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Old August 5th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Defender weight balance?

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Is a defender typically balanced right to left? I have noticed lately that when I give my shocks a perfectly equal amount of pressure the truck leans a little to the drivers side. My truck came with the passenger seat mounted fuel tank that was pretty heavy. So it got me thinking, the battery box is on the drivers side, was the tank on the left meant to balance things out? I have also mounted my air tank on the right side so I am wondering if that makes it worse. Has anyone weighed a D side to side? Maybe its time to redistribute some weight?
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Old August 5th, 2006, 06:08 PM
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Not sure if this relevant or not, but when you get the OME springs, they tell you to put the longer ones on the driver side....
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Old August 5th, 2006, 08:43 PM
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I always try to pack mine as balanced as possible when going on trips... but I have noticed when unloaded and my Excel long range tank is full (passenger side) the truck will lean to that side. No problem for me because my water tank is on the other side but I see your point and thought of it while deciding on this setup
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I think the way these coil sprung utes are setup a little weight difference can make them tilt. And I bet your springs are quite flexy. But I also don;t think it matters much. Although for you Buck it may due to your propensity tro drive where trucks should not . I would think for your puropses you should try to mount things equally espicially while trying the gnarly stuff, that little difference may save you from going over some day.

Just a thought, Have you looked to see if anything is bent?
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Old August 6th, 2006, 10:02 PM
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Good advice. Everything is straight, actually, I just straigtened everything out after bending some things. As far as balancing things, I could move the airtank but it would be very difficult now. It feels like about 25 lb or so. Plus I have the heavy end of the Hi lift on the other side which is probably around 15. Thats really the only change I can make, except for makinga storage cubby out of the passenger seatbox, which I plan to do sometime. Whats odd, is that it looks like the passenger side would be heavier, just the way the t-case looks.
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try throwing it on the scales at a truck stop. A couple of the scales locally are wide enough (for a D90) to drive on side ways over the front / rear split in the scale ( the operator will probably think you are nuts). The 90's that I have weighed are all heavier on the passenger side.
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