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Author Topic:   Right rear filling with mud
chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted June 09, 2003 06:00 PM  
I noticed in the class that I'm going to run next year that on a wet track in the heats, the right rear wheel well fills up with mud. If a person had a way to shake the mud loose during the race would it be any help, or does it not affect anything? I was thinking of putting an offset weight on a heater fan motor and bolting it solidly to the trunkside of the wheel well. Has anybody tried this? Oh, yeah, we have to run full wheel wells on the rear.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted June 09, 2003 08:12 PM  
If they'll let you you can get a mud plug that you weld three nuts to the wheel and bolt it to the wheel. If nothing else you could tie some tie cable ties to the spokes on the wheel and they will fling aroud at speed and keep mud out.

nut3d
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 331
posted June 09, 2003 09:18 PM  
wat bout a foam mud plug???????cheap easy to use and no welding required.

orange99m
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 09, 2003 09:44 PM  
A mud plug wouldn't help keep mud out of the wheel well but I would try the mud off if you had that problem. I have seen guys use it and it seems to work alright.

eborcim
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted June 10, 2003 12:10 PM  
Mud off and long cable ties are a good route. A cover plate on the wheel will work too. A foam plug probably will not work unless you have a beadlock.

loojack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 196
posted June 10, 2003 05:21 PM  
Heck, make your own mud plug, I just bought one from speedway. Shouldn't be hard. Get 3 5/16 nuts from the hdwe store, the ones that are used to connect the wire struts on garage doors, they're about an inch long. Get 3 inch long hex head bolts too.The clerk can help find them. Look in the door hardware area. Find some plastic sheet, a top off 5 gal. drywall mud bucket might work. Cut to fit inside the outer rim, weld in the nuts around the rim, cut the plug and bolt it on. The one I bought had about a 5" hole in the center to tighten the lug nuts without removing the plug. Hope this gives you some ideas...loojack

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chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted June 10, 2003 05:32 PM  
Another idea I have been thinking on, is rather than using a battery charger, or running an alternator on the car. Run a one wire alternator off of a small lawn mower motor, hook it up to the battery to charge. Would this work? The track I'm going to run doesn't have provide electricity and I see too many weak points in running a generator to run a battery charger to charge the battery. Just a thought.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted June 10, 2003 06:33 PM  
I'd just run an alternator. the power you gain running 14.5 volts to the ignition instead of 10 volts is worth more than the power you lose turning the alternator. The only time a alternator pulls the motor down much is when you have a low battery charge, and at that point having the motor pulled down a little is better than a DNF because of a dead battery. Plus it's one less thing to worry about at the track.....of course if you run a 16 volt battery that's another story...

Racer0
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted June 13, 2003 04:05 AM  
In reguards to the mud I just spray on some WD-40 and the mud just falls off. It sure makes a mess when it gets dry and dusty though. As for the alternator, I have run both ways and find without the alternator the motor turns about 400 more RPM'S. I wouldn't have believed it if, I didn't see it myself. Just get a good battery and charge it between race nights and it will be fine.

tutter069
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 13, 2003 11:53 PM  
You could get a spray bottle full of decile fule but most tracks dont want you using it because of envirmental reasons

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