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posted June 12, 2003 09:17 AM
Well first of all there is a difference between cheating and spending a little extra. I dont think cheating helps anyone out no matter what class or sport you are in. Now if a guy want to spend a little extra beefing up his bottom end without cheatiing then i say good for him because he doesnt want to risk blowing a motor. If he spends extra cheating then bad for him and he should be caught. Too often i think guys who put a little more into their equipment get accused of cheating, and often these guys are faster but only because they have replaced worn out parts that are causing problems. After all racing is hard and some parts will wear out.

I dont like the sealed/crate engine idea simpy because i think it will give more incentive to bend the rules and before you know it the cost is out of control. Everyone will be looking for that little extra edge over everyone else. Then a builder of the sealed engines will come out with something special that gains 10HP but costs you 500$, everyone goes for it. Then another builder finds 20HP but they charge another 500$ for their engine and once again those looking for an edge go for it. Before you know it your 'inexpensive' sealed engine cost is way out of control.

[This message has been edited by dirtbuster (edited June 12, 2003).]

posted June 12, 2003 04:08 PM
thumbs down on the crate isn't just about who's the best's also about who can build the best hot rod!

rico 08
posted June 12, 2003 04:12 PM
Really i think teardown's are not needed,a good cylinder probe will check for a flattop piston rule,and rollers are easy to spot with the valvecover off,and a cheap dial indicator will check cam lift etc.And like the previous post said anything lower in the engine is mostly just for durability.

posted June 13, 2003 12:06 AM
I feel the same way. If they would just set rules and stick to them and have people that know what they are looking for there wouldnt be a problem.

posted June 16, 2003 08:13 AM
I kind of like the sealed motor thing. At my track the rule states "the engine must appear stock for that year". Obviously this is from the outside only and lightweight cranks, domed pistons, wild cams etc. are easily hid by this rule. Our street stock class is a beginner class for us poor folks. I purchased my motor last year for $400 and am running it for the second straight year because I cant afford anything else. Other guys, who should be in the higher divisions, are spending $2000 - $8000 in my division. I think the field needs to be leveled a bit. I did win one feature so far this year against these guys so I guess you can buy power,but you cant buy talent!!!

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