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    How too reduce car weight??

    Wana get my car around the 3,200lb . Got the back seats out already but dnt know wat else 2 do??

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    well if you just want a light car take everything out and put a race seat in. I used a tubular k-member and control arms.

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    Spare tire and jack, bumper supports, aftermarket stall if you are an auto tranny, remove the air pump, remove the windshield washer tank, remove the a/c, I will think of more I am sure.
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    a diet is a good way too, lol. I need one, i could probably afford to free up 50 lbs, that's like feeling a gain of 5hp right? There was another thread about it somewhere and it gave a huge list.
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    i heard that every 100 pounds taken out you gain a tenth of a second at the track....is this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_rock1234 View Post
    i heard that every 100 pounds taken out you gain a tenth of a second at the track....is this true?
    I heard that 2, also every 100 pounds is like adding 10hp

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    Dayum... I need to diet then.

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    You can probably pull all the heat sheilds under the car, as well. But it might get hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iam_dale View Post
    You can probably pull all the heat sheilds under the car, as well. But it might get hot.

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    I did that a while back. Glad I did it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    I did that a while back. Glad I did it as well.
    Why are you glad you did it?

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    For weight reductions I removed

    rear seats
    spare and jack
    egr and tubing
    smog pump
    front sway bar for drags
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    am running prostar draglite wheels with skinnies in front
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    still kept a/c and leather front seats and weighed in at scales 3198 with my vette 17's on. Hoping with draglites on to weigh in 3000 range. In 98 z28

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_rock1234 View Post
    i heard that every 100 pounds taken out you gain a tenth of a second at the track....is this true?
    That is correct.

    Another one that I am suprised no one mentioned.....take out the T-TOPS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_rock1234 View Post
    i heard that every 100 pounds taken out you gain a tenth of a second at the track....is this true?
    Well my friend was running his 3.8 camaro and i weigh 160lbs. with me he ran a 9.9 and a 9.89.... when he ran without me he ran like a 9.72

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    How do i take out the a/c , and does it make a big difference in weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Night Stalker View Post
    How do i take out the a/c , and does it make a big difference in weight?
    Taking out the A/c (never in southern states) reduces frontend weight and frees up HP wasted on it by the motor. One of those "free HP mods"

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    1) Remove two lug nuts per wheel… 5 = overkill! We all know this.
    2) Replace long air valve stems with the new low profile ones, 50% less weight
    3) Remove rear wheel breaking system… we all know the front breaks have the true stopping power. I’m also thinking of trying to remove one of the front ones, I think I’ll remove the passenger side. This way if I get into an emergency breaking situation my side of the car will still stop.
    4) Strip leather rap from steering wheel, just leave the 9 and 3 positions, measure your hands so you don’t remove too much.
    5) Remove the key fob…. Open your doors the old fashioned way with the key. You do this by placing the rounded key in the receptacle located by the boor handle. By the way, there’s one on each side of the car.
    6) Remove the rear view mirror, use the mirrors on the door panels
    7) Don’t forget the obvious cigarette lighter, ash tray, ash tray lid, glove box cover (real men don’t ware gloves) cut the built in head rest off of the seats, this is real weight reduction. I recommend placing a “baby on board” sign in the rear window so people are more cautious and less likely to rear end you.

    That should be enough to work on for quite a while. I’ll continue to brain storm this weight reduction list and improve upon it. I’m 100% sure I can get your car down to 3200 lbs. who knows, we could even get down to 3100lbs. with enough thought!

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    Screw it just replace everything with carbonfiber
    THere are alot of body panels and internals and even unsprung weight can be turned into carbonfiber components. If the new ZR1 and even Zo6 has carbonfiber stuff, so can our cars. Just need money. How fast you wanna go?

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    fill the tires with helium

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    how far are you looking to go???

    take your carpeting out... that shit is super heavy... remove the AC... remove the washer fluid reservoir and lines... remove stereo and speakers... windshield wipers... cruise control...

    i could go on for a long time...

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    Use a small fuel cell and remove the factory tank.
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