Have you ever wondered just how exactly monster trucks are built? Especially to deal with the daily abuses that monster trucks undergo which including practically flying, landing on cars, donuts, and other crazy stunts. While these trucks are based on the body of all wheel drive full size trucks nearly everything is modified for either the look, performance, or safety features that a monster truck needs to have to make sure the truck can do the wildest stunts while keeping the driver a ssafe as possible. Whether your looking to build your own monster truck or are just curious how one would build we have all the facts.
What Are The Main Differences?
As you can see when you look at a monster truck versus a normal truck the tires are the most notable difference. Make sure your tires don’t scrape the fenders so your truck is actually drivable. And if you change the tire size dramatically you might want to change the axle out as well to give you a better gear ratio for better acceleration. If you want your own monster truck to be street legal be sure to check out your state laws that might regulate tire size, ride height, and vehicle weight limits. Another difference is the suspension that is not only designed to give the vehicle a higher ride height, but also gives the vehicle more suspension travel which is necessary for offloading and taking jumps. If you want to raise your vehicle above 3 inches you likely can’t get away with just a lift kit rather you need specially designed suspension. Another difference is the engine that is usually tuned to make more power! Because there is never such a thing as too much power. Most truck engines can be tuned and modified to make around 400-600 horsepower. Buying an aftermarket engine usually isn’t necessary. But make sure your transmission can take the power and if not change it out if necessary.
If you want to do more crazy things with your monster truck besides driving it you need some enhanced safety features to make sure that your car doesn’t injure you and others while driving and doing stunts. Since the truck is so high off the ground and has a high center of gravity, rollover crashes are the biggest problem. Therefore a good idea is to install a roll bar or roll cage so the roof of the car doesn’t come crashing on you if the car rolls over. Also have a kill switch that cuts off all fuel in the event of a crash to limit the possibility of a fire. Make sure to upgrade the brakes as the added weight of the suspension, wheels, and tires needs more force to come to a halt.
If the idea of building your monster truck has been a dream of yours, you can build a mini version of a monster truck that you can drive every day on the streets as well as off road. Just make sure you are staying safe by installing safety features to keep yourself and other drivers on the road safe as well.