Can we use a replacement solid tube or beam for the front axle/beam in stock mod instead of bracing and widening the original, as long as we use the original spindles at each end for the wheels and mount it back into the EXACT same spot on the frame? I ask this because after cutting bracing and widening the original beam, it really is no longer its former self anyway, (if u see what I mean.) It also saves a bunch of build time beacause we dont have to do a bunch more cuttting and welding in order to widen and strengothen the original beam/axle. Thanks Jason.
Last Edit: Feb 27, 2014 22:48:24 GMT -4 by flyingw
I think you miss-read it , this is how it reads.. - widening the front axle is allowed but must remain in original position and utilize original spindles; reinforcement allowed, maximum width of 42 inches and welded or bolted solid to the frame to prevent pivoting. No widening of rear axle. This comes out of the stock mod rules. What it means is the OEM front axle which are made two ways either solid from the factory or the tube beam style from factory. I am interested where you read that?
Maybe it's too early in the morning, or I haven't had enough coffee yet, but what is the actual resolution to this post? We too are trying to have a stock mod ready for this season. It had a solid front axle made from bar-stock which we cut the ends off of and then inserted and welded into tubing similar to what Jason mentioned in his original post. So the axle is wider (stronger, safer) now, but still has the original spindles in their original orientation (did not change camber or caster) and the axle will be welded onto the frame exactly where the previous axle was located.
Is this correct? I know we have the blanket statements about if it doesn't say you can change or modify something, then it's not allowed, but it is still easy to misinterpret a rule. Common sense is telling me that what I have done has made my machine safer for racing without altering it in a way that gives me an advantage over someone else, other than width, but we are clearly allowed a change in the width.
Just curious is all....
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2014 7:16:26 GMT -4 by happyhab
It must be the original axle that came with the tractor. There were two styles one was a solid piece of steel the other was a tube style . Cut and widened done right they are as safe as safe can be . There is no guarantee that the height and position or camber and caster is back to OEM positions. Teching has become difficult enough in this sport and we do not need more teching at this point. I have built 5 stock mods over the years widening them the way the rules state and never had a problem in any way. So in short it reads like this... IF THE RULES DON'T SAY YOU CAN CHANGE, ALTER, OR MODIFY SOMETHING FOR YOUR CLASS THEN IT'S NOT ALLOWED I hope this clarifies this issue for everyone.