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blackdiesel
09-12-2005, 07:23 PM
ok, the pulls are commin up in about a week so ive got a few questions. my hitch is right around 20 inches. do i need to raise or lower it? do i need front weights? how about blocking up the rear end? Thanks for the advice! :)

djgaston
09-12-2005, 07:53 PM
We have different body styles but what I learned at the truck pull Saturday night is this...

My truck weighs 7,086 lbs. In our diesel class you can weigh all the way up to 8000 lbs. So yes, weights are good, and the more weight you have up front, the less the front will bounce. Mine was dribbling up and down like a basketball for a while until the track smoothed out a little. If you can't add plates up front, put some heavy stuff in your floorboard up front and then put the rest of the weight in the bed. Just try to get right around 7900 lbs.
As far as your hitch, I don't know what the legal height is... it varies from sled to sled. Find out and get yours as high as it can go. The higher it is, the more leverage you will have on the sled. Plus the rear will squat down once you get that weight in there, and the weight of the sled.
Air down your tires for a wider footprint. I do not know what to air down to but I know the other guys were doing it. I would guess 15 psi but even that might be too low for a heavy diesel... I'm new to the diesel world. :-)

TxDiesel007
09-12-2005, 08:07 PM
max hitch height

26 inches... keep it as high as you can, its all i can help you with, well the launch you have a better clutch so third or fourth, build boost and launch in 4 low, and best of luck!!

Tx :D

djgaston
09-12-2005, 08:19 PM
I launched in 4 low, 3rd gear and it was perfect for my setup... but there are a lot of differences between our trucks.

blackdiesel
09-13-2005, 07:32 AM
so could i get a drop hitch and turn it upside down? will that be strong enough?

TxDiesel007
09-13-2005, 08:26 AM
I reinforced mine

But yes it should work out just fine, I have a pic in my gallery in which the hitch sits 22 inches above the ground with a 1 inch clevis hook... I have yanked out two stumps with it and no issues yet...

Tx

blackdiesel
09-13-2005, 08:40 AM
ok, ill probley reinforce mine too. thanks tx

Gwoody
09-15-2005, 09:39 PM
When and where is the pull going to be, who's sled, are they for sure gonna have a diesel class???

Thanks

Gwoody
09-15-2005, 09:42 PM
Oh yeah, what's the weight limit????

Gwoody
09-15-2005, 09:44 PM
Hey blackdiesel, there's a pull at Monett Mo. this Sat night @ 7:00, that's not too far from Omaha.

blackdiesel
09-16-2005, 03:35 PM
sorry it took so long to get back to ya. The pull is Tuesday, in Harrison Arkansas at the North West Arkansas Distric Fair Grounds. i dunno nothin else about it except that itll be tuesday and yeah theve got a diesel class. Or they did last year anyways.....

djgaston
09-16-2005, 04:25 PM
Harrison? I live an hour away from there... I live near Mtn Home. We should get together at one of the truck pulls! I work late Tuesday (get off at 11 PM) but there are other pulls coming up. There is one in Yellville on Oct 1st and I may or may not make that one. There are others. The Lady Luck Sled is the one that covers this area and I plan to follow them around.

Gwoody
09-16-2005, 09:17 PM
Y'all are more than welcome to come to Monett Mo & pull with us Sat night @ 7, its at the Monett race track, 26 inch hitch height, 8500 lb. single turbo, no nitrous propane or water injection, run whatcha brung and hope ya brung enough. oh yeah no blocks in the rear springs

AK RAM
09-17-2005, 12:38 AM
Question.....you guys that pull with an auto trans, do you lock your converter once you get going for better power transfer (mystery switch or other manual lock-up controller), or is trying to lock with that much weight behind you a no no?

Gwoody
09-17-2005, 09:48 AM
I haven't yet, the problem is the TC won't lock at full throttle, not sure why, I know some that lock as soon as they leave the line at part throttle then shift through the gears, I'm just a little concerned about drive line shock when shifting with the convertor locked. The best would be shift through the gears then be able to lock the convertor. I'm not sure if all makes are this way but my DTT will not lock up at any more than part throttle.

blackdiesel
09-17-2005, 04:53 PM
ok pulls are tuesday. i dunno what to do. dad has a dually just like mine with more aggressive tires.... do i borrow them and put em on my truck?? how about blocking the rear end? or weights on the front? Do most pulls make ya take off a dual? if i have to, do i pull the inside or outside? thanks for all the help guys, i dont want to go out and make a fool out of myself.

Greenhornet1986
09-17-2005, 05:58 PM
Now then, I havent seen the track that you are pulling on, but if it were me, I would definetly run the less-aggressive tires. The track I was at last night was full of clay, and stock trucks arent built like pulling trucks are. If the tires lock in with a stock truck, say with mud tires, it would cause stuff to break. With less-aggressive tires(I presume you mean a/ts or something of the like), you should just spin out. I'd rather spin out than the tires catch and break something.

Also, you should be able to pull with both your rear tires on your dually.

blackdiesel
09-17-2005, 06:22 PM
Also, you should be able to pull with both your rear tires on your dually.
Good. lol i really wasnt lookin forward pullin off a dual in the parkin lot. i went to the fourwheeler rodeo (which is in the same arena) last night and theres a lot of loose dirt on top. and they run a box blade down it every run. the tires ive got on it now arent really off road tires. some geostar off brand crap that are really soft and i dont think ill even get 8,000 miles out of them. theres only 1/2 of the tread left. (or less)