driver’s seat or a helmet. We wanted
to address both of the issues, so that’s
why we moved the back seat into the
center. It gives a great view out front.
To take care of the shock issues, we
turned to SDI suspension. These guys
have been building performance
shocks for short-course race UTVs
for years, as well as dirt bike suspension. We told SDI what kind of weight
would be riding out back with spares
and the single passenger, and they
went to work.
What they came up with was a
rear suspension package that was
not only more adjustable than stock,
but it was much stronger. The entire
car now sits a little high initially
instead of squatting. This way, nearly half of the suspension travel is in
reserve and ready to take up that first
bump. Most of the pre-running this
year was done with our test driver
sitting in that rear seat. As it turns
out, the rear seat ended up being the
Out back we left the trailing arms stock, but are guided by super-thick high-clearance radius rods from Assault Industries. Not only are they twice as thick as stock,
but they give this area of the car 2 more inches of ground clearance.
In most cases, pre-running or doing a sight lap is actually more fun than the race
itself. You can take your time and bring friends and family along. The racecourses in
Baja, Mexico, can be run even if you are not entered in the race. Usually the course
is marked and open for practice one month before the event.
Of all the wheels and tires offered today,
this combo from ITP is most like what
buggy racers use. It’s a super-strong
eight-ply Ultracross R-Spec meat
wrapped around a polished set of T9 Pro
Mod wheels with a rolled inner edge and
a beadlock outer. In a season of pre-running, we didn’t have a single failure.
An Assault spare tire carrier held our lightweight ITP spare.
For a high-lift jack, we used a bumper jack off of a ’ 71
Cadillac. The CadillacKing.com sells them for about $100.
We installed two Assault Industries fire extinguisher on
quick-release mounts just in case. On this side we also
installed a CO2 bottle for filling tires if needed.