[[Template core/front/global/utilitiesMenu does not exist. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]]
  • Announcements

    • Dave Ambrose

      Board Maintenance   03/14/2019

      The board is going offline Saturday, May 25th, from 9 AM PDT until 3 PM for a software upgrade. See posting in General.
Sign in to follow this  
iamsuperdan

Stretched Big Rig question

Recommended Posts

Why?

No seriously. Other than looking pretty B.A., is there any performance or practical reason why someone would stretch their truck?

 

Random pics. Because everyone likes pics.

133830c85428a5c3e19a496c93d45b68.jpg.17fa82e455f99e53d3049b0b5be96a62.jpg

e7f62858cec835da1d227cf25170cb67.jpg.c962a3eed804270e1753ab7834899aec.jpg

sideviewmodifiedforwebsite.jpg.b0af2db5fdfb925cc611139bfd3f095a.jpg

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might get a smoother ride, but I'm not totally sure.  Your turn radius will be about the size of Rhode Island, though.

This is a 350" wheelbase Peterbilt 379 that is driven around New York City & New Jersey.  I have no idea how he does it!

AprClints3.jpg
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mostly looks, but like Jim said they ride better.

Gotta keep in mind if there is one pothole you cant dodge you're going thru it 5 times, spreading things out makes it smoother.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Forgot to mention Jim ever heard the song "Give me 40 acres" that's what that truck will take!:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's mostly because the streched look is in right now when people customizes their trucks.
Of course a longer wheel base gives you a smoother ride, but I'm more old school and personally I think most of the "over stretched" trucks looks ridiculous and impractical, because you don't need 10 feet of space between the sleeper and trailer...but on the other hand, when has practical and custom been mentioned in the same line. ;)

Edited by Force

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Smoother ride with less of a buck when you hit bumps or coming onto a bridge etc. you get less shockwave through the truck. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the suspension was left stock, the long wheelbase might help smooth things out. But most all of these trucks are lowered and have very little travel. In my mind, the long wheelbase can only be for looks, the ride I'm sure is not as good as a stock truck.

I am of the age when mini trucks were popular in the mid 80's. I had one and they rode like garbage, but it was all for looks, forget your back and kidneys, we were young.

Edited by Oldmopars

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are hauling pigs or chickens, it gets you farther away from the smell!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Old school here too,that Stretched and lower look is a over kill. But I suppose that may help with the ride some. 

not to sure,I think that started with some of the bridge laws then the hotrod generation went with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys. I kind of figured it was pretty much just for looks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this