User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-26-2008, 04:06 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 129
Default Proper way to measure wheelbase

Got in a friendly debate with the local commercial cop. I say on a 3 axle you measure from the center point of the steering axle to the centerpoint of the two drive axles. He says from the steering axle to the center point of the third drive axle. Make sense? Who is right?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-26-2008, 06:00 PM
thebaldeagle655's Avatar
Board Regular
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wichita Falls, Tx
Posts: 414
Default

Dictionary:
wheelbase
(hw?l'b?s', w?l'-) pronunciation

n.

The distance from the center of the front wheel to that of the rear wheel in a motor vehicle, usually expressed in inches.


Took less time to do the Google Search than you took to type your question.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-26-2008, 06:33 PM
Twilight Flyer's Avatar
The Bat Cave
Board Icon
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 6,712
Default

Baldeagle, you would be wrong. Wheelbase in a car is different than a wheelbase on a truck. The original poster is correct. Wheelbase is measured from the center of the steer axle to the dead space BETWEEN the tandems.
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-26-2008, 06:40 PM
Senior Board Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 935
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Twilight Flyer
Baldeagle, you would be wrong. Wheelbase in a car is different than a wheelbase on a truck. The original poster is correct. Wheelbase is measured from the center of the steer axle to the dead space BETWEEN the tandems.
I agree and live through it every time I go into Canada. My wheelbase is 265 and I have to buy a 1 month permit for oversize wheelbase for $20.00
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-26-2008, 07:36 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 129
Default

Thanks guys I knew I was right, I called my local CHP office and the guy is going to find it in his book and fax it to me. The commercial man in question is a city cop in a pick up, so if I get this fax I will leave it on his windsheild at Taco Bell.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-26-2008, 08:23 PM
marylandkw's Avatar
Senior Board Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Maryland
Posts: 733
Default

So where do you measure a 4 axle truck? I know when I ordered mine I was center of front axle to the dead space in between the drive axles then added a lift axle in front of the tandems. But where would the cops measure for Bridge Law calculations? I am very lucky in that everywhere I run I am only weighed on gross not the Bridge Law.
__________________
Paranoia is nothing more than the pathological habit of paying close attention.
All ideas in this communication are sole property of the voices in my head. (C) 2006, "The Voices" (TM)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-26-2008, 09:08 PM
Rev.Vassago's Avatar
Guest
Board Icon
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: The other side of the coin
Posts: 9,411
Default Re: Proper way to measure wheelbase

Quote:
Originally Posted by SoCal79
I say on a 3 axle you measure from the center point of the steering axle to the centerpoint of the two drive axles. He says from the steering axle to the center point of the third drive axle.
The third drive axle? On a 3 axle truck, there are only two drive axles. Sounds like this cop is smoking crack if he sees three drive axles on a 3 axle truck.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-27-2008, 01:47 AM
Kranky's Avatar
Senior Board Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,109
Default

Here is the definition I've always used:

Horizontal dimension from the center line of the front axle to the center line of the rear axle on a single-rear-axle truck chassis; measured from the center line of the front axle to the center line mid-way between the axles on a tandem-rear-axle truck chassis.

.
__________________
If you can't shift it smoothly, you shouldn't be driving it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-27-2008, 02:53 AM
Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Shawano, WI.
Posts: 114
Default

Don't confuse wheelbase with axle spacing. If you haul oversize, permits require axle spacing which goes from the center of the steer to the center of the second axle and from the second axle to the third and so on. It is possible that the cop is confused.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-27-2008, 03:14 AM
Board Regular
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 414
Default

Quote:
It is possible that the cop is confused.
That couldn't be, cops know every thing and are always right.
Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 02:39 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.