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Camburg Kinetik Trophy Truck - Kinetik(ally) Speaking

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Kevin Blumer | Writer
Posted April 1, 2011
Photographers: Jerry Zaiden , Jeff Young

Repeatable Precision Makes A Better TT

One of the coolest aspects of building an off-road racing truck is that there's no set blueprint to follow. Outside of a few rules laid down mostly for safety's sake, there's a lot of room for innovation and creativity.

On the flip side, one of the most nonsensical aspects of building an off-road racing truck is that there's no set blueprint to follow. Few if any trucks are built following any sort of mass-production model, making each one essentially a prototype. Prototypes are expensive and often contain bugs that have to be worked out. Ever hear of the "new truck blues?"

Camburg Engineering has been in the business of producing high-performance suspension systems since 1997 and knows a thing or two about building hand-made products with repeatable precision. "We've used modern technology to build our products since the beginning," Camburg's Jerry Zaiden said. "We were using laser-cut parts and getting our judgment questioned by other builders. Now everyone's using laser cutting.

"We've got in-house CNC capability so we can have hands-on quality control and make sure our products meet our quality standards every time. Once we've got all the parts to make a given suspension system or other product, we hand-weld the components to make the finished product."


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Camburg makes a wide variety of bolt-on suspension systems and also builds complete vehicles in its Huntington Beach, California, facility. After successfully racing in several truck classes over the years, Camburg decided that taking part in the Trophy Truck wars was the next step.

"Repeatable precision" isn't just a mantra for bolt-on off-road suspension systems. It's also a way to build a complete truck. Enter the Kinetik concept.

The Camburg Kinetik Trophy Truck is built from the ground up as a repeatable, practical way to jump into off-road racing's premier truck class. The chassis and suspension were computer-designed, and the laser-cut, laser-notched, CNC-bent tubing was assembled and welded on a heavy, rigid fixture table. By contrast, most of the off-road racing field's trucks and buggies are built one by one, by hand. Precision tools are used in race vehicle fabrication, but it's been a rare happening in the off-road racing world to build a complete vehicle in a computer before getting out the fabrication tools.

The Kinetik TT chassis is based on 2-inch-diameter 4130 chromoly tubing that's been TIG-welded. Critical tubing joints get a second TIG pass to add even more strength to that which is already stout.

Once the chassis is complete, it's filled with a competitor's wish list of high-zoot hardware. Of course, Camburg realizes that many customers might want different parts or might want to save some cash by doing some of the work themselves, so the Kinetik TT is available all the way from a bare chassis to a complete ready-to-run turnkey truck.

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