Monday, March 11, 2019

The new Claas Component Super Sport of Team Bruggeman is ready !

The Bruggeman Pulling Team around Niels, Bjorn and Roy Bruggeman from Broekland, in the Netherlands have finished their new Claas Axion 880 Component Super Sport Tractor for the 4.5t / 9920lbs class. It´s the first Claas Tractor for the 4.5t Super Sport division in Europe. The Dutch guys started with the building process of the new ride in December of 2016. Normely the maiden run of the new machine was planned for the Indoor Pull in Assen last year, but a lots of other work in their own agricultural machinery workshop (Bruggeman sell and repair Claas tractors) and the waiting for new parts for the new vehicle have made it impossible to get the tractor ready for the 2018 season.
Back to the technical things: The new tractor received a completely new steel wedge frame with a new homemade three bar steel rollcage, a Kirkey Racing drivers seat, a modified Rockwell rearend, a completely new constructed drawbar and a homemade hydraulic steering. The new frame with the modified rearend was built by Zeinstra Chassis (Zeinstra Pulling Team) in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands.
The drivers and the engine position on the new Tractor is more forward compared to their old John Deere 7930 Super Sport. The Team hopes to get a better balance with the new Component chassis in the future. Another advantage of the Component Tractor is, they have much more movable weight, what give them more opportunities to find the right balance for difficult track conditions.
The new Claas Axion 880 hood comes from the current Axion 800 series and the fenders were purchased from the Rough and Tumble Pulling Team in the Netherlands. The sheetmetal work on the chassis and the hood were done by the company ´´Jansen Carrosseriebouw´´ from Wespe, in the Netherlands.
For a good traction on the Dutch pulling tracks, they purchased a set of new cut Michelin 650/60 R 38 Xeobib tyres on steel rims. The tyres were cut by Hans Heesakers from the Netherlands.
The modified Rockwell rearend got a Rockwell stock center section with a billet aluminium differential, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, Rockwell planetaries carrier housing with ZF planetaries and new brake calipers with new steel brake discs. The drivetrain has a new Profab 3 speed transmission with a homemade drive shaft, a 12" inch Crower centrifugal clutch with 4 discs, a original fly wheel from a CAT C9 engine and a clutch bell housing built by Zeinstra Chassis.
The new Component Super Sport is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder Caterpillar C9 engine with 24 valves on diesel fuel. The CAT C9 engine was used in the old Claas Xerion 3300 and 3800 tractors from the 2nd generation. The 3300 was built by Claas between 2004 and 2012 and the 3800 between 2007 and 2013. The engine has a original displacement of 8.8l, but because of the 8.3l displacement limit in this class, the american power plant needed some smaller sleeves and pistons.
The engine has a Caterpillar C9 stock block with new Westwood sleeves, a standard CAT C9 crankshaft with billet rods and Zetor pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a revised CAT C9 head, a regrinded CAT C9 camshaft, a Holset HX82 turbocharger, a new aluminium air / water intercooler, a Aviaid Stage 4 oil pump with Kaiser Performance (KP) oil filters, a Sigma diesel fuel injection pump with 17mm elements made by ODS Diesel Performance, billet dual feet injectors by Columbus Diesel Supply from the USA and a homemade fuel tank. The cylinder head of the power plant was flowed by Barend Huijbregts of the Rocky Pulling Team from Hoeven, in the Netherlands. The new intercooler sits on the front end of the tractor in the chassis.
The new Claas Axion 8XX had it´s maiden voyage at the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, February this year. It wasn´t a problem free maiden run for the new Component Tractor. After a good start, the power of the engine went down and the power plant went off. Back in the pits they found the problem. The bolts and nuts, who connect the sigma fuel pump and driveline for the pump came loose because of the vibrations of the engine. A small problem with great effect. The problem will fixed for the next event by new bolts with self-locking nuts.
The Bruggeman Pulling Team has announced to compete with their new machine in the Dutch Championship this year.

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