bishbosh Posted October 5, 2006 Share Posted October 5, 2006 At the moment, the winch challenge scene is largely divided into "Standard" and "Modified" classes. Typically this means that if you have more than one winch or any lockable axle differentials (including detroits and trutracs etc) then you are in modified class. I think this is extremely punitive to those who are "mid build" if you like - i.e, they are in the process of modifying their vehicle so may only have a front winch and a rear locker (this is my case currently). This puts the vehicle into modified becasue of the rear locker where it will be competing against other vehicles with two lockers and two winches and probably large tyres. Obviously (ignoring driver ability ) this puts the vehicle at a considerable disadvantage, especially when on many challenges there are numerous punches that are unobtainable without a rear winch. I think there should be a third classification of vehicle that levels the playing field a bit more. I know this will lead to calls of "when do you stop" and "we'll end up with 100's of classes" but I don't believe that to be true. My thoughts are that tyre size should not come in to it as ultimately the bigger tyres make certain bits easier, but the same terrain could still be crossed on smaller tyres just using a different technique. It gets a bit more difficult when looking at lockers - the rear locker in my opinion transforms the ability of the vehicle, considerably more so than a front locker (from what I've heard), but twin lockers are certainly better than one alone. As stated above, a rear winch is also a huge benefit. So , what do you folk think to having "Modified" as one locker and one winch or no lockers and two winches and "super modified" (or a name of your choice ) for more gadgets than that? Oh, and the AWDC's idea that if it was factory fitted means it can compete as "standard" is rubbish in my opinion. Whether it was fitted in the factory or in a shed, a locker is a locker! Right, that's the blue touch paper lit, I'm going to retire a safe distance Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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