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Old 08-31-2007, 08:34 AM
Mo Kalali Mo Kalali is offline
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Originally Posted by Dammmittt View Post
As far as the 32 ft lbs of torque, i was just estimating a quick calculation of 8 lbs times about 4 ft high and that's 32 ft lbs of torque. Now...that's not really the whole story. The force of the 8 lbs is directed down unless the car was flipped on its side. What you really want to look at is, the mass difference in the roof times the lateral acceleration of the car and the height of the mass you are changing if you want the real torque the roof provides on the car.
Interesting logic! That logic would remotely (underline remotely) make sense if you were rotating the car on an axis running through the car from the back to the front. Sort of like shoving a telephone pole into the rear glass and come out of the windshield and then rotate the car around the pole. Now extending this notion to the torque at rear wheels is one hell of a stretch!
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