There is a big difference when trying to compare I-beams to A-arms as Links to leafs. 1, beams and a-arms can achieve the same amount of travel. therefore there would not be a need to split the class anyways. 2,The reason leafs and links have always had a split is because you can not achieve 28 inches of travel with leaf springs unlike links. Yes i agree links are always getting cheaper but that doesnt mean Leaf-sprung trucks will all of a sudden dissapear. 3, just because links are cheaper doesnt mean installing them is as well. theres a lot of work and Mulah that goes into linking a truck, like said by Jprich.The number of leaf sprung trucks racing these days is shrinking fast. Not because they feel outclassed by the linked trucks, but because links are getting cheaper, easier to install, and they work way better. Splitting the class by leaf/link will make it tough to sustain 1450 for very long in my opinion.
If you are worried about people NOT racing due to being outclassed, the poor kid who saved up for links isn't going to want to race against Jerry, Jono, AZ McFlury, etc. There are "Race" pre-runners out there now, there are true 1400 trucks out there, and there is the rest of us. Links shouldn't mean i have to race against the "Race" 1400 trucks.
You wouldn't split the classes by I-beams and A-arms, why split it by rear suspension? Both can be fast but one really works better and isn't that prohibitive cost wise now.
My 2 pennies. Link's doesn't put us true budget, weekend warrior, pre-runner that we just want to race....anywhere near as capable as all other trucks with links.
I think most of the problem is the coarses turn into grave yards... Most 1450 trucks arnt crazy fast. Only about a handfull would complete all the laps on time. More than half cant fininsh on time now.Just speculating, but I'm guessing part of the issue revolves around having volunteers man checkpoints, etc. The extra couple of hours tacked on the final time is probably the root of the issue. Hard enough getting folks to do a 8-12 hour day on some of the longer races. I'd think that shouldn't be a problem for the 300 or less type races but I'm guessing 400+ miles in limited classes is going to make long nights even longer for volunteer courseworkers.
Im going to oppose this. 1400/1450 are both somewhat of a weekend warrior class. I say we go by what MORE has set up.
1450=cabbed and framed trucks that are leafsprung, midsize run max V6, fullsize run max V8.
1400= cabbed and framed trucks, Everything else is unlimited.
NO FIBERGLASS TRUCKS
If we run it this way, then we don't have people running class 8 trucks and TT's in 1400 making it fair for everyone.
As a leaf spring 1450 racer I will chime in on this links debate from my own views on it.
When it comes to racing with leaf springs to me, its hard to want to go out and race against people like jono, azmixer,unsicker(sp?) etc.. when you KNOW YOU DONT HAVE A CHANCE! The class split is awesome and would probably bring out more people then some might think. So yes I agree with the 'outclassed' statement since I feel the same way.
What did I do about getting spanked in every race? Bought links/shocks/Dirt tech rear end etc... and having them installed here pretty soon.
I would LOVE to stay leaf sprung and duke it out with my fellow leaf springers, but that's not really where racing is today IMO. If you want to have a chance at winning(1450) you pretty much need links, unless its a split class.
I almost feel bad about the way Jono was treated after BAP this year. He has a perfectly legal truck. Is it stupid rediculous? yes. But its still legal. If you want to win do you have to build something of that caliber? no, but it will be hard to compete with people like him.
Anyway that's my .02 on the subject. I've made my decision with moving on to links which I'm very excited about!