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    By next weekend, I hope to have my car on its wheels so I can weigh it and order coil springs.

    What are you guys using for scales? I saw a few at Walmart, but they only go up to 400lbs. Do you use 2 scales under one wheel? I'm thinking I'll be over 400lbs under the each rear wheel.
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    Bdkw1 has a pic somewhere of some homemade pieces that go with bath scales. Basically takes some of the load off the scale.
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    Cool, thanks guys. That makes sense, I didn't think about guys weighing their cars.

    I'm thinking I'll get 2 scales and a board to put under one wheel at a time. To keep the car balanced, I'll block up the other 3 wheels.
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    Definitely important to make sure all four wheels are on the same level playing field. Lifting one up, just an inch or two and leaving the others on the floor will affect the weight reading.
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    K-fab is spot on regarding the height of all the wheel at the same level. I have done this a few times on quad builds when I was tracking the overall weight. Having one wheel lifted higher than the others throws off the measurement because the suspension is now compressed more so than on level ground.
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    Cool, thanks K. Ill be sure to block it at the same height as the scale. I plan to do this with the suspension fully compressed. I figured that would be the easiest.
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    Your corner weights will be off unless the car is absolutely dead nuts square. It should be close enough though.
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    Hmm, I'm sure my chassis is not perfectly square. I suppose the only other way would be to replace one of the shocks in each corner with a rod, but the length of each rod may have to be unique in order to get the chassis level. Hopefully weight at bump is close enough.
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    Don't overthink/over engineer it. Just make sure that you have something that's the same height as the scale you're gonna use under each of the other three wheels and all is good. I'd not mess with compressing the suspension. You should be accurate within a few pounds this way.

    You can also cheat and just take it down to the local Loves or TA or Pilot or Flying J and stick it on the scale there. That's what I did with the Dez. I'm not sure if there's a minimum weight or not for those truck scales, though.
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