Well, at least with some digging I found my old account....now I'm a "well known" member again! LOL! Now the old me, can put down the new me for wanting to make changes to class 9!
You really don't want to use that as an example as: 1) I believe they are no longer manufactured 2) Parts are costly 3) It's IRS 4) You can allow an upgrade/change current internals and continue well within the current class without reinventing the wheel.
Since we were in the game when they allowed the switch to Dual Ports I can tell you for sure, trans bills went up at that time. At the same time the fast guys figured it out did and continued winning just as they do in every other class. As for IRS: I can also tell you having prepped my wifes IRS 11 car that won 4 races in 2.5 years, that a stock IRS will also break if you don't know how to drive. The most common sense approach to this is to allow internals to be upgraded for strength and cost and get your cars set up so they don't tear themselves apart...
A class winning 7S guy that raced a swinger made a great comment that always stuck with me: "Everyone always wants to change a class to make the cars last instead of learning to drive within the rules and their limits fast enough to finish and win..." racing any class costs and the budget is still about the same relative to other classes
Looking at building a car for this class for next years 1000. I see both sides of these arguments on page 20. I am all for the STOCK within reason!
Background: currently run, (try to run) a 9 car. Just to give you all some perspective on a current new nine build with some deals, over $30K. I like the spirit of the class to a point. However, when you have a group who refuses to update in order to save money that in my opinion does not help at all. Parts are so obsolete that we are spending ridiculous amounts of money on them. I’m $2500 - $3500 for a More or Snore race. There is a select group that has the time to go scouring junkyards and desolate desert properties for these parts and have the time to build engines and trans. Great for them ..... hope those five enjoy racing one another. I’ll be at work to pay for a few races a year. Personally I prefer budget minded because that’s what I have time and money for.
I see people arguing for stock and budget at the same time. It’s one or the other not both.
I think stock dimension/geometry is a must. But spending more money and waiting months for the OEM part is definitely not helping the class. Cars out there racing is going to help the class. PURE STOCK or Budget? Make a choice, can’t have both.
Fuel cell: Stock fuel cell? I’ll be going at this venture, (if we can make it happen) with a seasoned SCORE Quad racer and UTVguru. From what I’m told there have been races thrown away due to the reliability of fuel pumps etc. However running a stock tank will be a logistical nightmare. Fueling every 50 miles = more money and more chasers to manage.
Turbo and NA: I’d prefer to see them split because my UTV of choice would change for sure. But if they’re staying mixed you have to get all the performance you can.
Just a thought, don’t bash me too much if this is ignorant ...... Stock fuel tank with a five gallon off the shelf fuel cell? Would it be impossible or unsafe to have the cell feed in to the main tank? If that a possibility you could get more range for pretty cheap. Yes I know it would make for a longer pit over the guy with a 20 Gallon cell but .......
If the rules make sense we’ll move forward with a build.
You guys may REALLY want to start getting together for some rule changes if you don't want class 9 to die....