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Truck pulls at the fair?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Tracy89, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    Any one have any insight on this? I have an 01 HD with the 8.1. I believe that this truck has far more than enough under the hood to do somthing.. Just looking for some insight as to how it works and what class I might be in.. Also maybe some tips as far as how I could get the most out of my truck..
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    JD Dave will tell you.
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,795

    I'm not sure how the classes are setup by you so some of what I'll say may not work for you.

    Around here you'd pull in the stock gas class. Usually around 6500lbs but it varies by pull.

    To get the most out of your truck:
    Tie Rod Sleeves
    Crank your torsion bars all the way down
    Clamp your overload spring at each end to the rest of the leaf pack. If you have airbags inflate them reasonably until their pretty solid against the resistance of the leaf pack. This will give your truck a little bit of travel in the rear but not much.
    4lo, I'd guess 1st gear but not 100% sure being a gas truck.
    Most places run a 26" hitch height, get your hitch as close as possible without going over.
    Usually drop the front tires air pressure, don't go to low though so you don't spin the rim inside of the tire (usually 30-35 is safe). Air the rears up to 65psi or so.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty that others can add in.
  4. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Make sure you have your tank topped off,that 8.1 may not make a full run without running empty . :eek:
  5. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    Thats all good info mark, thanks. I will be sure to top the tank off haha. I guess there is alot more to do then just hook my truck up to the sled and go. My question is what about running it in first gear? will it be ok if my truck runs at that high of an rpm? Will it make a huge deal if I did all of that but turn down the torsion bars? Thanks for the advice again..
  6. KingDuramax

    KingDuramax Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    When I pulled with my truck with the allison I found pulling in drive with the tow haul button on worked the best. Deffinitely make sure the t case is in 4low. My advise is make sure whatever class you run in your truck is as close to max weight as possible.
  7. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    how would one go about finding out how much I can weigh? Guess I could call maybe the fair grounds?
  8. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,795

    Problem with pulling in drive is the truck will want to shift to keep the rpm's reasonable. He may be able to pull second but he's going to come to a very quick stop if his truck hits third gear. I run mine in 4lo, Manual (set it to 3rd gear), with tow/haul on. I made the mistake of throwing it in Drive one hook after backing up to the sled and the truck shifted to 4th and I don't have enough power for that gear. Shut me down about 15' sooner then I should have gone.

    Call the fair grounds. Once you know what their weight limit is and what your truck weighs get it as close to max weight as possible. If you have to add weight get it as far forward as possible (under floor mats, under seats, etc)

    And it's easy to crank your tbars down. Floor jack, 18mm socket, and a battery impact. It helps reduce stress on the front end components.
  9. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    These are all great tips Mark. I looked up the rules for the Maine Truck and Tractor Pulling Assoc. and the hitch height in Maine is 24 inches. The hitch has to be the Reese on my truck. Think I could just take the ball off of one of my hitches and use that. I also have to put a chain that will go from one frame rail to the other to catch the drive shaft in the case it lets go. It didn't say anything about weight classes though. So I believe this will be up in the air probably until last minute.. I just pray that nothing goes wrong with my truck. haha. Chance you have to take though, I suppose.
  10. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,795

    They'll probably want a 3x3 or 3.5x3.5" opening. Some of my friends run these: http://pullingproducts.com/AdjustableSledHitch.aspx or we've also made our own versions. Not saying you have to have a lot of money invested in a hitch, just gives you an idea what their usually looking for.

    Drive shaft loops are common. Some places here just let you run a ratchet strap across, we did that for a little while. Ended up building metal drive shaft loops on the trucks for this year, much easier and safer.

    For weight it's nice to know ahead of time, try calling the fair and finding someone halfway intelligent.

    Expect something to break, hope nothing does. Most of the time everything goes well but not always. As the saying goes "Run what ya brung and hope you brought enough."
  11. meborder

    meborder Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    surprised noone mentioned shocks....

    i'd replace my shocks before i pulled. but at the very least check them out.

    if you start feel even the slightest bit of wheel hop, shut it down!!!

    in the stock class especially, all the trucks that ended up breaking was because of wheel hop and the driver not being able to shut down quick enough.
  12. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    Just put your plow on, that's 700 lbs right there and it's far forward!
  13. Tracy89

    Tracy89 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 167

    Awesome.. I know all about wheel hop, last year I tried to show off at a stop sign and snapped an axle.. Just being dumb. I dont feel like my plow would be excepted as counter wieght.. good idea though.. ha.