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Author Topic:   Scaling / Ride Height Question
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted March 03, 2005 09:53 AM  
When preparing the car to scale should the ride heights be set with the driver in the car or out (pretty hefty driver so ride height can change as much as 1-1/2 - 2in. with the driver in the car)? Along the same lines when checking rear-end lead/trail should this also be done with the driver in the car (3 link)?

Thanks in advance...

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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted March 03, 2005 10:22 AM  
There are a bunch of different views on this. My car mfg., Shaw, says for my three-link to weigh with the driver. Later Shaw's are weighed without driver.

I made up an assortment of cement weights, in round plastic plant containers, with handles. Each is weighed and marked. I can put in any combination to equal 200#-210#, depending on if I'm retaining water or not.

I've been putting the weight in for ride heights, front-end settings and scaling. It makes sense to me that the car will race with me in it, why not set it up that way.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted March 03, 2005 10:26 AM  
i scale mine with driver, if you have a 130 pound and a 280 pound driver, then they are going to have 2 completley different cars if you scale without driver. also then you can share info more independent of driver wieght.

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posted March 03, 2005 05:16 PM  
I have a Harris and my set up book says to scale the car and set ride heights without the driver. If the driver weights more than 200lbs to add the weight to the seat during set up. If the driver weights less than 200 i don't know.


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