, IRS 69 & later.

Engine, 1600 or larger would be best, but a 1200, 1300 or 1500 will do if you are just using it as a toy.

And the biggest question, is it rusted in the pan and heater channels?


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no GA does not have emmsins laws and i want IRS but swingaxle will do


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Sounds like your not that picky, then I would just look for the best deal out there.

Here are a couple of possibilities in your area.


www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...?id=378278

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im not picky i was just wondering what i would need and how much it would cost me to build 1


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I think you're going to have to be more specific, it could cost anywhere from 1500 to 15000 to build one.

at a minimum you'll need an old bug, baja kit, tires/rims, front and rear cage and exhaust.
new baja kits 400-500
rims/tires $?
cages, 150
exhaust 100

But, there is about a bazilion other things you can upgrade for a baja so
without knowing what you want, hard to say.

Hope that's of some help to you.

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I think you're going to have to be more specific, it could cost anywhere from 1500 to 15000 to build one.

at a minimum you'll need an old bug, baja kit, tires/rims, front and rear cage and exhaust.
new baja kits 400-500
rims/tires $?
cages, 150
exhaust 100

But, there is about a bazilion other things you can upgrade for a baja so
without knowing what you want, hard to say.

Hope that's of some help to you.

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I think it just depends on what you plan on doing. A swing axle will go alot of places, look at what they can do in the baja 1000. I have driven both and the irs car was for sure more smooth and able to cover ground alot faster, but there are more parts to break. I would buy whatever you feel most comfortable with, if you can weld and fabricate you shouldnt have a problem with any year. If not and you are just looking at bolt ons I think a 69 up would be fine. Dont forget to hit ebay and the swap meets ,it will lower the cost of a buildup a ton.
good luck, and remember you dont have to have the fasted or most suspension travel to have fun, the stock stuff will let you have more fun than you would think.
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and remember you dont have to have the fasted or most suspension travel to have fun, the stock stuff will let you have more fun than you would think.
Good luck

words of wisdom right there.....most fun I've had in any of my bajas were mostly stock powered, of course, it's a different kind of fun, third gear wide open to make it up a dune is pretty fun, though, rolling up to it in second, mashing the gas and shooting a huge roost up an even bigger hill is a different kind of cool Smile

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i want to basicly keep the inside stock do bolt-ons to the motor and suspension. but i want to make the inside look clean and i want to put a wide eye and put at least 31's on it and i dont no if a stock motor will pull those tires with the power i wont. i want it to have alot of get up and go if you no what i mean.


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basicaly stock and a lot of get up and go don't go together.
especialy with 31" tires.....even with 30" tires you won't
get.

If I were you, I would search the web for past threads on bajas.
I mean, bolt on suspension....that could be 3x3 trailing arms, bigger torsion, etc.

Maybe start out with specific qestions here while you're doing research elsewhere too (books, threads, buddies, local guys...etc.)

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