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2015 Camburg Kinetik TT-L - Up On The Cam - Masterpiece In Metal

Posted in Features on March 18, 2015
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Photographers: Boyd Jaynes

While this awesome ’15 Camburg Kinetik TT-L (Class 6100) truck may represent the latest in engineering trickery from Camburg Engineering, they see it as another measured step in a journey that began in 1997.

Back then, Jerry Zaiden and Jason Campbell used their experience in both off-road racing and manufacturing to produce suspension systems for upgrading the stock OEM suspension systems to turn trucks into real time prerunners.

For the past few years, they have moved most of the manufacturing in-house thanks to obtaining CNC machines. That means that the parts that many builders purchase, pieces such as hubs, brackets, and related components, Camburg produces themselves. They say that this allows them much greater control over both building the pieces they design as well as being able to quickly bring a new design to the market.

There’s nine KC HiLites 70-watt carbon-fiber PODs providing illumination for the truck. Six you can see, and three mounted behind the grille.

Those CNCs were working overtime on this killer new rig. Built for the GHA Racing team, it may have a spec engine in it, but it has Trophy Truck–based suspension. That’s why Camburg calls it a Trophy Truck Light.

Beginning with the chassis, which is a Camburg Kinetik TT-L, the Camburg crew added a complete Camburg front end (arm, spindles, hubs and related hardware), then installed the Fox 2.5 coilovers and 3.5-inch, five-tube bypass shocks. The coilovers have been equipped with Eibach Springs. All told, the system produces 24 inches of wheel travel.

It’s no secret that good brakes are a must for any race vehicle, so a set of six-piston Jamar TT calipers with 14-inch rotors now have a place in the mix. In fact, the same brake setup can be found on all corners.

With 24-inches of travel, the Camburg designed and built front A-arm based suspension system features Eibach spring equipped Fox 2.5-inch coilovers and 5-tube by-pass shocks.

Speaking of all corners, the same combination of 17-inch Ultra Xtreme beadlock wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich KR2 tires act as rolling stock for each corner of the truck.

Due to the limitation of Class 6100, the Chevy LS3, which displaces a total of 6.2 liters, is stock internally but it still produces a total of 450 horses. This is in part due to the Camburg headers, a K&N air filter, and a set of MagnaFlow mufflers.

Putting the power to the KR2s is done with a Culhane T-400 full-race transmission that features a TCS torque converter. It’s cooled with a CBR transmission cooler, and is connected to the rearend with a shaft from Irvine, California-based Drivelines Unlimited.

Holding up the Camburg rearend is a Camburg four-link that provides 32 inches of travel. This is done using Fox 2.5-inch coilovers, Eibach Springs, Fox 4.0-inch, five-tube bypass shocks. As with the front Camburg Billet TT hubs and snouts, FK Heims are used.

One of Camburg’s specialties is their rearend housings. The rearend on this 6100 is a Camburg TT Race Housing that’s been fully heat-treated and features Camburg TT Billet Hubs along with TCS Axles. It’s held in with a Camburg four-link suspension system that gives the rearend of the truck a whopping 32 inches of travel. In addition to the Camburg hubs and Snouts, it also utilizes FK Heims and Uniballs.

Again, Fox is the shock of choice but this time in addition to the 2.5 coilover and Eibach Springs, there’s a Fox 4.0, five-tube bypass shock as its mate.

Camburg has also gotten into building their own bodies. This one, a Race Body, is constructed from both carbon fiber and fiberglass. It’s been painted with high-quality PPG paint and then wrapped by Little Shop of Kustoms of Palm Springs, California, in GHA Racing team livery.

What with the nine KC 70-watt carbon-fiber PODs facing forward, there shouldn’t be any problem seeing in the dark. There’s even a few KC Cyclone LEDs placed under the hood and around the truck in various locations just in case some wrenching needs to be done after the sun goes down.

Mounted into the Camburg carbon-fiber dash are the Motec control panel, a Lowrance GPS unit, the Rugged Radio’s comm system and assorted switches.

Though race trucks aren’t known for their comfort levels, this one is as good as it gets, thanks to the Sparco seats and steering wheel. Mastercraft supplied the harnesses and widow netting. The carbon-fiber dash is a Camburg piece and into it has been placed a Lowrance GPS unit, a Rugged Radio communications system and the Motec instrument panel.

The Motec is more than just a display, however; it’s actually the nerve center of the entire truck. Gone is the need for relays or circuit breakers as the Motec is a CPM that has more computing power than what put man on the moon. It can be programmed to run any electrical piece on the truck, for what duration and under what circumstances. The system not only simplifies the electrical system, it drastically improves it as well. It’s connected to the truck with a Smith Race Wire wiring system.

Camburg has taken their game to the next level with this and other builds they have recently done. They have done this by taking the hard won knowledge from those early years and applying it to not only all of the prerunners they have built, but also to their own race trucks as well. We’ll just have to see what the future will bring.

The “Little Shop of Kustoms” did the paint and wrap work on the truck.

Camburg Kinetik TT-L

Chassis: Camburg Kinetik TT
Manufacturer: Camburg Engineering
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Overall Length: 220 inches
Overall Height: 68 inches
Track Width: 91 inches
Weight: 4,450 pounds

Manufacturer: Chevy LS3
Builder: Chevy
Horsepower: Over 450
Torque: Over 400
Induction: EFI
Air Filter: K&N
Exhaust: MagnaFlow
Cooling: CBR
Wiring: Smith Race Wire

Suspension: Camburg Engineering, fully heat treated
Front Suspension: Camburg A-arm, 24 inches of travel
Rear Suspension: Camburg four-link, 32 inches of travel, Camburg Billet TT hubs and snouts, FK Heims and uniballs

Front: Fox 2.5-inch coilovers Eibach Springs and 3.5-inch, five-tube bypass shocks
Rear: Fox 2.5-inch coilovers, Eibach Springs, Fox 4.0-inch, five-tube bypass shocks

Front:Jamar six-piston TT calipers with 14-Inch rotors and Hawk pads
Rear: Jamar six-piston TT calipers with 14-Inch rotors and Hawk pads

Wheels: 17-inch Ultra Xtreme beadlock
Tires: 37-inch BFGoodrich KR2

Bodywork: Camburg body, carbon fiber and fiberglass
Paint/Graphics: PPG, Little Shop of Kustoms
Lighting: Nine KC 70-watt Carbon Fiber POD

Seats: Sparco
Steering Wheel: Sparco
Dash: Camburg
Gauges: Motec
Shifter: Winters
GPS: Lowrance
Radio/Intercom: Rugged Radio
FIve-Point Harness/Window Nets:Mastercraft

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