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Build a Dune Buggy - Parts for a Dune Buggy Motor

Updated on August 18, 2015

Building a Dune Buggy

Whether you call it a dune buggy, rail buggy, sand kart, or whatever, it's essentially all the same deal. The main difference is that one is street legal and the other is going to be off roading; one will be great on the highway, whereas the other is better jumping dunes or riding in the woods. A buggy is a buggy, and they need the same basic parts to make it run- a motor, the frame, seats, and the tires and wheels.

The only differences between a street buggy and an off road buggy is the shocks and tires. An off road dune buggy requires heavier shocks and mud tires, whereas a street buggy can run just fine on regular shocks and street tires. Other than that, there really aren't any differences.

When it comes to the motor, all dune buggies require the same parts.

Basic Parts to a Dune Buggy Motor

Depending on what type or motor you're building or what overall purpose of the buggy will be, you'll find that the parts will all be about the same. You'll need the same basic parts whether you're building an off road buggy, racing buggy, or street buggy. The only difference is the type of parts.

If you're building a high res motor, you'll need high res parts, and if you're building a racing motor, you'll need racing parts.

  • Carburetor
  • Crank
  • Barring
  • Heads and head covers
  • Piston
  • Rod
  • Valves and valve springs

When shopping for parts for your dune buggy motor, you'll want to look around so that you get the best prices. There are some companies that will rip you off, and others that may have great deals on kits and bulk orders. There are a few that will even give you free shipping when your order is over a certain dollar, which you'll find isn't hard to reach.

You may not think that you'll need to spend $200 on the motor, but you'll quickly find your online cart getting filled with all the accessories and parts that you need for your dune buggy motor and frame.

Dune Buggy Engine

When building a dune buggy engine, you want to make sure that you know what you're doing. If you have any questions, it's best that you contact someone who is familiar with Volkswagens and dune buggies. If you're going to be driving or riding in the buggy that you're building, it's best if you know that it's put together properly.

Someone can get seriously hurt if the buggy isn't built safely, so any questions should be addressed before getting the buggy on the road.


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    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      I have always been a bit of a gear-head and this is right up my alley. I appreciate your hub very much.


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      8 years ago from Corona, California

      Another masterful hub. Not flashy, not overly cooked. You did not try to say what you do not know, but found resources available online and included them in the hub.


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