1600 vs UTV trade offs

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If you’ve never ridden in a 1600 with a fast driver ask to go for a ride, you will be seriously surprised. They are very, very fast in the rough sections. UTV’s are way more plush, but the racing in 1600 is much more competitive because money can’t buy a win and there isn’t “new” technology giving anyone an advantage. Only the best drivers win in 1600.

Besides unlimited and motorcycles, no class has been around longer than 1600.

You’ll enjoy either class but don’t discount 1600. It is rough on the body and it isn’t that expensive to run competitively. If you learn to be fast in 1600 you will have the ability to be a competitive driver in any other class. Also, a 1600 can be prepped in a week from full tear down to back together. No plastic body panels you have to work around and the cars are robust. As long as you jet the motor properly, don’t run it hot, and keep oil in it the low comp motors really only need valve adjustments and they keep on going for a long time.
 

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1600 is expensive to run just bought a new set of front torsion springs that will be toast in the next baja 500 and need changing at $450 for what looks like scrap spring steel (sway away ) just saying .....
 
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1600 is expensive to run just bought a new set of front torsion springs that will be toast in the next baja 500 and need changing at $450 for what looks like scrap spring steel (sway away ) just saying .....
Better than a utv falling apart I am sure there more expensive to fix after a baja 500 if they even finish.
 

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1600 is expensive to run just bought a new set of front torsion springs that will be toast in the next baja 500 and need changing at $450 for what looks like scrap spring steel (sway away ) just saying .....
Leafs last a lot longer than 500 miles. Come on lol
 

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said the guys that run stateside logging road tracks,,,,,,
Not sure where you have been lol. Maybe you should learn from some guys that actually know how to drive 1600 cars. Than you can get front leafs to last more than 500 miles. Like my brother did for an entire year in Barstow, Lucerne and Laughlin to take the 2018 More overall points championship. Try again buddy. If you are over prepping and throwing away money that is not the classes fault. And you will not discredit what I know about these cars from being around them literally my entire life. Sorry. I will say it again. Leafs last a lot longer than 500 miles. Unless you are pushing way to much travel out of the front end. And that is user error. Very little was done to my brothers car all year to get that championship. The funding was not there to do full preps. It was the same high comp motor all year. Low comps last even longer now. The front end was checked every race and torn down just for rage. The trannie went ALL year. The leafs went all year. The torsion bars went all year. What more do you want??? At 18 Harley didn't have money to throw at the car all the time and nether did we. Compare that to 100,000+ utv's. Not even the same realm on affordability. You ain't gonna step into UTV and duke it out with Matlock or Guthrie unless you have a majorly funded ride and support. But you can come to 1600 and duke it out with Ward, Romo, Boyer, Craig, Padilla, HENDRICKSON, Malloy, Archibald, Geer and more if you can drive and have a decent car. And it won't cost even half as much as going UTV racing.





 
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1600 is expensive to run just bought a new set of front torsion springs that will be toast in the next baja 500 and need changing at $450 for what looks like scrap spring steel (sway away ) just saying .....
You aren’t running the right parts or have the car setup wrong if you are replacing the leafs after one race. There are people that still use 1600 cars to prerun in Mexico that have thousands of miles on a set of leafs so you are doing something wrong. Link pin shims absolutely, but not the leaf pack. A 1600 is probably one of the most simple and reliable off road race cars to get into once it’s setup properly
 
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If you are a off road Racing purist race 1600

If you are trying to be apart of the ever changing future of the sport race UTV

In the end it’s all a lot of money and work
The future is still here. 1600 is still growing. All these cars were built in the last 6 months.. BRAND NEW 1600 cars. I am lookin to get a new chasis coming up too. 1600 is here to STAY. Its actually a super exciting time to be in the class. New cars coming all the time and great entries at most races. Can't wait to do it again!
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The future is still here. 1600 is still growing. All these cars were built in the last 6 months.. BRAND NEW 1600 cars. I am lookin to get a new chasis coming up too. 1600 is here to STAY. Its actually a super exciting time to be in the class. New cars coming all the time and great entries at most races. Can't wait to do it again! View attachment 244397
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Those are some beautiful cars, it’s looking like 1600 is the way I will be heading. Thank you all for the input!
 

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Wish I would have read this earlier. I was looking for a navigator for next week's SNORE Caliente race but I filled the seat. If I'm in need in the future I'll hit you up about going for a ride... Also, if you have any questions on 1600 stuff hit me up, or anyone else for that matter. In 1600 you find the camaraderie is unmatched, usually anyone will help you.
 
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