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Monster Trucks Iron Warrior and Black Stallion Get Upgrades for 2009 Monster Jam Season

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Black Stallion and Iron Warrior have body slammed the 2009 Monster Jam series like armageddon. Both are Ford powered with new motors, improved performance and increased horsepower.

Black Stallion and Iron Warrior have updated their shock programs to keep up with the demands of Monster Jam Competitions
Black Stallion and Iron Warrior have updated their shock programs to keep up with the demands of Monster Jam Competitions

Monster Truck Competition will reach new heights and levels of destruction in 2009
Monster Truck Competition will reach new heights and levels of destruction in 2009
The two trucks have gone through top to bottom upgrades and repairs to transmissions, exhaust, suspensions, shocks, blowers, sway bars and body work. “I have been in this sport for 27 years, and have felt all the growing pains that go along with those years,” said Michael Vaters of Black Stallion Racing and Vaters’ Monster Motorsports. “Our fans are loyal and consistent. They save their money and travel in this difficult economy to see us and in return we are loyal to them.”
Black Stallion will fly higher in Monster Jam Competitions in 2009
Black Stallion will fly higher in Monster Jam Competitions in 2009

Iron Warrior's 2009 upgrades include a new 2008 Ford F-150 body and paint scheme
Iron Warrior's 2009 upgrades include a new 2008 Ford F-150 body and paint scheme

The bar on monster truck competition continues to reach new heights and new levels of destruction for the fans. In 2009, Black Stallion and Iron Warrior are flying higher and better on the free style courses. “People expect it,” said Vaters. “The ramps are at least twenty-feet high and we propel to thirty feet in height at stadium shows. As heavy as our trucks are it’s almost unbelievable.”

Vaters is strapped down very tight in the driver’s seat of the Black Stallion for safety. “The technology has progressed so much, that we can do so much more,” he said. “Think of it like this, take a raw egg and shove it in a plastic jar filled with peanut butter then drop it off your house. Then when you dig that egg out of the peanut butter it’s in one piece. That’s sort of like what we go through when we jump high in our trucks, and we want to be in one piece.”

Black Stallion and Iron Warrior travel as a pair. In order to stay competitive as a race team Vaters Monster Motorsports started building its own fiberglass body parts. The trucks have a new three piece cab system that allows Vaters' Monster Motorsports to save money by replacing or repairing the damaged panels. Iron Warrior has a new paint scheme for the 2009 Monster Jam Season. “Iron Warrior has more of an identity now,” said Vaters. “Our artist, Charles Bowman came through in a big way. Charles painted a wicked realistic three dimensional portrait of the Warrior and Trey Meyers painted the body to compliment it. The paint scheme was designed to go with the Black Stallion paint scheme so everyone will know our trucks are from the same race team.”

Aero Exhaust provided Vaters with eight 2 1/2 inch resonators, one per cylinder on the motor of the Black Stallion. “We also fabricated a set of stainless steel zoomies to connect the resonators,” he said. “The resonators decrease the harmful high pitch decibels but still give out a powerful deep base sound. They also provide back pressure to the motor to increase performance.”

Despite all the changes, K&N air and oil filters have remained on Black Stallion and Iron Warrior. “There is no wear pattern on our engines with K&N,” said Vaters. “K&N catches all the dirt under very extreme Monster Jam conditions. The K&N oil filter is easy to take off and works well even though it gets banged up every time we take it on the course.”

Look for the Black Stallion and Iron Warrior next in San Antonio, Texas.

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