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Tube Frame Vs Production Frame Buggies - Which Is Best?

Posted in Features on March 1, 2004
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Photographers: Courtesy of Ford

With the current popularity of tube-frame buggies on the rockcrawling scene, recreational wheelers might be feeling the pressure to convert to tube just to cruise the challenging trails they read about in the magazines. We don't want you to feel that way so it's a perfect time for a reality check in the argument of tube frame versus production frame.

Our bias is clear: None of us on staff owns a tube buggy, but, with the possible exception of Pw, all of us want one because they're cool. And yes, it's a fact that every hard-core motorsport we can think of has a tube-frame vehicle in the victory circle. But how many of those vehicles tow or even drive on the street? Almost none, we'd bet. Of course, it's hard to argue with the advantages of a tube-frame chassis's size, weight, and visibility, but for those of us who have bodies, doors, and air conditioning, a production frame's got a lot going for it. Everything make sense now? No? Just keep reading.

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