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A dumb question maybe...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by koldsimer, May 7, 2006.

  1. koldsimer

    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Someone tell me how top fuel dragsters have wheels with what appear to be five large but normal size lug nuts and studs? I never recall seeing them break really, so what's the secret?
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    With such the large pattern it spreads the load over the whole center of the wheel.

    Another cool fact is that monster trucks dont have cooling systems.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Makes, since... that just seems like a sheet ton of torque going through five studs. Please school me on the monster trucks. No cooling system?
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Nope no cooling system, raditor etc.

    I was talking to one of the guys that owns a team at the 4 wheel jamboree and he said that not alot of them use cooling systems since they are only out there for a few minutes and that they rarely ever get hot to where it will damage the motor.
    I was pretty shocked to hear that.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Wow. I almost don't believe it but, yet again, what you say makes sense. A motor will have a certain time running/temparature relationship and i'm sure those guys know their motors pretty well.
     
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    The motors are also run on alcohol which burns alot cooler just like in dragsters (which also have no radiators), that combined with the fact that there only out for a few minutes means they dont heat up enough to justify the weight and compexity of a cooling system.
     
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    yep he also mentioned that they are always pulling the motor for work so they hate messing with coolant getting everywhere.
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    That seems to be moe of a trivial reason though...A nice benefit though!:D
     
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    They're not really normal-size. They're like 5/8" IIRC.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would have thought that they would need to be at least that size. Still trips me out that 5 do the job.
     

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