So I have been involved in off-road for a while but I am new to short course. I am starting to build a stock mini. I just wanted to get some input into what is the best truck/engine option to start out with. I currently have a 1997 d21 Nissan with the ka24e engine. I have not started to build it yet so I wanted to be sure I started out with the best truck I could before I tore into it. I chose the d21 due to the 2.4 cylinder having 135hp and being allowed to weigh 2600 pounds. Where as the ranger 3.0 is 140hp I believe and you have to weigh 3200 pounds. The tacomas are out of the question for me, people just want to much money for them haha.