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Old 12-25-2002, 03:29 PM   #8
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Originally posted by QAboy
there's some poundage to be lost in the trunk.
and yeah, the tar is one of my next big projects. DannyRS, do you have any tips?

Ah...the old sound deadening tar. That was a fun little project.

The easy part was taking out the carpet and seats and little plastic caps to hold everything in place. The hard part was squatting on the floor of my car and chiseling and scraping for horus and hours.
I had a flat head screwdriver, a paint scraper and a mallet as my tools. Some sections chipped off in a million little pieces while other sections sorta peeled off. All in all, I estimated that I took out about 20 lbs of tar.

Was it worth it? Eh, not really. But keep taking weight off and it'll add up after a while I guess.

Other ways I've "added lightness":
- removed spare and jack
- ripped out trunk liner
- removed metal plate from glove box door (not the bar behind the glove box, the metal plate actually inside the door, remove at your passengers risk)
- took out intake silencer
- removed plastic seat rail covers
- took out my rear speakers (they were getting old and sounding muffled anyway)
- ripped out heavy rubber pad between rear seat and the trunk
- took off rear plastic strut top covers

Don't bother removing the rear seat cushions (fabric covered foam) or any interior panels (thick cardboard). With all the stuff I've removed, my car is around 50 lbs. lighter.

My plan for lightweight parts:
- lightweight battery
- aluminum hood
- lighter racing seats
- lightweight bumper beams
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