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PostSubject: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:37 am

Since the big site is hopeless I figured we should start some useful info here.

What are the best ways to shave weight on a daily driver?

I can think of:
1) a/c delete
2) air pump delete
3) cruise control delete
4) light weight wheels such as n97's
5) empty trunk of all non-essentials
6) tubular trans crossmember
7) convert power options to manual

What else can you guys think of?

I know there are aluminum bumper supports but are those a good idea on a daily driver? Is there any weight savings in going with a 9c1 rear since it's shorter than the Impy rear? What about running lexan in the quarter windows to save weight?

Lets fill up a big list here guys. Anything and everything we can think of.
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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:42 am

Two words.

Nabil Guffey.

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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:52 am

His car is not quite a daily driver Wink

I loved watching the body panels flutter on the way from the pits to the strip.
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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:53 am

Thought of another

Cool fiberglass hood
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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:39 am

The Suncoast hood at least is very similar in weigh to a factory hood.
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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:06 pm

Fishah wrote:
The Suncoast hood at least is very similar in weigh to a factory hood.

Yeah, I was gonna say that about my glasstek, too.

Although, my tamaraz one is decently lighter than the stock one.

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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:02 am

Weekend warrior stuff.

Carpet padding <-- HEAVY stuff
Headliner
Luggage tray
Rear door panels
Hood liner

Used to know a guy who made flat aluminum door panels and rolled beads in the for looks/rigidity but he recently blew his leg off with a sawn off shotgun, after which the feds raided his illegal chrome shop and confiscated my upper mouldings if anyone has some of those laying around
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PostSubject: Re: Cutting weight   Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:35 am

Ummmmmmmmm......

I is just me or did you forget the obvious thing, those damn heavy
off-shelf Caddy MUFFLERS !!!!!!

-ALF out... geek
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