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Sidewinder
 

 

Independent front & monoshocks rear suspension gives this beast awesome handling over rough tracks at high speeds. Designed for 350cc - 650cc single cylinder enduro or motocross bike motors. Tops 120kph with 0 - 100kph in 6.5 seconds.

The Sidewinder is the most nimble and compact of The Edge Products range of off road vehicles.

Power comes from a trail or motocross bike motor mounted alongside the driver. Front Suspension is Single ‘A’ Arm with motorcycle Mono-shocks. Rear Suspension is Swingarm with solid Axle and single motocross Mono-shock.

Drive is chain direct from the Motor to the Axle, the Motor’s sprocket being positioned inline with the Suspension Arm pivot point for reliable and precise chain tension. Steering is via a car-type Rack & Pinion to eliminate bumpsteer and give precise control on rough terrain.

Specifications
Frame: Box section Chassis and full tubular Rollcage structure
Steering: Rack & Pinion car-type
Motor: Trailbike or motocross Motors, single cylinder from 350cc up to 650cc
Transmission: Motorcycle Gearbox and Chain Drive to solid Rear Axle
Front Suspension: Single "A" Arm with Motorcycle Mono-shock, 250- 300mm travel
Rear Suspension: Swing Arm with single Motorcycle Mono-shock, 280- 350mm Travel
Brakes: Motorcycle Disc and Hydraulic Caliper on rear standard, optional front discs
Wheels: 20x7x8 Front, 22x12x8 Rear ATV Tyres & Rims
Overall Length: 2500mm
Overall Width: 1420mm
Overall Height: 1400mm
Track (rear): 1120mm
Track (front): 1120mm
Wheelbase: 1900mm
Approx. Weight: 280kg
Ground Clearance: Adjustable to 350mm
Top Speed: 90-140kph
Acceleration: 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds
Plans

The Sidewinder Plus plans is comprehensive with over 90 pages including lots of 3D images. Since 2009 plans all Edge Products Plans are available for immediate download from www.eziplans.complans have been available for immediate download via www.eziplans.com. With the PDF/download option not only do you get your plans straight away but you also save $20 off the price of the printed version.

These detail every chassis & suspension part that needs to be made along  with parts lists, nuts & bolts lists & material lists.

Laid out in 3D views with 2D dimensioned detailed drawings the Sidewinder Plus plans detail the complete chassis, front & rear suspension, brakes, pedals, all brackets, fuel tank, floor pan, roof plate, nose plate, bonnet, bulkhead plate, engine bash plate, complete steering including rack mount & steering column & gearshift setup.

In fact, every single part that needs to be made.

The Sidewinder plans explain the chassis construction in a "step by step" format starting with the base frame & building the chassis from the ground up to make construction easier for the home builder.

Suspension arms & components are broken down into their individual parts for ease of manufacture.
 

Click here to purchase plans in either PDF or printed format.

Cost To Build

The cost of building a Barracuda will depend on how much of the componentry you can make yourself.Buying the raw materials, fabricating and welding the Sidewinder parts yourself to the plans will cost approximately $3,000 to $3,500 Australian dollars minus motor depending on how much of the componentry you produce yourself.

Suitable Engine Types

The Sidewinder design uses a motorcycle motor mounted along side the driver, generally on the right side of the chassis.

The reason for the side mounted design is to have the motors output sprocket line up with the rear suspension swing arm pivot point. This means that when the suspension arm arcs up & down the chain will remain a constant tension.Kawasaki KLR650 Engine

A side mounted motor will un-balance a buggy if the motor is either too heavy or the motor is positioned too far away from the chassis centre line.

With this in mind a single cylinder motor is the lightest design.

Yamaha XT500So what type of single cylinder motor suits the Sidewinder best?

Four stroke single cylinder trail bike motors are the most user friendly in terms of good power to weight ratio & lots of low end torque.

Most modern trail bike motors are also fitted with electric start, this is a big bonus to the driver as once you are strapped into your buggy the last thing you want to do is un-buckle & climb out to kick the motor over again.

Two stroke Moto X bike motors are very powerful & light weight. This type of motor in 500cc form produces a very powerful buggy, but the negative side is the intense vibration, lack of electric start & the temperamental nature of the two stroke motor.

Some of the best models (we believe) of motorcycle engine are as follows:

  • KLX650 Kawasaki
  • KLR650 Kawasaki
  • KLR600 Kawasaki
  • DR650 Suzuki
  • DR600 Suzuki
  • XT600 Yamaha
  • XT500 Yamaha
  • SR600 Yamaha
  • SRX660 Yamaha
  • 660 Yamaha Raptor
  • XL600 Honda
  • XR600 Honda
  • XR650 Honda
  • NX650 Honda
  • FT500 Honda
Sidewinder Parts

Click the links below to shop for Taipan parts:Assorted Barracuda Parts