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Hey guys! I'm new on the site here, and getting ready to build my first baja. I'm an east valley native, but am currently living near Nashville. I'm wondering what the AZ requirements are for a street legal baja?? I'm planning to move back the AZ soon, which is why I am wondering about AZ law instead of TN. Also, what size engine/trans upgrades would you guys recommend if I want to run 33's?

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Welcome! Mostly anything goes out here if it is already an AZ Vehicle there's not an inspection like what you're used to. Also if it's 66 or older there's no smog test without having to get a "Special" insurance that allows you to bypass that requirement.

To run 33's you're going to need some serious HP over a stock 1600. Smile


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33" tires may not fit because of the torsion housing. 31" may be your limit.


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There's a WHOLE LOT of room for variables in this discussion that will affect the correct answers.

For 33" rear tires...
- Lots of 5-1600 and 1-2/1600 racers use 33" tires with a mostly stock 1600 engine (about 80hp)
- But the above depends on gear ratios. Early 002 trans has 5.14 ring and pinion. Late 002 (5-rib) has 4.88. Swingaxle up through 1967 has 4.37. Late swing (68)/early IRS (through 72) has 4.12. Late IRS Bug 73-79 single side plate has 3.88. Then there are close ratio 3rd and 4th as options with a taller R&P.
- Tire clearance with anything over 31" tire is iffy with long IRS or Early (pre-1961) Swingaxle torsions. Later Swingaxle 61-67 have short torsions and tire clearance is not an issue. If you go with 2x3 or 3x3 or other IRS arms or Bus Reduction swingaxle...No sweat. The racers listed above use 0x1 arms and have less interference than with stock IRS arms and torsions.
- Then again, there are coilovers to consider...

The variables are many. Kinda like saying "Speed costs money...How fast can you afford to go?"


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