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Backlash

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I was just asking about the car itself and the parts about the 091 trans that you mentioned above. Thank you for the response I appreciate it! 👍
 

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Related, not Related...i watched the new "shreddy" baja bug video a few days. Horrible
 

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Why does nobody run the original style baja bug front and rear steel fenders i think they look pretty good
 

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Why does nobody run the original style baja bug front and rear steel fenders i think they look pretty good
Because the track width and wheelbase are typically drastically modified. In some cases as much as 8” added in length. Nothing would line up

If you’re building a little class 11 car, totally, that’s doable
 

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Why does nobody run the original style baja bug front and rear steel fenders i think they look pretty good
Wheel base, width and tire size.

My white Baja has a 12" longer wheel base than a stock VW, and is approximately 18" wider, and 35" tires. I could never get any type of stock fender to fit.

My Class 11 car has completely stock fenders, and the maximum tire I can fit is a 7.00X15 which is about 28.5" tall, and the fenders need to massaged to keep them from rubbing too bad.
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Has anybody stretched the body to try and get the wheel wells closer to the actual wheels
 

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Has anybody stretched the body to try and get the wheel wells closer to the actual wheels
It’s only sheetmeal and money man. Anything is possible, and if you’re doing a tube chassis it wouldn’t be too wild.
 

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i like all these new LS base long travel bugs out now just wish the body would look a little more at home with the wheel base
 

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Has anybody stretched the body to try and get the wheel wells closer to the actual wheels
Never seen anyone stretch the body to get the wheel wells to match, but I've seen 4 door cars built, and I've seen bodies widened to get a little more room in them.

Stretching a body would be a major undertaking, you would be lengthening the doors, door windows, and quarter panels and windows. Then all of that would be custom glass, custom window regulators etc.... if you wanted to run glass.
 

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Never seen anyone stretch the body to get the wheel wells to match, but I've seen 4 door cars built, and I've seen bodies widened to get a little more room in them.

Stretching a body would be a major undertaking, you would be lengthening the doors, door windows, and quarter panels and windows. Then all of that would be custom glass, custom window regulators etc.... if you wanted to run glass.
Most guys at that point would be using a fiberglass body likely anyways. No ones really going to want to put 10-20k into metal work simply for aesthetics only to have it get thrashed the first time it ends up on its roof.

IF you wanted to go down this road, you'd be best off having someone 3d digitize the body, once its in the computer, you can mock up your stretch and dimensions. Have someone 3d print you some shell molds that you can use to lay up new fiberglass body panels. At least that way if you damage it, you can lay up some new panels.
 

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Has anybody stretched the body to try and get the wheel wells closer to the actual wheels
I have never seen a stretched body bug other than the four seat Manx body. I'm not sure with the travel it would work putting the body closer to the wheels
I have been in a widened body bug. It was nice not to have my shoulders touching the door and passanger at the same time, plus it looks proportional to the wider track of long travel.
 

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Never seen anyone stretch the body to get the wheel wells to match, but I've seen 4 door cars built, and I've seen bodies widened to get a little more room in them.

Stretching a body would be a major undertaking, you would be lengthening the doors, door windows, and quarter panels and windows. Then all of that would be custom glass, custom window regulators etc.... if you wanted to run glass.
I'm assuming the bug body thing is to just get around smog laws in CA?
 

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there you go, looks like these cats did just that
It is seriously awesome that these guys have figured out a way to make a business out of low volume "custom" molded composite parts. I love seeing businesses like this!
 

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The glass body will be pretty cool. It looks like it's stretched a bit. I don't know if that's good or bad?
 
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