Yea, land speed was always a pipe dream, it just fell into my lap this year and I'm running with it. :) I'm learning the hard way that what works on the 'street' isn't what works in competition. You can be mediocre at both, or good at one... take your pick... but that unicorn build that works for every venue just doesn't exist. But before land speed happened I wanted something like what you're after... the low-key freeway pimp that you could ride to work or just take out friday night with no prep.
If you can do the fab work & tuning, you're 90% ahead of the game. Motor building is fairly simple, and there are a lot of shops out there that can get it done if you can't on your own... but any high performance motor builder will know the little tricks. There are quite a few folks on the east coast that can put together a strong motor for sure. With that said, you have to tune a little different for land speed/top speed then you do for drag racing, especially off the pavement... intercooling and heat management become much more important. But it is really a simple motor in the end, and good parts installed properly will make it work... at least up to about 400hp or so in this case. :) The easy blueprint is Pistons/Rods/Valves/Springs/Retainers/Clutch basket... put the best of those in there and the rest is just tuning/electronics. That's about 2K-2.K in parts there, and you can put it together in a shed with a service manual if you have the right tools. You can go crazy with porting/cams/throttle bodies/blahblahblah, but a well-built turbo set-up can almost always make up the difference without much effort.
Nothing wrong with a little ego... that gets you into the learning stage real quick. :) You can still do a lot with minimal amounts of arm & ballast, it is just a lot harder than you would think. In the end, everyone I've ever talked to, including myself, wishes they would have spent that time perfecting a set-up that worked better out of the box, rather than trying over and over to get a set-up not designed for that type of racing to work.... it's just less headache. At the end of the night no one really cares how long your bike is... all they care about is who was out front.
You don't have to go the arm route right away, but just keep in mind that you're probably going to need it to play with the big boys, and you're going to have to re-tune all your boost curves once you change the chassis. You can do the work twice for the experience & there is nothing wrong with that, but if you are in a hurry or have limited funds/time it's just best to start with the finished product. Just my opinion, of course. :)
Attack life... it's going to kill you anyway.
Last edited by SpazOnaZX; 12-26-2017 at 12:58 PM.