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Often times, off-road enthusiasts tout the rigidity, reliability, as well as the articulation of the straight-axle suspension design. Straight-axle suspension also is better suited to carrying heavier loads as there is no camber change like that of an independent suspension. And unlike an independent suspension, a straight axle suspension's minimum running ground clearance is maintained during compression (assuming the differential is the minimum running ground clearance point), while an independent suspension loses minimum running ground clearance under compression.

However, it is generally accepted that a vehicle with independent suspension is able to roll over obstacles at higher speeds with more composure than a straight-axle suspension.

Clayton Hollingsworth took this concept to the extreme. Clayton Hollingsworth IFS/IRS Buggy named "THE OUTLAW" uses a very unconventional setup. A completely, fully-independent suspension rock buggy. And it's no slouch, nor it is unreliable.

It also sports a GM LS-series V8 engine that is supercharged and offset from the driver in a mid-mounted layout with 4WD. This is one of the most badass rigs I have ever seen on YouTube.

Seriously, this guy deserves some serious props! And he actually won the first event he entered his fully-independent suspension rig at!

YouTube video code: 8EdZJQEY4F0 YouTube channel code:
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SUPERCHARGED LS POWERED IFS/IRS BUGGY - The OUTLAW
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EdZJQEY4F0


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"OUTLAW" The INSANE SUPERCHARGED IFS/IRS ROCK BOUNCER
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36dVm7I8ZMA


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THE OUTLAW STRIKES AGAIN!!! WINS INSANE 4 WIDE PRO-ROCK KNOCKOUT RACE AT AMERICAN REBEL MUD PARK
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykCc1ItHO_Y


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OUTLAW THE IFS/IRS SUPERCHARGED MONSTER HITS THE ROCKS
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVtWRqJsHXk


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HOW DOES IT EVEN MOVE LIKE THAT? THE OUTLAW JUST FLIES AND STICKS LIKE NO OTHER MACHINE OUT THERE!!!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZpM_9gIKAc
 

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Ugly, but useful. IR/FS is solely used in Baja. Which is mostly sand, but still has rocks. I love watching a trophy truck absorb the craziest jumps and rocks. Wish my rally car could do that (for cheap...)

Also, I wouldn't call that "rock crawling". Really just hillclimb.
 

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That shop who custom-built that setup seems (assuming I am referring to the one I saw in a YouTube video) to brag about working on that, but strangely seems secretive about doing any such work on any other vehicles.
 
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