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I do Live in Arizona and it is a Dry HEAT!


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Seems that the line for the resovior to the brakes is a 1/2" to short now...? Not sure how that has happend as it has been like that almost 20 years now. I need to go out and buy some new brake hose for the resovoir.

Hose must have shrunk. Shocked

Didn't you know you aren't supposed to leave the Baja in the drier on Hi?

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Awww
C'mon, It's only been 111* here this week. That shouldn't shrink it should it? What's gonna happen when it gets hot?


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picked up some new 6 inch lights and a set of 6000K HID conversions today from gethidlights.com


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picked up some new 6 inch lights and a set of 6000K HID conversions today from gethidlights.com

As in headlights...Or for offroad lights?


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as in for headlights. I'm sick of everyone pulling out in front of me at night. ha


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Finished bolting in the trans on the rail and started the wiring. Welded on the shock bosses for the rear shocks on the vert, and helped the kid do the rear brakes on his car.


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Just a bunch of photo bucket post. Do not forget that the car was built 20 years ago and needs some TLC.

Then photo, 1st time out with the Green Baja. Fresh paint and every thing.




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Post Post subject: Re: what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
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Just a bunch of photo bucket post. Do not forget that the car was built 20 years ago and needs some TLC.

Then photo, 1st time out with the Green Baja. Fresh paint and every thing.




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Interesting!
Have you had any issues with that steering idler arm bending vertically? the setup is similar to SuperBeetle steering.

I like the engine supports. I see a lot of cars with water pumper engines lately and most of them have motor mounts rising from the lower bumper cage tubes. The problem with doing it that way is that every time you bang the bottom of the car on the ground, it pushes up on the engine. With yours, the engine doesn't move until the bumper cage and skidplate have failed. And even then, there is room for the skidplate and bumper to flex quite a bit before the pan is hit.

I approve of the front skidplate extending under the car. Far too many are front air deflectors, not skidplates...Including on race cars!! i find it amusing to look at a nice 1/4" skidplate on a Baja mounted to 1" bumper tube and ending 2/3 of the way up the bottom tube of the beam...and the bottom tube of the beam all dented, scraped, gouged and bent from hitting rocks! What are they thinking? I keep copies of photos of things like that in a file named "WT* Fab" under Baja Bugs in my harddrive.


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I would list it here, but it would take way too long. See the last page of my build thread.

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"Interesting!
Have you had any issues with that steering idler arm bending vertically? the setup is similar to SuperBeetle steering."

No. I Bent the left spindel and the Caliper bracket after hitting a rock in the sand. Every thing is solid but you do have some spring flex with the twin plates on the idler arm. it will bounc back but not bend.

"I like the engine supports. I see a lot of cars with water pumper engines lately and most of them have motor mounts rising from the lower bumper cage tubes. The problem with doing it that way is that every time you bang the bottom of the car on the ground, it pushes up on the engine. With yours, the engine doesn't move until the bumper cage and skidplate have failed. And even then, there is room for the skidplate and bumper to flex quite a bit before the pan is hit."

Planed that. The 2 support arms put most of the engine weight on the upper part of the cage.


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Fired Her UP!!!!! And will roll her the first day the kids go back to school.


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Took the buggy up to Gaylord, MI area for a bachelor party and showed the boys what Power to Weight ratio is all about when you’re flying through the trees.

We had 300 acres of private property without anyone else on it at our disposal. Lots of trails to all the Natural gas platforms for us to play on. When large fallen oaks blocked the path we just cut throught the dense woods to get around, those 1-2" sapplings didn't stand a chance.

I did take one corner a little fast with a deep shoulder and put the buggy on its side. I have been meaning to relocate the oil breather so it wasn't at the top of the cage and now I have a reason. We just rolled it back over and taped the breather back on the frame, dumped the spare quart of oil I carry to replace what drained from the oil breather while it was the low point of the engine and the motor popped right back on. We drove for many more hours that day without a hiccup.

It was a great weekend


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Sounds like a good time TrailRail it,s too hot to do anything out here so I pulled the motor out of the buggy and picked up some tubing to tie the frame horns to the cage.


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Everything put back together and took it for a spin. The suspension works best at about 35-40mph. Lots of fun off road.

Time to button up the final few little things, put the hood on, take some pictures and she will be up for $ale or trade.

Whichever is offered first.

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Saturday went out mud boggin and had a blast!! That is until one of my needles stuck open on my 45 dellorto. It flooded so bad that I drained about 2 gallons of oily gas from the oil drain plug. (My tank is mounted behind the back seat and It gravity drained gas all night.) Oh well, replaced the needle and seat the pulled the plugs, drained the oil, flushed the filter and cooler. Then changed the filter. Spun the moter over until I got good oil pressure. Cleaned and reinstalled the plugs and hooked up the wires. She started right up with out any problems. I will be cleaning and grinding on the rear cage this evening and will put a coat of paint on it. I will also run all wires in the cage.

I just got a pair of 10" 2.5 FOA coil over shocks for the front and had Gilbert at Doug's bugs and bunnies order me some thru rods and nuts. I also have everything to install my brand new Saco rack with all the needed hime joints needed to fab new tie rods. Now all I need is a welder (neighbor has one) and it too cool off enough to stand all the grinding and welding.


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