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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 05:34 PM
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So I thought I would start a new forum since I have started on my baja project finally. Some of you might have seen this picutre already from my last forum but here is what I am starting with.



My cousin Scotte and I are going to work on this together since he has way more of a mechanical background, although has never touched a VW. But we will get through it!

As we started to tear into the bug we noticed a lot of rust. In fact the shell was collapsing on itself. So we found a shell that has integrity and was already chopped for a baja. So we started to take apart the body so we could pull it off the pan. We didn't have a big enough phillips to take the doors off so we called in some youth from our church to help us out.





So here is where we are at now.



Any tips on where to go from here? I think we are going to clean up the pan and start on the suspension.

Also this is a '69 bug with stock tranny (so we think) and I have connections to a 1835 cc motor and I think we are going to put that in this bad boy.Iis there anything that we need to do to the tranny to support that size of motor?

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So now the FUN begins, eh? Laughing Unless you're talking a turbo'd 1835 and 150+ hp, driven properly you should be able to get by with that trans for quite some time.

So how mild/wild are you planning to go with this car? Going to stay with ball-joint front beam or are you looking for more strength and wheel travel? If it's the latter, a link-pin front end would be a good starting point, especially now while the pan's nekkid. Smile


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Well I don't think I will be doing crazy offroading and this maybe become a daily driver, however I don't want to hold back. If I feel like doing some good offroading I don't want to be held back because my baja can't handle it. I was planning on going to the link-pin front end. I believe that is what everyone has told me to get. Those are better for bajas right? CAn someone explain to me why?

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Ok I saved these pictures from a bug I liked on theSamba. I really like the stance of this bug. Can anyone help me out with specs that would help me get this same stance as this? Are the risers on the front suspension stock or extended? Are the front torsion bars widened and if so by how much. Any info for rear suspension? Do the wheels play a factor in the stance?




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Welcome to AZBAJA. Your first tool is the Building Bajas and Buggies sold here on AZBAJA via Amazon.com. You'll see the ad stream on the home page. The Baja in the picture has a wider and taller beam.
This link pin beam is 5" wider and has 8" towers.


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I still have an unanswered question...Why is a linkpin front end better than a ball joint for a baja?

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I still have an unanswered question...Why is a linkpin front end better than a ball joint for a baja?
I thought a picture was woth 1000 words, at least two:P Articulation and travel. Notice how one side is compressed and the other extended. You do not get that much articulation and travel from a ball joint beam. Those are just 1" long arms so you can imagine what 4" arms would do. The book I recomended buying will explain many of your questions.

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I actually just got that book in the mail this last week. I guess I need to get into it. But my question was based on more of durabilty rather than functionality. I will see if my answers are answered in the buggies and bajas book. Thanks.

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Happy New Year. In stock form both have thier pluses and minuses. In stock form and with stock to 30" tall tires the only failure I had was broken mounting bolts in a ball joint beam. I have driven thousands of miles off road hard but not stupid. I have friends who can not drive 5 miles without bending/breaking off suspension parts. Your new reading material will have everything you need to make either one trail reliable. Keep in mind Class Eleven racers keep spare spindles as the way they driveto win the spindles become consumables.

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Happy New Year!!!

Based on the front suspension chapter of that book I have decided to go with a linkpin front end. However it states that the ball joint and linkpin front ends do not swap out by just unbolting the old and putting the new one on, that the whole front clip needs to be removed and one for a linkpin be welded on. What is the cheapest and easiest way to to make this conversion?

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see daryl w/bugzyla.he,s on this site.he has a balljoint to linkpin conversion beam that is very high quality.he does good work w/excellent customer service.

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While fitting a K&L beam to the lower cradle mount and relocating the top mount is cheapest. Daryl's conversion beam might be cheaper in the long run as he can supply prebuilt it wider and taller. Smile

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Sounds great. Bugzyla I am coming for you!

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While you have your body off put a body lift kit on your car. it's a little more work but well worth the effort. Get it from bugzyla as well. By the way Darrel I will be by on friday to pick mine up. Very Happy

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