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Weight Reduction suggestions wanted

I did a search, didnt find anything, and after hearing Burn1ngs lies, I got to thinking.
The biggest problem we have with speed (other than a 27% loss in the tranny) is weight. So my next project will be to make a weight reduction thread with different categories. Im using this thread to take suggestions.
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reducing weight by removing un-needed components, or replacing current components with lighter (inexpensive) ones.
EX. hoodliner, rear deck underliner, trunk liner, floor mats, (wow, 10 lbs combined weight...lol, i know).. removing trunkliner, interior carpet replaced with after market thin carpet, removal of mufflers and resonators replacing with straight pipe(actually sounds good),

Street 2
replacing components with lighter aftermarket(more expensive), removing rarely needed components and minor safety components.
EX. racing seats, removal or center console from shifter back, removal of front bumper support, spare tire removal, complete windshield washer equipment removal, cut out undercarriage recess where spare tire rests/replace with sheet metal to make trunk FLAT, modify or remove rear bumper support, removal of underlying interior parts, fiberglass body panels, removing un-needed audio equipment (rear speakers, factory amps, replacing head unit with lighter aftermarket)

OFF ROAD
replacing steel parts with aftermarket light weight aluminum(EXPENSIVE), removal of major safety equipment, complete interior overhaul.
EX. replace steering wheel with lighter one, removing all interior pieces, removing passenger side air bag.

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Some of us need to look no further than the mirror to see where the most beneficial weight reduction is needed, myself included.
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If you are looking for easy quick weight reduction in the Intrpeid the best thing you can do is pull the rear seat (bottom pulls right off, top comes out with two bolts) and the passenger seat (4 bolts)

Free mod and only takes a few minutes to do
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Some of us need to look no further than the mirror to see where the most beneficial weight reduction is needed, myself included.
I will second that.
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spare tire...who needs a flippin spare tire...bah...
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Lol... In the world according to Burn1ng, you can remove 3 out of 5 lug-nuts from each wheel, have your rotors skimmed down to blades, sand the pads to the rivets, get rid of half your oil / ATF, remove the rad. and run direct return, replace the gas tank with a jerry-can, run av-gas (must be lighter if they use it in planes), replace steering wheel with vice-grips. Oh... and leaving the sunroof open at vent setting (increases down-force). While a couple of extra batteries adds weight, when connected in series they'll turn the alternator into an electric motor and help to DRIVE the engine. Now, if I could just get that Shimano de-railer to replace the tranny ?!

But seriously folks... glass (green-house system) is one of the biggest hitters. For serious off-road use, lose the glass (+ PW mech. and motors) use Lexan windscreen (and backlight if needed). Locks, door panels, pretty much all power accessories, AC, etc.

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I will second that.
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If you're not worried about noise, lose all the sound deadening in the car. Pull the carpet and the mat under it. If you've ever lifted that stuff out you'll be amazed at how much that stuff weights...
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Lol... In the world according to Burn1ng, you can remove 3 out of 5 lug-nuts from each wheel, have your rotors skimmed down to blades, sand the pads to the rivets, get rid of half your oil / ATF, remove the rad. and run direct return, replace the gas tank with a jerry-can, run av-gas (must be lighter if they use it in planes), replace steering wheel with vice-grips. Oh... and leaving the sunroof open at vent setting (increases down-force). While a couple of extra batteries adds weight, when connected in series they'll turn the alternator into an electric motor and help to DRIVE the engine. Now, if I could just get that Shimano de-railer to replace the tranny ?!

But seriously folks... glass (green-house system) is one of the biggest hitters. For serious off-road use, lose the glass (+ PW mech. and motors) use Lexan windscreen (and backlight if needed). Locks, door panels, pretty much all power accessories, AC, etc.
Just take the roof off and be done with it, hell who needs a trunk lid either?
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Even your rims could loose a lot of weight.. by purchasing super light weight rims, combine with low profile tires.. and you're set.

For isntance.. if our rims weight.. I don't know.. 35 pounds? 40 pounds?
And conservatively speaking.. if you bought rims that weighed.... 14 pounds.

40lbsx4=160lbs
Now..
14lbsx4=56lbs
That sounds pretty significant to me. Some nice rims can be had for less weight than that too. albeit without the rubber factored in..

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Some of us need to look no further than the mirror to see where the most beneficial weight reduction is needed, myself included.

I agree (as I am finishing off my foot long Subway sandwhich for lunch with a 32oz Mountain Dew)
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Yeah, I agree too. I haven't even tasted pop in over a year... lost 30+lbs recently. I feel MUCH beter.. I still weight at like 225lbs though.. ;)
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****Some of us need to look no further than the mirror to see where the most beneficial weight reduction is needed, myself included.

-VERY TRUE, but im actually trying to gain weight.

****If you are looking for easy quick weight reduction in the Intrpeid the best thing you can do is pull the rear seat (bottom pulls right off, top comes out with two bolts) and the passenger seat (4 bolts)
Free mod and only takes a few minutes to do

-included in the interior removal

****spare tire...who needs a flippin spare tire...bah...

-lol, the day you take it out is the day you will get a flat

****But seriously folks... glass (green-house system) is one of the biggest hitters. For serious off-road use, lose the glass (+ PW mech. and motors) use Lexan windscreen (and backlight if needed). Locks, door panels, pretty much all power accessories, AC, etc.

-noted.... minus the comments about burning... he's gone now(thank God)

****If you're not worried about noise, lose all the sound deadening in the car. Pull the carpet and the mat under it. If you've ever lifted that stuff out you'll be amazed at how much that stuff weights...

-Its actually close to 80lbs or more

****Even your rims could loose a lot of weight.. by purchasing super light weight rims, combine with low profile tires.. and you're set.

-awesome, keep em coming

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****Some of us need to look no further than the mirror to see where the most beneficial weight reduction is needed, myself included.

-VERY TRUE, but im actually trying to gain weight.

****If you are looking for easy quick weight reduction in the Intrpeid the best thing you can do is pull the rear seat (bottom pulls right off, top comes out with two bolts) and the passenger seat (4 bolts)
Free mod and only takes a few minutes to do

-included in the interior removal

****spare tire...who needs a flippin spare tire...bah...

-lol, the day you take it out is the day you will get a flat

****But seriously folks... glass (green-house system) is one of the biggest hitters. For serious off-road use, lose the glass (+ PW mech. and motors) use Lexan windscreen (and backlight if needed). Locks, door panels, pretty much all power accessories, AC, etc.

-noted.... minus the comments about burning... he's gone now(thank God)

****If you're not worried about noise, lose all the sound deadening in the car. Pull the carpet and the mat under it. If you've ever lifted that stuff out you'll be amazed at how much that stuff weights...

-Its actually close to 80lbs or more

****Even your rims could loose a lot of weight.. by purchasing super light weight rims, combine with low profile tires.. and you're set.

-awesome, keep em coming
Have you ever seen the cars that run in the Speed World Challenge events? Basically they are cars off the showroom floor that have been "converted" to race cars. In talking with with a couple of the mechanics at Road Atalanta one year (the first year RealTime racing started running the new RSX-S) we talked about what all they have to do to prep the cars. He said they pull absolutely everything out of the cars and that he had actually spent a week with a grinder and putty knife removing all the seam sealer and noise damping material from the body. I forget how much he said they actually weight it to be, but it was a crazy amount, over 100lbs if I remembe correctly. You can make the average car quite light if you're not worried about road noise and appearance...
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If you wanted to get crazy or make a race only car,
*You could replace the side windows and maybe rear with lexan.
*Gut the doors of all window track/equipment and remove all the crash braces in the doors.
*Remove heater box and associated components.
*Remove all a/c components from dash and engine bay.
*Replace the seat with aftermarket or with non electric seats. Or just remove what you dont need along with unused seat belts.
*Remove sound deadening material under carpet and material in the trunk.
*Replace battery with a smaller/lighter one. I dont know how it would work in our cars but Ive seen fwd mopars guys use lawn tractor batteries.
*Remove radio/speaker or maybe just half the speakers if you wanted tunes :P
*Wheels are a big thing because they are rotating mass. For every 1 lb of weight the wheel weighs, is like having 3 lbs on the body.
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