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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Your biggest weight savings?

I am curious where you guys have found the biggest weight savings. Hopefully documented. I imagine most will say cylinder heads, but that data is for sure valid.

For me;

Front street tires/rims (235/60R15 on 15x7 Keystones) to my front skinnies (26x6-15 on 15x4 Weld wheel) = 43.4 reduction

Stock buckets to Scat Procar rally seats = 39.8 lbs reduced.
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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 11:52 PM
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Wife. Loud pipes, no stereo and no AC took care of that.
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Wife. Loud pipes, no stereo and no AC took care of that.
hahahaha.


Removing my aftermarket stereo (2 door speakers, 2 rear 6x9s, head unit, and wires) was only worth about 15 lbs.

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Doors, and hood....

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Front drag disc brake were 35lbs less compared to stock disc





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Re: Your biggest weight savings?

1978 Nova I removed all the GM Steering and installed a rack from a 1982 Mustang. Lost 45 lbs.
1957 Chevy I built my own fiberglass front bumper it weighs 5 lbs with the aluminum brackets to mount it.
Stock one was a tick over 50 lbs.
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Backhalf on the car saved 250 lbs.
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Backhalf on the car saved 250 lbs.
no longer stock style suspension?

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Re: Your biggest weight savings?

The faster you go the more weight you add as well. Once you get all the major things done its tough to pull weight.

Heads, radiator, brakes, master cylinder, front steering to rack, control arms, seats, hood all help.

Once you go fast and make power you have to add weight - better transmission, better block, cage, etc

Never ending battle lol
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no longer stock style suspension?
No. One of the weight savings was cutting the factory 12 bolt as short as possible and using the least amount of backspacing on the wheels. Made the housing and the axles as short as I could. My car used ladder bars and coil over shocks.
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Backhalf on the car saved 250 lbs.
Holy crap. Where does the weight savings come from?

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The faster you go the more weight you add as well. Once you get all the major things done its tough to pull weight.

Heads, radiator, brakes, master cylinder, front steering to rack, control arms, seats, hood all help.

Once you go fast and make power you have to add weight - better transmission, better block, cage, etc

Never ending battle lol
That's what I am finding. Upgraded bellhousing and transmission was a big one for me.

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The faster you go the more weight you add as well. Once you get all the major things done its tough to pull weight.

Heads, radiator, brakes, master cylinder, front steering to rack, control arms, seats, hood all help.

Once you go fast and make power you have to add weight - better transmission, better block, cage, etc

Never ending battle lol
This is true. I went from a Merlin head stock block 427 to Merlin II block 16 years ago with aluminum heads and the car weighed the same. I saved nothing with the Merlin block!!!!

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Holy crap. Where does the weight savings come from?
The stock floor and frame were cut out from behind the front seats back. Replaced with aluminum floor, 2X3 frame rails, any cage bars that did not need to be certified were done in chromoly in addition to the mild steel cage. Any brackets were made out of chromoly, and all extras in the car were removed. Went to a lightweight gel battery and an 8 gallon fuel cell. The battery cable and wires were the smallest gauge that would work. The tires were tubeless, and anything else we didn't need was gone. The car was still all steel except for the hood and the bumpers and the windows were all factory glass except for the side 1/4 windows because they would not clear the wheel tubs. The dash, carpet, door panels, and steering column all remained factory GM.
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ac and heat not sure how much??

Lost 92 lbs going from 8" ralleys to Weld Draglites 5" front 8 rear
Friendtold me this after he swapped found it hard to believe. Yep True!
It actually was a noticable difference

If you go to skinnes up front Id recommend a 5-6" rim and a normal tire. Those M/T wiht the extra stiff sidewall is awful hard.
Probably kept me alive though when I had the 8s found the car handled really well...love taking turns too much im that idiot taht may find the line too late.
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