Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Greencastle, IN
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Right now I do have the tube body built. The tube body without the body panels weighs exact 350lbs. I am using all alunimm panels and floor pan so he total weight of the vehicle will be pretty darn light. The body is 45" wide and 9ft long so I likethe idea of the narrower samurai axles over the toyota even if I'm giving up the strength. My plan is to run 32" to 33" tires right now. The body will be set-upto run 37's or 38's if I decide to go bigger with near everything in the later future.
I am all for the extremely low gearing so the tracker 3rd members would be a good idea that I knew nothng about, thanks! I would actually like to either dual case the buggy, put the 5.6:1 gears in the x-fer case or maybe even dual case with stock gears in one case and lower in the second case. This is actually mainly a play toy for my son so high speed is not my intention. I would be extremly happy with a buggy with a top speed of 20 - 25mph
I am not sure about how well the cushman 3 speed will hold up either under larger tires and the lower gearing. I am more interested in getting the rolling chassis together right now. If I blow the tranny I will prabably go with the tracker 1.6L and transmission later. But this set-up I feel will last until my son gets older or I try to wheel it.
I have a Wrangler running 37's locked front and rear with 3/4tons axes to beat on, so I am not planning to destroy this thing with my wheeling habits anytime soon.
I have a line on 2 sammys, one rolling chassis and the other complete with an engine that will start but not run for pretty darn cheap, so I may just pick them up this week .
2001 TJ Built, Wrecked, then Built Bigger, then rolled and fixed again, now rolled again. Do you see a pattern!!