How to make a truck lighter

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  1. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

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    Leave your wife / girlfriend at home. That should shave off at least 300 lbs.
     
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  3. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    By stating the obvious making it lighter :cool: build the whole thing out of plastic or aluminum.
     
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  4. AModelCat

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    Aren't we already 7/8 of the way there? We'll have plastic engine blocks as soon as we can figure out how to keep them from melting lol.
     
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  5. windsmith

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    Plastic engine blocks are 1970s news.

    Plastic automotive engine - Wikipedia
     
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  6. Ezrider_48501

    Ezrider_48501 Road Train Member

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    there are light weight break drums and aluminum rims, running with less fuel. and carry less junk with you. w9's are a heavy truck there just is not much getting around that.
     
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  7. cat13

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    I thought my daycab was bad at 17,500
     
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    Get lightweight trailer
     
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  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    If you're worried about weight, go with a prostar, cascadia, or Volvo, midsize models. You're talking about a KW, Pete, and Coronado, you seem to value appearance. Petes and KWs are historically heavier trucks. If you're hauling that skateboard, you may have to sacrifice internal space, kind of like those freightliners BTC uses, or that other flatbed company in Indiana.....I can't think of their name
     
  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Lmao!!!! I took my wife once, that added like 350 to the steers
     
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  11. Zeviander

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    Less than 20,000 lbs, hmm.

    Well, start off by dumping the studio sleeper for a smaller sleeper. That's where a lot of your excess weight is coming in, especially with all the junk you probably have stuffed in all the storage cabinets.

    Next, drop any auxiliary equipment you don't need (i.e. APU, fancy chrome full fenders, bull bar, fairings, chicken lights, etc).

    Outside of those things, a smaller motor and lighter-weight rear-ends are the only things that will save on more weight. If you desperately need to drop weight, it might be easier to just get a new truck than waste money modifying something not spec'd correctly for the job you need to do.

    The truck I drive (in signature) comes in at around 31,000 lbs with a steel frame tridem with a rack of 8 chains and binders. And I have a PTO and pneumatic blower. A C-13 under a short hood makes a big difference.
     
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