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1016-DFW (R)

2008 Custom Sand Rail


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1016-DFW (R)
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This 2008 Short Sand Rail isn't for everyone, we know that. But if you're the kind of guy who does appreciate a machine with this one's capabilities, then you'll definitely need to sit up and pay attention, because this is not your average dune buggy.

Built by Short Sand Cars, this one is a one-off with all kinds of upgrades designed to make it not only fun, but reliable and safe in the most demanding of all places: the desert. It's a tube frame chassis, of course, and it's based on the standard Short Sand Car platform, but has additional gussets and tubing welded in to make the cage incredibly rigid. It's not mild steel, but .095 4130 chromoly tubing, which costs a lot more but is also a lot stronger. The entire framework was powdercoated satin black, which is for both durability and appearance reasons, and it's easy to maintain. There are a few modest body panels to shield the passengers from some of the sand that's sure to be coming their way, plus a wing out back that actually does its job. All of those cosmetic pieces were treated to a bright lime paint with a coat of silver sparkle over them, giving this car serious eyeball appeal and a high-visibility look that's probably a good idea out on the dunes. It's got headlights, and, um, well, that's about it, but experts will never call this rail "basic."

The interior, if you want to call it that, even though it's about as exterior as you can get, offers all the right equipment for having some safe fun in the sand. The PRP Premier racing buckets are upholstered in gray cloth that's comfortable but not sticky in the hot sun, an important consideration for a car like this. 5-point harnesses are probably mandatory for this car and directly hard-wire you to the car's chassis for unbeatable control in the rough stuff. The floors are aluminum, so no worries about tracking dirt on anything that'll get stained, and the controls are limited to a digital readout in the center of the dash, some toggle switches, and a stubby shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission. The steering wheel is suitably fat so you can grab it even with gloves on and it's bolted securely to the frame so it won't mind you hanging on for dear life.

The engine is a very stout 1300 cc Suzuki Hayabusa inline-four that cranks out an astounding 175 horsepower, which, in power-to-weight ratio terms, puts this sand rail in the same category as a Corvette Four separate carburetors wear extra protective air filters and the cam cover was painted to match the bodywork, which is a nice touch. The 6-speed manual transmission uses undercut gears for more positive shifts and better holding power under load and transfers power to the axles through a 530 X-ring chain to a 63-tooth sprocket custom made just for this car by Sprocket Specialties. Something that only weighs 1000 pounds really only needs disc brakes on the back, so that's what it wears, along with some exceptionally long-travel Fox 2.0 coil-over shocks. 15-inch Douglas wheels are used at all four corners with 26x8.00R15 Maxxis Big Horn tires up front and 26x10.00R15s out back.

If playing in the sand is your thing, this is your car. Purpose built using the best parts available, it's fun on wheels with few equals. Call today!

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