Weight: friend or foe?
This article is not a comparison. This is about when weight
may or may not be appropriate. In daily driven rigs, weight plays a major role.
If it is too light, wind and elements can be a burdon to deal with. Traction in
inclimate weather is critical. Traction is obtained via weight of the rig.
Granted, ridding yourself of excess weight can save you several hundred dollars
in fuel useage per year. Weight can also be a force in which it can curse you.
In mud, the desert, and rock crawling weight can plague you. In any scenario
where speed (against a clock or otherwise) is the objective, the least
weight while maintaining functionality is the way to go. Likewise where balance
and agility is the key, weight can be a problem. There are ways to lighten your
rig without sacrificing critical items. Replacing steel with aluminum,
fiberglass, or carbon fiber is one of those ways. One must be careful when
"trimming the fat" to not remove major structural strong points. Fenders,
bedsides, hoods, and tailgates are all game to be removed or replaced. The main
area to keep in its weighty form is the cab surround, and doors. Inside one can
remove unused or excess interior pieces. One thing to remember is functionality.
That word must remain on your mind no matter what the rig is being built for.
Different circumstances call for different balance. If you remove too much, it
will no longer be functional for on highway use. Not removing enough leaves it
too heavy for mud bogging. The end of this section will have a few words and
phrases to keep in mind on your rig during its building phases. One must always
ask a question before considering anything mentioned in this article. What all
is my rig going to be built for, and used?
Weight to power ratio