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Old 09-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #1526
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anyone in this thread deleted their airbags? specifically on a GD model?
I got the steering wheel out and the seat bags haven't done the dash yet
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:18 PM   #1527
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I'd like to say the dash one is the heaviest. I've never removed mine.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:03 PM   #1528
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I removed mine when I took the dash out to remove the stock fuel lines, the thing feels like 7-10 lbs
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:47 PM   #1529
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Swapping the Front Lower Control Arms on the wagon for the aluminum ones off an STi. Seller said they were "JDM", and that he "Imported them from Japan". Whatever. Paid him the USDM price.


They look like 2004-2006 STi/2006 WRX control arms to me. EDIT: Apparently they're 2007 USDM STi


Track is wider. 10mm wider per side? 20mm overall?


OEM, 2004 Wagon, Steel, Front Lower Control Arms weight: 4.173kg


OEM, 2007 STi, Aluminum , Front Lower Control Arms weight: 3.493kg

A savings of 680 grams per side or 1.360kg (3.00lb) total.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:58 PM   #1530
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Swapping the Front Lower Control Arms on the wagon for the aluminum ones off an STi. Seller said they were "JDM", and that he "Imported them from Japan". Whatever. Paid him the USDM price.


They look like 2004-2007 STi/2006 WRX control arms to me.


Track is wider. 10mm wider per side? 20mm overall?


OEM, Wagon, Steel, Front Lower Control Arms weigh: 4.173kg


OEM, STi, Aluminum , Front Lower Control Arms weigh: 3.493kg

A savings of 680 grams per side or 1.360kg (3.00lb) total.
The JDM STi arms didn't have the extra castor of the Spec C, or the USDM '04-'06 STi arms. The '07 STI didn't ether.

It also looks like you didn't get the steel cones for the ball joints.

There is a big front control arm thread with some pictures.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:05 AM   #1531
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The JDM STi arms didn't have the extra castor of the Spec C, or the USDM '04-'06 STi arms. The '07 STI didn't ether.
How can I tell which ones I have? Is there a casting mark or something?

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It also looks like you didn't get the steel cones for the ball joints.
Didn't notice that. Hopefully I can pick those up at the dealer easy.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:29 AM   #1532
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How can I tell which ones I have? Is there a casting mark or something?
You have USDM 07 STi control arms. There is a casting mark of sorts. Near the tab where the sway bar mounts would be more of a diamond shape rather than the straight line.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:27 AM   #1533
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What a thread.. Inspired, Ive read the whole thing now (took 1 month, gave me 2 pages of work to do ).

Anyways, there is so much fuzz on these bumper beams, and for the record these appear to be USDM only. European cars dont have them as far as I can tell, checked 2 now (GD).


Anyone with the windscreen washer fluid in the trunk? How do you route it? I suppose the intercooler spray line would work, but I dont have that....



Im quite worried about wheight distribution. These things are 60/40 stock, and 3/4 of the wheight removed in this thread appear to go from the rear... Good excuse for keeping that big rear wing though. Ill also go for the battery in the trunk, I feel those extra oz of wire is worth the slightly better distribution.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:42 AM   #1534
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There is a good amount of weight that can be removed from the front half of the car. Problem is it's harder to remove. It's either more time consuming or costs more money. The low hanging fruit is in the rear half. Other than the offset frontal crash u-beam which is fairly easy and significant.

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Old 09-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #1535
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I just replaced my wheel nuts with Rays engeneering light weight nuts. I dont have a scale to measure such low weights, but the steel nuts weigh a ton, and the Rays weigh next to nothing! And its unsprung at the far ends of the car, so a good mod indeed. Wild guess, 100grams.

Oh and I felt a serious increase in power
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:29 AM   #1536
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There is a good amount of weight that can be removed from the front half of the car. Problem is it's harder to remove. It's either more time consuming or costs more money. The low hanging fruit is in the rear half. Other than the offset frontal crash u-beam which is fairly easy and significant.
up front off the top of my head:

bumper beam 12kg
subframe 12kg
AC 10kg
battery 9kg
steel bonnet to alloy if you had a steel: 7kg

i mean there's 100lbs for you turbo guys straight off the bat for a sum total of about 100 bucks for another battery. or near 80lbs for nothing. 50kg for the n/a folks. then you can pull the firewall sound deadening for another 7-8kg. remove the passenger seat on track days for 20kg. airbags would be at least another 10kg if you want to get rid of those as well.

then there's another 20kg stripping the boot out with the spare wheel etc. spend some money on a stainless exhaust and there's another 25kg to go no problems. you yanks have rear bumper beams that are another 12kg. there's about 3kg in the bar under the rear seat too.

you can pull 10% of the weight out of these cars very practically without much effort at ALL.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:26 AM   #1537
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My LW beam - I will be able to weight it soon.



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Old 09-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #1538
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Any one know if we can remove the rear caliper bracket

Looks like a U with a round circle not sure what it's for ?
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #1539
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I was told its a dampener of sorts, I believe that is what the manual says. So why not?
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:55 AM   #1540
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I was told its a dampener of sorts, I believe that is what the manual says. So why not?
So ur telling me next time I'm under the car to remove em
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #1541
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It's damper, not dampener, and yes they can be removed. Mine are gone.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:50 PM   #1542
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Any one know if we can remove the rear caliper bracket

Looks like a U with a round circle not sure what it's for ?
Gta, would you mind posting a picture of it? Thanks man.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #1543
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #1544
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It's damper, not dampener, and yes they can be removed. Mine are gone.
i always spelled it wrong, no wonder.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:16 PM   #1545
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Looks heavy. I don't think the station-wagon got those.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:44 PM   #1546
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Yup that's what I'm talking about

I'll remove mine once I get under car again

Kinda off topic anyone running kw v3
I'm just wonder how the rear tops look don't think mine are sitting right
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #1547
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Looks heavy. I don't think the station-wagon got those.
They are just under 1 lb each as I remember.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #1548
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Looks heavy. I don't think the station-wagon got those.
because you don't have sti rear brakes

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Yup that's what I'm talking about

I'll remove mine once I get under car again

Kinda off topic anyone running kw v3
I'm just wonder how the rear tops look don't think mine are sitting right
What do you mean, the springs sit like oem springs on the perches.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:22 PM   #1549
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because you don't have sti rear brakes

Okay.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #1550
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hahah

ill weight my new bar tonight when I bring it home!
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