BDX HD Upgrades seeing a 2017 CNC overhaul

Travis @ Buggy Depot

Travis @ Buggy Depot

Founder of Buggy Depot and NanoEFI. Certified buggy nut, riding enthusiast and GY6 mad scientist. Contributor to the sport since 2002. Member #7 on BuggyNews Forums, and hosts the Yerfer.net and GX150 Yahoo Group archives.
Travis @ Buggy Depot

New in-house CNC Plasma installed and rolling!

Bigger, better, beefier and faster – without raising prices.

Original manufacturers have had a bad habit of going out of business and leaving us all in a bind without parts sources.  I’m going to continue to make upgraded parts to fill the gaps, and beef up weaker areas of these discontinued models.

It’s a challenge to keep these items stocked though.  The underlying reason for this is that there isn’t much money in American-built goods in this market, with buyers accustomed to cheap Chinese prices.  The reality is, these shop products alone aren’t profitable or self-sustaining. We use funds from our more profitable imported items to keep the shop running.  For these upgrades, our reason to keep producing them is mostly tied to our riding enthusiasm, and keeping the sport alive.  Although strictly speaking, it doesn’t make much business sense.

This doesn’t only affect us.  Other similar USA manufacturers no longer offer improved American-made parts.   Look at the list of upgrades below – we have no competition for most of them.

That may be fine for today, but if you own a discontinued model (like Yerf Dog or Tomberlin, for example), you know that American suppliers continuing to scale back like this will eventually lead to you being left without critical parts needed to keep your machine running.

Instead of cutting back on these products, we’re doubling down and investing in new equipment to make it easier to keep these items on the shelf long term.  So let’s give this another shot for 2017.


See down the page for the newly redesigned parts

Quick availability note: The redesigns below are nearly complete, but I’m going to hold production briefly.

Although we’ve made this investment, the equipment is just a piece of the solution. Good help is hard to find.  We’re actively looking for the best help in the area.  We’ve dealt with individuals before who just consider the shop “a job”, and don’t particularly care about what they’re doing.  That’s just not acceptable.

While we’re in the process of bringing on the right people, I’ve made the decision to temporarily shut down the shop and most items made in production for now.  The hold may last as short as a few weeks, or a few months. It’s important that we bring on the right people who care about making the best parts, and I’m willing to wait for those who match what we need.

Alright, enough talk.  Here are the new part designs!


2017 Yerf Dog Heavy Duty 2nd Generation Spindles

Redesign Status: Complete

Improvements:

  • Front brake mounts now included on every spindle.
  • This is our strongest version ever, each spindle is a full 1lb heavier than the previous version.   Far stronger than other options.
  • Fender mounting holes included, for easy upgrades.
  • As always, cut and built in Virginia, USA – with 100% American steel.
  • Same price as before!

A full pound heavier than our previous version!

3lbs heavier than stock!


2017 Yerf Dog Heavy Duty Rear Wheel Hubs

Redesign Status: Complete

Improvements:

  • Brings Yerf Dog rear hubs back from extinction.
  • Faster to produce, easier to maintain stock levels for fast delivery.
  • No longer cannibalizing sprockets for the spline portion.


2017 BDX STAGE 3 Shock Adapters for Tomberlin and Baja

Redesign Status: Complete

Improvements:

  • New designed reduced the area of the cut by half, from 98sq/in of steel to 48sq/in.  So we then doubled the thickness of each mount!  Now 1/4″ at the same price.

This set of adapters allows use of our BDX 15″ Nitrogen Shock Upgrade.


2017 Yerf Dog Heavy Duty A-Arms

Redesign Status: Complete


2017 Yerf Dog Heavy Duty 3rd Generation Spindles

Redesign Status: In Progress – Not Finished

Improvements:

  • Front brake mounts now included on every spindle.
  • Fender mounting holes included, for easy upgrades.
  • As always, cut and built in Virginia, USA – with 100% American steel.
  • Same price as before!

2017 Yerf Dog Rack and Pinion +8 Tooth Steering Rack Upgrade

Redesign Status: In Progress – Not Finished

Our current process for machining the teeth takes way too long, with too many operations.  We have to redesign the process itself before making the service available again.


 

3 thoughts on “BDX HD Upgrades seeing a 2017 CNC overhaul

  1. D

    Keep Doing what your doing. As offroading continues to grow. these chinese buggies are going to get even more popular. More people will enter the sport and fix up cheap buggies they bought or buy new and want to upgrade. The need for high quality parts will grow.

  2. Luis Cruz

    i have a couple of things to say . This company is amazing , without you guys we would have to buy cheap parts and replacing them ever 2 days . The owner and founder Travis could not be any cooler! GREAT GUY, thank you all at buggydepot for your service.

  3. Bill Russo

    this company is awesome!!!! I have a lot of parts to buy to up grade and repair the wrecked carbide 7150 I bought, and I know now where I’m getting my parts!!!

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