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Suggestions on lightening up a trep?

Hi everyone. One of the things I have been looking for is a lighter hood. I know the stock hoods are one of a kind and even protect from heat better than other hoods out there. The only question is, does anyone make aftermarket hoods for a 1998 Intrepid? Carbon fiber would be awesome! Also, are there any fully functioning/permanent hood scoops, vents or roof scoops available for the second gens? Thanks in advance for any answers.

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Hate to break it to you, but there are zero aftermarket hoods for our cars.
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I thought Showcars made a fiberglass hood for our cars?
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Do they? If they do then I stand corrected.
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Okay, I saw a hood for the 93-97 (coming soon) ferrari style or something like that. Did not see anything for 98-04.
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Thanks guys. I guess the only option would have to be a custom-modified hood or something like that. It seems that our cars are so dang heavy so that is why I am wanting to peplace as much as possible with lighter aftermarket type accessories. It seems that people with "rice rockets" always laugh at our "boats" because they are heavy. They always comment me saying that it is too bad that my trep wouldn't stand a chance in any race. Oh well, I am not planning to blow out my engine trying anyhow. haha. Hondas are awesome cars but I still like my trep!
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Getting lighter rims make a pretty good difference as well as changing your exhaust set up. Also, I find removing the huge ass sub box in the trunk helps too ; >.
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Get rid of the back seats too lol.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-01-2007, 10:52 PM
 
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dump the fancy rims, steel 'cop' rims and good tires weigh lots less than fancy rims and low profile tires

in a race:

pull spare tire
pull back seat
run with minimim fuel (gas weighs about 9 lbs/gal)
no passenger
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Remove the center console.

If you really want to get finicky, you can take out the cigarette lighter. =D

Buts eriously, if you don't need it, get rid of it. Sun visors, the tape deck, back seat. Reaplce driver and passenger seats.

You could have custom parts made for just about any part of the car.

As for the Hood Issue: What do you need a hood for? What can a hood do that syran wrap, duct tape and some legos can't?

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My buddy modified his Stratus with a new steering column that eliminates some bulk, he pretty much gutted the interior, got rid of the A/C and heating, the tape deck. Removed the rear and passenger seats, and I think put in an all aluminum engine and a new tranmission. Obviously an Intrepid isn't a Stratus, but maybe you've actually taken some value from this post!
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dump the fancy rims, steel 'cop' rims and good tires weigh lots less than fancy rims and low profile tires
My Razorstar rims weigh a good 10 pounds lighter per wheel with rubber when compaered to my stock steelies with rubber which give s huge weight savings. Are the cop rims a lot lighter than the stock 16" steelies? Also from changin my exhaust to my current set up, I have removed some weight and it is more areodynammic on the bottom of the car which may help with gas mileage.
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Cool ideas. I am also thinking of somehow finding a way to create a straight pipe for under the car to my exhaust pipe. That would really open things up. Those exhaust tips are funny and so are the glue on vents and ports. Of course I would want to actually cut into my car if installing one of those things.
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Are the cop rims a lot lighter than the stock 16" steelies?
Hell NO. It's the other way around.

The cop "safety wheels" are built for curb hoping and other rough terrains. They're thicker than regular steel rims and weight a ton. I think they're 30lbs each or so.

This is one of the main reasons the police trep is slower than an R/T.

BTW, my own plans to remove weight is to remove the spare tire and relocate the battery to its place. Not so much weight savings (50 to 60 lbs or so) but better weight distribution.
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The intrepid is already light for its size. 100lbs short of sound deadening material, short one rear muffler, short 3 gallons of fuel tank (gas is ~6 lbs / gallon, diesel ~7, water~8, milk~9 diesel fuel is used a lifting agent in heavy duty oceaneering) short window and side airbags (in most cars), small brakes, etc.
The concorde hood was aluminum, lucky them.

The ES 16" starblade wheels 98-01 are ~18lbs, the 16" steelies are ~24lbs, and the cop wheels are anvil heavy.
the 15" steelies are ~21lbs
so these are a good replacement
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...8&autoModClar=
these are even lighter than the RT's
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...8&autoModClar=
and tires to go with them
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Spec.j...e1=yes&place=4
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