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Adding weight to my car

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Adding weight to my car

My car drives better when there is more weight (especially when there are items placed at the back trunk).

1. Is it good to add more weight by placing an additional spare tire at the back trunk?
2. Will the car use up more gasoline?
3. Should I leave it as-is?
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Drives better, as in more stable on the highway or as in cornering?


And yes, it'll lower your gas mileage.
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Is your vehicle a RWD?

I typically add 250 pounds or so of sand bags in my Ranger during the winter.
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Add this, gaurenteed 100lbs added and not only that but you will add bass to the neighbourhood and will turn heads

Btw adding weight is bad cause it makes your car slower and work harder. I try to keep my weight in the car as low as possible, even my sub I have is much lighter than many others. I dont ever have overweight people in my car and try not to have passengers in the backseat if i can avoid it.

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world25 wrote:
Sep 16th, 2012 4:23 pm
My car drives better when there is more weight (especially when there are items placed at the back trunk).

1. Is it good to add more weight by placing an additional spare tire at the back trunk?
2. Will the car use up more gasoline?
3. Should I leave it as-is?
1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes
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Put heavy rims and tires on, add sway bars, stabilizers, anti-roll, anything you can think of
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The op has a point. FWD cars under steer less when you load the back.
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mr_raider wrote:
Sep 16th, 2012 7:41 pm
The op has a point. FWD cars under steer less when you load the back.
So do armoured trucks but then they don't go all that fast. Adding weight is not a solution to crappy tires and suspension. You'll go slower, use more gas etc etc. Simple physics
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Put one of these in the backseat, problem solved.

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mr_raider wrote:
Sep 16th, 2012 7:41 pm
The op has a point. FWD cars under steer less when you load the back.
They also accelerate worse due to weight off the front tyres. They will also corner worse (at best the same) due to excess weight in the car. Also braking distance is compromised.

OP don't cheap out, but a better car.
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world25 wrote:
Sep 16th, 2012 4:23 pm
My car drives better when there is more weight (especially when there are items placed at the back trunk).

1. Is it good to add more weight by placing an additional spare tire at the back trunk?
2. Will the car use up more gasoline?
3. Should I leave it as-is?
Weight distribution, likely lower center of gravity and induce negative wheel camber will dynamically improve the car's maneuverability. Or there is something wrong with your car's suspension system (sorry).

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