Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:36 pm

BlueV2 wrote:Buggy looks great. How was the subaru gearbox ? I know the ratios would have been a bit crappy, but apart from that, how did you find it ?



In one word "AWESOME" .. they way in which is shifts compared to the old VW box is not comparable. Yes the ratios where a liitle high but pulling 100kmph in 2nd is fun on occasion.
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby BlueV2 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:04 pm

Brad wrote:
BlueV2 wrote:Buggy looks great. How was the subaru gearbox ? I know the ratios would have been a bit crappy, but apart from that, how did you find it ?



In one word "AWESOME" .. they way in which is shifts compared to the old VW box is not comparable. Yes the ratios where a liitle high but pulling 100kmph in 2nd is fun on occasion.


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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:14 pm

yeah I was pretty happy with it, very much so with the extra 55mm of ground clearance and the direct hook to the vw shift tube.
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby BlueV2 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:01 pm

Todd sent me a photo of your shift connection. I assume you have modified (shortened) the VW shift rod and then connected it directly to the subaru gear selector shaft, using the Subaru universal by the looks of it. Is that right ?
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:14 pm

BlueV2 wrote:Todd sent me a photo of your shift connection. I assume you have modified (shortened) the VW shift rod and then connected it directly to the subaru gear selector shaft, using the Subaru universal by the looks of it. Is that right ?



Yeah pretty much but no uni as the Subaru doesn't have one. It is a rotating bush setup. I cut about 3" of the semi Auto shift tube and made it adjustable
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:14 pm

well it has begun .... what you may ask ?? well me using the Manxter as my Daily Driver .... I figure if we are going to sell kits and help people build dreams then we should practise what we preach.

Luckily for me the Manxter has an awesome effect on my 4 year old, when I tell him we are taking the buggy to kindy he stops crying and runs outside to climb in ... not a bad change from a grump kid who don't wanna goto kindy.

Might have to include that in the kit - Happy Kid Effects :)
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:51 pm

BlueV2 wrote:Todd sent me a photo of your shift connection. I assume you have modified (shortened) the VW shift rod and then connected it directly to the subaru gear selector shaft, using the Subaru universal by the looks of it. Is that right ?



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Simplier than a kombi one :D
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby ttriebler » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:23 pm

Need to see what you did to the VW rod Brad. Can people just bolt something on?
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Brad » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:49 pm

ttriebler wrote:Need to see what you did to the VW rod Brad. Can people just bolt something on?


Nope :D

The issue with the VW shift tube is the VW Shift Bush. The OD of the shift tub must stay the same which prohibits the welding of anything to it which increased the OD of it. So the kit included a machined plug which is welded into the rod and linished down to keep the OD the same. Once the rod is back in the tunnel the threaded centre is placed in it which has the Subaru compatible Boss on it. This achieves two things. Firstly it works well and 2ndly it allows you to adjust the length of the shift to get the best shift possible should you have not measured your tube correctly. Adjustment is about 30mm which in a world of shift tolerance in the mm range is a heap.

I am working up the release version of this with fitting instructions at the moment. The kit price will be confirmed once I have the quote back from Subaru on the shift bushes .... that right I retained the Subaru Shift bush as some crazy little japanese guy spent a lot of time designing that sucker to work well without vibrations etc.

These will be released with the rest of the parts to do the conversion
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby ttriebler » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:00 pm

I love it when crazy little teams of Japanese guys figure things out and we then adapt them to use in beach buggies.
Make sense to me. :lol:
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby manxiberty » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:19 am

ttriebler wrote:I love it when crazy little teams of Japanese guys figure things out and we then adapt them to use in beach buggies.
Make sense to me. :lol:


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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby t00t7tim » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:31 pm

Hi BRad,

What wheel and tyre size are you running on this?

How did you get them approved given they 'appear' to be over the limit for a buggy.

I am facing this issue and would love some advice

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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Tratty » Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:37 pm

Just take it in with 4 standard beetle wheels, it looks stupid, everybody knows you're going to take it home and put big wheels on it, but that is beyond their control, that was what I did with my daughters baja :)
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Re: Making Sunshine - MMA Manxter No 1

Postby Smiley » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:05 pm

Brad wrote:well it has begun .... what you may ask ?? well me using the Manxter as my Daily Driver .... I figure if we are going to sell kits and help people build dreams then we should practise what we preach.


How is the buggy going as your daily Brad?

Have there been any teething issues that you've had to sort out. I'd love to see more on this thing.


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