Sep
25
2005
0

Mmmm head gaskets

It’s been a slow few weeks on the buggy front as I have had to concentrate on the other everyday cars we have in the household.
My Audi has an oil leak and idling problem and my girlfriend’s Renault is suffering with an overheating problem. Looks like I’ll have to change the head gasket, yay!

I’m still deciding on rear tyres (not bothering about the fronts just yet) and reckon I may go for some Yokohama V801′s.
These are the Sport Terrain style mentioned a few posts ago, but I need to be quick finding a set as they have recently been replaced by a newer, worse looking tyre!

I have also been hunting for some lights. I will have some nice big shiny standard buggy headlights and some motorbike indicators on the front (probably mounted to the front beam), but on the rear I am hoping to make it a bit more corvette-style.
I hope to find some round or oval lights to do this, with some red stop/tail lights on either side and some clear indicators.

Here are a few sites I’ve been looking at for lights, but if you know any more in the UK, please let me know!

http://www.europaspares.com/
https://www.holden.co.uk/
http://www.s-v-c.co.uk/
http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.co.uk/
http://www.hein-gericke.com/
http://www.lsuk.co.uk/

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Sep
13
2005
0

Wheels ordered

After speaking to Machine7 (http://www.machine7.co.uk), I was informed that the maximum stud pattern which would just fit on their blank brake discs (both front and rear) is 139.7mm.

My first choice wheel is available with a 6 stud pattern (and 6 spoke design) in a 6*139.7 fitment, so I went ahead and ordered the wheels today from raceways (http://www.raceways.co.uk) :D .

To show my lack of design skills, here’s an image of my old car with these wheels on to give a rough idea of how they will look.

Written by Rob in: Buggy | Tags: ,
Sep
10
2005
0

Revelation on stud patterns?

This week I’ve been speaking to retailers to get prices for tyres and to make sure they will be available in the sizes needed for when I get the wheels.

I’ve also re-checked the stud patterns available for my chosen wheels and there is a strange size which may just squeeze onto a blank beetle disc.
They are 5*135 and the standard PCD for a beetle is 4*130, so it’s only 2.5mm extra radius. I reckon if I get blank discs, studs could be squeezed in at this diameter. If so, I could go with much larger wheels in my chosen design for the car. Upto 16″ or maybe even 17″.

I will speak to Machine7 this week about this idea and depending on the outcome an order for wheels will be placed with reaceways soon after.

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Sep
03
2005
0

Tyre designs

With wheels chosen, I have been looking into tyre designs. To have a street fighter style buggy, the front tyres are pretty easy to choose. A fairly low profile tyre similar to my last car.
I just need to decide on a road tyre or motorsport tyre.

With the rear tyres, I’ll need something a little bigger. After nosing around online, there seems to be 3 styles of large tyre I could use.

All terrain, sport terrain and radial american muscle car.

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