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Sandrails are dune buggies for sand dunes. (Doh)

It won’t be long if you’re getting involved in dune buggies before you come across the term “sandrail”. Sandrail refers to a specific type of dune buggy. Sometimes they are called sandcars or rails or sand rails, but these refer to a buggy is typically designed to work best on sand dunes.

The sandrail dune buggy is designed to be as light as possible so that it works effectively on sand, which is very difficult to drive on. It is a purpose-built vehicle, commonly with one or 2 seats but there can be up to 4, with no glass or doors. It is generally built from lightweight tubular steel, because weight is the overall factor. Normally the engine is at the rear, though it can be mid-engined.

These vehicles will usually have a built-in roll cage because of the likelihood of accident and rollover, and really when it comes down to it they are little more than a chassis and rollover cage built around a powerful motor.

A sandrail specifically built to have a low centre of gravity, because it is often climbing steep dunes, and rollover is a problem. They will often have high flotation tires to give maximum purchase on loose sand. A vehicle such as this is able to climb sand dunes easily and turn on a significant slope without running the risk of rollover. The tyres at the front are often very narrow, as all the weight is on the back of the vehicle and the front wheels are simply designed for turning.

Sandrail on Sand Dunes
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Unfortunately it is not legal to drive on sand dunes in many places, however there are dune buggy clubs which have permission where it is legal to drive on the dunes and in these cases sandrail enthusiasts can partake in what is one of the most exciting automobile sports that it’s possible to be involved in. A good sandrail has an extremely impressive power to weight ratio, often with more than 400 horsepower for an all up weight of under 2000 pounds. The excitement is extreme.

And the excitement doesn’t just stop with the driver. Sand buggies can be extremely exciting to watch, with fast steep climbs up what are sometimes enormous sand dunes, with the buggy commonly becoming airborne at the top.

Here is a fine example of a sand buggy that didn’t quite make it..

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But do you want a street legal dune buggy?

Whilst the vast majority of dune buggies cannot be legally driven on the roads it is possible to make your buggy street legal.

There’s a number of advantages to this, not the least of which is the cool factor. It’s seriously cool to drive a dune buggy around town.

However it’s not just a cool factor, there’s a number of other reasons. The major reason for anyone involved in genuine motorsport with the dune buggy is that specifically possible to drive to the events.

If your buggy isn’t street legal then you need to trailer it to the event.

Whilst this all sounds great the bad news is that it’s not easy to get your dune buggy legally registered, and the requirements will vary from state to state. For that reason we can’t tell you here what you need to do to get your buggy legal, because it will depend on where you are.

It will be necessary for you to check out the requirements in your own state. However expect that you will be required to have all the same items of equipment that will be required on a vehicle, including headlights, turn signals, speedometer, horn and much more.

street legal Dune Buggy
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It’s always a trade-off, are you prepared to go to the expense of finding out what all the rules and regulations are and then trying to meet them, and do you want all this equipment on your buggy merely to be able to drive it on the roads? That’s a question that only you can answer, according to how badly you need it to be street legal.

Of course it’s quite possible to buy a street legal dune buggy, and we always suggest, if you’re buying second-hand, to start on eBay. There are street legal buggies there most of the time, and often you will buy very well.

And of course it’s quite possible to buy street legal dune buggies new, though of course this is much more expensive.

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