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Author Topic:   unsprung weight
holeshot
Member
posted December 10, 2001 05:53 PM
Removing unsprung weight will make a car handle better by lettting the car react faster, but some people go way overboard. Lightweight rotors are a good deal, because they remove both unsprung and rotating weight at the same time.


bbracer17
Member
posted December 10, 2001 10:59 PM
If you drastically remove unsprung weight you might have to change your shock valving. I'm not sure about springs.


holeshot
Member
posted December 11, 2001 10:40 AM
You would only need to change the shock valving if you were using oddball shocks as a band-aid fix to compensate for too much unsprung weight in the first place.


3dirtLm
Member
posted December 11, 2001 09:02 PM
For every pound of unspung weight you remove the car will react the same as if you removed 10lbs of spung weight. In essense a go kart has almost 100% unsprung weight since the tires are actually act as the springs. Formula 1 cars several years ago used the same principle by using 3000lb spring rates and using the tires as the true spring. It worked go but the drivers took incredable physical abuse even causing short term kidney damage from the road shock and vibration transmitted though the chassis