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    Default Autocrossed my stock Dakota RT CC at Street Machine Summer Nationals

    Took my RT to the Street Machine Summer Nationals this year and decided why not take it out for a little run on the autocross course?!

    It's completely stock with the exception of 275 width NT450 tires. It had a tendency to push the front end pretty badly which I expected with how much weight I've got.

    It ran a 35 which was what a lot of corvettes and mustangs were running. The faster cars like a couple Vipers ran 31-32's and the fastest car ran a 30 I believe.

    https://youtu.be/FAW7QlRY0H4

    Edit: Not sure how to get it so the video shows up here...

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    I bet if you had a RC you'd cut at least 1/2 a second off. I'm running the same tires, and if I give it a decent flick while driving down the street it under steers, where as my fathers RC will grip and turn.

    These truck do the auto cross pretty well.


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    Nice! I was going to head down for that show this weekend and I ended up not going. Wish I would have, I heard some good things about it after the fact.

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    Awesome vid. Great to see these trucks in their natural habitat (not auto-x specifically, but, going around corners), doing what they were made to do.

    Kick ass that you were running with vettes. How many people were shocked/embarassed/pissed off by that? lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Osee View Post
    I bet if you had a RC you'd cut at least 1/2 a second off. I'm running the same tires, and if I give it a decent flick while driving down the street it under steers, where as my fathers RC will grip and turn.

    These truck do the auto cross pretty well.
    For autocross, if going for max, then yeah, shorter wheel-base will allow for quicker rotation and transitions. However.... an RC isn't really a GT Truck. The ability to fit either 1 normal or 2 small people in the back is quite nice and handy when needed, plus the extra storage and space to lean the (front) seat back and still not be bouncing your skull off glass is really nice. Plus, the longer wheel-base is actually more stable in a drift, so that's another plus. (as if the greater every-day drivability from the extra room weren't enough).

    Random thought, but running more narrow or cheaper tires on back and throttling your way around might help rotation and get better time. IF you could put the power down. And it would be a hell of a show too. (but tricky to pull off and not over-do it)
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    BTW, you should post that vid here (as well) - http://www.dakotart.com/forum/showth...524#post505524
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrgr340 View Post
    Nice! I was going to head down for that show this weekend and I ended up not going. Wish I would have, I heard some good things about it after the fact.
    Yeah it was a nice show! Tons of cars there. There was a crazy Gen 1/2? (early 90's body style) Dakota there with a crazy paint job, huge motor with a blower and nos. Looked pretty quick!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark(a)RT View Post
    Awesome vid. Great to see these trucks in their natural habitat (not auto-x specifically, but, going around corners), doing what they were made to do.

    Kick ass that you were running with vettes. How many people were shocked/embarassed/pissed off by that? lol




    For autocross, if going for max, then yeah, shorter wheel-base will allow for quicker rotation and transitions. However.... an RC isn't really a GT Truck. The ability to fit either 1 normal or 2 small people in the back is quite nice and handy when needed, plus the extra storage and space to lean the (front) seat back and still not be bouncing your skull off glass is really nice. Plus, the longer wheel-base is actually more stable in a drift, so that's another plus. (as if the greater every-day drivability from the extra room weren't enough).

    Random thought, but running more narrow or cheaper tires on back and throttling your way around might help rotation and get better time. IF you could put the power down. And it would be a hell of a show too. (but tricky to pull off and not over-do it)

    There were a lot of people afterwards that were commenting that they were surprised how quick it was and how little body roll it had lol.

    For me I'll never go back to a RC again. I'm almost 6'3" and having my knees jammed up against the dash all the time in the RC was no fun. It's so much more comfortable for me and my passenger in the CC.

    It was definitely a fun time, I wasn't trying to be super competitive but just wanted to put it through its paces a little

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    That's really cool watching your truck going through the turns. Looks like a lot of fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by 92RT-TT View Post

    For me I'll never go back to a RC again. I'm almost 6'3" and having my knees jammed up against the dash all the time in the RC was no fun. It's so much more comfortable for me and my passenger in the CC.
    Different strokes for different folks. I'm 6'4" and quite comfortable in my reg cab. Knees don't hit the dash, head doesn't hit the ceiling or back glass, I have room to work the clutch, and I 'own' the steering wheel.
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    Bingo ^^^^ I'm 6'1 and love my RC. Ext cab would be nice for storage reasons but, meh!
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    Thanks for posting.
    Not many R/T out there doing auto-x.

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    Not any more. It was my wife’s first autocross car.
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    Good stuff! Lokked like a blast!

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    Not my truck, but this would be my idea of a fun build to a Dakota R/T, for road racing/track days. Pro-Touring. Maybe not the big rear wing, unless it was needed. Still and always will have road racing in my blood.




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    Nice, I used to cone chase my truck back in my early sport truck days, had the hotchkis tvs drop kit on it, was a lot of fun.
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