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Posted 2018-10-28 4:17 PM (#572525)
Subject: Vechicle Weight


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Hey Guys, I've wondered about this question for a long time. If I have 2000 lbs on the rear axel of my PU truck, will each wheel have 1000 lbs on it or would a scale under each tire show something different ? I tried to prove this theory by standing equally on 2 bathroom scales placed side by side but couldn't find a neighbor who has a bathroom scale. Now my wife is laughing herself silly, " I know your crazy, but you don't have to show the whole neighborhood your crazy! " What about it Guys? Will the weight be spread out evenly across the axel or is something else coming into play here ?? Thanks, Jerry
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Posted 2018-10-28 11:10 PM (#572541 - in reply to #572525)
Subject: Re: Vechicle Weight



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the weight would have to be divided equally each way from a known center ----------------------------------------------------later
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2018-10-29 1:31 AM (#572548 - in reply to #572541)
Subject: Re: Vechicle Weight



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I apply the same math when engineering load specs for buildings.
As Chuck said, if evenly applied, the bearing weight (load) would be
evenly split between each bearing point.

Then there is "dead load" and "live load" to consider ....
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-10-29 10:15 AM (#572561 - in reply to #572525)
Subject: Re: Vechicle Weight



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Some of the weight gets distributed to the front wheels too, because a lot of the weight is typically in front of the rear axle. But since it isn't as even front to back, most of it goes to the back.
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57chizler
Posted 2018-10-29 12:38 PM (#572567 - in reply to #572525)
Subject: RE: Vechicle Weight



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If you weigh only the rear with a scale under each wheel you need to place the front wheels on something at the same height as the scale platform, otherwise some of the rear weight will transfer to the front wheels due to not being level.
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