Jody JusticeParticipantApril 27, 2021 at 11:59 amPost count: 3
$50; Weighing. What does it really weigh? Accurately weigh your car on professional scales and discuss any suggestions for improvements / adjustments.
$100; Corner balancing. Put your car on leveled platforms and adjust coil overs to corner balance.
$300; Corner balancing + 4 wheel alignment (Caster, Camber, Toe)
Prices may vary; discounted pricing with Owner assisted adjustments + Highlands Gaelic Ale offerings
Scales; Longacre Accuset II
Platforms; custom tube steel leveled by laser transit
Alignment; custom smart strings + longacre gauge
Justice Automotive home garage; 5.5mi from exit 53 off I-26E.
Racing that involves turning the vehicle weight transfers diagonally. Having a balanced car maximizes grip, and handles well both directions. While front to rear weight distribution is important, the most important is cross weights or diagonal. Also referred to in road racing as “no wedge” or 50/50.
Corner balancing adjusts the diagonal weight distribution by adjusting ride height. Coil overs, adjustable spring sleeves or ability to change vehicle ride height is required. Some cars can add/delete spring pads/shims to modify corner weights within limits with stock springs but coil overs are preferred.
Many factors can go into balancing such as available suspension angles (roll centers), axle angles (power delivery), and available suspension travel (ride height/shock/strut length) with softer / stiffer springs. Lowering a car too much can affect all these and could also run out of available adjustability of excess camber. Camber changes the most when lowering a car. All these areas will be taken into consideration when balancing. Camber and Caster will be measured during adjustments to assist setup. Not all camber plates are easy to adjust requiring assistance from the owner, or in some cases reaching a limitation of adjustment (ie hidden bolts, removal of assemblies to adjust).
If the resulting ride height is dramatic from the start point it’s suggested to get an alignment afterwards. Camber and toe settings will change.
To be most accurate the scales weighing area needs to be level. Driver/ballast weight should be in the car to verify adjustments (up to 250lbs ballast available) and a desired amount of fuel load to simulate race weight conditions. Tire pressures should be set for desired hot running conditions.
Static weight can only be changed by physically moving weight on the vehicle. This includes relocation of batteries, ballast etc.
Faster with a passenger in autocross?
Have adjustable coil overs?
Widened your track with wheel spacers?
Made changes and want a balanced car?
Preloading your swaybars?
Want to know where to place ballast, relocate a battery, or cut with a sawzall?
Want to know what a factory car really weighs?
Optimize your car’s potential.
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