Corner scales help you measure your vehicle’s weight at every corner. They point out how ballast, weight reduction and suspension settings affect each and every corner. Though most people find it unnecessary to use corners scales, for race car drivers and car enthusiasts they are necessary.
Ideal Weight Distribution
Racecars or rally cars use an adjustable shock suspensions system with a coil. Car corner weight scales can help measure weight distribution for each tire. The ideal tire weight distribution is as follow: 50% on left front or right rear, and the other 50% for right front and left rear tires. It is not mandatory to perfect this weight distribution, getting closer to it will do.
Using car corner weight scales is not that hard, but tuning them up for the job is a little tricky. You need to set them up properly to make sure they maintain the same height level. Racing corner scales are usually available with an adjustable fixture to apply this; this also works as a platform enabling you to get your car on the scales.
Adjustment and Levels
Once you have put together the fixture, make sure the scales are at the same level and height. You can use a long level to guide the adjustment. At first you need to fix the side-to-side levelness, then do the same for the front to back segment. Recheck these to maintain diagonal levelness.
Using Corner Scales
Via the ramps, drive your car up onto the scales and then take note of the reading on each scale. If it seems necessary to get out of the car, first make sure you put the equivalent of your body weight into the foot and seat. The numbers from the front corners should be added. This is the weight count for the front wheels of your car. Now, divide this reading by the total of all four scales to find the weight of front axle in percentage. You can pursue a similar calculation to get the weight in percentage for the right and left side of your car.
High performance driving situation are largely dependent on the side-to-side and the front to rear bias. Make sure that your vehicle’s side-to-side weights are closer. You can achieve this through ballasting or weight reduction. In the same way you can adjust front to rear weight bias as well.
Ride height settings and suspension also affect corner weights. Altering this will change the stance of your vehicle, affecting left to right or front to rear bias.
When adjusting your car’s corner weights, implement a change at once to see the effect in isolation. You also have to roll off the vehicle and then back onto the scales right away after implementing each change to make sure the measurements are accurate.
By following these steps you can effectively make use of car corner weight scales.