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Re: Buggy drivers
I'm "gutting" my jeep to the bear necesseties (losing all the sheet metal i can, trimming off excess metal in places that don't need it, no body parts besides a tub, fenders, hood grill), 2 seats, a gas tank, probably loosing the heater, a couple gauges and switches, removable steering wheeling/ race car coulum, you get my drift. It will still look like a jeep but the reason i'm doing it is for competition rock crawling. 99% of the time weight kills you offroad, it leads to broken parts, taking more effort, isn't as easy to get places, takes more horse and torque to move the rig.
If i had all the body parts on like a tail gate, doors, and windshield frame they would just get destroyed, hamper visability, and get in the way. You have to use every advantage you can to get ahead. I'll have a fair amount of seat time before i get to my first comp which will help, but also the gutted jeep will really help me keep up with the guys with better equiped but heavier rigs.