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PlaidHunt 02-26-2017 08:31 PM

Beginner in need of advice.
 
I have been informed by my better half that I am in need of a hobby. To be honest, she's right. I'm getting to point in my life that I have a lot of time on my hands. Not a good thing.

I had originally considered rebuilding an old car. But, I have no interest whatsoever in trying to get the body and interior right. It looks like it would be just tedious. So, I thought building an off road buggy would be fun and challenging. My wife is all for it.

But, I have a few questions.
  • How long can I expect a build to take?
  • Should I begin with a pre-fab chassis or build my own. (I have some experience welding. But, I am not a welder.)
  • What is the best order to approach the project?
  • Are there any specific things I should consider when planning the build?
I'm sure more questions will occur to me as this goes on.

Also, any other friendly advice for a noob would be appreciated.

Thanks!

redidbull 02-26-2017 08:49 PM

I have been working on my Suzuki Samurai for years and it is still not on the road. It depends on how much time you put into it and what your plans are for a start. Like in remodeling a home new ideas and changes cost you time and money. It is tough to say. Best of luck and I am looking forward to the build. Jim

entropy 02-26-2017 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by PlaidHunt (Post 142574)
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But, I have a few questions.
  • How long can I expect a build to take?
  • Should I begin with a pre-fab chassis or build my own. (I have some experience welding. But, I am not a welder.)
  • What is the best order to approach the project?
  • Are there any specific things I should consider when planning the build?
I'm sure more questions will occur to me as this goes on.

Also, any other friendly advice for a noob would be appreciated.

Thanks!

How long 4-weeks or 10-years, depends on budget, time, experience, life and even death.

For someone just starting out I recommend that you start by buying a runner and driving it for a season before, you haul off and build something that isnít what you learn you want.

The approach depends on what you are going to build, Mini buggy or Ultra-4 completely different scope and scale.

I think that the first thing to consider is Budget, then time, then quadrupling the initial budget plus the original and multiplying the time by 4.

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IceFyre13th 02-27-2017 12:36 PM

And take a look here http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/

That site will give you all kinds of ideas and links to plans etc.

PlaidHunt 02-27-2017 05:59 PM

Thanks for the quick responses guys!

entropy brought up a very good point:

Quote:

Originally Posted by entropy (Post 142576)
For someone just starting out I recommend that you start by buying a runner and driving it for a season before, you haul off and build something that isnít what you learn you want.

I have never even taken a ride in one of these things. I've always thought it looked like fun, but I may find out it isn't for me.

Finding a way to "get my toes wet" in the whole off roading thing might be the best starting place.

Thanks again guys!

TheBandit 02-27-2017 06:09 PM

I would ask what kind of hobby are you more interested in: designing/building/fabricating or driving/camping/exploring? You can do both or just choose one. Me personally I enjoy the shop time more than anything - something about discovering new tools and learning to make things myself is what interests me, even though it means sometimes being very frustrated or staring at piles of parts and unfinished projects for long periods of time. The nice thing about the building side of things is it's available just about any time you are available, assuming you have access to shop space/garage, and you can walk away from it and take breaks if need be. Now if you just want to go ride/drive, which many people do, you may not want to take on a full ground-up build and just get yourself something turn-key so you can start meeting people and go enjoy.

fabcam 02-28-2017 09:17 AM

I think if I was starting into it I would start by getting a used stock RZR and then go from there. Maybe start with my own custom bumpers, then cage, then suspension and finish with modifying the drive train. Finish each area before starting the next and enjoying the ride as much as I could.

entropy 02-28-2017 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fabcam (Post 142588)
i think if i was starting into it i would start by getting a used stock rzr and then go from there. Maybe start with my own custom bumpers, then cage, then suspension and finish with modifying the drive train. Finish each area before starting the next and enjoying the ride as much as i could.

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PlaidHunt 02-28-2017 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBandit (Post 142580)
I would ask what kind of hobby are you more interested in: designing/building/fabricating or driving/camping/exploring? You can do both or just choose one.

Another good point!

PlaidHunt 02-28-2017 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fabcam (Post 142588)
I think if I was starting into it I would start by getting a used stock RZR and then go from there. Maybe start with my own custom bumpers, then cage, then suspension and finish with modifying the drive train. Finish each area before starting the next and enjoying the ride as much as I could.

Now here is a fine example of what I know about this sort of thing. I had no idea that the RZRs were customizable at all.:rolleyes:

alwaysFlOoReD 02-28-2017 02:03 PM

Anything is customize-able....all I need is a sawz-all and a welder. [or oxy-acet]

PlaidHunt 02-28-2017 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alwaysFlOoReD (Post 142592)
Anything is customize-able....all I need is a sawz-all and a welder. [or oxy-acet]

:biggrin:

Well, if you look at it that way, you're right. Anything is customize-able!!

wyoming9 03-04-2017 12:59 PM

Interesting How did you make it this far without any Hobbies ??

Now that I think of it I am not sure just how one would define a hobby .

What if my last 30 years has just been a Hobby that me money .:beer:

entropy 03-04-2017 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyoming9 (Post 142617)
What if my last 30 years has just been a Hobby that me money .:beer:

Then you have done it well my friend, done it well indeed! :beer:

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redidbull 03-11-2017 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fabcam (Post 142588)
Finish each area before starting the next and enjoying the ride as much as I could.

That is HUGE right there. My Suzuki sits out there with no rear bumper, 1/2 finished front bumper, bodywork and no floors. I didn't adhere to that. Jim

Elser 05-19-2017 04:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyoming9 (Post 142617)

What if my last 30 years has just been using this a Hobby that me money .:beer:

Aka a job lol.


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