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Author Topic:   no access to scales
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted April 08, 2004 05:47 AM  
everything is ready to go on my car except setting it up.everybody that has scales are to busy with there own or just to busy.i i did not change anything from last year, but did take apart front end. just take it to the track and go or any suggestions?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 196
posted April 08, 2004 05:58 AM  
You can build your own, a plan is available in the tool section. You can check cross weight with a floor jack and a deep 1/2" drive socket. Put the jack with the socket in the middle of the rear end as you jack up the rear the right tire should lift off first. Keep jacking until the left tire starts to leave the ground. Measure from the bottom of the rim on each side and save for reference. Any changes will reflect in this measurement. Hope this helps ....loojack

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Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted April 08, 2004 10:54 AM  
thanks lojack , anybody else got any help?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1875
posted April 08, 2004 11:07 AM  
the jack and socket is not very accurate.
where are you located, maybe sombody on here can help you out.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 233
posted April 08, 2004 09:36 PM  
If you cannot get access to any scales, go to the track and ask if you can use the scales in tech lane before the night begins. If they will not let you, I suggest running it, but take it very easy at first to see how it drives.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 521
posted April 09, 2004 08:34 AM  
one word of caution related to using track scales for set-up .....

before you make any changes to your cross based on the readings, have another racer (who has verified his cross on his own scales the night before) run across the scales to make sure they are in the ballpark.

The reason I mention this, is the year before last, I rolled my car in the heat race on the first day of a 2-day show. After repairing all obvious damage, I opted to roll the car across a set of quality scales the track had set-up on a specially poured pad just for the Car-Quest late models (they had a cheesey scale for everyone else) and .... discovered my cross was off by 4%! (I was running 52 at the time and it came up 48) so we added the cross back in and .... I ended up with a car that was WAY to tight. When I checked it back at my shop a few days later ..... 56%! my car had been OK, the scales at the track (or more to the point, their scaling area) was not.


Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted April 09, 2004 11:34 AM  
cartersville,ga if anybody could help it woulb be appreciated

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted April 13, 2004 09:56 PM  
Originally posted by pbk:
cartersville,ga if anybody could help it woulb be appreciated

use a tape under the frame of the car and you can use it like scels on the 4 corners of the car


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