I've wanted to participate in Darren Skilton's Sonora Rally since he started it but none of my Jeeps were equipped to handle the big dunes. My dual sport ZJ has a tired stock motor and is fine for just about everything except dunes. Thats part of what drove the decision to put a V8 in the Leduc built ZJ. We're nearly done with prep for the March event and here's the initial start of the new Nogrady 5.9 Mopar motor. Essentially a ProLite motor tune for Pemex and dyno'd at 450hp. Hopefully this motor with 40 gallons cell will get us around.
We were so far ahead on prep for the Mexican 1000 that something was sure to go wrong, and it did. After only 50 miles of testing we discovered an issue that required pulling the motor and starting over. Got it back in last weekend and testing this weekend. Should be all good to go now.
We had an awesome Mexican 1000 experience in the DonAVee Leduc ZJ!! We were fastest in class in 8 of 10 stages. Maybe too fast as we had a crack develop in the left front spring/bumpstop tower and we’re forced to miss the longest stage to rush to Loreto to make repairs with The Fab School guys. While this Jeep was a momentum racer with the straight six, it’s a whole different car accelerating from corner to corner with 430hp. Looking forward to testing our skills in the Sonora Rally this fall.