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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 182
posted May 12, 2002 12:27 PM
I am thinking of making the scales in the tool box. I was wondering if anyone had made these and if they worked good?? Does anyone have any other ideas on making scales ??

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted May 14, 2002 03:44 PM
I've built and used similar scales before, not the most accurate, because of the pound mulitplier. If you need to multiply by 4 or 5 that's 20 to 25 pounds for each pound on the scale(does the scale read 169 or 170?) On the plus side they're cheap to build and will get in the ballpark. I think I saw a post somewhere on this forum their track camp. built and uses a set. Sorry I can't be more help, build them and see what happens! Have fun!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted June 11, 2002 11:41 AM
I'm new here and have been reading a lot! How exactly do these scales work? I see a mention of "multipliers'? I'd like to build one. Is one all you use? Any explaination is greatly appreciated.

"Workin' on Chebby, wishin' it were a Ford"

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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted June 11, 2002 04:00 PM
You need 4 bathroom scales(cheep ones)to go with the pieces you build from the tool box. The multiplyer comes from how much you need to multiply the weight shown on the scale to get that corner weight. Like, the scale shows #150 so multiply that by 4 (the multiplyer)to get #600,the weight of that corner, then get the weights of all 4 corners for percentages. Front, rear,cross.
They won't be as accurate as electronic scales, but much cheaper, and will get you in the ballpark. Have fun!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted June 11, 2002 10:47 PM
They are alot more accurate than you make them sound. the scale shows 1/4 the weight on the wheel. which means that one pound on the scale equals FOUR pounds not 20 or 25. I have a set and have had good luck with them. 169#=676# 170#=680#
I like the design of mine a little better than whats in the tool box. if your interested send me an E-mail and ill get you a pic. my E-mail is If you make them yourself you HAVE to make sure that all four are exactly the same. the easy way to do that is to weld all four together and then cut the angle that they use for pivots. by that i mean keep the angle in one long 3 or 4 foot piece when you weld the square tubing to it. that way all the pivots are in line with eachother. its really alot simpler than i can explain it.
another good idea is to mark each scale ( LR LF RR RF) and use the same scale in the same position on the car each time.

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