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posted November 07, 2002 05:02 PM
Please clear up for me what is meant by 'REAR BITE'? Is it rear weight split (difference between LR and RR)? Thanks!

posted November 07, 2002 05:43 PM
Bite can also be measured in inches. The old guys will put a socket on a floorjack and center it under the rear end, and raise the car off the ground. The amount of clearance between the right rear tire and the ground at the point when the left just leaves the ground is called "bite". I've known guys to run as much as 6 or 7 inches.

posted November 07, 2002 06:00 PM
What if the leaves are bent or unsprung? Or maybe the shackles are bound up?

posted November 07, 2002 08:01 PM
Good question Jammin, that would probably effect both the scaled measurments as well as the 'jack it up' and measure method.

Also, you just made me think of another question I have. Just how tight do you tighten.... 1) Rear Shakles 2) Forward leaf spring mounting bolts 3) Front A-arms????

I'm sure once you "have the feel" it's easy, but that first time and with no one to help you that knows!!!?!

[This message has been edited by racinfool (edited November 07, 2002).]

posted November 07, 2002 08:14 PM
When scaling a car I beleive you are to disconnect all the shocks and bounce first.

What about when you do the 'jack it up' you disconnect the rear shocks?....seems to me that would make a difference.

posted November 08, 2002 11:05 AM
When I scale my (gulp) Late model Stock, It's got coilovers on it--now there's a delimma!
I've never removed the shocks from any of my street stocks. I built some wooden pads the same height as my scale pads and roll the car onto them make any changes nessecary. I then bounce the bajeezus out of the suspension before rollong back onto the scale pads.

posted November 10, 2002 12:17 AM
We do unhook the shocks every time we scale but that is so we can check them for binding while we are at it. I would hate to have a shock drag and not let the cars weight sit on the springs like its supposed to.

As long as your shocks are good and as long as you do it the same every time I dont think it would matter. Just find a setup that works and scale the car that way every time... either with or without shocks. Its kind of like scaling without or without the driver. Just pick one and do it the same every time so you dont introduce a variable.

[This message has been edited by dirtbuster (edited November 15, 2002).]

posted November 15, 2002 04:02 PM
sometimes when running coilovers or gas charged mono-tubes (like I do)... you don't really have a choice... you got to leave them on.

But in any case it is important to keep things the same one session to the next when scaling (otherwise you are comparing apples and oranges). And checking your shocks out on a regular basis is a great idea as well.


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