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    Default four seater sand rail wrx 4 wheel drivetrain....

    anyone know anything about it?????
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    i have a turbo wrx awd drivetrain and a rolling four seater sand rail i want to put them together im just not sure how i would set up the all wheel drive with the motor in the back....
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    i think theres one for sale on race dezert right now. let me look
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    http://www.race-dezert.com/cgi-bin/t...econd&id=15531

    wouldnt be hard to make a 4 seater frame to throw it into
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    I cant not imagine how fast these lil light buggies would be with these motors? i mean my car that weights a good amount is fast.. so take away half that weight? it must booooogy!!!

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    Default thanks....

    i have a four seater rolling sand rail that had a 5.0 in it w/ a bus tranny.......
    the motor took a dump and i came up on this intire awd subaru drive train so i want to make the rail four wheel drive but i want to keep the motor in the back..
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    Default yeah thats what i'm saying

    i think it would be pretty bad ass if i can make it happin...
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    for starters you would most likely need new/custom spindles and probably would just make the rear driveshaft output go to the front and the so on ( thats if the motor is installed backwards, i.e. the front of the motor is now facing the back of the car.). you would also need a front diff. which would probably require a new front support on the frame?? im not sure just guessing since i dont know that much about buggies but sounds about right. lol
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    ur on the right track....think of making the front of the buggy like the rear of a car in some what of a case...have 2 get power up to the front..then to the wheels...but have it strong enough not 2 break.....
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    but if you mount the motor facing the rear of the buggie, wouldnt that mean that in a forward gear, the tires would be spinning backwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doyouquaxu View Post
    but if you mount the motor facing the rear of the buggie, wouldnt that mean that in a forward gear, the tires would be spinning backwards?
    Flip the diff over.. But then your on the weaker side of the ring and pinion. Axles would be expensive for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kink147 View Post
    anyone know anything about it?????
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    i have a turbo wrx awd drivetrain and a rolling four seater sand rail i want to put them together im just not sure how i would set up the all wheel drive with the motor in the back....
    You dont need AWD, sell that drivetrain and get a mendeola. What you are talking about is alot of work and no benefit. A 2000lb sand car does just fine with 2wd. That motor would be bad ass though, lots of potential too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 450PiRaTe View Post
    You dont need AWD, sell that drivetrain and get a mendeola. What you are talking about is alot of work and no benefit. A 2000lb sand car does just fine with 2wd. That motor would be bad ass though, lots of potential too.
    he is right. wouldnt u have less parasite drivetrain powerloss runnin a 2wd setup also. i think that using that drivetrain would really limit possible configurations
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    just put it in reverse.....easy

    kidding, mabey you could put it in normal and setup a chain drive and send the new shaft forward??
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    1) 4WD in a sand rail is not good. You will be roosting yourself all day, so you would need fenders, etc.

    2) Reversing the whole drivetrain is impractical or impossible because the front diff is in the trans.

    3) It is difficult to get long travel with stock axles and related parts. You might have to make custom axles and suspension components.

    4) You could possibly run it mid engine with the OEM trans, and rig up a shift linkage.

    5) If you want to be super sick, you could run it as above, with a short driveshaft to a rear diff, and have two sets of "rear" axles, or four paddles behind you roosting the moon .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott F View Post
    1) If you want to be super sick, you could run it as above, with a short driveshaft to a rear diff, and have two sets of "rear" axles, or four paddles behind you roosting the moon .

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    Default good shit

    thanks for all the input....
    i was thinking truggy.....
    just run the motor in the front build some axles and see what happins.....
    but i was also thinking that two wheel would be plenty....
    anyone seen any pics of a similer build?????????
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    How much traction would you honestly get in a sandrail? The front of those things weigh like 200 lbs, and spend half the time in the air. Wouldn't be worth it in my opinion.
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    The easiest way to make a rear engine AWD would be to find a Vanagon AWD and use the tranny and front diff from it. All you would need is an adapter plate which several company's make.

    Now if you go with the Truggy style and the subbie tranny, your going to have gearing issues with taller tires and you don't have low range. What you need to make that work is gear reduction hubs like the Hummers have.

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    Default going two wheel....

    i have decided a four wheel would be a fucking waste and im going mid engine two wheel drive w/ the motor facing forwerd backed up to a bus tranny.... i will post pick of my progress....
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