Newport Beach, CA
The Recon prerunner from Brenthel Industries is a comfortable, four seat vehicle that is built to capably handle any course reconnaissance you may need. It also makes a great vehicle for spectating or just having fun with room for four adults and extra gear. The Recon is built to order with your choice of many options. You can purchase anything from a rolling chassis to a complete turnkey car ready to tackle any terrain. The Recon is entirely computer designed and is constructed from the finest quality materials and components available. The chassis structure, suspension geometry and many of the components are interchangeable with Brenthelís unlimited race vehicle. Brenthelís Recon prerunner is an extremely fast and reliable vehicle engineered to perform flawlessly at full race speeds or just cruising.
If you want to know how tough the Baja 1000 is, ask anyone whoís raced it. If you want to know how good Brenthelís work is, ask someone who owns one. We asked Recon, Prerunner owner Ryan Dowdy about his car and his experience with Brenthel.
Q: What do you use your Recon for, prerunning or just fun?
Ryan: I race a 7200 truck so I needed a prerunner but now that I have the Recon we take it out just for fun too.
Q: Where have you driven the car so far?
Ryan: Weíve driven the car in Barstow, Ocotillo Wells and at Glamis.
Q: How did it perform?
Ryan: Itís Amazing! Itís got so much horsepower and soaks up the worst whoops with ease. We were going 80 to 90 MPH in the gnarliest Barstow whoops; no problem. It goes wherever you want it to.
Q: Barstow, Ocotillo and Glamis are all very different terrain; did you have to make any changes to the car to make it work at all three?
Ryan: No, we are basically running the car turn-key from when we picked it up. We did some shock tuning at Barstow when we took delivery and thatís it. At Ocotillo it was over 100 degrees out and we spent hours running at high speeds and jumping; really pounding the car and we had no problems. The more I get used to the Recon the more I want to go faster and jump farther.
Q: How was the customer service from Brenthel?
Ryan: Iím not a rich guy. The Recon is not inexpensive to buy. Jonathan was totally straightforward about how much it would cost and how long it would take. It was a hassle free transaction. I had worked with them before when I brought my F-150 to Brenthel to get a bumper built. After seeing the quality of the work the truck left with a bumper and a full cage.
Q: Weíve all had projects snowball like that; did you make any changes to the Recon while it was being built?
Ryan: (Laughing) Oh yeah, I made lots of changes. I started out with an LS-1 and we ended up with the LS-9, nickel plated suspension, full powder coated frame and much more.
Q: How did Brenthel respond to all the changes?
Ryan: They were great. Jonathan took the time to explain everything to me. How things would work together, if you run more horsepower you need to run a stronger transmission, beefier axles; they know what works and what doesnít. They were genuinely excited for me, they knew how much this car meant to me and I couldnít be happier with the results. They run their business like I run mine, do what you say and deliver when you say you will at the quoted price, itís that simple.
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About Brenthel Industries
Brenthel Industries offers the finest in CAD development, engineering, R&D and fabrication. From ground up vehicles to Desert Racing vehicles such as: Trophy Trucks, Class 1 cars, 7200 Race tucks, Class 4 cars and prerunners. With expanded capabilities in Engineering & Prototyping for Military, Defense, Border Patrol & even displays for outside companies. From start to finish Brenthel Industries takes pride in each and every build.
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