Do you use a load balancer when pulling engine?

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Do you use a load balancer when pulling engine?

Post by tercle » Wed May 09, 2018 9:33 am

I am prepping an engine swap and I was planning on renting a load balancer to adjust the engine angle.
But since a line between the engine hooks isn't parallel with the crankshaft, adjusting a load balancer is also going to shift the engine left or right.
Does it work anyway?

What is the best way to hook up a cherry picker to these engines?

Any tips are appreciated.

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Re: Do you use a load balancer when pulling engine?

Post by splatterdog » Wed May 09, 2018 11:04 am

A simple chain from hook to hook will suffice. Just find the balance point in the middle, then mark the chain so it's in the same spot going back in.

Balancers can help, or get in the way. They also increase how far up you have to go. These engines are very light so manual tilting is pretty easy.

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Re: Do you use a load balancer when pulling engine?

Post by Petros » Wed May 09, 2018 4:05 pm

never needed a balance bar, have pulled engines on these cars too many times to count. I have used chains, but my favorite is a sturdy adjustable webbing strap (the cargo type with a hook at each end). it is easy to grab and pull on it, or slide the webbing through the lift hook to change the angle of the engine. make sure you use a 700 lb or better rated cargo strap, some of the cheap ones are only good for 250 lbs, which would lift the engine but it is not a quality item to trust to holding an engine.
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