May 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm #975
Ordered my beep in October 2013. It was drivable in February. Working on it a little bit at a time now.
Plan to put it in a parade in June so I have to finish it.
Anyone else building? Want to share ideas, problems with the build, or questions?June 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm #1158June 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm #1164
Thank you for sharing your Mini Beep pictures with us. The finished product looks great! If you don’t mind, we would love to feature your pictures on the Struck blog, as well as the Struck Facebook page. If you feel inclined, feel free to send more pictures to [email protected]
Thanks again for sharing, have a great day!
C.F. Struck CorpOctober 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm #1167
You mini beep looks great. I hope you don’t mind some questions.
Is yours the 4wd or 2wd? Can you give some info on your experience building it: problems, ease of construction, drive train adjustment?
Did you set yours up for going in the water? If so what kind of finishes did you use?
Did you use the Kohler engine. Have you found it very loud? How does it handle grades, does it have enough power to pull a hill? Does there seem to be a lot of tire scuffing when turning on hard surfaces? I am concerned about the stress on the drive train since it is live axles without differentials.
I am interested in one but don’t know the right questions to ask without further info.October 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm #1169
I would be happy to answer your questions.
Q. Is yours the 4wd or 2wd? Can you give some info on your experience building it: problems, ease of construction, drive train adjustment?
A.. Mine is 2wd. The build was pretty straight forward and I cut my own plywood. There were moments when I had to scratch my head and read the plans steps a few times but I got through it. The plans are pretty well laid out in the book and I enjoyed the build. The ease of construction is hard for me to say, it would depend on your experience. I would like to say if I can build it then anybody can. Since I have the 2wd there wasn’t a lot of adjustment. The main one was the chain from the transmission drive sprocket to the rear axle, much like a go kart and not that big of deal. I ordered the book prior to build and looked it over before ordering the kit.
Q. Did you set yours up for going in the water? If so what kind of finishes did you use?
A. I did not build mine for water use. I painted it with 2 coats oil base primer and 2 coats of exterior flat house paint.. I used micro fiber rollers and the finished looked like it was sprayed on.
Q. Did you use the Kohler engine. Have you found it very loud?
A. I used a honda clone motor with electric start that I bought off the internet. The electric start added a nice touch. How loud? To put it in perspective I would say as loud as a go kart.
Q. How does it handle grades, does it have enough power to pull a hill?
A. I can only say that I could pull it up into my full size truck, using ramps, with no problem. It has impressive pulling power going forward and even more in reverse.
Q. Does there seem to be a lot of tire scuffing when turning on hard surfaces? I am concerned about the stress on the drive train since it is live axles without differentials.
A. There is scuffing but the drive train is heavy duty and built to take it. Keep in mind I did build the 2wd.
Hope this helps. You can check out my youtube video, it is listed as mini beep1. It’s the first part of the build and I still need to finish the second half of the video. The only other thing I can say is when struck shipped my kit a few things were missing. I gave them a call and they would ship it out with no problem.October 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm #1171
Thanks for your response.
I hope you don’t mind a few more questions.
You said you used a Honda engine. Is it the same horse power as the Kohler? Did it bolt right up to the drive chain or did you have to modify?
Could you give me the model number of the engine? I am assuming that by Honda clone you met the Honda brand motor.
Did you buy the tires and wheels from Struck or did you source them elsewhere also?
I ordered the manual in 2011 and have read it. It looked pretty straight forward but was interested in how it was in application. I will look at
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