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1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Turbo Diesel - Project Baja Bomber, Part 7

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Robin Stover | Writer
Posted December 1, 2006

Part 7: Building The Perfect Chase Bed

Simplicity is always best for Baja because you never know what might go wrong. As such, we asked Brian to maintain a clean look, kind of a less-is-more approach. As you can see, the Bomber's new chase bed significantly adds to the Baja-ready image we sought for the project. It's simpler because it's a flatbed. It's lighter because it's made from aluminum. It's better than the stock bed because it allows us greater body clearance while providing more area for additional cargo.

(Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part story about building a Baja-style chase bed. In this episode, we'll look at all the custom fabrication and bolt-on parts that went into the Baja Bomber's custom aluminum flatbed.)

We've said it before-finding the perfect balance between utility and aesthetics can be very difficult. Chrome won't get you home, the old saying goes. So it's important to build first for functionality, then form. Just as we explained in Part 1 of this article (July '06), our expectations for the Bomber's chase bed were pretty high. We wanted something that could hold 1,000 pounds of gear securely, and look good while being able to survive the harshness of Baja. Our design evolved from several trips down the peninsula, where we observed tons of big-budget race teams and their pit crews relying solely on chase trucks to support race efforts. Most of the time we witnessed these trucks carrying all kinds of crucial race equipment. Or, sometimes we'd see a chase vehicle playing a rescue role, towing a disabled racecar back to the pits for repair. Their jobs were varied, to say the least. So when it came time for us to have a custom chase bed built, we knew we needed to enlist help from professionals. We found it in Sierra Nevada Aluminum Flatbeds (S.N.A.F.). These guys build some of the cleanest-looking, all-aluminum flatbeds we've ever seen. So when we were told by the company's owner, Brian Christie, "Yeah, we can do a chase bed," our imaginations began to run wild.

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Powertank
209.366.2163
Stewart's Raceworks
www.stewartsraceworks.com
Sierra Nevada Aluminum Flatbeds
www.aluminumflatbeds.net
Taylor Wings
www.taylorwings.com
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