2012 Rules


EAST CENTRAL IOWA PULLERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

RULE BOOK

    Updated January 22, 2012 (current rules will be posted soon)


ECIPA OFFICERS:
PRESIDENT:  CRAIG KINZENBAW  319-551-2536
VICE PRESIDENT: ALAN MOHR 319-430-4593
SEC./TREASURER:  STACY MONTROSS 319-330-2024                                             


BOARD DELEGATES:
7000 LPS: DARIN HYNICK 641-660-7058

9000 LPS: SCOTT PEARSON  319-558-8385

8500 HOT FARMBRIAN STEFFEN 563-663-2537

9500 HOT FARMJOHN MOYER  319-560-0553

PROFARM: WYATT BLACKFORD  319-721-7225    

4WD: SCOTT KELLEY  563-927-9096

DIESEL: AJ HYNICK  641-660-8130

OPEN: MARK HAM  319-330-5297

TECH OFFICIALS:

GARY “BEAR” BECKER 319-227-7566

FRANK HAMBURG  319-668-1544

TOM OBRIEN  319-540-2876

RANDY CRONBAUGH 319-741-3051

 

QUAD DELEGATES:

JEFF TAYLOR  319-721-4550

BRANT GREINER  319-653-3989

LEO KINZENBAW  319-454-6565

TOM QUINLAN  319-530-7481 

BARRY MOHR  319-430-0182

TOM O’BRIEN  217-622-5862                              


                         

 

ECIPA LIMITED PRO STOCK RULES

 

*****BRAKES*****

 1)     All tractors must have working brakes.

 

*****DRAWBARS*****

 

1)     Drawbars shall be no higher than 20” to the top of the hitch point.  Drawbars must be clamped solid so that it cannot float up-wards or sideways.  Drawbars shall be no shorter than 18” from hitch point to center of rear wheel.

2)     Drawbars shall be constructed so that in the event of drawbar breakage the drawbar supports do not pull from a top link or brace above the centerline of the rear axle.  Any vehicle with the drawbar hold-up device above the centerline of the rear wheels must have a single pin slide out drawbar.

3)     Drawbars cannot be connected to hydraulics or any type trick hitch.

4)     Drawbars and hitch devices shall be constructed of steel.

a)     7500# and under classes:

i)      There must be a minimum 2 sq. inch steel at any point including area of pin with pin removed.

ii)    Minimum pin size of 7/8”.

iii)   Hitch hole must be 3” wide and 3 ½” front to back.

iv)   Hitch must not have more than 1 ½” sq. or 1 ½” round stock and hitch shall not be less than 1” sq. or  1 1/8” round stock.

b)    8500# and over classes:

i)      There must be a minimum 2 sq. inch steel at any point including area of pin with pin removed.

ii)    Minimum pin size of 15/16”.

iii)   Hitch hole must be 3” wide and 3 ½” front to back.

iv)   Hitch must not have more than 1 ½” sq. or 1 ½” round stock and hitch shall not be less than 1” sq. or  1 1/8” round stock.

5)     No portion of vehicle may interfere with sled, chain or hook.  Area 6” wide and 12” immediately above the drawbar must be free of all obstruction.

6)     Drawbars and wheelie bars are not to be connected.

7)     It is recommended that the competing vehicle not be tied down to tow vehicle on the drawbar in any way.                        

 

 

*****CLUTCH FLYWHEEL*****

 

1)     A steel billet flywheel, pressure plate friction surface, and steel floater plates are required for all pulling vehicles.  Any vehicle implementing any other type of clutch will be disqualified.

2)     Safety tie bars mounted to the rear axle housing with at least four axle housing bolts and extending forward of flywheel area and fastened to side of block or main frame with at least four 5/8” bolts; or a one piece frame extending from front of tractor to rear axle housing mounting bolts.  Note:  tie bars or frame must be of sufficient strength to support weight of tractor with the bolts used to split the tractor removed.

3)     Flywheel guards must be used.  A 20-ply ballistic nylon or 20-ply Kevlar 17” wide and long enough to wrap around the bell housing with at least 6” overlap secured with 6-2” wide nylon web straps with steel D-ring and sewn the length of the blanket and secured front and rear with straps.

4)     It is recommended that gasoline and pressurized tanks of flammable substances be kept away from the clutch housing area.  This is a suggestion subject to safety committee judgement.  Rules may be required later.

 

*****CHASSIS*****

 

1)     The chassis  shall consist of the following: 

a)     The stock engine block or its replacement as listed by the manufacturer for that model.

b)    The stock bell housing or manufacturers replacement.

c)     The stock transmission housing or manufacturers replacement.

d)    The final drive housing or manufacturers replacement.  The original equipment manufacturer engine block or manufacturers’ replacement cannot be modified externally in any way except normal repairs.  Any alteration to the chassis shell must have written approval of the Association Board.  (The criteria of the Board will be retention of stock appearance.) No aluminum replacements of engine parts, clutch housing, transmission case, rear end housing or rear axle housing.

2)     Tractors must have hood and grill in place as intended by the manufacturer.  Tractors must have written Board approval for legal entries of appearance modifications.

3)     Tractor wheelbase will be a maximum of 114” from the center of the rear axle to the center of the front axle.

4)     All tractors must have wide front end with front wheels within tracks of rear wheels.

5)     Tractor length of 13 feet maximum from center of rear wheels to the farthest point forward including front weights.

6)     Tire size limit is 24.5x32. No chains, duals or 4-wheel drives allowed.  Double cut tires are allowed with biased type tires only.  Cut and ½ are allowed in biased or radial type tires.

7)     Side shields must be equipped and should be of 60 thousands steel or aluminum which is to be securely fastened to the tractor.  They should cover from top of the frame to the hoods and as long as the engine.

8)     It is recommended that a quick release fastener be used (winged nut type or cotter pin type hood pins).   Reason: ease of access in case of emergency.

9)     Helmets are mandatory D.O.T. approved.

10)  All tractors must have fenders or a shield between the driver and tires to consist of a solid barrier between driver and any part of rear tires sufficient to support weight of driver.  Must be minimum of 36” long at top and must curl a minimum of 6” out over tire.

11)  Tractors must have a strong and rigid seat with seat belts anchored to something other than the seat itself.  All tip seats should be securely fastened while pulling.

12)  Stabilizer bars are required.  The drawbar assembly must in no way be attached to the stabilizer bars.

      Stabilizer bar will extend a minimum of 32” behind a line drawn from the center of the wheel to the ground.  The stabilizer pad must not be more than 10” off the ground.  The stabilizer pad must be a minimum of 8” square.  A minimum of 20” will be allowed from the outside of one pad to the other.  Stabilizer bars are not to be mounted in any way to the drawbar.  Note: the stabilizer bar system must be able to support the weight of the tractor in the heaviest class pulled.  Jacking up the pads so the tractor is completely off the ground will be a good test.

13.   2 ½ lb. fire extinguisher, preferably halon must be convenient to operator.

14.    Fire helmet and full length pants are mandatory.

15.    Roll cages are mandatory.  NTPA specs are recommended

 

*****ENGINE*****

 

1)     Engine must be manufacturer designed block for that tractor drive line or factory replacement block for that tractor with factory appearing head for that tractor at the time of manufacture.  No aluminum heads allowed.

2)     Cubic inch restrictions:

6700# class ----410 CID

7500# class ----410 CID

315 CID or less ---- twin chargers allowed.

8500# class ----650 CID

9500# class ----650 CID

430 CID or less ----twin chargers allowed.

There will be no de-cubing of any engines.  For example, you cannot take an IH 414 CID and make it 410 CID by any means.  Lost of all accumulated points if found to be over cubed.

3)     P-pumps or any smaller injection pump allowed—only ONE plunger per engine cylinder allowed.  No French or Sigma pumps allowed.  No electronic injectors or electronic injection pumps or electronic injection systems of ANY kind allowed.

4)     Any DIESEL fuel can be used as primary fuel.  Gasoline, ether, oxygen, alcohol, nitrous oxide, nitro-methane and propane (or any combination thereof) are all illegal fuels for primary OR secondary fuels.

5)     Water injection systems shall use water or a mixture of water and lubricant only.

6)     Water for water injection systems and/or diesel fuel may be provided unannounced at any pull by tech officials for all competitors in a class or all classes.

7)     No pressurized tanks for primary or secondary fuels.  Lost of all accumulated points for the year if illegal pressurized tank found.

8)     Only one turbo-charger with one pressure chamber will be allowed.  The only exception being those diesels with 315 CID or less in the 6700#/7500# classes and any diesel tractor with 430 CID or less in the 8500#/9500# classes, may run two turbo chargers under the guidelines below.  The compressor housing will be no larger than a 3” inlet measured at the smallest diameter area of the compressor wheel.  No downsizing of the compressor housing ahead of the wheel will be allowed.  The exhaust housing being no larger than a 4” outlet measured as above.  Inlet will be measured using a 3.005 slug, exhaust using a 4.005 slug. Any slug that touches the appropriate wheels will be illegal.  No air bleeds or secondary air allowed.  No waste gates or waste gated exhaust housing or no variable vein exhaust.  Tractors may run a ____ NTPA super farm charger.  GT42 Outlaw charges acceptable in the heavy limited pro class.  Twin turbo charged heavy Limited Pro Stock tractors can run a 3.0 compressor wheel/inlet on the top charger.  Turbo-chargers may be teched at ANY time by a tech official.  If there is a protest of a turbo, both protestee and protestor will be checked.  Protestee must be a paid up member and contestant in said class of protested tractor.  Any tractor found to be with an illegal turbo-charger will lose ALL points accumulated thus far in the season in all classes that is has competed in and will be disqualified for that day—no prize money OR refunds.

9)     Turbo charger must be under hood or shrouded end to end and 360 degrees around with .60 steel or heavier.  It must be shrouded if under a fiberglass hood.

10)  Exhaust must be discharged vertically, no rain caps or curved pipes allowed.

11)  Exhaust pipes must have (2) 3/8” grade 5 bolts set within 1” of each other and 90 degrees to each other in the horizontal part of the exhaust or pipe. 

12)  Tractors must have automatic ignition kill switch and air shutoff in working order at all times.  Track officials or tech inspectors have the option of checking kill switches as often as they deem necessary.  Switch must be checked with engine running and track ready.  Mechanical fuel shut off is recommended to be a 3-way valve which will send fuel back to the tank when activated for shut down.  It is also recommended that this 3-way valve be as close to injection pump as physically possible for best results.  The air shut off must also be able to be activated by the driver from the seat (with seat belts on) AND skid operator.

a)     On a spark engine the kill switch must break or ground ignition and shut off electric pumps.

b)    On a diesel, the air shut-off must have a spring loaded closing mechanism.  To be deemed acceptable it must prevent building boost.  It is recommended that a gasket seal be used.  A mechanical shut-off, controlled from the seat, must be placed in the fuel line before the injection pump.

c)     All engines shall have a 3/8th inch diameter cable wrapped around engine assembly between cylinders #1 and #2.  Cable will have a 6 inch overlap at ends with 2 clamps securing it.  Cable should have approximately 4 inches of slack in it when assembled. 

d)    Computers will be allowed for “Acquisition of Data” only.  Computers shall not be used for controlling any mechanical function of the engine or chassis.

13)  The kill switch hook-up will be located in the rear center of the tractor.  Maximum 6” off center in any direction approximately 4’ above its point of hook.  A 2” diameter ring should be made available to the sled.

14)  All tractors must have a dead man throttle, which automatically retards to idle position when released by the operator.

15)  Tractors must have a bulk head shield between driver and engine from top of hood to top of torque tube or transmission housing or clutch housing from side shield to side shield.  This also serves as a flash fire shield.

16)   All tractors in addition to stabilizer bars must have a brace that extends vertically 12” from the rear most tip of skid pads.  There must be a support brace extending inward to frame, axle or top of stabilizer bar arms.  Materials used must be of minimum strength of materials used for stabilizer bars.  Design and material must withstand severe impact of sled.  Vertical brace should extend rearward a minimum 2” from radius of rear tires.

17)  All tractors must be equipped with a starter interrupter switch on the gearshift which will allow starter engagement only in a neutral gearshift position.  A clutch pedal safety switch will be allowed as long as driver is seated while starting tractor.

18)  A safety light system is required on all pulling vehicles.  A white light, automotive quality, minimum 2” in diameter, must be mounted directly above or below the safety kill switch at the rear of the vehicle.  The light must be activated by a shift lever so that when placed in reverse will activate the light.

19)  Tractors must have an electric operated cooling fan.  Stock steel bladed fans that are driven by a belt are not allowed.

20)  A .0060ths thick steel shield or .120ths aluminum must run between the frames and under the harmonic balancer to prevent loss of harmonic balancer from the tractor.

21)  There will be a one day (event) grace on any safety violation(s).    

 

 ECIPA PRO FARM RULES

 

 1)     All ECIPA Pro Farm tractors will be of a stock chassis, engine and frame configuration.  Any deviation from this must get board approval.

2)     Weight classes will be as follows:

11500# Pro Farm --- 650 CID or less

12500# Pro Farm --- 650 CID or less

There must be 200# of moveable weight in all classes.

3)     Add-on turbochargers are allowed and must be shielded with a minimum of .060” thick steel shield the full length of internal rotating assembly. 

4)     RPM – 3000 RPM or less will be enforced and measured off crankshaft with a hand held tachometer.  Any tractor found over 3000 RPM’s after they have pulled will be disqualified immediately and without reimbursement.

5)     Maximum tire sizes 20.8 x 38 or 18.4 x 42 only.  Cut tires are legal.

6)     PTO/HYD. – not required.

7)     Water Injection into air intake allowed. Nothing may be added to the water except soluble oil for lube. Tech officials may drain tanks and furnish water injection solution for any given class or event.

8)     10-mile per hour speed limit enforced.  No add on mph equipment.  Pullers will have 150 ft to get their speed regulated to 10 mph max.  Speed will be policed by the sled or pace tractor if needed.

9)     No weight protruding beyond the rear tires.   Hitch must be free and clear and able to reach with hook without excessive work.  Sled operator has right to decline hook to any tractor regarding this matter.

10)  Plastic radiator fans are recommended but not mandatory.

11)  Snuffers are mandatory.

12)  Wheelie bars are mandatory and must be the same dimensions as limited pro stock.

13)  ECIPA reserves the right to make any changes at any time to these rules.

14)  All other rules pertaining to contest rules are strictly enforced.

 

ECIPA HOT FARM TRACTORS


1. Hot Farm classes are as follows: Light HF – 8500 pounds with 430 cubic inches maximum engine size.

Heavy HF – 9500 pounds with 466 cubic inches maximum engine size. Engines larger than 466 cubes may pull in the 9500HF pound class with limits on the turbocharger and no intercoolers of any kind. At two hook events classes will be 8500 and 9000 for LtHF and 9500 and 10,000 for HvyHFactor.

2. 3000 RPM maximum, no RPM tolerance or grace allowed. All Hot Farm tractors must have a magnetic pickup attached to the front of the engine to measure engine RPM. The lead wires from the pickup to the rear of the of the tractor are to be made of 14 or 16 guage wire, and attached to a 110 volt, 3 prong female electrical outlet. The 2 wires from the pickup need to be attached to the 2 main spades, not the ground spade (round). This pickup cannot be used to supply RPM to a tachometer used on the tractor. Do not supply voltage, or ground to the wires, or the plug. The outlet receptacle needs to be mounted next to the rear mounted air shutoff cable.

3. No de-cubing of engine size allowed unless approved by ECIPA Board. Any non-OEM farm eng/farm chassis combination must have ECIPA Board.

4. Tractor may be entered one time only in a given weight.

5. Tire size limits: 18.4 x 38 or 20.8 x 34’s in the Light HF classes. 20.8 x 38 or 18.4 x 42’s in the Heavy HF classes. Any cut allowed. Radial tires allowed.

6. Turbocharger and intercooler rules: One turbo per tractor. Light HF (430 cubes or less).. GT-42 “Box” Turbocharger or a turbo with a 3 maximum air inlet (no inlet slots) by 3 inch exhaust outlet with “small foot” mounting exhaust mtg base (2.75 x 3.25 inch bolt pattern). Intercoolers are allowed. Compressor wheel tips must not measure more than 3 inches and be 1/8” wide for measuring. Only exception in this class would be for engines 410 cubes (or less) which may run a max 2.75” slotted inlet with a 3 inch exhaust outlet (small foot) and no intercoolers allowed. Heavy HF Classes – 466 maximum cubes WITH intercoolers and more than 466 cubes (650 maximum) WITHOUT intercoolers are allowed a GT-42  “box” turbo or a turbo with 3 inch maximum air inlet (no slots) by 3 inch exhaust outlet maximum with “small foot” exhaust base (same as above). Other 466 maximum size engines may run any 3 inch slotted inlet with tips of compressor wheel measureing 3 inch max and 1/8” wide and NO INTERCOOLERS. They also must have the “small foot” exhaust mtg base.

7. Water injection into the air intake allowed. Nothing may be added to the water except soluble oil for lube. Tech officials may at any time drain takes and furnish water injection solution for a given class or event. No combustion enhancers or oxygenates allowed. Nitrous oxide not allowed. LP gas injection no allowed.

8. Diesel fuel only as a primary fuel with a maximum of 750 specific gravity allowed. No pressurized tanks. No LP gas. A fuel dump valve ahead of the injection pump is required. Tech officials may at any time drain tanks and provide diesel fuel for a given class.

9. Safety equipment required: Engine side sheets, crankshaft pulley/balancer retainer, exhaust pipe cross bars, steel flywheel and pressure plate assembly, clutch housing safety blanket, wheelie bars (must meet ECI LimPro Specs), rear wheel fenders, fuel dump valve, dead man throttle, air inlet shut-off snuffer, drivers helmet (DOT approved) and fire jacket and pants, fire extinguisher, seat belt, and ROPS or roll cage highly recommended.

10. All tractors must have working rear wheel brakes.

11. Maximum forward length from center of rear wheels is 13 feet including front weights and brackets (excluding indoor event lifting rings).

12. Drawbars 20 inch max height at hitch point and 18 inches minimum length at hitch point from center of rear wheels and locked solid in ALL directions. Hitch hole 3 1/2” Front to Rear and 3” side to side. Drawbars may not have any supports above the centerline of rear wheels. No part of the tractor must interfere with the sled, chain or hook.

13. All other ECIPA contest rules apply and are strictly enforced.


ECIPA SUPER STOCK 4WD TRUCKS

The following ECIPA Super Stock 4WD Truck Rules are taken directly from the Fantasy Truck Pullers.  Please refer to fantasytruckpullers.com for updated/current rules.

 

1. Definition of a Super Stock Truck: A 1/2, 3/4, or 1 ton stock pickup that has had alterations made to its parts to make it a super stock. Any alterations to the stock type component can be internal or external as long as the alteration does not remove the component from being a pickup truck.

2. Vehicle may not be stripped beyond safe operating condition - hood, fenders, and doors.

3. Must be a factory production vehicle. Truck and engine must be of same manufacturer.  Engine must be in stock location, or no less than 14" from center of front axle to the front of the bell housing. Engine limit - 530 C.I. limit (5 C.I. leeway).

4. No tube frames- Must run stock pickup frame.

5. Dual shocks, solid suspension, blocks and traction bars allowed. Any automotive type spring may be used. Any combination of the above is allowed on front or rear axle.

6. Plummer suspension is not allowed. Must have factory, functional, front suspension.

7. Must have push bars 36" or below. No lower than 24" solid construction.

8. Maximum wheel base 133".

9. Fuel pressure gauge must be mounted outside of truck cab. No nitrous oxide, alcohol, or pressurized fuel allowed.

10. Headers allowed. Any ignition permitted.

11. All safety equipment required - loops, scatter shield, rear axle covers, kill switch. All kill switches must shut off ignition and fuel pumps. No modifications to bell housing in line of fly wheel.

12. Any drive line component spinning at engine speed or faster must be totally enclosed.

13. Weight added to vehicle must be securely fastened. Weight may not exceed 60" from center of front axle.

14. Hitches must be rigid in all directions. Draw bar to be minimum of 27% of truck wheel base from center of rear axle to point of hook and have a clear hook. Hitch no steeper than 25 degrees.

Maximum 26” hitch height.  Hitch hole must be 3” wide and 3 ½” front to back.

15. Maximum tire size 35xI2.50/15, 16, or 16.5" tire. Maximum 10" rim - inside bead to bead. No dual wheels. Must be DOT approved tire. Cyped tires allowed. If wheel tread is offset, center line of front tires must run within tread of rear tires.

16. Any camshaft, single carb, or intake manifold can be used. Must be of stock configurations - tunnel rams, pro rams, etc. are not permitted. No sheet metal intakes. No blowers or hemi heads allowed. Engines must be naturally aspirated. Aluminum heads allowed.

17. Heads that are not allowed: Pontiac Big Chief, Olds Big Chief, Dart Big Chief, Brodix Big Duke, Ford C460, Ford E460 or Blue Thunder Thor. No pro stock heads allowed. No hemi heads.

Chevy, Dodges run any Siamese cylinder head, Fords can run Trickflow A460 or Blue Thunder heads. No EX514 cast or aluminum or eliminator heads.

18. No 5" bore space engines or heads.

19. No aluminum blocks allowed.

20. Any big rear end allowed. No planetarys. Reverser and quick change transfer case allowed.

21. One ton or less front axle.

22. Kill switch must be located in the rear center of the vehicle (maximum of 6 inches left or right of center, maximum of 24 inches above the point of hook).


 ECIPA DIESEL TRUCK RULES

 

  1. Any ¾ or 1 ton full size pickup body may be used. The bed floor must remain intact. Must retain full sheet metal. Metal after market hoods are permitted. No fiberglass. May not be stripped beyond safe operating condition. All glass must remain intact. Must be licensed. Must be factory interior. Bed must be fully intact. No cutting away of box.  Must be oem of year make and model through & through.  Complete OEM firewall & floor pan is required.  The OEM chassis is mandatory. The engine must be in the OEM location for the body used. Must retain full OEM chassis. Wheel tubs, back-half conversions, tube chassis, etc are prohibited.
  1. Must maintain factory wheel base and tracking.
  2. Radiators must be in stock location and at least of stock size.
  1. Four wheel hydraulic brakes are mandatory.
  2. The engine block must have been available as a factory option on a one ton or smaller truck. The fuel injection pump is limited to a stock appearing, OEM engine make specific pump only. Dual high pressure common rail pumps or h pops are permitted. The P7100 injection pump if equipped, must utilize a stock appearing governor. No AG or Sigma pumps.
  3. OEM transmission and transfer case is mandatory.  It must have been an option on a one ton or smaller truck.  Non OEM transmissions are not allowed. Aftermarket torque converters, valve bodies and internal components are permitted. Transmission brakes are not allowed. Any non-OEM floor mounted automatic transmission shifter must be equipped with a spring loaded positive reverse lock out device to prevent the shifter from accidentally being put into reverse gear. Neutral safety switch is mandatory. All transmission lines must be metallic or high pressure type hose. Vehicles with engines running 4500 RPMs or more and using an automatic transmission must be equipped with a transmission shield meeting SFI spec 4.1 and must be labeled accordingly. Blanket type shield is permitted and it must be appropriately labeled as meeting SFI spec 4.1 and it must extend from the rear of the block to the front of the tail housing with a minimum 6” overlap where fastened. All non-blanket type shields must incorporate two (or one per manufacturers instructions) ¾ “ by 1/8 “ straps that bolt to the shield on each side and pass under the transmission pan unless the transmission pan is labeled as meeting SFI spec 4.1 All vehicles with engines running 4500 RPMs or more using an automatic transmission must be equipped with a flex plate meeting SFI spec 29.1 and be covered by a flex plate shield meeting SFI spec 30.1.  Clutch must meet SFI spec 1.1 or 1.2 is mandatory on all vehicles. All transmissions must be clutch assisted. No sequential shifters are allowed. All vehicles equipped with a manual transmission must have a flywheel shield labeled as meeting minimum SFI spec 6.3 or greater. Applications for which an SFI spec flywheel shield is not available may use a properly attached SFI 4.1 or 4.2 blanket that completely covers the bell housing, it must be attached to the block and extend rearward to the transmission with a minimum 6” overlap where fastened.
  4. Hanging weights are permitted. Hanging weights may not extend more than 60” from the  

      centerline of  the front axle.

  1. All vehicles must be equipped to direct exhaust upward or downward. Two 3/8 diameter bolts must be placed in the exhaust pipe in a cross pattern within one inch of each other as close to the turbo as is practical.  Stacks must be  directly upward. Curve stacks / Bull horns are not permitted unless they can be directed away from spectators/crowd/Sled operator.
  2. Fuel must be pump #1/#2 diesel only. Soy/Bio diesel permitted.    Nitrous oxide & propane are prohibited.
  3.  Must be Reese style hitch. Reinforcements are allowed. Trick hitches are prohibited. Hitch must be easily accessible for hook.  Must be constructed of solid material that is properly attached and braced. Hooking point must be at least 44 inches rearward from the centerline of the rear axle. Hitch must be horizontal to the ground and stationary in all directions. Hitch height may not exceed 26 inches from the ground. Hitch must be easily adjustable. No bouncing on truck to lower hitch. Must be in state of rest. Hooking point must have a minimum 3” wide and 3 ½” front to back inside diameter opening for the sled hook. The hooking point will be measured to the center of the clevis loop.  Must have bumper or bump stops if vehicle has no bumper.
  4. Sled operated kill switch is mandatory on all vehicles. On   mechanical injected motors air shutoff required. Must be in middle of truck and have a ridged 2” ring. Driver operated fuel shutoff is highly recommended.
  5. The rear end must have been an option on a one ton or smaller truck. Rear axle bolts must be covered by a cap or shield.
  6. The upper mounting point for strut assemblies must be in the factory location. Adjustable caster/camber pillow ball mounts are permitted. The lower control arm may be strengthened provided factory mounting points to chassis are maintained. The lower mounting point for the strut assembly may be modified for improved caster or camber. Strut tower braces, lower tie bars, sway bars, and limit straps are permitted. Traction bars and devices are permitted.
  7. Street legal working suspension is mandatory. Removable solid suspension bars are permitted. Control arms may be strengthened or replaced, provided all original mounting points are retained. Strut tower braces, lower tie bars, sway bars, limit straps, and camber kits are permitted. 4-link suspension systems are permitted. Air suspension is permitted, but the compressor must be disconnected at the pump.
  8. Tires must be DOT street tires only. Cut or cyped tires are not allowed. Tires must not measure over 35” tall. Dual tires are only permitted on rear if equipped from the factory. Duelly’s are limited to stock width wheels. 
  9. Vehicles are limited to one turbo. Turbo is limited to a 2.6” inducer, a bushing may be used to downsize the compressor housing ahead of the compressor wheel. The bushing must be round, solid, at least ¾” long, and mounted within 0.050” of the compressor wheel.  The inside of the bushing must not exceed the 2.6” limit.
  10. Water injection permitted. Alcohol, methanol, and all other flammables are not allowed. Commercially available pump lube is allowed.
  11.  Must be able to drive forward on and off the scale. No weights may touch the scale.
  12.  Weight will be 8000#.
  13.  Diesel class will also follow general rules.
ECIPA 2010 SEMI TRUCK RULES

 

GENERAL RULES

1.  Vehicle must be stock appearance for that make, model and year of truck.

2.  All competition vehicles must have a firewall between the engine compartment and the driver’s compartment.  No holes except for controls.  Holes must be no larger than ½ inch in diameter than the control that passes through.

3.  It is recommended that a fire suit, driving shoes, driving gloves, fire-proof  head sock and helmet is worn.

4.  All competition vehicles must have universal joint shields.  Any shaft longer than 90" must have safety loops.  U-joint shields must be 360 degrees with a minimum of 5/16 steel.

5.  Fans must have fiberglass blades. No steel blades allowed.  A complete shroud must encircle the fan area  (360 degrees) and be securely attached.  A heavy fiberglass shroud is highly recommended.

6.  All vehicles must have working brakes on all rear wheels.

7.  All exhaust systems must discharge vertically.  No rain caps are permitted. Turbo charged engines must have two 3/8" grade five bolts in some portion of the exhaust pipes.  These bolts must be installed within 1" of each other and at a 90 degree angle to each other.

8.  A fire extinguisher (minimum 2.5 pound dry powder type) is required and must be in working order with gauge fully charged.  Fire extinguisher must be within drivers reach.

9.  All vehicles must be equipped with a securely fastening lap belt with a quick-opening clasp.  The lap belt must be worn when the vehicle is hooked to the sled.

10.  All vehicles must be in neutral when being hitched or unhitched from the weight sled.  Drivers hands must be off the steering wheel and visible to the track official at the same time.  

 

AXLES

1.  Only tandem drive axle semi trucks will be permitted to compete.  No front wheel drive will be permitted.  No single axle trucks.  No dump trucks.  No specialty trucks (well-drilling, wreckers, boom trucks, etc.) will be permitted to compete.

2.  Air bags or air springs and/or all mechanical lift mechanisms on front steer axles are NOT permitted.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

1.  One production-available commercial truck engine only will be permitted. Engines must have been available in road use trucks. No multi-engine vehicles may enter any competition.  No non-commercial truck engines (car, pick-up truck, aircraft, etc.) are permitted.  No specialty engines such as Arias, Keith Black, Rodeck, etc. are permitted.

2.  Only 2 air  stages are permitted on the engine-turbo- charger (or) super chargers.

3.  Turbo chargers must be shielded by a minimum of 5/16 fiberglass or 1/8" aluminum hood.  All turbos must be mounted under the hood.

4.  Ether bottles used as starting aids may be permanently mounted to the vehicle using an OEM system.  All lines must be completely visible and traceable.

5.  Transmissions and rear ends must be commercial semi-truck factory components.

6.  All 6 cylinder engines must have suitable side shields in place.  Most V-8 engines can use the frame rails as side shields.

7.  All automatic transmissions must be covered and protected by an approved blanket.

8.  All flywheel housings must be covered with and protected by an approved blanket.

9.  Only mechanically activated clutches are permitted.

10.  A diverter valve that will permit fuel to return to the fuel tank in case of an emergency is required.

 

HITCH

1.  All semi trucks in this class are required to have their own hitch.

2.  A minimum of a 3" wide x 3-3/4" long hole is required for chain hook.   

3.  The hook point can be no more than 2" from the back edge of the hitching device.

4.  Maximum hitch height 24".  The area 5" wide and 12" high directly above the draw bar must be free of obstructions. (Including weights)

5.  Trucks are required to pull from the standard 46" sled chain.

 

KILL SWITCH

1.  All vehicles must have an operable kill switch on the right side of the hitch and located directly in line with the point of hook.  A minimum of a 2" solid ring is required for connection with a minimum of 1/8" cross sectional thickness.  The sled cable will be attached to this ring.

2.  On all diesel engines, the kill switch must activate the air shut off.  Shut off must be placed ahead of any turbo-chargers.  A cable may be used for this purpose, but must have positive-type enclosed cable for the shut off.  This cable must be 100% free of any obstructions.  The shut off must have a spring-loaded closing mechanism.  System to be deemed acceptable must at least prevent any building of boost.  It is recommended that a gasket/seal arrangement be used to more effectively shut off air flow.  Control for the driver will not be the same as for the sled.

3.  Diesel engines with an electric fuel pump must have a break-away plug that will attach to the kill cable.  This break-away plug must break all contact to the fuel pump and cause the fuel pump to immediately stop.

4.  Diesel engines are required to install a minimum of a manual ball shut-off ahead of the fuel supply that can be operated within easy reach of the driver.

5.  All semis must be equipped with a master disconnect.

6.  Kill switch ring must secured with a single nylon tie wrap (1/8").  The tie wrap must be broken in order for a re-pull to be approved.

 

TIRES

1.  All tires must be road use approved tires and available to the public.  Dual wheels and tires must be used on the rear axles.  No chains or cables permitted. Maximum tire size limited to: 11x24.5 x 8.25 (or) 11x22.5 x 8.25.

2.  No tube type tires allowed.

 

WEIGHTS OR ADDED BALLAST

1.  Maximum weight for any truck will be 20,000 pounds.  All trucks must weigh before the event with a tech official.

2.  Weights cannot extend rearward more than 51 inches from the center of the rear axle. (Weights included)

3.  Weights cannot extend more than 24" from the farthest point of the vehicle.

4.  Weights must be securely mounted. If weight hits the track during competition (under green flag), vehicle will be disqualified.

5.  Weights must not interfere with the hooking of the sled to the hitch.

6.  No movable weights are permitted during competition, such as hydraulic controlled weight racks or boxes.


SPECIAL RULES

 

If you bring a stock truck off the road to pull you will not have to follow the safety rules as far as drive shaft, flywheel blanket, turbo cover, fuel shut offs or kill switch. You must provide current registration for 40 ton and be insured for hauling cargo. If you pull more than at one show  you will be required to install all safety equipment. Engine RPMS will be no more than 2500. NO EXCEPTIONS!

CONTEST RULES


1)     Contest is limited to 2-wheel drive pneumatic tired pulling vehicle only.

2)     Contestants must pay dues and be a member in good standing before pulling.  Contestants under 16 must have written consent of parents or guardian and ECIPA Board of Directors.

3)     Pulling vehicle may enter only once in each class.

4)     Weight includes driver and all safety equipment.  Weights must be securely fastened.  Weight classes will have “zero” tolerance on weight UNLESS tech officials deem it necessary to change class weight for that event due to scale problems.  A competitive driver may ask winning pulling vehicle to re-weigh with a tolerance of 40 lbs over said class weight for BOTH protestor and protestee.  Weights may be certified at designated pulls.  Certified vehicles will display a sticker stating the drivers name, class, tire size, number and size of weights and amount of fuel in tank.  Sticker shall be clearly displayed on vehicle.  Certified weights would only be used when a scales is not available

5)     Each competitor will be allowed two attempts to make a measurable pull.

a)     An attempt is defined as moving the sled a measurable distance (one inch or more).

b)    On his/her first attempt, if competitor lets off on the throttle before going 100 feet, said competitor will get a second attempt, even if he went beyond the 100-foot mark.

c)     If no attempt is made to back off the throttle, no second attempt will be granted.

Note:  intent is for the driver not to slam on the brakes to stop before the 100 foot mark (or any time) but to come to a smooth, safe stop.

Cleaning of the track is up to the driver after a false start.   

6)     The first pulling vehicle has the option of turning down the first hook and immediately re-hooking or hooking in the 3rd major position only.  Limited Pro Stock classes will also have the option of re-hooking last in the class along with first or third positions.

7)     A pulling vehicle that does not go 100 feet and stays inbounds will be given a second chance except on pull-offs, where a pulling vehicle has only one attempt, no matter what distance pulled.  If a driver has trouble with his pulling vehicle on the first attempt, he may drop to last and has only one attempt.  If the sled operator re-sets the sled, the first puller may drop to last.

8)     No excessive jerking when starting or during pull.

9)     If pulling vehicle hitch breaks, the measurement will be taken at that point.

10)  Pulling vehicle pulling the farthest before stopping will be declared the winner of that class.  Distance will be measured from front center of sled if manual measuring is required.

11)  Pull is ended when forward motion stops or if pulling vehicle goes out of bounds.  Excessive digging will not be tolerated.

12)  Contest will be governed by judge or judges with all decisions final.  Safety will be foremost consideration.  Dangerous or unfair practices will be reason for disqualification.  Any of the following “a” thru “l” while HOOKED to the sled or under the green flag will be automatic disqualification:

a)     Driver does not remain seated.

b)    Loss of weights or brackets while still hooked to the sled.

c)     Loss of any safety equipment or shielding.

d)    Anything that falls off the pulling vehicle onto the track wile hooked to the sled is a disqualification.  The only exception to this would be parts that fall onto the track due to INTERNAL ENGINE OR DRIVELINE breakage—this would be internal OR external parts that fall off, but are due to internal engine or driveline failure.

e)     Anytime the pulling vehicle goes out of bounds.

f)     If puller or pulling team member shows unsportsmanlike like conduct:

First offense:  0 points will be awarded to the pulling vehicle for that class.

Second offense:  no points for both classes.

Third offense:  no points and no money for that day and barred from competition for a year and 1day.

g)    Driver must wear shirt, shoes and full length pants before competing in the pull.  Helmet and jacket are required.

h)     Severity of punishment is to be at the discretion of the ECIPA Board of Directors.  Although a major rules infraction such as illegal entry or flagrant violation of safety rule may cause contestant to be barred from competition for 1 year and 1 day from the date and/or withdrawal of accumulated points.

i)      The ECIPA Board of Directors resume the right to change, correct, delete or add any rules that might become necessary during any pulling season.

j)      On alcohol and drug use:  Any person (seen) drinking alcohol or using drugs on event grounds before operating any pulling vehicle:

First offense:  contestant does not compete that day—vehicle can with another driver.

Second offense: contestant does not compete that day and will get no points for that day.  Vehicle can compete with another driver.

Third offense: contestant does not compete that day and loss of points for that season and barred from competition for a year and 10 days.  Vehicle can compete with another driver.

k)     Excessive loss of fluids (coolant, motor oil, transmission oil, rear housing oil, water, etc.) while under the green flag.

l)      Driver leaves the seat while in the staging area or at any time the engine is running or is going to be started.

13)  A point system will be used with points awarded to all competing member pulling vehicle at all sanctioned events.  Pulling vehicles must hook to sled under own power and make an attempt to be eligible for points.  Points are awarded in this manner:

  5 points --- to hook to sled as stated above.

10 points --- first place

                                         9 points --- second place

                                         8 points --- third place

                                         7 points --- fourth place

                                       Down through 10 places 1 being 10th place.

        Last place points (for the event) will also be awarded to a pulling vehicle which is forced to scratch out of his/her second weight class due to breakage (points, no money).  The pulling vehicle doesn’t have to hook in class to be awarded these points (no money).  Any pulling vehicle disqualified will receive last place money and 5 hook points.  Last place money will also be awarded to a pulling vehicle which is forced to scratch out of his/her first weight class due to breakage (money, no points).  No points for a class will be awarded unless the entire class is completed.  In the event of a points race tie, the pulling vehicles involved will have all their footage distances (in that class) added up for the entire season; the most footage is the points winner for that particular class.

14)  Only one vote per pulling vehicle will be allowed when voting at meetings.

15)  Helmets must be on in staging area on deck and remain on until pulling vehicle is unhooked from the sled.  Chin straps must be used while wearing the helmet.

16)  No riders allowed on pulling vehicles – drivers only!

17)  All non-member pulling vehicles may be teched at any time at any pull.

18)  A floating finish line WILL be used.

19)  A pulling vehicle has a three minute time limit to get hooked to the sled when they are to pull.

20)  Turbo needs to be covered.

21)  Must be at event ½ hour before pull. Call if having trouble. 5 pts. docked if late.

 

ECIPA INSURANCE

 

     The East Central Iowa Pullers Association, Inc., pre-authorizes its members to participate in non-sanctioned events.  However, the members are placed on notice that they will have no insurance coverage from ECIPA to protect them when they do so.

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