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3.0 Litre Type IV aircooled race engine FAT / WIK / Majors

2332 Type 1 aircooled race engine / Mailman motors / Adam Wik /

Mendeola Transaxle or Albins Transaxle / Dave Folts / Weddle HV1

Fortin or Howe Rack

Beam front end with Foddrill king kong trailing arms

930 race prep CV or 934 race prep CVs and 300m axles

Sparco Race seats

BFG Baja TAs on BTR Beadlocks

It’s all about the new class 5b with subaru or honda power.

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  1. November 13th, 2011, 21:56#1

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    Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    OK folks, we have just obtained a 4130 1.5″ tubed class-12 chasis. Present wheel base is 112″ so it will be shortened. The plan is to build her into a class-5 Unlimited racer utilizing/canabalizing our full bodied class-5U we have been racing for over a year in SNORE and MORE. We have been successful and had lots of fun, but are tired of getting whipped by full chasis Baja Trophy-cars… So here we go…Pictures and data to follow…

  2. November 14th, 2011, 08:25#2

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    At least throw a picture of what you have been working with and the new frame so we can see what is going on.

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  3. November 14th, 2011, 19:34#3

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Here are pics of our original car now being canabalized…full chasis and pan with full metal body…can you say heavy! It works as one badass prerunner and served us well as an entry level racer, but it is time to move on…

    Now we need to decide…build it as a class-12 car or go class-5 Unlimited again…

    Pros and cons include having to rebuild motor to class -12 specs if we go that way… Reduced cost of not having to buy new class 5 fiberglass panels…but we can keep her street legal if we make a baja again… Comments?

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  5. November 14th, 2011, 20:36#4

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Here are a few pics of the new chasis. The front beam was not up to task..looking for a HD/king kong beam…had a Kartek one on the old car…need a 10″ over stock width…TJ Flores has offered to build me one, but I need one ASAP so I can start building…at a stand-still until I obtain one. Also selling most of the shocks from the old car so i can get bigger ones…looking for a 14″ King triple bypass for rear and a 10″ King coilover remote res for front…

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  6. November 14th, 2011, 20:38#5

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Oh, 2.5 14″ bypass for rear and 2.0 for the 10″ coilover

  7. November 14th, 2011, 20:40#6

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    My present motor is a 2276 built to race specs…not too shabby…but our old tranny is a Shapley build 091 and I am looking for a used Mendiola…BTW, we are on a budget…buy and build smart is my moto…

  8. November 14th, 2011, 22:42#7

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Quote Originally Posted by frostbite36 View Post
    Oh, 2.5 14″ bypass for rear and 2.0 for the 10″ coilover

    Are you sure you should not be heading toward a 16″ by-pass and maybe a 3.0??

  9. November 14th, 2011, 22:52#8

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Three things are making me consider the shorter shocks, though I have not committed yet because the welder hasn’t put steel to steel…first, I have a King 12″ coilover 2.5 from my old car (I’d still need a 14″ bypass with this combo); second I am running 930 CVs and not sure they can take more articulation; Third, 3.0s are expensive (we’re on a tight time and money budget) and a little heavier…not sure if that is enough justification…I have also considered the 16″/14″ combo in 2.5 too…thoughts?

  10. November 14th, 2011, 22:53#9

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    Three things are making me consider the shorter shocks, though I have not committed yet because the welder hasn’t put steel to steel…first, I have a King 12″ coilover 2.5 from my old car (I’d still need a 14″ bypass with this combo); second I am running 930 CVs and not sure they can take more articulation; Third, 3.0s are expensive (we’re on a tight time and money budget) and a little heavier…not sure if that is enough justification…I have also considered the 16″/14″ combo in 2.5 too…thoughts? I am also selling my fox 10″ 2.0 from the old car on the classified section there at RDZ

  11. November 15th, 2011, 15:14#10

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    Re: Desert Runners Racing Class 5 Unlimited Build

    The fox shocks are 10″ double bypass 2.0 pros ($700) and the 10″ external res coilovers are 2.0 Pros with 350LB/450LB eibach springs
    ($750).

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Restoration Of A Class 5 Unlimited

This is a class 5 unlimited that has been through a lot. It started as a very modest Class 5 unlimited and was built over a period of years “garage style”. In December of 2009 the car was in a horrible crash at the MORE Toys For Tots race. The driver was airlifted from Barstow to Arrowhead Regional because of a severely broken back.

It then went back to the “garage” and was repaired…. well, kind of. The owner then contacted us to give it a once over and fix the issues that still remained with the car.

The first thing we did was to redo the front end. It had been bent, and wasn’t ever right to begin with. So we cut it up, and re-fabricated the front end to give it virtually zero bumpsteer and maximum wheel travel.

We also redid the rear shock mounts so that the use of limit straps wasn’t required and that maximum CV angle was set at full droop; eliminating the possibility of a blown CV if a limit strap were to break.

We also did a lot of small fabrication work to get the car up to spec for SCORE rules. We added a tube between the fuel cell and the seats, put in all proper gussets and make sure that the rest of the cage was within spec.

The result is a very nice Class 5 unlimited car that will be racing again very soon.