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Build a Dune Buggy - Dune Buggy Accessories

Updated on March 20, 2011

Building a Dune Buggy

When building a dune buggy, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary parts for the motor and frame, but there are things that you can do to make the buggy unique and different, which is to add accessories.

There aren't a load of accessories that you can add to a rail buggy, but there are a few options that you can consider. Just keep in mind that prices will vary by brand and features, street legality may hinder which accessories you can use, and overall functionality of the accessories will need to be determined.

I mean, there are some laws that prevent you from having certain lights, typically flashing and colored lights (such as the underglow lights), which means although they may be neat, you can't use them on your buggy while on the street, so do you really want to pay for them if you may not be able to use them?

Below, you'll find some of the more common accessories for dune buggies.

Marine Radio and Speakers

Although, it's not everyone's cup-of-tea, there are some people who want to add a radio to their street machine. Some prefer the off-roading buggies, but for those who want theirs on the street, a radio may be a must.

If you're going to put a radio and speakers on your dune buggy, make sure that you purchase a marine radio. If you get caught in the weather, you want to make sure that your equipment is a little protected. Marine radios and speakers are made water resistant when compared the the radio in your car.

Seat Belts and Harnesses

Although, most dune buggies that I've seen include harnesses and seat belts, not all do. Personally, it's a huge safety risk not to include a harness in each seat of your dune buggy, but it's really your decision.

There are different seat belt options that you can choose from, with the Crow safety harnesses. These come with either a 5- point, 4- point, or a 3- point enclosure. They're shoulder harnesses to keep you safely inside the the buggy in case of an accident.

You can even choose from different colors. There are different styles, and you can find different thicknesses and lengths.

You may also want to consider crotch straps and arm restraints, especially if you're planning on taking the buggy off road.  Most 5- point harnesses include the crotch strap, where the 3- and 4- points do not.

Seat Covers

You may be ok sitting on the plain plastic racing seat, but on the other hand, you may want to spruce up the look of your rail buggy with nice racing seat covers that will match. You'll first want to make sure that you're searching for seat covers that fit the style bucket seat that you have for the buggy.

Once you're sure you're looking at the right size and style, consider the different materials, which will range from a polyfiber, microfiber, or vinyl cover.

In some cases, you can find sellers offering sets of both the seat cover and the seat. Just look around to find the best deal for what you're looking for. Just keep in mind, in regards to the seat cover, solid black is typically the least expensive.


Gauges

There are many different gauges that you may want to consider adding to your dune buggy. Keep in mind the size of the gauges and the space that you have available. More street buggies will have gauges than off-road, as those ridden off road, generally get more wear and tear, which means the gauges may get damaged.

Larger gauges need more room, and smaller gauges may be hard to read. You may have to just shop around until you find exactly what you're looking for.

Common gauges that you may find on a buggy may include: speedometer, gear gauge, tire pressure gauge, temperature gauge, and fuel gauge.

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    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I live at Pismo Beach and we have great sand dunes! I rode the first Honda ATV there with Honda performing R & D prior to their release of their first "three wheeler" ATV. A dune buggy should be light. I learned by owning a "water pumper" hemi-engine dune buggy. When I flew over the top of a sand dune, I landed with a bone jarring, bouncing "thud." Good hub!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      This is a wonderful hub and thank you for introducing this. I hever knew.

    • Butch45 profile image

      Butch45 

      8 years ago

      Way to go I did not think you could add so much

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