How to make a truck lighter

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Blkcowboy, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    By stating the obvious making it lighter :cool: build the whole thing out of plastic or aluminum.
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    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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  4. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Plastic engine blocks are 1970s news.

    Plastic automotive engine - Wikipedia
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  5. Ezrider_48501

    Ezrider_48501 Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    bismarck, nd
    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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  6. cat13

    cat13 Light Load Member

    Jul 8, 2013
    Central FL
    I thought my daycab was bad at 17,500
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  7. mitmaks

    mitmaks Road Train Member

    May 16, 2014
    Get lightweight trailer
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  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    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
  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Lmao!!!! I took my wife once, that added like 350 to the steers
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  10. Zeviander

    Zeviander Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB, CA
    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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  11. DougA

    DougA Road Train Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    Retired,In my shop in Md.
    Back in the 60's,70's Esso Exon Tankers specced out their tractors as light as I've seen. Started with IHC DC 400,or later 4200 day cab conventionals,fiberglass hoods. Aluminum frame,all aluminum wheels,one fuel tank. Single drive with tag axle,fixed fifth wheel,V-6 Detroit,9 speed. No passenger seat,no radio,no ashtray or lighter. Weighed in around 12k iirc. Load the same amount of gas,every trip,stay right under 73,280. I was surprised they did use an electric starter. Most big fleets,like Roadway,CF,still used an air starter,and one battery. Saved a lot of weight,not carrying multiple batteries,heavy starter,parallel switch,and cables.
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