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Baja Bugs and Buggies: How to prepare VW-based cars for off-road fun and racing Paperback – January 1, 1987
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Jeff Hibbard is a veteran off-road racer and the author or Baja Bugs and Buggies: How to Prepare VW-based Cars for Off-Road Fun and Racing.
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I used to race in Baja with the author. Shame he's gone now. This book could use a real update to cover advances in Baja Bugs and Buggies, but is still after 30 years quite effective. I had the original version the author self-published before HP books took it on. I own one of these HP versions that I got from the author 25 years ago when he asked me to proof read it for errors. I recently bought a copy through Amazon for my teenage son who is building his 1st Baja Bug. This one is in fine shape and my son is already getting good use of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone building or using a Baja Bug or VW-based offroad buggy. In online forums people in England,Germany, South Africa, Israel, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia and all over the world people refer constantly to this book. It is still the "Bible" to Baja Bug builders and offroaders of other types of VWs around the world.
My only qualm with it is that it's somewhat outdated. For example it really pushes you for a transaxle rear end largely due to parts availability and what not.That is very much no longer the case and people generally push for IRS setups now, especially due to the extra burl of the bus transmission!
Overall, a great read though. It have me tons of ideas of work to do and has me highly motivated on things to do to my baja bug!
There is a ton of information on every aspect of building a Baja bug. There is information on suspension work, tire and wheel combos, engine setup, different aspects of the car that need to be properly reinforced for offroad use, skidplates, and rollcages.
It is really nice how the author comments on wether or not certain modifications should be made for a daily driver bug or if modifications should only be done for serious off road racers.
It really is a good book, and will server as a good reference for all Baja builders.
The only downside to this book is that some of the information is outdated.