I agree, theory vs. practice, I'll settle for the latter. One can debate the solid axle vs. thing all day long and it won't get you anywhere in actual practice.Originally Posted by Greatscott
But the way to do is not to enter a competition. A competition is no longer a pure, all-out, extreme test, it is an artificial 'game' with rules and a scoring system that favors a certain type of play. In the real world you don't have to try to avoid touching little orange cones, in the real world you can back up and not be penalized, in the real world you can sometimes jump over a crevasse rather than traverse it. The real world has no reward for slow, careful, precise play, in the real world the purpose is to simply get from here to there in one piece, as fast as you can, and having as much fun as possible.
Dedicated super 'crawlers' are designed to the rules, with digs, rear-steering, and all that other fancy stuff. Finely tuned machines: slow, agile, precise, etc. The summit is more of a driver's off-roading truck, not a competition truck. Powerful, wild, and aggressive. I could see a great 'outlaw racing' type club made around the summit. But from how it drives, I would never use it in a crawling competition.