Saturday, October 4, 2014


Nearly every kid loves playing in the mud. Therefore it should come as no real surprise adults still love playing in the mud too. Thing is, grownups typically have the wherewithal to do such things differently, like on a somewhat larger scale. While probably not on the radar screen of most sports car oriented auto enthusiasts, there is a subset of auto-obsessed individuals whose favored automotive pursuits include trucking through mud and muck. Actually, we should rephrase; their favored automotive pursuit is trucking through mud and muck. For them, absolutely nothing beats driving one of the best mud trucks.The experts agree torque is your best friend in this sport. For this reason, the decided low-end grunt generated by a big-block V8 engine is preferred. You can go small block, but you’ll have to modify it to make more torque. Doing so will inherently stress it more, and could lead to failures. You’ll have to rework the gearing to get some more pull out of a small block too. Diesels, known for delivering exceptional torque, do work well for mudding too. Keep in mind though, diesel engines are heavier, and you want to save weight wherever you can.
Heavy-duty transfer cases and differentials are also a must. Working very hard in a harshly abrasive environment, they need to be suitably robust. Yeah, mud looks highly viscous, but it contains a lot of grit too. The inherent rigidity of a straight axle will increase the longevity of your rig. While it might increase drag when it’s running submerged, most hard-core mudders still prefer straight axles to independent suspension setups for their strength. Automatic transmissions help you stay on the power better, preventing a potential shift in the middle of a situation where you really need to maintain momentum.                                                         In the case of a mudder, the suspension system really does suspend the body of the truck—above the mud (most of the time). If you’re prone to getting into the really deep stuff, you’re going to want to go tall. You’ll also want to go relatively stiff, because traction is what mudding is all about. A stiff suspension system will keep your tires planted by reducing wheel hop. A lot of mudders prefer leaf springs because they can deal with the elements better. Fancy coil-over four-link systems look nice, but leaf springs offer more longevity for serious mudding.                             First and foremost, you have to make sure your rig has the torque to handle your choice of rubber. When it comes to mudding, you want your tires to be tall and wide, with pronounced paddles. These are going to take some pretty good torque to turn effectively. Tall, wide tires give you the ability ride on top of the mud (sometimes referred to as “floating”) as much as possible so your axles don’t get bogged down. You’ll run your tires aired down to maximize their traction, so use beadlocks to keep them from getting pulled off the wheelsIf you’re talking about doing a truck specifically for mudding, you’ll likely be looking at cutting the body of the truck up some so the tires don’t get hung up. This also saves you from having to lift the truck up so high and reduces weight. The lighter your truck, the less likely it is to sink in the mud. Carpeting and cloth seats have very little place in a mud truck. You’ll be walking around in mud too, so carpet and cloth will get ruined pretty quickly. Vinyl is the move; you can just hose the truck out..

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