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The WCB Racer was originally built as WCB founder John Blaser's go-fast play rig. Over a span of many years, he and the WCB crew spent countless hours custom fabricating every aspect of this one-of-a-kind Bronco. While it was initially built just for personal use, much of the build philosophy stayed true to the Class 3 rule book, so this truck is a great head start with which to launch West Coast Broncos Racing over the coming months.
While everything on this truck is custom, many of the items developed for it have subsequently found their way into WCB's product line. For example, the custom pre-runner flared fiberglass fenders were originally developed specifically for this Bronco, but are now found on hundreds of Broncos owned by WCB customers from all over the country.
The development of this Bronco has occurred over a span of years, with the initial fabrication being just the beginning. As his personal off-road truck, this Bronco spent many weekends at the sand dunes and trails in the California desert, as John pushed it to its limits time and time again. And each time he would bring it back to the shop, assess its performance, re-design or reinforce any areas that were considered weak links. As the truck stands today, it is built not only for speed but for unequaled toughness. We believe with a few further modifications and updates it will be a strong entry into class 3 desert racing.
The front suspension features King coilovers and custom-fabricated long-travel radius arms. The Dana 44 front end is slated for replacement with a high pinion unit in order to decrease driveshaft angles through the Bronco's extreme amount of suspension travel. The entire engine cage, front bumper, skid plate, core support and coilover mounts are integrated together, and tied into the main cage of the truck. In the rear, longer-than-stock leaf springs maintain the class 3 spring type requirement, but a custom 3-link system and King shocks provide maximum articulation and axle control.
Shop time at WCB is a rare resource these days but we hope to be able to bring the Racer into a bay soon for some modifications prior to its debut on the course. Some of this work will include modificaitons to the cage, installation of the fuel cell, re-wiring the truck, adding lighting, navigation and communications equipment, fluid coolers, tools and gear, etc. We'll update this page when there is progress to report, but we hope to have the truck ready for action before the end of the 2008 season.
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