• Richard Fleming

Africa 2020 Buggy - Chassis Part 1

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

So with big plans to take on the African continent we needed to get cracking on building our car. Due to my experience on the Mongol Rally where we added a roll cage onto a existing body with no reinforcement I decided to start there so...

The first step on this path was to purchase a Chassis.





After looking at spending a few weeks doing some research there was a few issues that i could see with the Chassis i had purchased. So i had a few things to address prior to the chassis being ready to reinforce.


Frame Head

All the research I had done in respect to off roading in a buggy lead me to the conclusion that the Front suspension i wanted to run was king and link pin. After further research it was clear this involved a slightly different frame head. The frame head i had on the chassis was for a ball joint front end





IRS

IRS rear suspension is also a desirable attribute for off roading (well just better all round really). My chassis was a Swing axle variety.






Brake and Fuel Lines

On the Mongol rally we were constantly throwing thing into the buggy in a hurry. I was always a little worried that we might inadvertently sever a fuel or a brake line. So for this buggy I was also keen to run the brake and fuel lines through the Tunnel.

Although I am quite good with putting parts together and some simple fabrication. I not that good with creating jigs to get brackets welded in the correct configuration. So the chassis was sent off to Flatlands Engineering to sort out these items




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