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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-24-2000, 02:20 PM
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Straight Axle Desert Racer?

Just out of curiousity, if I were to enter say, my 89 Silverado with a Straight Axle Conversion (no my 89 doesnt have a straight axle....yet) what class would it be allowed to race in? If any?

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

My first instinct is to say "slow", but since you're just curious I'll avoid being obnoxious. You would likely be in SCORE class 8, which are pretty much full on race trucks. You could not stay in Stock Full because of the modifications and the 4WD classes are shorter wheelbase vehicles.

Realistically, you can't make a straight axle truck go fast enough to be competative in desert racing. Even in the 4WD short wheelbase class (class 3) Kia's beat the old Bronco/Blazer/Scout trucks that venture to enter.

If you're just out to have fun, enter it in the sportsman truck class. Or, consider beefing up the 2WD suspension and race it in the Stock Full class. It would be nice to see a Chevy in the mix there.

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

Ok, just wonderin' about that part, who sells beefed up 2WD IFS kits?

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

You have to remember though, Kias are a heck of a lot lighter than the old Bronco, Scouts, and Blazers. It has nothing to do with the staight axle up front and everything to do with a heavier-duty drivetrain, metal bodies, and bigger engines.

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

Our team competes in BORE and SCORE class 8 and this strait axle Jeep has been kicking rear, he has won all the BORE races this year, not competitive.....hmph. He stays together till the end and that is what counts, our Class 8 ford is faster but it keeps breaking before the Jeep does, bummer.

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

Are you guys trying to bait me? First, it's not all weight, but that is a factor. Second, I have a straight axle bronco myself, and I love it, but I'd be nuts to try to turn it into a racer. Third, the guy was talking about major surgery to get the straight axle on the truck to race it. If you feel you need a straight axle 4X4 to race, start with one. I wouldn't do it thought. You just don't see very many people in the know building straight axle chase or support vehicles any more, much less race vehicles. I can tell you with certainty that Perry McNeil, John Emke, Steve Spirkoff, Craig Stewart, and others here in cali have not build such a vehicle in years. That's because it's just not productive anymore for desert racers to build straight axle racers. It's much more cost effective to build other vehicles.

If you're going to rock crawl, or drive on ramps, by all means get a straight axle under your rig. But if you want to race, go independant.

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Re: Straight Axle Desert Racer?

Whoa- you know what I'd really love to see? A dual TTB setup on a Ranger- that would be crazy [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Thats pretty much the only other setup I like besides straight-axle. The rest are just too expensive to make hard-core and reliable.

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