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  • #16

    Re: Coilover spring rate?

    Or, I don't know, look at this linky...

    https://www.ridetech.com/info/tech/s...te-calculator/
    Many cars have a button on the dash marked 'lighter'. Ever seen one that says 'darker' or 'heavier'? Is it just me?

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    • #17

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      What is the official way of doing this though, scales under all 4 tires to determine the real weight needed or can you just weigh an axle at a time?
      best to weigh all 4 at once... that said, most think $1200 or more for a scale is a bit pricey for the benefit.... a scale is on my list of wants but there are other ways of figuring weight that are a lot cheaper.... don't forget you can use a bathroom scale - trick is finding the proper balance point so you stay within the scale's range.
      Doing it all wrong since 1966

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      • #18

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        best to weigh all 4 at once... that said, most think $1200 or more for a scale is a bit pricey for the benefit.... a scale is on my list of wants but there are other ways of figuring weight that are a lot cheaper.... don't forget you can use a bathroom scale - trick is finding the proper balance point so you stay within the scale's range.
        Just one of those radar things for me. I went the ebay route, there were scales for 30.00 or so, with this pedestal for weighting groceries that had a 1000 pound capacity. Pulled one out, put it together and it was good pulled the other one out and it only weight half. Great diet scale. They had a big enough platform to hold a tire. Got another with a 500 pound limit snatched up last second. I did not stoop as low as buying any antique counting scales that probably would have done a decent job, just storing 4 of them and the ridicule was just too much to go that route.

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        • #19

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          unless you're racing, I don't see the point of owning one.... with that said, if a set falls in my lap - I'll use em that said, a lot of tools I own get loaned to friends so they become a lot more useful....
          Doing it all wrong since 1966

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          • #20

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            I either drive or trailer (depending if it runs yet) down to the nearest CO-OP or truckstop and use their scales.
            Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
            HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


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            • #21

              Re: Coilover spring rate?

              I either drive or trailer (depending if it runs yet) down to the nearest CO-OP or truckstop and use their scales.
              That was how I did the baseline on the wagon. I wish I had a friend with scales as it would be very interesting to know/adjust the 4 corner weights.
              As stated, buy springs - carefully install - send back for different rate until you get it where you want it.

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              • #22

                Re: Coilover spring rate?

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                I wish I had a friend with scales...]

                You do, just a long drive to borrow them...
                Last edited by htrdharley; August 7th, 2019, 01:17 PM.

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                • #23

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                  I wish I had a friend with scales...
                  You do, just a long drive to borrow them...
                  I suspect my car habit would be a lot more expensive if I lived any closer!

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                  • #24

                    Re: Coilover spring rate?

                    I either drive or trailer (depending if it runs yet) down to the nearest CO-OP or truckstop and use their scales.
                    the latest irritant in my state is they're removing the abandoned scales - there were 2 scales that were no longer used where you could simply drive your car across to weigh it... no longer.... ah well, we don't have smog testing anymore so I guess I'll take the trade
                    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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