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    I would like to run my 18' gullwing at the local races next year. After a few changes i'm hoping to run about 80 mph max at 1000'. I do not have a jet away (considering it) or a pop off(setback wont allow it).They require a usgc appved vest and a helmet. Also a kill switch and rope deflector. I have the switch and vest. Finding a helmet is not a big deal. My question is do i need more safety rated stuff? I know that a lifeline with helmet restraints and leg restrains would always be best, but are they necessary at those speeds? Ballistic shorts? What about shoes? Thanks. Josh

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    I would recommend the shorts cause a minor crash where water makes its way up there is a bad thing. Otherwise at 80 you really don't need anything. A ratchet is nice but most everyone that comes out with a ratchet says they heard it on the way out so how much does it really help? Best part about the ratchet is you can warm the boat up with out spinning the impellor. I am also a fan of a neck restraint device. And yes a rope deflector. Its supposed to be bolted to the scoop but locally as long as its stong enough you can get away with it just over the top.
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    Go hit the rulebook...

    Welcome to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series

    click on rulebook....far right.

    80 in the 1000 foot will prolly land you in either river racer or stock eliminator, so just browse that.
    Wwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eee

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    It depends on the sanctioning body but typically you need the following:

    Rope Deflector
    Kill Switch
    Helmet
    neck restraint system
    Ballistic shorts
    Life Jacket preferably Life Line or equivalent
    Long sleeve pants
    closed shoes

    I have also seen certain sanctioning bodies require:
    Drive line cover/loop
    Master power disconnect switch
    long sleeve shirt


    Feel free to add in what ever I missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rampgirlll View Post
    Go hit the rulebook...

    Welcome to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series

    click on rulebook....far right.

    80 in the 1000 foot will prolly land you in either river racer or stock eliminator, so just browse that.
    Thanks, went to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series web site and spent the next 45 min. watching some drag boat racing.

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    Now that you know what they do...go read the rules so you can pass tech silly!!!
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    At 80 mph I would suggest the helmet restraint. When the boat hooks and spits you out, the helmet will try and pull your head off. I found this out by expierience. Felt the burn of the strain on my neck before I was out of the boat. Couldn't lift my head off the pillow without the help of my hand for 4 days. I won't race a boat without one.

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