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Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:54 pm 
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Hey guys, im just curious how much weight might you save by removing the entire interior from the front seast back, like rear seats, door trims, boot trim all of it? Is it illegal to do this? Im guessing it will save a fair bit of weight cause i know that even the door trims are quite heavy for what they are.
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Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:59 pm 
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anther thing you might consider is removing the spare wheel temporarally when you really need as little weight as possible

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2004 7:00 pm 
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how bout try what these guys did http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=776885 pretty sure it was posted in FM 1 not sure if you want to go to those extremes

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 12:49 am 
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I think that there is a good 70 kg in there.
About legality you can take out items, tat are not needed for driving examples un-used passenger seat, stereo
Don't take out thinds like dash instruments and you should be fine. :lol:

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 2:21 am 
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actually it's illegal to drive around on the street witout passenger/rear seats in unless the car is registed with a lower seating capacity and the seats are permenantly removed

as for the door trims...... afaik, the doors need to be triimed in a way that means no sharp edges or reflective surfaces.....

IIRC the carpet can go too provided there is a non slip surface of some form in the drivers footwell, tho theres nothing against stipping out any or all sound deadening material

if you're serious about putting the car on a diet, consider this lot:
remove the stereo
remove the aircon
consider getting a smaller heater radiator built
remove all sound deadening
if theres a passenger side airbag, toss it
remove the spare, jack, wheelbrace, etc and get a can or two of the "spare tyre in a can" s**t
remove the console
if you've got power windows, ditch them along with all the wiring and install manual windows
replace the clock/tc with a blanking plate
lighter battery

the more serious stuff depends on how light you want to go, and after a point it's easier to make more power than it is to make the car lose weight

 

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Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:20 am 
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mmm, something people dont tend to think of is fuel, if u strip all that weight, then put 70litres of fuel in that car, then uve essesntially putr about 70kg back into the car, which defeats the purpose, also, run shell optimax(or better grade) petrol, and use octance booster (about 12-$15 a bottle, and will treat a full tank.

if ur nuts about wieght reduction, get under the hood, rip out the cruise control, the heat matt(although if ur lightening ur car to race it, i wouldnt reccomend it as ur engine will get way hotter), theres even things such as lightened flywheels, lighter diffs, etc

oh and if you pull out the stereo, remember the speakers, all of them lol.

ive pulled a bit of weight outta the falcon before, nuttin major, just the jack,spare, the tools, the rear speakers, even took my new hubbies off.

the car had 15litres of bp ultimate in it, and the right wheel got a lil, how could i put it??.....chirpy!! :D .

even take off was improved, not by an awful lot, but a noticable amount.

oh, and new exhaust within the month ought to help power to weight a lil.

 

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Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:05 am 
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Why don't you take out the whole interior and sit on a milk crate?
That would lighten it some what :?

 

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Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:33 am 
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mmm, something people dont tend to think of is fuel, if u strip all that weight, then put 70litres of fuel in that car, then uve essesntially putr about 70kg back into the car

which is how d**k johnson got sprung when he was running a 1350-odd kg XD Falcon..... he used to take it for scrutineering with a full tank, but one day his mechanic took it in nearly empty, and people thought "wtf is going on here" when his car weighed 1350kg, and the heaviest falcon was 1770-off kilo's! :lol:

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:21 am 
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how about remoivng the motor, that will save space and weight!!! and u all thought i was a dumb a** !!! :!:
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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:23 pm 
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fun_on_rear_demister_4u wrote:
mmm, something people dont tend to think of is fuel, if u strip all that weight, then put 70litres of fuel in that car, then uve essesntially putr about 70kg back into the car.


Not quite, fuel has and SG of about 0.72, so your 68L tank will have about 49kg in it.

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:24 pm 
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if theres a passenger side airbag, toss it


would that be legal?

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:46 pm 
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if theres a passenger side airbag, toss it


would that be legal?
LOL - just put the air bag cover on, who cares :P
Can i be the 1st to ask are you lightening this for a race car or for a street car?
If its street then if your willing id just ditch the spare/jack/brace and always have little fuel - thats as far as i think is sensible if you really wanna do it. :idea:

You could always take it one step further and make your falcon a permanent convertable 2 door running on lpg; that should be light!

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:37 pm 
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Easy carbon fibre bonnet and all panals and bootlid in carbon fibre that will help :D
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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:38 pm 
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What a stupid, stupid idea, lose some weight?? cut your head off, have a s**t before you go driving, only put 5 litres in your tank, and pull up at every servo,are you serious?? :roll: :roll:
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Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:26 am 
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its funny casue he is
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