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Re: What about unsprung weight?
Toyguy, What you said is about right. Lowering the unsprung weight is always good, but with an off road
vehicle a lower center of gravity helps also. Generally the strength requirements have to be met first, and
that usually adds weight to the axles. Reducing rotating weight has benifits also to usable HP, and the big
tires aren't helping for that, espesially with the stock mouse motors.
I wouldn't indiscriminantly add weight for the heck of it though, as that unsprung weight isn't helping keep
a tire on the ground in bumpy faster paced conditions. A potted or washboarded dirt road for instance.
Thats what softer springs and bigger shocks are suposed to be doing for you.
If you could make it lighter and strong it would be better overall, but it isn't practical to get too light or you
break too much.
It's just that the heavier axles arent all negative in a high CG vehicle as they would be in a low CG vehicle.