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Preparing a vehicle

You do know what the rules for Trials are.. don't you? There is no point in trying to enter a competition when you don't know the rules.

Make sure you know what's happening. Go and watch a couple of events.. Marshal at a few too. As different ground producing different styles of Sections, make sure you see two or three before diving in.

Whilst you're there, watch what the Scrutineers check on the competing vehicles. Read the ARC regulations, and get a copy of the local club ASRs (Additional Supplementary Regulations.. AKA the "What-we-do-different Rules")

In essence, for an FVT or RTV you need to make sure of several things:

Is your battery securely held down?
The last thing you want to do is go over a wee bounce, and throw your battery up such that the terminals contact with metal...
Big Bang, No Go, Possible Flames...
Not Good.
Do you have anything lose in the vehicle?
When you throw the vehicle around, the contents will follow Newton's Laws. This means that when the vehicle stops suddenly, that heavy lump-hammer in the back won't stop, and it may well clout you on the back of the head.
Do you have seat-belts?
In the same way the Lump-Hammer can hit you in the head, you could be thrown out of your seat - possibly clout your head and probably lose control of the vehicle.
Not Good.
Have you fitted an extra return spring to the throttle-arm of the Carburettor or injector pump?
Apart from being an ARC requirement, you don't want the throttle to jam, and not return to an idle position, leaving you to wrestle with a speeding vehicle (speeding, in a relative sense..)
Have you checked that Low-Range works; that the central Differential works; that the hand-brake works; that the steering linkages are all in good condition; and that the seat-belts are undamaged?
Do you have some form of tow-point on the rear of the vehicle?
At some point you will become stuck, and someone will need to pull out out of stuck.
What about the front?
As you move from FVT, through RTV, to CCVT, then the chances of needing a pull become higher, and the necessity for a pull from the front become greater.
If you are entering a CCVT, do you have a tagged roll-cage (and a logbook to go with it?), plus a valid Fire-extinguisher?

Again, these are in the Regulations, but are also a damn good idea. CCVTs are fairly extreme: there is always the possibility of rolling over (an idea not entertained in FVTs and RTVs). Engines that are run at more than 90-degrees from their designed orientation often get unhappy, and petrol dripping onto a hot exhaust can catch fire very easily.

Now, before you actually enter an event, ask one of the club scrutinisers to check your vehicle - there is nothing worse than getting all psyched up for competition, only to discover there's something you've forgotten - and you can't fix it there-and-then.

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