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What can i make a frame for a dune buggy out of? Answered

I am 17 and i am building a 2 seater dune buggy meant for offroad. Not for heavy offroading likes jumps but able to keep up with regular trails. I have acess to a decent amount of tools like a mig welder. How ever i dont have a tubing bender and i do not know enough to build my own frame from scratch. Does anyone know what i can build a dune buggy based off? So far ive heard using a golf cart frame and an old volkswagon beetle type 1 frame are the best. I am trying to keep costs low so i cant afford to order a kit. Any ideas?

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bassbindevil
bassbindevil

1 year ago

4x4 mini-truck or body-on-frame SUV? Look for one with a rusted-out body but decent chassis and running gear, and hopefully some aftermarket upgrades.

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SaumyaS18
SaumyaS18

1 year ago

hey! did u finally make the buggy ?! i hope u are still in contact. actully, i am stuck in a similar situation in 2019. so can you kindly help

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hoodsup
hoodsup

9 years ago

the best thing to do is watch a few videos and use a old scrap hatchback for parts and build the frame out of tubular steel if you still dont know enough so you are confident enough to do it you can look for some buggy plans to download to your computer then you should have all you need to start. There's actually not much to it. Hope this helped you

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ANDY!
ANDY!

11 years ago

I think a metal bath tub would be so cool upsidedown with holes.

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Stew2
Stew2

11 years ago

Doing some googling around and found a site where a fellow is making a lifted all terrain golf cart... Its kinda cool! :) http://www.geocities.com/customezgo/ Is that something like what you were thinking of?

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trf
trf

Answer 11 years ago

somewhat but not really...im outfitting it with 2 seats,really good suspension,good engine,rollcage.basically a dune buggy lol

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trf
trf

Answer 11 years ago

i wanna be sitting IN it not on it like a four wheeler lol...engine behind me and made for some good offroad

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Stew2
Stew2

11 years ago

I have seen a few buggies based on the old VW's, even had a baja bug myself when I was younger. They make good buggies, but the only problem is that they dont really have a frame per se... More of a pan really. I think it is called a monoque frame? I might have spelt that wrong so don't quote me please. Round tubing makes the best frame but requires considerable skill in bending and fitting it etc. Off roading is hard on machines as well, lots of bumps and jarring impacts. You could try square tubing, it's easier to fit up than round. If I was going to build one, I would try to find an unfinished one for cheap and then finish it up yourself, sometimes you can get a good deal if someone has had it laying around for a long time because they lost interest in it. In any case, I wish you luck with it :)

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trf
trf

Answer 11 years ago

thank you so much! I was thinking about trying the round tubing frame from an old golf kart lol.