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Below is a picture of my drivers seat. It is made by a company called RCI racing.
It is quite good quality for the $70.00 i paid. It also has a seat cover you can buy which has all the padding fitted to it, i will buy that later on. The seat has all the slots cut in it for the 5 point harness which i also bought from RCI for $130.00. The harness has a latch assembly where the buckles slide over one another and the final one locks them into place so that mud does not effect it. The seat is very lightweight and fits perfectly in the buggy.

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Mounting The Seat
 
The seat has been mounted on two peices of 30x30 RHS which run from front to back in the buggy frame. On the ends of the RHS i notched them down approx 8mm so that  they sit a bit lower than the 40x40 main frame, so that the seat will sit a little bit lower in the frame. Sitting in the seat i have about 2 inches of head clearence from the helmet to the top of the rollbars. The bag of cement is there to balance out the weight of the fitted engine so the buggy doesnt topple over...

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Below is the original dash from the buggy. I will use it on the winder. It has a tacho, water temp guage and speedo as well as high beam, indicator and neutral lights. I doubt i will use the speedo though. And i know the tacho needle is broken, you just have to judge where its pointing, i will get another needle one day.

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Below is the dash surround that I made as part of my TAFE course for work, its made from 16plys of carbon fibre and all up about $200 of materials were used but i didnt have to pay a cent which was great! I cut out the exact shape of the instrument cluster and then slotted the instrument cluster in from behind so the cluster face is flush with the dash panel. The slot in the centre of the dash at the bottom is for the steering column to go through, it will just fit. I did have to modify the 20x20 rhs which suports the rear column mount but it will look better in the longrun i think so. Engine starter button, fuel pump switch, light switchs, engine cutoff switch, and whatever other switches will be placed on the dash to the sides of the instrument cluster. In the picture below the panel is just taped in place roughly to see how it looks.

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I have now made the frame for the dash to be mounted to. Its made from 3mm thick 20mm angle. I also had to modify the rearward column mount to fit onto the dash support but it all worked out well in the end and the column still sits at the same angle and dimensions as the plan specifies. Picture below.

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