During the SEMA Show, I found some tow balls for you all to drag.
OK, in order to investigate this whole tow ball dragging thing, let's take a step back and look at dragging in general. Two surfaces rubbing together, creating heat and sparks and loud noises. Simple enough. I guess the most complicated thing about it, with regards to dragging a truck, is exactly which two surfaces are rubbing together. It could be tire on fenderwell, frame on asphalt, drive shaft on cab, bumper on asphalt, spare tire on asphalt, tow ball on asphalt, drag blocks on asphalt, gas tank on asphalt, crossmember on asphalt, body on asphalt, who knows what on who knows what. Ideally one surface would be your truck, and the other surface would be the ground. When both surfaces are your truck, that is a dragging party foul and you really should stop.
Ok. Is there such a thing as safe dragging; doing it right? In my opinion, there might be "safer" dragging, but there is no safe dragging. It's always a risk, nomatter what you drag. And I agree that some of these marathon drag sessions are just crazy and dangerous. Fifteen trucks, 10 miles of dragging, showering enough sparks to be seen from space and causing the local fire department to call for backup. That's one way to turn your truck into a melted pile of metal.
Anyway, if we are talking about safer dragging, then obviously you should be careful what you're dragging. Don't drag your gas tank, don't drag your exhaust, etc. Don't drag important stuff. But if we're saying don't drag tow balls, cheater bars, stilts, and roll pans, isn't this saying, don't drag stupid stuff? That's a lot of "do nots." So don't drag important stuff, and don't drag stupid stuff. So, what should we be dragging, then? "If destroying pavement can even be done tastefully, at least let's do it with some frame or some body-the way it should be done." So dragging frame and body is the good, "safer" way to drag, while not "tear[ing] up our trucks every opportunity we get?" Now I'm really confused because your frame is, well, vital to your truck's integrity. And dragging body sure tears up the appearance of your truck.
Dragging through your frame and having tow balls flying off both seem pretty unsafe to me. But heck, I'd rather drag scrap metal than frame. I'd rather start off with excess metal and wear it down than wear down good metal. But at the same time, if you catch some of that excess metal or tow ball on a pothole or hit some uneven pavement, you'll probably rip your truck in half and die. Just kidding, but yeah, that could be pretty unsafe.
So what do you think? Do we be cheaters and drag stupid stuff? Or do we be hardcore low and crazy, and drag the important stuff?