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Old 04-24-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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I am planning the following upgrades to my '00 RS :
Rota slipstreams in 15x7, aluminum hood, 2 front Kirkey aluminum seats. I'm guessing that I'm close to losing 100 lbs? Can anyone recommend other rims that are lightweight? Does anyoune know the weight for each stock seat? The Kirkeys I think weight about 17 lbs each. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Old 04-24-2004, 11:25 AM   #2
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check the Kosei rims.
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Old 04-24-2004, 08:29 PM   #3
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gram lights are always good
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Old 04-25-2004, 12:28 AM   #4
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15x7 rims? Dont have alot of brake options... The 16x7 slipstreams are only 13.5lbs anyhow.

Weight reduction tips: Lightweight bumper beams, lightweight battery, remove sound deadening material throughout the car, take out the spare/jack/etc.
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Old 04-25-2004, 08:30 AM   #5
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Hood and rims are a good start. Any excess interior trim, clean out glove box & console and trunk. Sound deadening as mentioned. Lightweight trunk lid. Any luxury items i.e. Cruise control, windsheild sprayer tank & motor, etc.... And if you are anything like me lose the beer gut. Remember the little things do add up!!! But I just can't give up the beer
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Old 04-25-2004, 12:04 PM   #6
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if the cars going to be on the street i wouldn't touch anything in the safety system, including bumper beams, and the glove box weight

definitly go with 16" rims, just find light ones like slipstreams, strip the trunk, maybe relocate the battery to the trunk for better weight distribution

take out the interior and get the tar crap out, sti pink bits, aluminum front suspension arms drop like 4 lb each, that weight by the front crossmember,get some lexan windows if you really want to get serious about it
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Old 04-26-2004, 12:57 AM   #7
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whats the glove box weight do? i though it was just for structural integrity.. maybe i should put it back in.
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Old 04-26-2004, 01:34 AM   #8
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well its there so your passengers knees don't go trough the glove box in the event of a crash, both to prevent their knees from getting cut up, but more importantly to keep their body both in the area that subaru has design to hold together the longest in a crash, and to keep their body in the proper alignment to hit the airbag at the proper angle so it can do its job.
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:27 PM   #9
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I always hear that answer, but I don't buy it ... if you're wearing seatbelt, your knee shouldn't go through anything.
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:58 PM   #10
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Originally posted by bemani
I always hear that answer, but I don't buy it ... if you're wearing seatbelt, your knee shouldn't go through anything.
What about that anything going through your knee?

BTW...Arn't SSR Comps, in 17x7, 12.9lbs each?
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Old 04-26-2004, 11:00 PM   #11
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seatbelts aren't the end all answer, think about it, if seatbelts held you dead in place, we wouldn't have a need for airbags, i'd suggest watching some crash footage of a head on test, the dummy's knees hit the dash, and they always look at leg injuries and all

and trust me, no car company is going to put something in a car that doesn't server a purpose, it just doesn't make sense
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Old 04-27-2004, 01:17 AM   #12
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and trust me, no car company is going to put something in a car that doesn't server a purpose, it just doesn't make sense
And the purpose IMO is to keep it from rattling around.
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Old 04-27-2004, 10:04 AM   #13
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I always hear that answer, but I don't buy it ... if you're wearing seatbelt, your knee shouldn't go through anything.
i was in a wreck at about 50mph, seatbelts are not the end all, i had a nice black and blue from where the seatbelt had partially held me back, the front seat stopped my foward progression more. granted this was an older car, hopefully seatbelt safety has increased since then...
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