Piranha Build

Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:46 pm

Hi guys, been working on the piranha now for the last 12 months
now I'm ready for a trial run.
But I thought while it was still in one piece I would post some pictures
Also would like to thank the boys at edge for their help, got me out of a few tricky spots,
as well as some of the lads at WASA for the input.
Buggy runs a Honda Blackbird 1100xx 04
Pingel Electronic shifter
Morris 1100 Radiator with extra baffles
Edge exhaust system
Barracuda front complete
Barracuda oversize rear brake caliper and floating rotor
Piranha double A-Arm rear
Extended 100 in cabin area and 175 in engine area
No dash instruments, except shift light and idiot lights for ignition, oil, temp, water and neutral
Runs 12 bearclaws.
Project still not finished as all paneling to be done yet, but hey, what project is finished.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby V8 Ogre » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:12 am

You sure work fast you Ol' snake in the grass. Seeme like just moments ago I saw it with spaghetti type wiring. 8)
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:47 am

Yeah mate, ain't it amazing how fast you can get something done when someone hands you a 12mil spanner
instead of a 12inch shifter :lol:
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby fatal-exception » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:18 pm

Nice ride dude.

What type of CV's are you using?
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:02 pm

fatal-exception wrote:What type of CV's are you using


Thanks for the comment, as for the CV's, I'm using 924 axles with VW CV's off the fastback
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Toddy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Nice build Rattlesnake!
I'm using a blackbird motor as well and they've got plenty of grunt.
Might need to beef up your bearing carriers a bit to handle the power though
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Sean (Foggy) Leggett » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:07 pm

Good work mate, love the wide stance on the front the Cuda suspension gives it, makes it look real tuff!!
Well done! :wink:
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:19 pm

Toddy wrote:Might need to beef up your bearing carriers a bit to handle the power though

Yeah Toddy, hopefully I've covered that one, the adapter plates are welded in place to stop any movement as the motor slides for adjustment, used the full carriers instead of the cut down ones, and put on the outer sleeve for the center axle to stop twist, so fingers crossed. Any other thoughts on what I could do appreciated.
Thanks Foggy, been watching yours for awhile now and gotten ideas.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Toddy » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:56 am

That looks pretty strong mate, just see how she goes
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:52 pm

Well if anyone has questions about electronic shifters, DON'T :shock: .
Having installed a Pingal shifter and after two shakedown runs it has proven no end of grief.
The first being not able to get neutral the second loosing downshift due to a burnt out solenoid..
This after not even having ten minutes run time.
First time out though it wasn't all due to the shifter, a blown CV had a small part in it after 2 hrs travel for 7 minutes on the track, coped that sweet though as it was the very first run.
Next time out was Tumblegum, first lap in front of hundreds
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and I loose the downshift, hence all rear steer, long story short, tight corner, ended up parked on top of a windrow :oops: Twice :oops: :evil: .
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Did hear a comment though, something about why the hell do you need all that horsepower in the rear when you still got to push them :lol: .
So, declined the Sunday event, loaded up and slunk off home and now installing a manual shifter so I'm ready for for the 4 days at Tammin over easter.
On the upside though, the CV's held together :wink:
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:25 pm

Toddy wrote:That looks pretty strong mate, just see how she goes

You were right Toddy, didn't hold up to the horsepower, shaft/bearings kept slewing around
even with the additional reinforcement.
Now I'm working on a separate cartridge using hollow tube with different bearings etc and weld on the end plates
that will just bolt direct into the carriage.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Toddy » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:25 pm

Have a look at my build thread mate, the set-up i'm using is holding up really well.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:22 am

Thanks Toddy, had a look, this is my result.
Also out of hollow bar and yes my rear does unbolt. Makes it so easy to work on.
Hopefully bullet proof, now waiting for the rear A Arms to give up.
Then I'll do a rebuild on them. Any Ideas
Cheers
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby fatal-exception » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:42 am

That looks solid. I might borrow you idea for my build. :wink:
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Lone Oranger » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:15 am

You're onto it Al. :D
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Toddy » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:24 am

That would have to help mate, try and find some rubber grommets to stick in those holes to keep all the crap out as well. Where the arms meet the uprights i have copied the barracuda set-up and its holding up really well
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:53 am

Yeh Toddy will do. On the rear uprights I've put in a trailing link to try and take
some of the twist out, but I see the axles are already moving in the bearings.
So i will have to look at that next to take up the slack and give me some adjustment.
On the way out to Tammin now, so will see how it goes after three days of use.
Hope every one has a good Easter and stay safe.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rattlesnake » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:41 pm

Well what a fantastic weekend out at Tammin, the new rear carriage set up held up well
and gave no sign of problems and not even a mil of movement.
I punished this buggy to the best of my abilities over the three days as well as letting a couple of other steerers
have a drive as well hoping for their input on the handling of this machine.
Verdict: A silent assassin :D . Definitely does not handle like a Piranha, steers a very straight line and goes were you point it, will throw you into the back off the seat
Problem or not: Hard to slide because of the narrow rear end, will hunch into offside wheel and gets grip very quickly.
now this may be also due to new bearclaws. Also have to trim steering rack to get a few more degrees of turn.

Because of the level of grip and the horse power available another problem raised it's ugly head.
Were as I thought I may have had a problem with the uprights, the trailing links preempted this and I had no
movement in the uprights at all, instead I had a hub shear off the axle, twisted both axles and all the bearings
in both uprights are shot.
So now to a solution which I have no idea at the moment.
Pictures are courtesy of Ray at WASA, thanks mate.
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby Rustydog2010 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:01 pm

mhmm bugger!!!! :lol:
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Re: Piranha Build

Postby fatal-exception » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:39 am

Shitty. Did you ever find the tire? :mrgreen:
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