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Restad3r
Member
posted October 10, 2000 04:28 PM
I was just wondering if anyone here has either owned or have heard anything good or bad about Johnny Saathoffs car's(jetmods). Any response good or bad would be appreciated, a friend of mine is looking to buy a new chassis and asked me to post it here to see what everyone says.

Thanks

BIGGGFISH
Member
posted October 11, 2000 01:39 PM
I DONT WANT TO TALK BAD ABOUT ANYONE JOHNNYS ONE HECK OF A DRIVER,BUT I AM CLOSE FRIENDS TO 2 GUYS THAT BOUGHT NEW JETS THEY HAVE BEEN VERY DISCOURAGED WITH THE TECH HELP,I JUST BOUGHT A NEW CAR AND HONESTLY DIDNT EVEN CONSIDER A JET JUST FOR THAT REASON,IN MY OPINION TECH SUPPORT IS AS IMPORTANT AS ANYTHING ELSE,JUST MY OPINION ---FISH
quote:
Originally posted by Restad3r:
I was just wondering if anyone here has either owned or have heard anything good or bad about Johnny Saathoffs car's(jetmods). Any response good or bad would be appreciated, a friend of mine is looking to buy a new chassis and asked me to post it here to see what everyone says.

Thanks




Bigdog
Member
posted October 11, 2000 06:02 PM
Thanks for all of the reply's, they are greatly appreciated.


BIGGGFISH
Member
posted October 18, 2000 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by Bigdog:
I have owned 3 Jet Mods and have had very good runs with all of them. Many feature wins. They are one of those cars that once you get them figured they are unbeatable so to speak. The onlt thing I would recommend is that if you were going to buy one make sure you get a Viper. No matter what John tells you trust me the Viper is the better of the three he offers. And another thing BIGFISH I know the same guys you are talking about and those cars cant really be considered Jet Mods since they just bought the chassis and rigged up the rest of the car. Remember one thing, It's a package deal it's hard for John to give tech help on a car that really does not even remotely resemble one of his true Jet Mods.



GnarlyCar
Member
posted October 18, 2000 05:12 PM
I just bought a used Specialty Fabricating car about a month ago. Another friend of mine also just bought a used one. He called Jay McDonald for some baseline set-up info and Jay faxed him a detailed set-up sheet with a lot of specifics for his fastest set-up. I called Jay a few days ago with some questions and he was VERY helpful, spending a good half hour on the phone with me.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the best chassis to buy would be one that comes with a knowledgeable builder who's easy with information. Jay also drives one of his own cars and he's been quite fast in it himself.
I know guys who've bought brand new cars from so-called "reputable" chassis builders, only to be told "I dunno.." when they called with questions. Other guys I know have actually been laughed at by car builders when they called with some reasonably intelligent questions.
Nobody wants to be treated like an idiot, and nobody wants to be left in the dark with a race car. Buy the builder, buy the database, buy the reputation.. the car itself is really secondary.

My $.02,
Matt


awkwardjeff
Member
posted October 18, 2000 08:27 PM
MATT, I'm sorry to inform you, i hate busting anyones bubble..........Its not that simple.....if it was, everyone would win....and we all know there is only one winner in a race at the end.......i believe a lot of racing is psyco.....its alot in your head.......you will be faster then ever before i believe that.......but you believe you can win NOW.......you couldn't win before because you didn't believe you could.
yes car has some to do with the outcome but so does the driver...........d. nelson could win in a 10year old PRO CHASSIS car this past year against about 6 of jays cars......oh yes he won alot more with his new car from jay.....
but he proved you didn't need one to win..
i agree jay is a great guy to deal with....
JEFF


GnarlyCar
Member
posted October 24, 2000 08:31 PM
Jeff,
You seem to have missed my whole point. I'm not saying that the McDonald cars are the only fast ones out there, not by any stretch. What I'm saying is that when someone's considering buying a car, that they should weigh the reputation of the builder extremely heavy into the decision.
Your remark about Darrell Nelson winning in a 10 yr old PRO car actually illustrates my point. He has 10 years of data to fall back on when it comes to setting his car up from one night to the next. Let's take it a step further...if he sold his car, how much help would he be reasonably expected to provide to someone who he was racing against? Not much, and niether would PRO chassis when you consider that that the guys who just bought PRO chassis probably weren't around when the car was built, and it probably isn't even close to the same configuration anyway. So...the guy who buys a 10 yr old PRO from a guy who's been winning in it forever is probably going to have to start from square one halfway through the first season with it, after the previous owner gets tired of trying to answer questions with intelligent sounding BS, and the builder, now being unfamiliar with the car, proves to be even less helpful.
People keep telling me that all the fast guys (Doar, Thatcher, Estey, Nelson, to name a few) who are running Jay's cars could make school busses win races, but the fact of the matter is that there's a reason these guys have chosen these cars... it ain't like Jay's giving them away.... They simply know that they need the best equipment and builder support to win consistently. Around this area the last few years, that seems to only come from Jay McDonald.

Matt

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