General FAQs that are not specific to the Moab can be found here.
WHERE DOES THE MOAB FIT?
The Moab is a high level recreational off road machine , great for use as a great pre-runner, super high-performance desert truck, and even the basis for a race truck. Depending on power, suspension and tire selection, the new Moab can handle any of those duties with aplomb.
If you've started off-roading with a UTV and found that you've outgrown that, a Moab is a great step up, as it has 90% of the performance of a Trophy Truck at only 20% of the cost.
IS IT STREET-LEGAL?
Although the Moab is designed to be an off-road vehicle, it can be street legal, depending on your state. Some states have specific laws about bumpers, lighting height, ride height, etc, and you’ll need to understand those rules before you commit to running the car on the street. Check with the factory if you have specific questions about dimensions, etc.
However, we can’t advise you about what is required in your state, as they all different. However, one source that is very useful is the SEMA resource network athttp://www.semasan.com/page.asp?content=titling&g=semaga. SEMA has been at the forefront of our car and truck hobby, working with the state legislatures in all 50 states to harmonize these laws, and make it possible to register vehicles like these.
IS THERE A FOUR-SEAT VERSION?
That’s coming. The Moab will always be a two-seater, but a long-wheelbase truck based on the same architecture will be released later that will be designed for four seats.
THE MOAB IS 2WD- CAN I MAKE IT 4WD?
It’s designed for 2WD. There are no plans for the factory to support a 4WD version. If you can do the engineering and fab work to go 4WD, we would be interested in seeing it!
IS THE MOAB EASY TO BUILD?
It’s among the easiest to build vehicles that Superlite has ever produced. There is no traditional fiberglass bodywork, paint is optional, the interiors are extremely simple, no AC is present or needed, and much of the assembly is already done when you receive the truck- it already rolls on the installed suspension, for example, when you receive the kit.
Generally, you have to install the drivetrain of your choice, and finish the wiring. We even make the wiring part as easy as possible, by providing a race-specific wiring subsystem from InfinityWire, a leader in performance wiring systems. It really is an easy process.
If you’ve ever pulled an engine for a clutch change, for example, you already know how to assemble the rest of the truck. If your experience is more limited, don’t worry, as it really is quite easy- you just have to take it step by step.
You don’t need to be a professional mechanic, or have built a car before to create a great car.
Experienced builders will tell you that it is better to begin with a relatively by-the-book build to begin, and add features later, as deviating from the standard always adds time and complexity.
And if you just don’t have the time or inclination to build it yourself, Superlite has proven builders who are able to build a complete Moab to your specifications- just call the factory for more details.
CAN I BUILD THE TRUCK IN MY HOME GARAGE?
Yes- plenty of builders have built more complex vehicles in a standard two-car garage.
For the Moab, even a one-car stall is doable as there is very little extra room needed to store the body as the body pieces are mostly flat.
IS IT EASY TO GET IN AND OUT OF THE TRUCK?
Yes- there is a pretty large opening to enter and exit the truck. The integrated chassis / roll cage makes it easy to grab a bar and hoist or lower yourself into the cockpit.
CAN I USE A FORD COYOTE, CHRYSLER HEMI, ETC?
Probably. The truck is designed to fit a wide variety of V8 engines, and your choice will probably fit.
But the supported engine (in the context of supplied engine mounts, radiator sizing, exhaust options, etc) is the now-ubiquitous LS series from Chevrolet. These engines are available from a very wide range of cars and trucks over the years, in displacement figures from 4.8 to 7.0 liters, so used engines are available everywhere, and at low cost. They are also available as new crate engines- with a warranty- from GM at very low prices. For example, the LS376/480 from GM is available as a brand new crate engine, with 480 HP for under $6800 from Summit and other suppliers.
The bottom line: the LS-series engines can’t be beat for power, weight, low cost and the availability of speed parts in a modern engine. But if you want to go off-piste, and you bleed Ford blue, for example, go right ahead and do it. You’ll typically only have to manage the motor mounts, engine adapter, exhaust and engine controls.
WHAT TRANSMISSION DO I NEED?
One significant differentiator o the Moab is that is doesn’t need a traditional transaxle. This means that the builder doesn’t have to source an expensive and often custom transaxle to complete the truck.
Instead, the Moab uses inexpensive but extremely durable parts from GM, taken from the C5/6-generation Corvette. The standard parts have OEM levels of durability for cars of about the same power to weight ratios, but there is extensive aftermarket support for very high powered cars as well, so those Moabs with big power, can rest assured that there is adequate headroom in terms of reliability.
IS THERE SUPPORT FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION?
Another key advantage of the GM-based transmission and rear end is that there is support for modern GM automatics in the Moab. If you have bad knees and can’t shift a manual, the Moab may be the off road truck for you. Or if you’d rather just let the car do the shifting while you focus on the driving part, the automatics may be the ideal solution as well.
I’M A HARDCORE RACER, AND WANT A SEQUENTIAL TRANSMISSION THAT IS BULLETPROOF. IS THERE A SOLUTION FOR ME?
Yes- there are sequential transaxles made for the Corvette that work perfectly in the Moab. They are race-focused, are very reliable, have a huge torque capacity, and are pretty bulletproof.
They are probably a bit noisy for the street, and have the rebuild cycles you’d expect in a race trans as well.
Contact the factory for more details if you really need a sequential.
DOES THE MOAB COME WITH SERIOUS OFF-ROAD EQUIPMENT?
Yes- the Moab comes standard with Fox Racing shocks with external reservoirs, pro-grade Class 1 truck Pro-Am power steering system, bespoke suspension parts that are extremely overbuilt for the expected loads, all installed in a computer-optimized chassis design more typically seen on Trophy Trucks instead of a recreational truck.
There are more- options so be sure to check out the pricing section for a complete rundown.
HOW SAFE IS THE MOAB?
Every activity has risks, including walking outside to get the mail every day. But we think the Superlite Moab is about as safe as we know how to make an off road truck.
What makes it safer than other trucks? Well, it all begins with the chassis, which is constructed of 2” DOM steel, TIG-welded by certified weldors, so the chassis can stand up to serious impacts. The fuel tank is mounted in a place where it is almost impossible to damage in an accident, to reduce a post-crash fire. And it’s designed for the builder to add Explosafe or other fire-retardant material to further mitigate that risk. Then there’s the passenger safety cell, which is designed to protect the passengers in the event of a rollover.
And of course, there is the active safety part to consider- the Moab is very agile for a vehicle of its size. That means you can often just drive around problems that other trucks just couldn’t. It’s easiest and best to simply avoid accidents if possible.
In sum, the Superlite Moab has built-in active and passive safety elements to make it as safe as reasonably possible, given the type of vehicle it is.
HOW FAST IS THE MOAB?
Because of the trucks relatively low weight (compared to similarly-sized vehicles) and provision for very powerful V8 engines, it can be very fast indeed. We don’t have a top speed number because every truck is so different in terms of engine power, and overall gearing. But suffice it to say, you won’t be left behind in a race to the top of the next hill!
WHAT CLASS DOES THE MOAB FIT IN IF I DECIDED TO GO RACING?
The Superlite Moab was not designed to be run in any particular class but is akin to the King of Hammers style trucks, capable of fast open range travel and long travel suspension for the rocky sections.
Before you order, please validate that the rules for your class of racing are consistent with the published specs of the truck. You are responsible for making sure your race car is prepared according to the current rules of your sanctioning body.
SUPERLITE DOES SPORTS CARS, RIGHT? WHAT DOES IT KNOW ABOUT TRUCKS, ANYWAY?
People said the same thing when Porsche decided to build a truck. And, as everyone now knows, the Cayenne has become Porsche’s biggest-selling vehicle.
The Moab is the culmination of everything we’ve learned about design, manufacturing and delivering over 15 different models over more than a decade of steady growth at Superlite.
Nowadays, the things that differentiate the really successful manufacturers in this niche are access to really sophisticated design and CAD and CAM tools- and the ability to use them effectively. We use the same tools that other successful niche manufacturers use, like McLaren International. In fact, we have an ex-McLaren engineer on staff who provided key input to the truck (and other vehicles). That combination of theoretical and practical experience, alongside proven manufacturing expertise helps give any Superlite vehicle the edge
In addition to all that, we consulted with numerous successful racers, and off-road enthusiasts to get their input on the ideal vehicle. All that input was baked into the Moab design and implementation, so the truck- even though it is brand new- begins life with the benefit of a lot of experience and expertise from people who live and breathe these vehicles. It really is a mature truck right out of the gate.
The real questions any potential truck buyer should ask himself are: Does the manufacturer have a record of delivering great vehicles? Was the vehicle designed using modern tools leavened by real experience in the automotive field? And most importantly, where will the manufacturer be in the next decade? As most people know, Superlite has designed and delivered thousands of great vehicles, uses the latest tools (hardware and software) for design and manufacturing, and based on success so far, will be around for a long time.