Re: More Seating In A Ranger & Suspension Questions
<font color=green>--I like to be able to have a good amount of friends with me. So is there any way to run the back part of the cage on the outside of the back of the cab?--</font color=green>
By doing this you are taking the structure integrity out of the cab of the truck.. You roll, the cab gets crushed, Night night.. Plus having a bunch of friends in your truck is heavy, noisy, and disturbing when prerunning.. The only thing I want to hear when prerunning is the engine and occasional help from the co driver on which way to go or watch out for that!!
<font color=green>--2. How well does a SUV work as a prerunner? --</font color=green>
I have seen many full size SUV's pre-runnered.. 4 runners, Blazers, Broncos, both solid and a arm.. Anything can be done.. Some work better than others, Rangers and Tacos are easy, well balanced and many kits are avail because they are the mainstay of SCORE class 7.. Exploders you will not see off road unless its a fully custom suspension.. Just look under one and you may see why.. the Cherokee works well for a solid axle.. Look here <a target="_blank" href=http://www.jeepspeed.com/>http://www.jeepspeed.com/</a>. if you want to pre run donít knock A-arm suspension.. Its one of the best to run.. Expensive yes but can give huge amounts of travel with NO camber change.. Try that with I beam..[img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
<font color=green>--how well do solid front axles work on a pre runner compared to an I-beam setup--</font color=green>
Work just fine. Old technology but for a 4wd the are near bulletproof but can have more trouble in the tougher sections of a course in handling.. There is also 4wd I beam rangers that do nicely but are limited in the amount of travel they have.. The edge goes to the I beam because of independent travel of each wheel..
<font color=green>--Would it be possible to get as much travel if you ran a front an rear 3 and/or 4 link with SFAs front and rear instead of I-beams up front and a 3 or 4 link in back?--</font color=green>
I have seen only a few 3/4 link fronts and they are usually on the fabricators vehicle. havenít seen them at the track at all.. For the rear this is a standard for getting big travel out of the rear but this puts you into the upper classes and is on the expensive side.. One shock = about $800 for this setup so if money is not an option then by all means get the best..
4wd never really made it big because its heavy (10 lbs. = 1HP) and its just more moving parts to go wrong.. Most of the conditions donít need 4wd.. There are some exceptions to this like one of the best teams out there running this: <a target="_blank" href=http://race-dezert.com/index1.html>http://race-dezert.com/index1.html</a> and goto the bottom to check out Herbst "The Eclipse".. Thing is incredible copula million dollar car thatís got more bugs in than Texas.. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]