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In high hopes my cousin and a couple friends headed out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for one last oorah before the summer was over.

My cousin's Mustang had just got a full suspension kit, sans a couple parts he was waiting on; subframe connectors, panhard bar, torque arm, and a bunch of other junk, along with some 315 Nitto's in the rear and 275 Nittos in the front; the car was STUCK to the road. Taking sharp turns with the rev limiter buried in 1st on dry pavement netted nothing but traction and acceleration. 'twas awesome.

Anywho, we had his Mustang, then my buddies' BMW and 300ZX. It's about a 2.5 hour drive to the Flats from where we lived, so we rolled in right after noon. We hit the flats and did a top-speed run, finally reaching the 140MPH mark in the Mustang. This was with 340lbs worth of people and 70lbs worth of ice chest, a full tank of 91 octane, the convertible top up and at 4,219ft.

Once we were far enough out, I cracked my Bud Light and BMW/300ZX guys started setting up a road course.

My cousin says he wants to do some quick turns to see how well it handles now compared to before––we were looking for door rattle, convertible top rattle and wheel hop. None was there, which was great, but about 20 seconds in we hear the 4.6L just start tapping real loud. We turn the car off, but it was too late; he had spun a rod bearing.

Defeated, we borrowed my buddy's BMW and drove the 2.5 hours back to my house and got Whitney II (my Duramax), a 6x20 flatbed and drove 2.5 hours back up. It was nearly dark so finding the car proved a little difficult––thank God for GPS, we would have been screwed otherwise. But we found the car, and drove 3 hours home (had to keep it 75MPH or less with the trailer).

We got back about 10 PM, went to Texas Roadhouse and called the day a "total loss."

Things we learned:

1) Always trailer at least one of the vehicles up. You never know when something's going to break.
2) If you're going to bury the needle for minutes at a time, get a high-flow oil pump, deep pan and sump.
3) 2500HD's aren't built to go fast on flats. I think I lost some fillings out of my teeth.

4) Griggs makes a great Mustang kit.


Anyway, we did manage to get some pics. Enjoy!














 

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Do you have to get a permit or anything to drive on them, or do you just head on out?

Sucks about the Mustang...
 

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Those are some pretty sweet pictures for sure!
 

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Damn, cool pics.
Those are some pretty sweet pictures for sure!
Thanks. It was the only redeeming part of the whole trip, haha. :thumb

Do you have to get a permit or anything to drive on them, or do you just head on out?

Sucks about the Mustang...
Nope! No permit, unless you want to close off the whole thing, like SpeedWeek does. Treat it with respect though; it's kind of like a lake, but without fish cops and the boats are going MUCH faster. Furthermore, if you get lost at night, you're f*cked. Drive towards the lights and you'll end up stuck in several feet of mud, or hitting a car head-on. GPS is a necessity.

We always run at LEAST two cars, with an outside spotter and pre-determined paths. We use cones and give plenty of berth to other drivers. We avoid the main runway and make sure to keep our eyes peeled all the time. I won't ever drink more than a single beer while I'm out there either.

It's a lot of fun, but it's very dangerous fun. You need to be sensible and defensive out there.
 

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Cool pics!!! Sorry about your luck.
 

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Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. I would not drink one beer out there.
I would not be able to stand all that salt on my junk.
 

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Cool pics! Id like to go there sometime.



I was wondering the same thing!

Thanks, and see my post right above yours. :thumb

that would be great to have a playground like that
It is definitely a lot of fun. Between this, countless miles of ATV trails, 6 lakes within an hour's drive, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc. I never have enough time to fully enjoy everything this great state has to offer.

Cool pics!!! Sorry about your luck.
Very nice pics!!
Thanks :drink Sucks about the Mustang, but at least it'll get worked over now. :rof

Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. I would not drink one beer out there.
I would not be able to stand all that salt on my junk.
My justification is that I was playing spotter most of the day... and yeah, salt is still falling off my truck today, even after I washed it twice.
 
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