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Remove Heat Sheilds?

This is a discussion on Remove Heat Sheilds? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; seen how some people do this... like Y2KPewterSS figure less weight but hotter inside? how much? cant be toooo bad ...

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    Remove Heat Sheilds?

    seen how some people do this... like Y2KPewterSS
    figure less weight
    but hotter inside? how much? cant be toooo bad could it?
    this is a DD but could i get a little more info on this?
    thanks

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    Not much on the weight savings by removing them. I don't notice any increased heat, but then again I don't drive mine much or take it on long trips either. The only reason I removed mine was for show purposes. What reason do you have for wanting to remove yours?

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    Very little to no weight savings.. I have removed mine also.. I did not notice a heat issue on long road trips.

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    If you run a 6 speed and long tube headers, I'd leave the small one on the driver side that covers the fuel lines.

    The clutch hydraulic line also runs behind that as well and the hydraulic fluid doesn't like heat. Fuel even more so.

    Otherwise I'd say the rest of it is unnecessary if the cats are gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    If you run a 6 speed and long tube headers, I'd leave the small one on the driver side that covers the fuel lines.

    The clutch hydraulic line also runs behind that as well and the hydraulic fluid doesn't like heat. Fuel even more so.

    Otherwise I'd say the rest of it is unnecessary if the cats are gone.
    Very true.... There really is no point to remove them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28Thunder View Post
    Very true.... There really is no point to remove them.
    Ya, both of our 4th gens still have all the heat shields intact. I figure taking them off would mean more crap to box up and lay around the garage taking up shelf space

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    Well basically just trying to loose some weight. I wont have cats so i was just wondering if i should remove them since id have the engine and exhaust out. Id like to shave about 100-200lbs while still keeping it street legal and safe.
    I figure this, remove the antenna motor, spare, jack, k member, air, erg
    Whatcha think?

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    You might shed 10 pounds by removing the heat shields.

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    Well yeah. But thats 10lbs gone. And if it makes it look more presentable...even better eh? I mean the antenna is only what...5lbs at most...spare and jack...33 i think is what it weighed...erg/air another 5 or 6lbs...

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    I have left my heat shields intact, but did take the time to clean them up. I would like to shave some weight off the car but not go crazy with it. The old standby is that you need to shed 100 lbs. to drop 1/10 second at the track. Not sure how true this is as where the weight comes off would be what really matters.

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    Kmember if you have the money, it's win,win. Lighter, and better weight transfer. You'll get your 200 lbs mark or better. Little weight, little traction. And battery relocation will help.

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    UMI K-member is resting comfortably on the garage floor awaiting installation.

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    yeah. when i need a new battery im gonna get my hands on a light weight battery and relocation kit as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    UMI K-member is resting comfortably on the garage floor awaiting installation.
    Need a donor car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    Need a donor car?

    I'm good. Besides, that would be quite a drive for you.

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    road trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BashamWS6 View Post
    road trip?

    Not recommened this time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    You might shed 10 pounds by removing the heat shields.
    i wouldn't even say that much... maybe 3 lbs...

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    You guys will have to shave every ounce where you can. Depending on what you want to keep on the car will determine how far you go.

    These cars have a ton of crap in them that (for some) isn't necessary.

    Taking it out of the front is most beneficial for a drag car. The tricks are endless. I've shared some of the stuff I've learned from racing pure stock in another thread somewhere on here.

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    if he is serious about shaving weight off there are far better things than heat shield that will provide better weight savings and results... only reason i'd take them out would be if they were rattling... then again my exhaust is so obnoxiously loud i can't hear the radio most of the time...

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