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Old 05-17-2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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I was reading a long series of posts about the low (800 lbs) payload of the baja. I was wondering what happens if you were to put 100 lbs over it. Of course i know the payload rating is not pointless, but what happens if you over load it? Does it break? (haha) Also, just in response to some of those posts, everyone was talking about how it has essentially 0 payload if people are riding in it, but whose hauling stuff with more than 2 people in the car? Everytime i do any kind of work with the baja, the backseats down, atleast, sometimes the passthrough open. I also just went with my friend, spread a tarp in the bed, and filled it with compost (dirt, fairly heavy) and had no problem. Don't know the weight, but if it was under the payload, i am not sure what the big deal is cus i carried alot of it.
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Old 05-17-2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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Actually, the SOA Web site has the payload listed at over 1000 pounds. 1015 if I recall correctly, so if you add 100 pounds to an 800 pound load, you are good to go.
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Old 05-17-2005, 12:31 PM   #3
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Nope, I am wrong. According to Edmund's it is 1050 pounds.
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:50 PM   #4
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here it is with 860 in it plus me driving your looking at 1110 not too bad it handled very well



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Old 05-18-2005, 01:08 AM   #5
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In the few times I've loaded up the cargo bay (firewood, dirt), around town my '05 Sport had enough power to go up hills and actually drove more comfortably than riding empty (the suspension being a bit stiff). On the highway, though, it feels a little squirley with a load. My Baja is completely stock.
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:58 AM   #6
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I put stiffer springs in mine, so now I am not afraid of the 1000 pound mark. It is no problem and the heavier springs keep it more level too.


Personally, I think the stock springs are tooooo soft! I don't miss them at all.
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Old 05-18-2005, 09:25 AM   #7
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ya stiffer springs would be nice I'm thinking coil-overs.. this way i can move things around if needed
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Old 05-18-2005, 10:30 AM   #8
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PGV. Hi, what kind of springs did you ues and where did you get them? Thanks Greg.
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Old 05-18-2005, 11:15 AM   #9
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PGV. Hi, what kind of springs did you ues and where did you get them? Thanks Greg.
I got Scorpion Springs from Rennick Motorsports on the west coast. You can get them from Xcelleration in NH as well, but for more money.

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Old 05-18-2005, 11:16 AM   #10
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ya stiffer springs would be nice I'm thinking coil-overs.. this way i can move things around if needed
I like the idea too, but sort of spendy. Also, the ones I have seen appear to lower the vehicle, and I want to stay up where I am, if not go higher. Which ones are you considering?
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Old 05-18-2005, 12:33 PM   #11
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Would the stiffer springs also improve handling while increasing payload? I would love to tighten it up - it starts to bob a little on the highway over 65, alot of body roll - but i feel like the ground clearance is about a perfect compromise for driving/hauling/offroading. Would tighter springs just improve all of that?
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Old 05-18-2005, 04:50 PM   #12
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Would the stiffer springs also improve handling while increasing payload? I would love to tighten it up - it starts to bob a little on the highway over 65, alot of body roll - but i feel like the ground clearance is about a perfect compromise for driving/hauling/offroading. Would tighter springs just improve all of that?
Definitately, yes. Better ride. Better handling. They should be standard issue.

On yours you will not get any more lift to speak of, but the ride will be much better. On my 03 I got 1.5 inches more lift, which puts me about where you are to begin with.

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Old 05-19-2005, 08:13 AM   #13
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I've thought about changing the suspension to improve handling on the street, but I think most of the Issues I have may be with the stock tires. I think that I may try a stiffer sidewall tire first, and then if I am still not happy, I'll go further. Heck, I'll probably go further even if I am happy
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Old 05-28-2005, 11:32 AM   #14
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is listed in the owners manual, and on the sticker on the driver's door jamb. It's 800 pounds.

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