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Old 02-26-2006, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question good old sangbags in the trunk!

Ive had 120 pounds of sandbags in the back of my car for a couple months now cause of the snow. Is this gonna effect my springs when i take them out?used:
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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120 LBS? Hey thats like carrying my wife around in my trunk in the winter for added traction... hmmm....

I usually have my tool box in my trunk in the winter... weighs in at about 100... no spring problems for me yet.
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haha yeah man i usualy have my wife ride inthe trunk for traction too. she get so mad.
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should'nt be a problem. I usually carry about 70 lbs for the winter.
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120 lbs for your wife??:
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you should be fine. I'm dangerous and have NOTHING added in winter.

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And I haven't crashed it yet, living in/near chicago and driving RWD for ... uh... 10 years! Neat.
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you should be fine. I'm dangerous and have NOTHING added in winter.

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And I haven't crashed it yet, living in/near chicago and driving RWD for ... uh... 10 years! Neat.
i think your springs will be fine. 120 isn't bad at all, especially if you're not hauling other people around in the back cause it is designed to hold weight in the back as well anyways.

like 4evrwyntr, i too brave the wintery roads, haha. nothing in my trunk except a light subwoofer and jumper cables,
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damn i thought i was being heavy with my jumper cables and backpack
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You're not going to do anything to the springs. If anything there might be some accelerated wear on the insides of your tires from lower ride height.

In my opinion, getting winter tires is a much better/safer option then touring around with 120lbs of sand. Those extra 120lbs of sand will only help the car continue rotating in the event of loss of control.

Also, when you run the sandbags, have the pushed as far forward as they will go in the trunk. If guess if you're going to do this you want them centralized over the subframe.
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