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This is a discussion on Gto.. Needs a diet. within the GTO forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Angle grinder....the engine firewall brace...tank brace...door braces...then the frame has a few also...they all weigh quite a bit......

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    Angle grinder....the engine firewall brace...tank brace...door braces...then the frame has a few also...they all weigh quite a bit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Angle grinder....the engine firewall brace...tank brace...door braces...then the frame has a few also...they all weigh quite a bit...
    do you remember if the door crash bars are bonded in too, or can they just br cut out? I think I might just take mine out this friday....i know tey are big hunks of metal.
    I also droped a good bit of weight by going with a set of the cheap Summit one piece seats/5 point harness, and removing all of the airbag system(including airbag wiring all marked by yellow tape and plugs) and went with aftermarket steering wheel

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    I guess I'll ask here.
    has anyone ditched the IRS rear and cradle for a standard, say Ford 9" and ladderbar or 4 link? anyone know how much weight this could save?

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    I have full Pedders, SLP skid plate, SW LTs(No cats), Magnaflow CB, and took out the rear jack and wheel and i weighed in at 3605 without me in it(On a truck scale at my old job). Not sure if my new wheels are lighter or not. They seem but i didnt put them on a scale. Not sure what she would weigh now.

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    i was considering the crash bars too. but seems how i drive her on the street. i dont wanna get my legs destroyed in a side impact. ya know. that would SUCK

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    man, if you drive it on the street leave those door bars in there. The weight savings isn't worth the risk. Those bars can save your life in a side impact and with the nut jobs I see on the roads I want every piece of protecton around me that I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    man, if you drive it on the street leave those door bars in there. The weight savings isn't worth the risk. Those bars can save your life in a side impact and with the nut jobs I see on the roads I want every piece of protecton around me that I can find.
    a roll cage would add even more protection than the crash bars and other braces, stiffen everything up, and get us legal to go very fast at the track

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    yes, but the point of this thread is to lower weight not add more. though i do see you point though. im looking for plexi windows. anyone know where i can find some for our beloved goats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAX04 View Post
    yes, but the point of this thread is to lower weight not add more. though i do see you point though. im looking for plexi windows. anyone know where i can find some for our beloved goats.
    look in your local phone book for plastic fabricators, I know there is one right down the road from my parents house. witg a cardboard templet they can cut them to the size you need, then you just sand to fit and bond/ bolt them in.
    you should have afew places around your area

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    a roll cage would add even more protection than the crash bars and other braces, stiffen everything up, and get us legal to go very fast at the track
    Yes....safety is significantly enhanced with a proper roll bar versus all the steel braces/crash bullshit at a greatly reduced weight penalty. You can have lighter weight and more safety if done right.....and better chassis rigidity...
    Rollbar Install Part I
    RollBar install (continued)
    Simple to add a drivers side bar by the way....
    Last edited by Sarge; 03-10-2009 at 09:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Yes....safety is significantly enhanced with a proper roll bar versus all the steel braces/crash bullshit at a greatly reduced weight penalty. You can have lighter weight and more safety if done right.....and better chassis rigidity...
    about how much does your cage weigh, and do you have a front var that goes around the windsheild down past the A pillar?

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    I wanna say the UPS shipping paper said 62lbs. What is a "var" ?

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    i was gonna get replacement windows not just ones i can bolt in place. but i would only save around 50 lbs. for 1000.00$ ill save that one for last. i need to find fiberglass or carbon fiber fenders. everyone keeps telling me RMR but i cant find them anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAX04 View Post
    i was gonna get replacement windows not just ones i can bolt in place. but i would only save around 50 lbs. for 1000.00$ ill save that one for last. i need to find fiberglass or carbon fiber fenders. everyone keeps telling me RMR but i cant find them anywhere
    plus plexy windows are usually illegal on the street

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    yeah, but if they look like stockers and function, no one would say much. mark how do you like bouncing between two threads. its kinda funny. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAX04 View Post
    yeah, but if they look like stockers and function, no one would say much. mark how do you like bouncing between two threads. its kinda funny. lol
    lol it keeps you on your toes

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    yeah, i didnt mean to post it twice, i tried to delete one, but i couldnt figure it out. but now they are so active, i wouldnt delete unless i had too. its fun though. i get perspective from the f-body guys and the gto guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Yes....safety is significantly enhanced with a proper roll bar versus all the steel braces/crash bullshit at a greatly reduced weight penalty. You can have lighter weight and more safety if done right.....and better chassis rigidity...
    Rollbar Install Part I
    RollBar install (continued)
    Simple to add a drivers side bar by the way....
    I am still beatin this idea around that or a custom cage,I think I def need one,but I will never make this car an all out drag car,I enjoy driving it way too much,I will run 9s with all interior,factory glass etc.and I love the leather,other ways to cut weight other then the best features of the car.
    mods: custom built twins, built 408 w/l92 stock GM heads,GM matching intake,drag bags,frame ties,aluminum drive shaft, performabuilt 4l80e,Yank converter,ohios fastest and quickest 04-06 GTO 9.52 at 144mph. 1.50 60ft on stock rear end and shafts/suspension,on drag radials.

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    im still ditching the seats in favor of lighter weight racing seats. i dont care, i just want four seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAX04 View Post
    im still ditching the seats in favor of lighter weight racing seats. i dont care, i just want four seats.
    What color are your stocks?
    Let me know what you'll take for them I'll come and pick them up this weekend.
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