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Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 07:29:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here is another angle on it.

Volkwagen    Posted 03-08-2004 at 11:54:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I own and have built many of dune buggy's and I have never seen anyone use the transaxle out of a Volkswagen for anything other than dunebuggies. I will have to that I am impressed. I spotted the swing arms and the lug pattern the moment I seen the picture. Looks like a well built dude. But I have the same concern as Deadcarp, I would think that it would practically lift the ATV off of the ground? Although I have never seen nor heard tell of such a contraption until now.


Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 12:16:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey VW, Yep, that is what they are. My buddy that built the arch races sand rails here, sort of a dune buggy with a bad attitude and no body to speak of. He had the axles sitting behind his garage.I think he took them off of a tranny that he used in his buggy. Seemed like the thing to do at the time, you know?

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-08-2004 at 10:00:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got to go along with Deadcarp on that hitch.
You ain't going to use it long if it takes your head off.

Anyway, not sure if I've seen a picture of Deadcarp. But, I'm thinking he's a lot smarter than he looks. I'd say, might best read and heed his words!!!

We use blade hitches around here: trailers, wagons, impliments, and otherwise portable stationary stuff. I've gotta move a wagon this afternoon. I'll take picture & post later.

Lazy Al    Posted 03-08-2004 at 09:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice Michael . I like doing projects like that
That'll save you a lot of work .Plus cleaner logs to work with . Now you can figure out a dolly for the other end and keep it right out of the dirt .

Lazy Al    Posted 03-08-2004 at 09:06:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice Michael . I like doing projects like that
That'll save you a lot of work .Plus cleaner logs to work with . Now you can figure out a dolly for the other end and keep it right out of the dirt .

deadcarp    Posted 03-08-2004 at 09:20:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't mean to pick mike, it's a real nice job but i'll tell you what scares me is that the front of the log is behind the arch's axle instead of over it. Doesn't this put tremendous up-pressure on the hitch? or am i seeing it wrong. in other words, if you left a log in it and unhooked the ATV, would it stay there or would the wheels roll forward and the hitch jump? be awful careful if you try it. :)

Doc    Posted 03-08-2004 at 12:15:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with DC, you might want to alter it so your latter pulley is just forward of the hubs. Need to keep a fair amount of tongue weight for safety sake. Might want to look at the fram on the one I posted below on your original thread. Might give you some ideas. I've got more pics of it if you'd like to see the mechanics of it.

Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 12:13:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Deadcarp,(gotta know, where the hell did you get that name?),
Well, when we tried it out yesterday on the first log, which was actually twice as long as I normally would drag, it did initially lift up on the tongue and lift the ATV's rear end. But, as the log came forward and off of the ground, it swung up against the upright, which we had intended, and the ATV sat back down, all of the way.I think that because of the slight 'V' shape of the axles, yep, VW swing arms, the wheels are actually just slightly behind the point of lift.We used the winch to actually drag the log up to the arch, and that is when the ATV lifted.
We are thinking about modifying it some, moving the point of lift forward a bit. As I said before, the reason it is un-painted is so we can cut and re-weld if necessary.
Nope, I wouldn't un-hitch it with a log on it.It most likely would flip up and give me a wicked upper cut to the chin. Not a test I want to make.....
Thanks for your observation. I used it yesterday on three logs, just as big around but only 8-12 feet long, and it worked great. I do intend to take it up in the hills here on my place soon and drag some stuff down with it, with my buddy along as a casual observer, just in case it does a bad thing.

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