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1968 Baja Bug EJ25 Conversion (mid-engine)

EJ25 Baja Bug VW mid-engine

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#1 Bugaru

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:13 PM

Hello again USMB. Have a look at the new build my roommate and I
started over the summer.  It’s a 1968 IRS
conversion; it has FOA shocks with 14" rear travel, 12" front travel,
18" ground clearance and an EJ25 stuffed into the roll cage. We will also be
using a “mild” turbo as well as a Subaru 5 speed transmission.

 

 



#2 Subruise

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:45 PM

to the bat cage! nice work man.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:20 PM



#4 tractor pole

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

cool! subscribed.



#5 spazomatic

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

Thats pretty sweet! Nice welds too

#6 mikaleda

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:29 PM

Cool build. It will be Intersting to see what that will do.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

IRS Conversion

 

 

Rear Suspension Mount

 



#8 Bugaru

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:57 PM



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:39 PM

Very cool project!



#10 Bugaru

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:21 AM

LOL, batcage.... Glad you guys like it, more pics coming soon after the rear cage gets finished.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:40 AM

Feakin awesome man! I've thinking about putting a EJ25 in my baja too. I havn't really thought about the mid engine setup though... until now. Love it! :headbang:

 

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 12:03 PM

Wow that is a cage!!!  You should roll it for fun (and yes that was the dumbest thing I have ever said).



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:49 PM

Right on Jesse do the mid-engine! What year is your baja? I am going to try and document the process thoroughly so stay tuned.



Ha Ha, O.C.D. we have already discussed that very thing, but it may have to wait until the STI engine arrives. However, I am also building the cage in SolidWorks so I can “roll” it in there, several times if necessary.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:07 AM

Looks like somebody is a certified welder!

I've not seen welds that clean since leaving the shipyards in Alabama.

I'm willing to bet that they would pass x-ray and void specs!

Lovely work, clearly Master Craft Level!

 

Admiringly,

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:28 AM

Sweet...but did ya have to with the cali bug eye front..I don't know why but the lights in the nose thing never apealed to me. I have always wanted to do that to a baja. I had a 69 baja (it was my first car) and still wish I ad it to be able to do soemthing like this to it. MIne had the lights in the fender style baja kit.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:15 AM

I like the bug eye look and you get a better approach angle with a shorter nose.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:11 PM

Thanks Timothy, yes certified welder here.

 

I finally got around to building the motor mounts. The design allows for easy low profile engine removal; once the primary locking pins are removed the engine and transmission can just slide back with the use of a transmission jack. The oil pan needs to be trimmed a bit, but not much.

 

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:23 AM

Awesome work mate!

With the engine up that high, how are you going to do the drive shafts down from the gearbox to the hubs?  I'm thinking you might be using a divorced transfer case but can't work out how that would actually work...

I'm curious!

Cheers

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

i can anwswer this for everyone :D  porche 930 cvs



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:23 PM

Ah ha! Great question and you're both pretty close. We will be using the rear output of a subaru transmission only. The tiny driveshaft will run back into a custom vertically oriented transfer case and the bottom driveline will run forward into a custom diff. The diff we have in mind has quick change gears and will be fitted with the 930 flanges. Unfortunately the cv angles would be too extreme to run off the trans side flanges with the engine as high and far forward as it is.

Edited by Bugaru, 04 July 2013 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

Careful running the rear only off of that Subaru transmission,

If I recall correctly, the rear drive acts only as a supplemental power drive,

and you can chew up the tranny running only rear output.

 

Somebody please correct me if I am mistaken on this point.



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:54 AM

I'm with you on this Tsuru, you'll blow up this tranny if you do as mentioned.

The centrediff is not supposed to handle that much power in the way you discribe.

There is another way to do this, almost bullitproof.

You have to split the gearbox of its rear drive and make it  2WD.

There are aftermarket "nuts" to lock the rear output shaft but there is a cheaper way tot make this happen also.

You take the centrediff apart and weld some parts together to make the same locknut as mentioned above.

 

LOCKNUT and more: http://www.subarugea...m/Products.html

DIY locknut: http://www.914world....howtopic=104513

 

I hope this helps.

 

Cheers from the Netherlands,

 

Paul



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:49 PM

You are a god man ! Wow ! ;)

#24 apintonut

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:15 AM

Sweet im building somthing similer

#25 apintonut

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

I wana see more!!!!!





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