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Old 09-25-2014, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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True Story. If I didn't have a significant other I'd remove....

IfI didn't have a significant other I'd gut my car of all things weighty. Like weighing anything and I didn't need it.

Passenger seat, rear seats gone, glove box gone, interior trim gone... Crazy you think?

It would be a car with only the essentials.

In real life thought this wouldn't work. Ha!

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Years ago I restored/rebuilt/modified a camaro. I was going to replace the carpet and headliner, which pretty much means removing all of the interior, and install weld in subframe connectors while the carpet was out. I ended up driving the car with no interior for a couple months.
I got tired enough of all the extra noise that I added about 15-20lbs of extra insulation under the new carpet when I reinstalled the interior
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it's not a 'true story' it's a wish.
Why would you even think about stripping a 1 yr old car???
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I never understood the crazies that strip a daily driver out to make it accelerate faster. You could just buy a faster vehicle.

No way would I give up AC, or live with the noise caused by gutting the interior. Why would I prove I have no friends by removing the seats?

If I were tempted to ruin a car, leaving it noisy and only capable of hauling a single occupant for the sake of going faster, I'd just get a motorcycle... which I've done.

45mpg and 0-60 in 3 seconds.
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Thats why you need 2 vehicles. A commuter vehicle and a family one.

I had to basically gut my insight, remove passenger mirror, rear metal and plastic bumper, rear seat and countless other things to get 103 mpg. Surprisingly it stopped and accelerated faster.

Once I installed about everything You could notice an increase in stopping distance and that it took longer to accelerate to cruising speed.

Im keeping the insight, so its going on a diet soon. I totally forget the hitch I have on with a welded receive for a 2 inch on top the 1 1/4.

The biggest mod would be removing the hatch and making something similar to it out of lexan and wood.
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If anyone wants to be a crazy, here is an excellent thread about extreme weight loss. The car is an Acura TL, but I'm sure most of the things outlined can be accomplished on most cars. He lost over 700 lbs!

You can reduce vehicle weight by about 40 lbs if the fuel tank is only filled to half capacity.

Also interesting to note; although the car is driving in stop and go rush hour traffic, and over 700 lbs have been removed from the car, the driver only gained 1.5 mpg from the extreme diet. Removing weight has a very negligible impact on fuel economy.
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If anyone wants to be a crazy, here is an excellent thread about extreme weight loss. The car is an Acura TL, but I'm sure most of the things outlined can be accomplished on most cars. He lost over 700 lbs!

You can reduce vehicle weight by about 40 lbs if the fuel tank is only filled to half capacity.

Also interesting to note; although the car is driving in stop and go rush hour traffic, and over 700 lbs have been removed from the car, the driver only gained 1.5 mpg from the extreme diet. Removing weight has a very negligible impact on fuel economy.
I cringed seeing he removed all the plastic "cosmetic" covers under the engine, transmission, and car. This likely had a detrimental effect on the vehicle's Cd.
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Id only remove the plastic and stuff inside the car. Anything that effects aero may lower mpg.

Removing weight the car just feels springier, peppier, stops faster, and corners better.

Yes, using a half or quarter tank is one way to instantly save weight. Some guys short their fluids a qt like engine, tranny, radiator over flow bottle and empty the windshield washer.
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I feel the same urge to drop weight. I'm starting with the things that nobody else notices... plastic latches, back seat floor mats, spare tire, stuff like that. Don't need a spare since I have AAA. I know it won't make a huge difference, but I'm compelled.
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IfI didn't have a significant other I'd gut my car of all things weighty.
If you didn't have her you'd save ~100lbs right there, and save yourself a lot of work

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