What are the major, definite differences between the two? Where do you draw the line? Is there even a line to be drawn?
Could a monster compete in a Mega Truck competition, and/or vice versa?
Obviously I know they're different. I'm trying to put this in a way that someone not familiar with these would understand.
Let's get this started.
Well there is footage out there of the old Taurus #3 running tractor tires at DA's Muddy Motorsports Park and one of Steve Simms trucks (also on tractor tires) getting HUGE air and doing an endo at DA's Muddy Motorsports Park also.
So we know MT's can and do cross over to the Mega world.
As for Megas coming to the MT side, well that's a different story. There are a growing number using DOM tubing and full cages on their trucks now. It's nice to see that. But if you look at the cradles on many of them, they just wouldn't hold up to the punishment. They work great with deuce axles and tractor tires, but, throw a planetary axle and 66's on there and the the loads on the suspension are getting much higher than what the Megas go through. Adam with Adam's off road has made the cross over and has done some crushing with his truck on 66's. He would be able to expand further on this, but, honestly when I look at the trucks on TGW I see a majority of Megas that wouldn't be able to handle the stresses, or pass safety inspections to run at MOST MT shows.
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The newest bunch of megatrucks out racing are extremely well built machines. But they are made for something totally different than monstertrucks. Dennis didn't build KingSling like GD, he built it light, with smaller axles, smaller tubing, smaller tires. They are two different animals. Most of the racing megatrucks are running tires even smaller than KingSlings.
That's a vague line. In reality if it's on 66's it's a monster truck, but in that you need to define the word "Monster Truck" To me a real monster truck has a steel body and is more like a truck. Todays "monster trucks" are not even a truck it's tube buggy on 66's. And there are quite a few mega's being built that are reaching toward what is considered todays monster trucks but they more geared to what the monsters of the Penda and TNT monsters were like, light and fast but very few if none at all have anywhere near the safety equipment the current monsters use. And of course there are the jalopies that are just slapped together that are no good for anything other than driving through a mud hole, but if that's it's sole purpose then it's more than adequate.