Building a monster truck comes with many aftermarket parts and some kind of knowledge to ensure you have the proper parts that are made out of the right materials. Afterall, the parts needed to build a monster truck are a little more intricate than that of a regular vehicle. Why? Not only do you need to have the parts needed to make any type of automobile run, you also need the parts to be pliable, able to withstand a great deal of torque, acceleration and force. These trucks are out there doing numerous stunts, flips and jumps. Not only do the parts need to be durable and able to handle the rough terrain and incredible impact that these machines receive, they also need to be installed in such a way that safety is the number one priority. Safety is beyond important for the driver and also the audience watching the event. I mean the parts on a monster truck are not only huge but heavy and can cause a lot of damage and bodily harm!
Anatomy of a Monster Truck
One of the most important parts of a monster truck besides the suspension. Tires found on these big trucks are 66 in. tall and 43 in. wide. They generally have 8-10 lbs of pressure within the tire and weigh anywhere from 800 to 900 pounds!
Many of the parts found on a monster truck come from dealers that usually specialize in farming and agriculture machines as well, because of the size of parts needed. The axles on a monster truck are on of these parts and usually are custom built for the truck.They need to have tremendous torque because of the horsepower and impact that they receive.
These lockers are important because not only do they help to keep the differential engaged they also help to power all four tires and aid them in accelerating.
Braided Steel Cables-
These are important and are required for safety precautions. Should the wheel become detached from the truck while doing a stunt or being driven, the steel cables secure each wheel to the axel and will keep them tied to the truck. If a 800-900 lb tire went flying off the truck can you imagine the damage that could be done???
Monster trucks are required to have a shielded drive shaft as another safety measure. Both the front and rear shafts are caged in by bars and rings made out of steel.
These aren’t just your normal shocks found on standard trucks. No these shocks usually tend to be nitrogen charged. They can be adjusted to apply aloe firmer shocks or loosen depending on the terrain of the track the truck will be driven on. This allows for the truck to go higher and farther when making it’s jumps.
Usually it is suggested that these trucks use a powerglide transmission. These types of transmissions tend to help get the truck in gear and moving faster than other transmissions.
The engine needs to have a supercharged motor and be located somewhere in the center of the truck. Fire extinguishers are also required to be in the vehicle should the engine or another part of the vehicle catch fire.
While there are certain standards to go by when choosing your trucks parts, opinions differ on types of engines, the body of the truck to be used, as well as options on other parts. Not sure what parts to ultimately go with? Do your research and ask questions when talking to te parts dealer.