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Old 08-13-2006, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting to pull... what makes a good pulling truck

Im wanting to get into pulling some around here, what all do i need to make my truck competitve, and yea i could do a search but whats the fun in that , the season is almost gone now but i wanna start getting stuff i need now, just a thing here and there since funds are kinda tight, might try to catch a pull or two this year but mainly wanting to get ready for next season. Heres a list of some stuff i have thought of...

-SB DD Clutch, positive about that one
-Tie Rod sleeves im sure
-A weight bracket
-Maybe some all terrain tires??? or whats best, im about to be ready for a set
-And im fixing to put a single stack in the bed, atleast itll look like a pulling truck

and i need help on whith the engine part to, woul the big VA and a triple dog be a decent setup, maybe a big ole turbo??? injectors??? propane??? or is some of that overkill.

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Old 08-14-2006, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For many of the pulls in your area, you won't need much safety equip. (i.e. drive shaft loops, and u-joint shields, etc.) but if you venture more eastward and a little farther north in the state, you are likely gonna need some of that stuff.

If I were you, I'd start out small. Meaning I wouldn't go with a big turbo, injectors, drugs (propane, NOS, water/methanol, etc) just yet. Get yourself used to pulling with your truck and learning how to pull before stepping up in class.

You may be fine with tuning you'll just have to see what your competition is like in your area. I know there are some pretty strong CR Dodges down there in Glasgow and a healthy 12V or two as well.

In addition to some of the things you mentioned, build or buy a set of traction bars for the rear. I suggest you make them easily removeable because not all stock turbo classes are allowed to run them. I'd also make a set of adjustable rear end blocks that allow for travel anywhere from 2" to solid. Again, be sure these are easily removed so you can a) drive on teh street and b) some pulls don't allow them in all classes. You'll also want to get or make an adjustable pulling hitch so you can be as close to the max. allowed hitch height at each pull. It needs to be adjustable because different places have different rules and sometimes what might measure 26" at one place, may be 27 or 28" at the next.

If you don't have lift pumps, you may want to consider that so you are getting all the fuel to the engine that the tunes are demanding.


Hopefully some of those that actually have experience will chime in. And I'll add more if I forget something.


Good luck.


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Old 08-14-2006, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd start with an Elocker
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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he aint kidding, right now I'm getting spanked because of it.
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I'd start with an Elocker
Amen brother Mike on the e-locker.

Forget drugs of all sorts, most decent-sized pulling organizations don't allow them.

Focus on getting traction and learning how to launch. Get a stout program and good tires, and learn how to drive the combo you have. Watch and video other people pull, you'll start to pick up on where you should go next.

Mitch gave good advice. Suspension blocks, spring clamps, and an adjustable hitch are key. Traction bars are pretty important too.

I'd suggest selecting an organization you want to run with and try running a full schedule next year. Get to know the guys you run with and become a good competitor. Know the rules like the back of your hand and meet them 100%.
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There is all kinds of things a guy can do if he wants to pull just try some different things. At some point you will get it out the gate we got a handful of dodges in my area that are all drugged up. I have yet to see them make a exhibition run cause they dont know how to keep them running long enough to do it and they have been tryin for last 3 years. I Started out pulling stock tractors and i come a long ways from that . I was not competitve for first 2 years i pulled but i learned a load which helps me more so
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check out duramaxracing.com, good pictures of the stuff you need for good setup, traction bars, suspension blocks, springs, hitch, weightbracket, etc.
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Iv heard of elockers but what exactly are they for, do they go on the front end or back? or both? sorry for the stupid questions. And for traction i was thinking about a set of copper stt's, they look like they would have a pretty good bite, but then iv heard that you dont want something thats gonna dig to good or you can get your wheel speed up enough, is that true?
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The Eaton e-locker is for the front differential. Almost all of the guys off the street have an open differential gear in the front, which allows one wheel to spin while the other does nothing. It's pretty important to have your front axle working 100% for you, and that's what the locker is for.

Chances are, you have an automatic locking rear diff. Check the sticker in your glove box, and it has a series of codes listed. If you have "G80," then you already have an auto-locker in the rear.

Mud tires like the STT do OK, but they'll be better half worn out. They'll probably be OK for a ZF-6. Send a PM to Johnboy. He can talk ZF6 with you.
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With you already having a dually, I don't think I would go with mud terrain tires if I were you. It would only be good on a select few tracks and would be more likely to hurt you than help you on a consistant basis.

I'd go with a set of mildly aggressive all-terrains (Mastercraft Courser CT) and there's always the faithful BFGs.


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