Wheelbase simply means the length in between the front wheels and center of rear wheels of a vehicle. Do not confuse it with the length of your car, wheelbase more or less measures how long a cars passenger compartment is. So you basically get the idea of how big the interior is.
Moreover, the length of wheelbase has a great impact on vehicle’s stability and overall control. Short vehicles lack this. However, let’s see how to measure wheelbase.
Measuring Wheelbase- Things To Know And Understand
Firstly, What is wheelbase? Do not confuse the length of your car with the wheelbase size. The length of a car is measured from the foremost point to the last point whereas wheelbase is basically the distance between back and forefront wheels of an auto.
Wheelbase is gauged from the middle of the two pair of wheels, and the result will suffice the amount of inside space in the vehicle.
Or in other words, the result means the amount of room space in the car.
Short Or Long Wheelbase?
It depends on the type of car you want to get. Both short and long wheelbase can be suitable choices. But the ones with longer wheelbase size usually have larger track and bigger room inside since the distance is more in between the axles.
The ride experience is also better, smoother with longer wheelbase. Because as the car hits bumps, the front wheels and the back wheels will have considerable time difference. The ride will feel more secure and steady because of the larger trace.
Alternatively, a smaller wheelbase will make room for a smaller inside space as the difference of axle length is shorter.
But if you consider riding your vehicle mostly inside city, then these short wheelbase will provide you maximum maneuverability in city traffic by allowing harder, tighter turns easily.
Measuring A Wheelbase
Do the following steps to measure a wheelbase –
Straighten The Wheels
Keep your car on a level ground first. Align the turner wheels and make them point frontward. Then, search for the midpoint of the wheels specifically in the screws or in the wheel nuts.
Find A Straight Stick
Get yourself a metal or wood cane or stick. It’s not necessary to have measurement markings on it, a straight stick will work just fine.
You will not get correct measurement if you just compare the distance between two wheels from the outside. Thus the stick is needed.
Place The Measuring Tool
Get a measurement tool on the middle of the back axle and another on the front axle. Then streak the spot in the places where the metal or wooden stick properly aligns to center of the axle body.
Measure The Distance
Finally, get a flexible ruler or a measuring tape to count the distance in between the two spots. The interval is the span of your car’s wheelbase.
Do the measurement on both sides of the wheel and then compare them with the manufacturer framing. Usually it will be the same.
The Importance of Wheelbase
Now that you know how to measure your vehicle’s wheelbase, let’s talk a little about why wheelbase is an important factor before having your car purchase.
A longer wheelbase will give more stability but if you’re rising in places with high traffic, you won’t be much benefited by it. A car with smaller wheelbase will limit your interior but will give you room for more movement trick so that you can ride smoothly in between the traffic.
Speed wise, you have more risk riding in a shorter vehicle if you choose fast rides. Since they lack balance, they can easily get wobbly in extreme speeds. Which might result in accidents. So choose your vehicle wisely.
It might be the case that while you’re buying a car, you’re wondering what it’s wheelbase measurement is. It’s important to know as you’re in the process of having a vehicle.
But if unluckily (not really) your car maker failed to give you the wheelbase measurement papers, you can easily do it yourself.
Basically, measuring a wheelbase is not a big deal at all. As you can see in the above steps, with the correct tools and knowledge, anybody could do the job.
It doesn’t require you to be a pro in any sense. By performing these simple steps, you can have the assurance that you know how to compute the wheelbase and not just estimate randomly.