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Postby Superwofy » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:54 pm

Hi guys,

I'm looking for some ideas on reducing the weight of the car. Increasing engine power without forced induction is hopeless at best (already have exhaust anyway) and so I've turned my attention to freeing some weight. I've already removed and weighed everything in the boot (16.5kg - I'm pretty happy about that).

Not really looking for a track inspired interior strip :D . I was considering replacing the large battery currently installed (for maybe a 45Ah one that weighs ~10kg) and maybe a lightweight hood (if I can find one).

Thanks.
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby Sebastian » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:17 pm

Some ideas without stripping out the interior :
aircon assembly ~ 30 kg
lightweight alloys
slimmer battery
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby ebrewer89 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:32 pm

Not running a full windscreen washer tank will save a couple kgs.aircon system is a great loss!! Who needs aircon,open your windows :lol: stainless manifolds and downpipe+decat will save a few kgs aswell and improve oompf.lightweight nuts will save a suprising amount.solid buckets with no runners vs standard seats.rear seatbelts clips etc.rear seats weigh nothing.yellow stuff pads I would recomend as a great investment As you can drive much faster :ll
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby goz_83 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:36 pm

The only change I would make would be a light weight bonnet. Anything else is compromising comfort and imo, a good car.
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby Superwofy » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:53 am

Sebastian wrote:Some ideas without stripping out the interior :
aircon assembly ~ 30 kg
lightweight alloys
slimmer battery


Thanks. Had no Idea the aircon system weighed that much. Not too sure about removing it yet.

ebrewer89 wrote:Not running a full windscreen washer tank will save a couple kgs.aircon system is a great loss!! Who needs aircon,open your windows :lol: stainless manifolds and downpipe+decat will save a few kgs aswell and improve oompf.lightweight nuts will save a suprising amount.solid buckets with no runners vs standard seats.rear seatbelts clips etc.rear seats weigh nothing.yellow stuff pads I would recomend as a great investment As you can drive much faster :ll


Mmmm, manifolds. I saw a nice set on ebay. Am I allowed to post a link to get an opinion? As for the nuts, and I do apologize for being lazy, what size am I looking for?

goz_83 wrote:The only change I would make would be a light weight bonnet. Anything else is compromising comfort and imo, a good car.


Can you recommend a place where I can get one? I also saw boot lids. What do you think about those?
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby ebrewer89 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:52 pm

My manifolds and downpipe were an ebay job and are great.definate improvement all through the rev range.rear is a little awkward to fit but not a biggie.and they are shiney lol :lol: magpie moment.nuts are m12x1.5.don't go for cheapies as they will just thread themselves.
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Re: Weight reduction

Postby goz_83 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:44 am

Superwofy wrote:
goz_83 wrote:The only change I would make would be a light weight bonnet. Anything else is compromising comfort and imo, a good car.


Can you recommend a place where I can get one? I also saw boot lids. What do you think about those?


It pays to do a bit of research. They are not cheap to buy, but if you keep an eye out, you may see something used on ebay. Here is a UK store you might like http://www.epracing.co.uk/Carbon-Access ... 5-116-117/

The carbon, or fibreglass bootlids are something I am not sure I would trust. Having been rear ended twice while driving an fto, I would want something solid to help with any mauling from those with lower observational awareness. It would kill a lot of weight though, if you value your health less than the weight of your car. I wouldn't do it unless I knew the rear end was just as good, or better than oem equipment. Anything you put into the car, you will not get back in a sale. Kee this in mind. I spent over 10k on mine in upgrades and repairs in 2 years. The insurance and subsequent sale of my fto didn't come close to that figure.
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