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Old 02-15-2007
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Desert guys... I've got a question.

I'm applying for a summer internship with a baja race truck team. Most of the application is pretty straight forward, but I'm not VERY familiar with all aspects of desert racing. I've got LT suspensions and most of the different suspension pieces that are particular to LT down, but this is what I'm wondering...

How do baja trucks set up the truck differently if it's rained heavily and the course is very muddy? Is it within the rules to use different tires? What about traction devices? Do most use limited slips? Would it be better to switch to a locking differential? This truck is much more than your average daily driver with long-travel suspension, so what other kinds of adjustments COULD be made to better set this truck up for racing in muddy conditions?
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wish i could help, but i think you should go to dezertrangers.com for that kind of stuff.
just watch out bc they like to argue..
pretty funny actually.

but if you go there, they are much more west coast/desert racing oriented.
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I think we had quite a few desert racers on the board....or at least more than know about it.

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as far as i know it does not change that much just kinda a rain or shine kinda event most already run mudders on them but with our class 1600 car we just go! lol about it
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the rules change from class to class and from each sanctioning body.

for instance, the rules for a sportsman class truck and something like a TT are way different. your best bet would probably be to look at the body's website and go poke around their rulebooks. MDR, SCORE, CORR all have rulebooks that you can go find online someplace, as far as i know.

& the guys at DR should be able to help you out further if need be.
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Seems like it would just be tires, and maybe gearing?

oh and windshield wipers.
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They are mostly 2wd trucks as far as trophy truck goes. They pretty much run the same setup as they would as the did for prerunning. The may change tires and add nitrogen or take it away from the shocks due to the part of the course. They seem to get them dailed once done with pre-running then go from there if changes need to be made.
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Cool thanks guys! I'll try some reading and see if that'll get me taken care of.
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ya.... no race truck will ever have an open diff, 99% of all race trucks are locked rear ends whether it is dry or wet.

Tires...again, theres not really a street tire and mud tire... theres just an offroad tire, something agressive that will grab in ALL terrains, silt, sand, rock, dirt, mud whatever.

the only different thing i would say in mud is use a heavier right foot, other than that... i dont think any race truck really does anything different for mud
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