Re: setting up an arena racer
The key to pro arena is dependability and suspension travel, not height or tire size. i've seen guys with 29's do as well as guys with 33's. Seems like 31's do about the best. You need enough hp to clear the doubles, don't try the triples you just break stuff, need to be able to swing the rear around the corners (spool the rear) 2 wd works great with enough suspension. One of the other keys is keep it as low as possible. If lots of lift (body or suspension) it has too much body roll and coupled with short wheel base means rollover which means no trophy or money. I had a guy in my club that had a modified Jeep with glass shaker body, low and fast, 30" tires but was too narrow and consistently hooked up too well in the rear in the corners and rolled at least twice a weekend. We threatened to put wheels on top of his roll cage to make it easier to get him out of the Coliseums! Best thing to do is go to some races and afterwards find a driver that is willing or has time to answer questions and also look at the most successful machines and decide what they are doing that works. That way you have fun and learn from others mistakes. Good luck. Been there, Done that a couple of times (I'm a slow learner).