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Practical Corner Weighting: 1. Equipment Setup

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1. Equipment Setup

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00:00 - When corner weighting your car, it can be hard to know where to get started or which order to make changes in order to achieve our desired results.
00:08 With this in mind. we've broken the process down into a simple six step process that will ensure that you get the right results with minimum effort.
00:17 This will also make sure that you don't overlook any critical steps that could waste time or potentially result in a car that's dangerous to drive.
00:25 We're going to cover the six step process in this set of modules and the first step is to set up your equipment and find a suitable place to corner weight your car.
00:34 Th location you use is quite important and ideally we want to be able to work on a perfectly flat and level piece of ground.
00:41 This can be harder to find that you might expect and you'll find that even a seemingly flat workshop floor may not be as level as you'd assume.
00:50 Professional motorsport teams may actually got to the trouble of installing a flat patch in their workshop purely for the purposes of aligning and corner weighting their cars.
01:00 At this level, the flat patch is a precision steel sectional floor that can be adjusted to achieve a perfectly flat and level surface.
01:08 These flat patches are usually calibrated from time to time to ensure the results the team are seeing are accurate and repeatable.
01:16 Alternatively, levelling pads can be used to achieve the same result.
01:20 It's unlikely that you'll be working at this level but a clean and flat concrete surface is still going to be sufficient for us to work with.
01:28 We want to start by marking out exactly where each wheel will be located and we can then check the patch and correct any out of level that's present as we saw in the practical skills section of the course.
01:40 If this is an area in your workshop then it's a good idea to mark the area and make notes of any adjustments you've made to achieve a level surface so that you can repeat the process for future setups quickly.
01:52 Once you've selected your setup area and levelled it, you can get your scales into position.
01:57 There's nothing too tricky involved here but perhaps the most common and obvious place to go wrong is by putting the scales in the wrong location.
02:04 The scales will be marked as to which corner of the car they will measure but it's surprisingly easy to get this wrong and of course you can waste a lot of time chasing your tail, making adjustments because the readings just won't make sense.
02:17 In the case of a wired scale setup, you'll also need to connect the leads between each scale and the display unit, again ensuring that you've got the leads in the correct orientation.
02:28 Finally you can switch the scales on and zero them.
02:31 A quick sanity check to double check your orientation is to stand on each scale in order and make sure that the reading is displayed in the correct location.