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Old 05-09-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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I'm going to hopefully be getting a second subby to be only a track car. I don't care about aesthetic appeal or ride comfort, I'm just going for as light as possible. How much of the interior can I take out and still have it road legal? I want to still be able to drive it on the road if I feel like it. I know I can take out all the seats and carpeting, but what about the door panels and dash? I'm pretty good with sheet metal work, so I was going to use some aluminum sheet metal to form the parts that I needed and make it look professional, not just trashy.

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Old 05-10-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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This is going to be strickly based on your states inspection practices. I would review your states inspection check list and use that as a basic guidance for what you are able to change and not able to change. And depending upon how picky you want to be about things I am sure there will be some rules/laws that have some holes in them or ways to work around them.

I quickly glanced through Maine's requierments and only noticed requirements regarding the "Safety" lights on the dash, operation of all doors, and operation off all glass that may effect your weight saving attempts.

You may want to look through this more: http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/license...n%20Manual.pdf
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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I am doing something similar but for different reasons (and no on a Suby). JEGS sells nice aluminum door blanks that were cheaper than Home Depot sheet metal. I passed inspection in PA with nothing but those door panels, one seat, a headliner, and dash. I'm tempted to get a JEGS aluminum dash replacement but that looks like a lot of work pulling the dash and wiring. It's fun driving to work in a gutted car
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
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I am doing something similar but for different reasons (and no on a Suby). JEGS sells nice aluminum door blanks that were cheaper than Home Depot sheet metal. I passed inspection in PA with nothing but those door panels, one seat, a headliner, and dash. I'm tempted to get a JEGS aluminum dash replacement but that looks like a lot of work pulling the dash and wiring. It's fun driving to work in a gutted car

That's what I'm going for. I'll have the time to do a lot of sheetmetal work myself, so I'll probably just make a small dash just big enough for all the wires and gauges. Maybe a tunnel down the center of the car. I'm still figuring out what car I want to do this to at this point. I'm leaning away from a Subaru and maybe towards someting like a 944 or 928
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:23 AM   #5
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in utah you cant pass inspection without a back seat because the car came with a backseat..
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:08 PM   #6
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Be sure any sharp edges are covered. I failed my first year in my FFR before I had carpet installed because of this. I came back and passed 1/4 roll of duct tape later.

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