Overweight front axle

Discussion in 'Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Mechanics Forum' started by earnies2, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    It was not for weight issues, but I moved the whole fifthwheel mounting assembly probably a foot on my internationals .
    My W9L is overweight on the steers bobtailing, no problem getting weight off of it even with an empty trailer if I need to.
     
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  3. Working2party

    Working2party Medium Load Member

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    The problem with just moving your plate back is you could create the situation where your only legal with a trailer attached, still not legal bobtail. Which could get you by, But it could change the way your truck acts in inclement weather. Kind of like a overloaded bumper pull trailer on a half ton pickup. (Very exaggerated example)

    You really need to either remove weight or add weight rating. Adding rating would be the simplest solution, drop the truck off at a shop and give them one job.....

    Removing and moving weight might be a less expensive option, which can be done by most shops, but I can’t say it would be a guaranteed fix. I’m not sure how much weight your truck has that could be moved if you wanted to go that route.
     
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  4. earnies2

    earnies2 Medium Load Member

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    I think I will look into increasing my front axle weight by 1000 k
     
  5. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    Do all the states that you run allow heavier steer axles?
     
  6. earnies2

    earnies2 Medium Load Member

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    I'm pretty sure all states will let you run a 13500 or 14000 lb. Front as axle I bet every large sleeper has a larger front end.
     
  7. lwlevens

    lwlevens Medium Load Member

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    Why would otr trucks be different from tri axle dump trucks because mine has a 20,000 lb front end? Just asking.
     
  8. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    20,000 is overkill on a otr truck & would ride like crap.
     
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  9. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    New Mexico Legal Limits

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    Restrictions
    Steer Axle 12,000 lbs.

    Wisconsin Legal Limits

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    Steer Axle 13,000 lbs.

    disclaimer:comes from the internet
     
  10. lwlevens

    lwlevens Medium Load Member

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    Another stupid question why would there be a front axle weight limit on otr trucks?
     
  11. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    The communist state, IN, KY are all 12K max on steers by the book.
     
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