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Old 05-31-2004, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Realistic ways to lighten up your suby.

What are some of the best ways to lighten up your suby? im not talking about taking out your bumpers or anything crazt like that( a street car needs those), but more practical things, like these that i came up with so far
1 spare tire and jack
2 all the crap in your glove box
3 those evil green brackets around your fuel injectors
3 some heatshields under the motor
uhh... thats all i can think of now. anymore ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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This has kinda been beaten to death....but
Some people think that removing all the safety equipment, like the 'weight' in the glove box door and the steel 'bars' under the dash, and airbags is the right way to do things. I do not.
I did remove the 'U brace' under the front end, but did install a Cusco v2 brace....instead of buying a JDM bumper beam.
I have a light crank pulley, and no GBOD....I also have an aftermarket exhaust that saves quite a bit of weight over stock(especially a header), and I put a sealed lightweight battery under the passengers seat. There are several other things, as well.
Some people yank the AC(not here in florida!!!)..and some yank the stereo...

I believe that there are safe ways to lighten your car by a couple hundred pounds if you look for them, but beyond that it would be stripping it down to bare metal.

...put the heatshields under the motor back on....it really would be stupid to have your car burn to the ground if you parked on a pile of flamable FOD and it caught fire....
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Old 05-31-2004, 10:42 PM   #3
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Different battery....can't remember the specifics but I know you can shave quite a few pounds by switching.
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Old 05-31-2004, 10:51 PM   #4
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I removed the center seat belt from the rear. May not weigh much, but nobody could realistically fit there anyway.
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Old 06-01-2004, 01:59 AM   #5
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I posted in another huge wieght reduction thread a while ago but some of the things we came up with were

-Peice of metal protecting knees under drivers siide dashboard
-Similar peice of metal inside glovebox door.
-Metal square thing under neath center console.
-Spare tire, and trunk lining etc. etc.
-Rear seatbelts and associated brackets (all that stuff actually weighs a bit)
-I have sti fog covers and removed my foglamps
-GFB pullies
-Carbon fiber parts
- Lighter exhuast
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Old 06-01-2004, 08:14 AM   #6
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don't forget CB hood and trunk. That will take a few pounds off not only that makes your car look cool, people will be like
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Old 06-01-2004, 09:10 AM   #7
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don't forget CB hood and trunk. That will take a few pounds off not only that makes your car look cool, people will be like
Carbon hoods a lot of times weigh more than the stock aluminum hood. A carbo deck lid will help, but then the car has even more front biased weight distribution.
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:03 AM   #8
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Lighter wheels
Forged aluminium front lower control arms
Lexan windows
smaller battery, relocated to the trunk
Pull the power window motors
Pull the radio and speakers
pull the carpet
pull rear seatbelts
yank the A/C
CF or fiberglass trunk lid
Pull the headliner
Drop the cats, all of them

Please leave the cross bracing in. They are there to keep the car from crumpling like a beer can if hit from the side, and they work.
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:33 AM   #9
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What are some of the best ways to lighten up your suby? im not talking about taking out your bumpers or anything crazt like that( a street car needs those), but more practical things, like these that i came up with so far
1 spare tire and jack

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Old 06-01-2004, 10:41 AM   #10
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How about the driver go on a diet. I know I could as I tip the scales at 215 lbs when I used to weigh 50 lbs lighter.
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Old 06-01-2004, 11:00 AM   #11
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no fat chicks in the car either
what about sound deadning material? are there any place where that can be removed without making the inside of the car any louder, like in the trunk maybe?
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:10 PM   #12
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remove bumper beam ~ 30lbs

remove subframe ~ 30lbs
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:19 PM   #13
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I'm sure you could save some weight swapping the front seats for some sparco's or recaro's.
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:37 PM   #14
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How about if we lose weight too. If I lose 30 pounds that'll help! hehehe

- John
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:42 PM   #15
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How about if we lose weight too. If I lose 30 pounds that'll help! hehehe

- John
Actually, that is the best way to drop weight from the car. All that other stuff is rediculous unless it's a dedicated race car.
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:47 PM   #16
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Actually, that is the best way to drop weight from the car. All that other stuff is rediculous unless it's a dedicated race car.
i agree. you need to drop about 100lbs before your going to notice that in 1/4 miles times anyways.
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Old 06-01-2004, 02:30 PM   #17
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Some guy on here has a lighter drive shaft but nobody knows where he got it.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:17 PM   #18
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The stoptec BBK saves 6 pounds of unsprung weight on each side! SSR comps would save you about 3-4 pounds on each wheel. Rota Slipstreams save about 3 pounds per wheel, and this is rotational mass.
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:00 PM   #19
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The stoptec BBK saves 6 pounds of unsprung weight on each side! SSR comps would save you about 3-4 pounds on each wheel. Rota Slipstreams save about 3 pounds per wheel, and this is rotational mass.
Yeah the wheels would definitely be the best first upgrade. Assuming you're ending up with the same overall tire height, a larger lighter wheel means a lighter tire as well. This is great for A,B, & C. (Acceleration, Braking, and Cornering). I can't always agree with the big brakes. Sure they may be lighter as a non-rotating piece, but they do rotate. They tend to increase stopping distance, and their weight is further from the center of the wheel. They may decrease lap times, since you can flog them continuously without fade, but you don't usually STOP on a track. They're designed for high-speed, repetitive trail braking, and I think they should be reserved for track cars. They look awesome, though.

A good alternative to BBK would be to keep the stock wheels (only 16.5 lbs!) and get DBA's with the alloy hats. That will save a little weight, and you get slightly better braking overall, compared to stock. I think they even offer cryo treatment, which is badass in the world of rotors. Then, do coilover suspension and wheels together as your next upgrade, along with a corner-weighting session. Then, add power and shake well.

"If you can't use all of your power all the time, you're not done with suspension yet."
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:20 PM   #20
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Take off the spoiler....
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:24 PM   #21
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Aftermarket front seats can drop upward of 40lbs off the car
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:41 PM   #22
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Lightweight lug nuts to go with the light wheels

Put helium in your tires.
Lighter steering wheel
Move battery to the trunk rather than a lighter one, light is good but weight distribution I think is more important.

And if your thinking light as possible for race days just run open DP, be loud as hell but opens the system up real nice.

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Old 09-26-2004, 05:39 PM   #23
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...battery under the passengers seat.
Please elaborate.
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Old 09-26-2004, 05:50 PM   #24
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The aluminium control arms aren't any lighter. This is based on me holding them both in my hand. The Al version is much stiffer and stronger.
The dba two piece rotors weigh the same as stockers too.
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Pulling the passenger seat out. 40 lbs and replacing the driver seat with something lighter.
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