This is a discussion on weight reduction!!!! within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; what are some ways to reduce the weight on the fbody cars bkuz i was looking at the fastest cam ...
11-10-2009, 12:06 PM #1
what are some ways to reduce the weight on the fbody cars bkuz i was looking at the fastest cam only fbodies and they weigh 3100 or even 2800 ???
11-10-2009, 12:42 PM #2
1999 T/A LS1
STS rear mount turbo - 5 psi
48# Injectors, 3600 Yank converter
Other that that, all stock.
Best ET so far, 11.91 @ 114.47 w/1.60 60'
11-10-2009, 12:48 PM #3
How crazy you wanna get?
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Thats just the start, things can start getting silly for any kind of DD and very expensive.
11-10-2009, 12:51 PM #4
For a drag car it's easy. IMO, it's not even worth losing A/C for weight savings in a DD. What will the car be used for?
11-10-2009, 01:11 PM #5
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
- yuma az
- 02 WS6 Firebird
if you wanna spend some money, go with fiberglass body panels and hood. you can also rip out the back seats, spare tire, passenger seat, get a light wieght racing seat for the drivers side, etc.
11-10-2009, 01:24 PM #6
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11-10-2009, 03:04 PM #7
One easy way to loose weight is remove the T-Tops when you are racing. lol
11-10-2009, 03:06 PM #8
11-10-2009, 03:14 PM #9
ya it will be a dd but i am wanting to get rid of the ps and ac (never use it anyways)and the egr and smog pump stuff....also what are some ways to clean up the engine bay....it looks like a cluster fuck....
11-10-2009, 03:40 PM #10
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
- new jersey
navy blue metallic
- 2000 trans am
have fun parking with no power steering...
11-10-2009, 03:44 PM #11
Wide tires + no power steering = Pain in the ass.
It sounds like you want to make it dual purpose. Full blown racer, and DD. Not easy to do. Getting rid of the stuff you mention might pick you up 2/10's in the quarter...max.
11-10-2009, 03:48 PM #12
11-10-2009, 04:00 PM #13
You could also get a rack and pinion set up that is not power assist. Far easier to turn than one that's just disconnected..
11-10-2009, 05:03 PM #14
haha man i had my powersteering pump go out on me while i was skipping school lunch doing a donut ...it sucked parking but once it got rolling it was fine.....but it should be easier driving a manual rack then driving with a ps wrack with no power pluz it will jus be another reason ppl cant drive my car
11-10-2009, 05:22 PM #15
- Join Date
- Feb 2009
- Mansfield, PA
Black & Blue
- '02 WS.6 / '07 Suburban
Here's what it weighs stock: On the scales
Other things that can be ditched (if emissions are not an issue): Secondary air system and cats. They also have lightweight batteries available now, or you can relocate yours to the "trunk". Also, if running into things is not a concern, they make a slick tubular bumper cover support for Camaros that lets you ditch all the factory crap -- not sure about one for the T/A though. The latest GMHTP has a Camaro build that shows it.
11-10-2009, 08:43 PM #16
If you have it, TCS Mod:http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/appear...tion-pics.html
I have done both of these. It looks A TON better. There's also a coil pack relocation kit for sale to move the coil packs from on the valve covers to under the windshield. Would greatly help spark plug/header/valve cover removals, although it'd only save maybe 10 minutes, they're easy to remove. If your lookin to reduce weight and you have a TCS, you may wanna just delete it. Also, don't forget airbags, power hatch motor, & power antenna
11-11-2009, 08:58 AM #17
- Join Date
- Nov 1999
- over here...
D  V D
- 1999 trans am
how much are you willing to spend... replacing the heavy as shit carpet with a light weight one is a good way to down your weight... moving the battery to the trunk... drain the washer fluid out... remove the back and passenger seats... remove the speakers and stereo... remove the amp and power antena... etc etc etc...
11-11-2009, 09:27 AM #18
change to non-popup headlight. Half the weight.
11-11-2009, 09:37 AM #19
- Join Date
- Sep 2007
- Philly+Glenmoore, Pa
- 2002 Trans Am WS6 M6 D1SC
Like everyone has said. Those cars that weigh so little have everything removed that doesnt help them go fast.
So if you want to have your car be usable as any form of DD you wont get down to that weight.
You can do a lot of little things to help like everyone has already said though.
11-11-2009, 09:39 AM #20
- Join Date
- Jan 2006
- Shepherd, Michigan
blacker than wesleysnipes
- 98' trans am
you can actually basically remove your whole front bumper support etc..and just have a few bars welded together ..that saves tons...a lot of weight can be saved from taking the carpet and the incredibally heavy sound deafening foam etc....as said before ..depends how serious you want to get..as a DD with some track time..i wouldn't remove a lot..maybe ditch the rear seats when at the track ..stuff like that.
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