A few more shots from Saturday-
I think its pretty cool that you keep it streetable. Not many builds geared toward competing in any fashion are.
Are you planning on going lighter? I'm sure that would help your 4.0L out immensely if you lightened your Jeep up. Hell, I bet it would help drive train longevity over all, especially with those D44's.
Absolutely I want to go lighter! At the race I had all of my speakers in, my amp, my carpet, spare tools, hi-lift, spare tire, rear stinger, way more fuel than I needed, windshield, full glove box, steel hood, full TNT front tube fenders, full soft doors, duster, and wind jammer. Every single one of those items can be either eliminated or modded to be lighter. You are correct, it would make a HUGE difference in "getty up" and be much better on my Rubi axles.
One of my goals was to take a daily driveable "comfortable" rig and be competitive on the track. We may have been the only team to drive their rig from pre-running back to the hotel, then drive it back to the starting line the next morning to line up. Then after completing the event we drove to the gym and grocery store in the TJ the next day
That being said, if I am going to get serious at all, I need to start finding ways to be lighter, faster, and more durable.
The short list looks like:
- RCI fuel cell installed
- New corners and sliders installed
- Wheelbase moved back another 1"
- Rear reservoir shocks
- Front air bumps
- Rear anti-rock
- Rear air bumps
Then either TNT hi-line front fenders, or something custom, or a DC hi-line hood (or similar) with a tube support. Not sure what direction I'll go here, if any. Really, I need to stop goofing around and figure out how to get stronger axles. This class allows for unlimited types of axles and up to 40" tires.
Turned out to be damaged and leaking o rings in the seal housing on the locker itself. You have to pull the locker to replace them but it is a very straightforward job.
I'll have to check it out, but that wouldn't surprise me to be the issue.