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Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 04:48 AM
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traded some junk for a rail buggy,that has turned out to be more of a pain than it mite be worth,first things first....i had the day off today so i got the rail home,then took a good hard look at it and decided that it looked to short,81" wheelbase to be exact,so i stretched the front 24" wich made it look ALOT better,then i desided that the back looked retarted as in half way down the rear hoop there was a bar that ran down and conected halfway between the hoop and the rear of the cage if that makes any sence at all but anyway i cut that out and welded bars that run from the top of the hoop,or roll bar....and ran to the back of the cage more like the rails u tipicly see.so after that was done i decided that the arch of the roof bars just didn't "flow" with the rest of the rail....so i cut them out and ran flat bars from the front hoop or windshield bar to the rear hoop.so now what i have is a rail that i am happy with for the time being.with gas getn so high these days i am gunna start driv'n this lil' dude....just need a front glass,wire it up and get some lights along with a new clutch and i'll be set.

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Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 06:15 AM
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i am trying to figure out what i wanna use as a gas tank i am thinking an air tank,has anyone ever done this ? but i dont know what size would be apropriat becuz i couldn even ballpark how it'l be on fuel what do ya'll think.....750pound'ish buggy with stok 1600 engine stok swing axle tranny and 235/75-15 all around.....how should i wire it up ? a kit or just wing it ? what type lights would yall suggest ?

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You can get a boat fuel tank from a marine store, and it will have a fuel sending unit installed already. Mine is 12 gallon and has a standard GM 90 ohm sender. Run one wire to a matching gauge and run a ground for the tank. You're done. No need for a kit.

Lights are a different subject all together. My advice would be different, depending on how many you are planning to run... 2, 4, 6 or 8. Lights are designed to do different things. Here's how I would do them (in this order):

Standard headlights are designed to (of course) illuminate the road ahead of you, casting a slight beam upward toward the passenger's side (to illuminate street signs), and keep the top of the beam lower than the drivers in the cars ahead of you. They are also designed to cut off the light toward the driver's side so you don't screw with oncoming traffic.

Driving lights are somewhat like headlights, but tend to me more of an pattern. They will generally illuminate a bit more to the sides, and a a little further than headlights. This is a good all-around choice for a second set of lights.

Fog lights (true fog lights) emit a narrow but WIDE beam. If the lights are installed low and forward in your vehicle, and aimed parallel to the ground, the work AWESOME as a third set of lights for an off-road car. They are really handy when speeding along narrow dirt roads at night, because they illuminate the sides of the road really well and you can see the turns coming much better than either one of the previous two.

Off road lights, if you absolutely must have them, are often made to cast an extremely narrow and long beam. They will work exceptionally well if you are driving on a perfectly straight trail at night, and you want to illuminate way out in front of you. Mount them high, and you'll get the best results. They give you a weird feeling if you drive only with them on while in the dirt at night, as they give you the feeling that they illuminate behind the direction you're turning, if that makes sense. They sell well, look cool, and make wads of money for off road outlets; but they would actually be my last choice for lighting that works. I'd run them if I was going to run 8, and I've run them in the past.

Them're my thoughts.

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Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:56 AM
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Off-Road Lights...

You have Spots and Floods

Flood lights are great mount them high up and you will love them. Spots are another animal, high on the cool factor but I still love the floods for night driving. Going up and down hills give you some real strang feelings when useing spots too. From making a little dip look like a huge hole to the road goes away on a hill has the lights are now pointed into the hill than up it. Go for the Floods and you will love them.


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Post Post subject: Re: Gotta rail buggy....
Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 03:38 PM
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I picked up a set of buckets for a 7" sealed beam,
a conversion kit for sealed beam to H4,
and a conversion kit from H4 to HID.


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17degree HID spots.
At 100 feet from the car, two of these illuminate a pattern 50 feet wide and 30 feet tall...quite brightly.

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