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Old 01-12-2009, 12:07 AM   #1
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Weight in trunk for traction

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What do you guys use for weight in your trunk. I've been looking around for sand bags but havent had any luck. I went to Canadian Tire and Home Depot. I checked some gas stations by my place and no luck. Where can I find these or what else can I use in substitute. I wanna stay away from salt.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Go to Home Depot and buy a 40lbs bag or two of anything. Extra points if you can make use of it in the spring. Anything dense works, sand, granulated fertilizer (I wouldn't recommend manure), grass seed, even salt is fine as long as you don't pour water all over a torn bag. What ever it is, put it as close as you can to the front of the trunk (against the seats), and somehow keep it from moving.

That said, do you already have winter tires? Adding weight to your car may help you accelerate a little bit, but will make cornering and braking worse.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:56 AM   #3
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your can use the sand for the sand boxes too its all the same aslong as it has weight but like thinair said be careful
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2x 30kg bags so 60kg of sand from home depot
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:12 PM   #5
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Funny thing is, BMW made a part like that...Its a heavy steel plate that goes in the trunk of E30 convertibles (where the battery is in the front)...Somewhat expensive (at $600+) if you ask me! lol

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Talk about money well spent lol.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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Kitty litter

Is great because it's sharp and hard, so if you do get stuck, you can put some down on the ground to use as a fantastic traction aid. Sand works too, of course, but kitty litter works better. Plus, your cat will really enjoy peeing in your trunk.
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I bought 4 bags of sand at 40kg each for about $8 a piece from Canadian tire. It really does help but it hurts fuel economy and I have a feeling my springs are not liking it. So I only use two now. It really does help but watch the speed you take corners at. And be advised of the extra braking distance
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I bought 4 bags of sand at 40kg each for about $8 a piece from Canadian tire. It really does help but it hurts fuel economy and I have a feeling my springs are not liking it. So I only use two now. It really does help but watch the speed you take corners at. And be advised of the extra braking distance
80kg is a bit too much in a e36. 60kg in e39 is enough!
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:02 PM   #10
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What the hell, I went to both Canadian Tire and Home Depot and asked for bags of sand and they looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language and said they didn't any. I guess I just gotta talk to the right person.

I already have a subwoofer box, a couple amps, full size spare, so maybe I'll only need one of those 40kg sand bags.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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cement in the spare tire compartment
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:30 PM   #12
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jsut buy big subs and heavy ass amp for ur sub..and put em all in the trunk.
enjoy all year round.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:32 AM   #13
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I have 4 cinder blocks i put in the trunk against the back.
They are secure with rope and do not move while driving.

I find it works great.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #14
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I have my sub and amp................all the weight i need!
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I have 4 cinder blocks i put in the trunk against the back.
They are secure with rope and do not move while driving.

I find it works great.
That's actually pretty unsafe. The weight really should be against the seatbacks. If you get into a frontal accident, those blocks will slam into the front of the trunk pretty quickly, tied down or not. Plus the further back you have the weight behind the rear wheels, the more weight you're removing from the front wheels.

Just a note.
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