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wvsporty
Posted 12/30/2011 12:07 PM (#62188 - in reply to #57679)
Subject: Re: Ballast



Posts: 412
Location: Inwood WV
I started out with 2 50# bags of Pea Gravel from Lowe's one in front of the seat and one in back. The one up front works perfect for the grandson to rest his feet on . I have a small floor mat covering the bag and you cant even see it . He loves having a place to put hsi feet since he cant in a car. i am working on making my own small bags to make it easier to move
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Buckaroo50
Posted 12/30/2011 12:44 PM (#62189 - in reply to #62188)
Subject: Re: Ballast


Posts: 14
Location: Port Townsend, WA

Having ballast in the nose of the sidecar is not a very good idea. Hit the front brake on a hard left hand turn and you might find out why. The best location for ballast is over the hack axle toward the outside. Check out the 'Yellow Book' pages 88-89 about tip-over lines.

Rubber side down/ shiny side up!

Buckaroo
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cmaridersa
Posted 12/30/2011 12:52 PM (#62190 - in reply to #57679)
Subject: Re: Ballast



Posts: 20
Location: Hondo, TX
Tipover lines?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNwVmIUmwBI

(Sorry to hijack!)
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Hack'n
Posted 12/30/2011 1:56 PM (#62196 - in reply to #62188)
Subject: Re: Ballast



Posts: 4833
Location: Boise, Idaho
With front ballast, on downhill or left turn brakng the sidecar can dip it's nose into the ground. No wheel up there to support it as there is with a 4 wheeler. You'll see many URAL sidecars with roadrash under the nose since they use minimal wheel lead.
Keep your ballast low and to the rear.

Lonnie
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col faulkner
Posted 5/1/2012 2:12 PM (#64551 - in reply to #57679)
Subject: Re: Ballast


Posts: 7
I have about 75lbs in the trunk of the Ural Patrol. Put a pad down first. The weight is in a HK SWAT bag. Not had the chair in the air yet. I'm a beginner rider of side cars. Rode street and dirt for 33yrs.
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