Originally Posted by CanoeStream
Please break this down
see post #7 bob.
the 10% notion is a nice idea but doesn't apply to ALL vehicles.
and as discussed in many threads,
the PRIMARY goal with w/d is to RESTORE steering axle loads to UN hitched values.
which may NOT mean EQUAL values for the load front/rear when towing with trucks.
SOME trucks have rear/drive axles with 1000 lbs+ higher capacities than the front/steering capacity...
so the 10% guide would NOT be useful then, OR IF it means OVERloading the steering axle.
Originally Posted by Airstream01
Went to the scales a couple days ago. Brand new ProPride 3P with 1000lb bars and 8" drop on the adjustable stinger...
Front Axle----4140 lbs
Rear Axle-----4380 lbs
...With the ProPride 3P and everything dialed in, my butt can't tell any difference in the ride. Still nice and soft.
that's a really good starting point and certainly the numbers look great.
tow with, see how it all feels and rides over several 100 miles and varying conditions.
it also supports the notion that we can get pretty close by using good wheel well measurements, when a scale isn't handy.
some random thoughts to consider or ignore...
-my truck has 6k axles front/rear, that must be the primary reason for higher tow capacity versus your 2001...
WHAT is the rear axle rating?
-with air bags you have yet another factor for tweaking the arrangement,
which i'd be inclined to fiddle with several times....
fiddling is fun.
there are WIDELY different views on how to use the bags, which to adjust first (bags or bars) and so on...
including the view that bags should NOT be used with w/d bars.
((be prepared for a deluge of posts on this issue))
i don't accept that view EXCEPT with hitches that RELY on bar tension/flex for sway control (like the dual cam)
your pp has full sway control REGARDLESS of w/d bar tension, even at ZERO...
consider (as a trial) first adding air to the bags and THEN adjusting the screw jacks to reload the steering axle.
it will take less tension (i think) on the w/d to restore front axle loading this way...
you've got a ~400 lb front bumper on the truck???
that's a LOT of mass and uses up a lot of the front axle rating.
it' might be wise to ditch that for a normal bumper.
because after LOADING the motor bike and ALL your gear in the truck bed, the PAYLOAD may be OVER the ratings...
of course it's important to include YOUR driving assessment and road feel to each/every tweak...
i've reweighed my rig >10 times and learn something new with each of these exercises..
and THANKS for using this thread, the old posts are still useful and the value of weighing important for all of us towing streams...