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Old 07-24-2011, 10:15 AM
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what would be best to pull with in a demolition derby?

i was wondering what would be best to pull with in a demolition derby a strap or a chain cause a chain would not get damaged or cut by the cars but a strap would be safer
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i was wondering what would be best to pull with in a demolition derby a strap or a chain cause a chain would not get damaged or cut by the cars but a strap would be safer
Def. Chain. I have had too many metal hooks get launched from snapping straps.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:30 AM
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alright thanks i was thinking that too i was just not sure cause i just didnt want to have the chain break and hurt someone
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alright thanks i was thinking that too i was just not sure cause i just didnt want to have the chain break and hurt someone

well, either one snapping will hurt someone/thing.

But a good chain is MUCH stronger, and more wear-resistant, IMHO.

I have used straps for years, and had quite a few failures. In the market for a chain now, if ya know what I mean. (Pull out an average of 3 cars a winter, lol)
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yeah i get what your saying do you know what size chain would be best to use
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Most of the time around here they use 3/8-1/2in log chain and big Jhooks. you gotta remember unless a car has been absolutely trashed they dont weigh near what a complete car weighs and unless the people running the show have absolutely swamped the track with water then there shouldnt be much more than rolling resistance. I got drug off the track the other night on 3 wheels after breaking an axle (junk 8.8) by an 80s model toyota that the local fair board has used for years. a strap would work to its just easier to use chain. its not like you should be trying to jerk the cars around anyhow.

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:17 PM
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yea i know that the people that put the demo on where im going to be pulling they make it so its pretty muddy and they have van and truck demos there too
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any chain that you would use to pull your buddies out, when you are out slopping around will do. i would be more concerned about the length of the chain than the size of it. if it were me id have a 3/8 log chain with good hooks at both ends about 20ft long. (sometimes its nice to be able to get a little ways from a twisted off bumper). the trucks at our derbies arent usually the ones that are rough to get out. seems like they get hot and lock up or the trans gives up before they get beat down too far. But the guy who runs our derby built and ran cars for years, and its not uncommon to be turning up dust. Like I think i said in my first post, You dont really want to be jerking on the cars to get them out (just pisses off the driver) so a chain or a strap will do but like someone else mentioned straps get cut.

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