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  • gum-nuts Peter Lynn Comp Xr+ Review


    More stable, and comfortable then the standard comp xr+ 

    Positives
    Cheap, lightweight, customiable
    Negatives / Considerations
    Cheap, sit on rather than in, basic

    I was never going to be able to afford a proper race buggy so I had to look at ways of upgrading my humble Peter Lynn comp XR+ ...

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    standard Peter Lynn Comp XR+

    My buggy now has the Peter Lynn 140cm gigastrong axle, longer and stronger side rails, a custom made back rest and 6 ply highway rated radial tyres.

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    beefed!

    Compared to one of my previous buggies of lust, the Sysmic S2 it is a very similar size (length and width) and has the same sought of footprint, but overall it is still a lot lighter in weight despite the modifications. The heaviest addition is the gigastrong axle as this is much thicker as well as longer.

     
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    gigastrong!

    The side frame extensions have also added some extra height to the frame allowing me to lower the standard PL seat while still having a reasonable clearance under my butt! This means I sit lower between the frames and am able to wedge myself in more.

    The back rest has been through a couple of processes to get it comfortable and to provide the support I was after...
     
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    Overall these modifications, along with the new tyres, have made the buggy feel much more stable. I am now able to block myself against the side rails and the overall feel of the buggy enables me to hold down more power. And rather than that power translating into sideways slippage the buggy tracks forwards better - I think this has enabled me to increase my speed and also the upwind performance.
     
    The new tyres are less likely to slide on the surface of the lake and this has also helped. With a slight shift of my weight I am still able to un-stick the rear end either to scrub speed or power slide - but it did take a bit of getting used to.
     
    I am really pleased with how the buggy is handling and the comfort side of it and I am so glad now that I didn't spend a couple of grand on something else (the mods so far have cost about $400). I'm not saying in the future I wont want to upgrade but some of the other production buggies are a lot heavier than my comp xr+.
     
     


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    ssayre

    Posted

    @gum-nuts, how were your siderails modified?  I too would like to modify mine similar to yours.  Did you just purchase the pl wide axle and then have a shop add the extensions to the side rails?  Was the front end altered in any way?  How much did it cost to add the side rail extensions.  That looks like a perfect solution to making it more stable while keeping it light.  I'd seen your modifications before but have just now been more serious about it.

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    gum-nuts

    Posted

    @gum-nuts, how were your siderails modified?  I too would like to modify mine similar to yours.  Did you just purchase the pl wide axle and then have a shop add the extensions to the side rails?  Was the front end altered in any way?  How much did it cost to add the side rail extensions.  That looks like a perfect solution to making it more stable while keeping it light.  I'd seen your modifications before but have just now been more serious about it.

    I was lucky as I was able to get the 140cm gigastrong axle second hand.

    The side rails were extended by a local welder (an extra 30cm) and are double walled to add strength, he also made my original backrest. I can't remember how much I paid! You can buy longer side rails for the xr+ but in the end it was cheaper to go with the welder option. 

    Ill find some more pictures and post them later...

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    soliver

    Posted

    Great mods @gum-nuts.... one part of buggying I have really enjoyed is modding up my buggies.

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    gum-nuts

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    I've also added highway rated tyres as the others went through to the canvas...

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    And pimp my ride (that old back rest is gone!)

     

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    Chook

    Posted

    I really like the design and particularly the lightness of these buggies. A great all-round buggy.

    If we ever get to Lake Lefroy that's a hard surface and causes lots of tyre wear as well Mark. It's like 60 grit sandpaper and you leave black marks if a tyre slides. Tyre wear is just a part of pushing hard.

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    gum-nuts

    Posted

    hi @gum-nut was the film shot on the salt lake near Rockingham.

    yes, Lake Walyungup is only 7 minutes from home! Unfortunately it's mostly underwater at the moment! 

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    the_hatman

    Posted

    o yes will be for a while then as it dries out you have to watch out for breaking the crust because it stinks when it's wet. been there done that didn't fined a t shirt.

     nice spot hard on tires and skin

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    Jim Weldy

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    How is the axle attached?  I need to use the seat straps to keep the axle on - simple, hasn't fallen off (yet).  Is that part of the welder's modifications?

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