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Thread: Basic weight reduction in VE powered B13 (some pics)

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2013-10-18 17:32:26
Originally Posted by Storm88000
Originally Posted by blckse-r
Okay, just got on the scales. This was after a lot of things removed and about a quarter tank of gas.

2320lbs without me in it.

I wonder if it's possible to remove those heavy bars from behind the panels without completely removing the panels. I may give it a try.

I see in my b14, the bars are welded into the door I believe. I am not sure about the b13, but I looked and was not worth the hassle as of right now. Are you gonna get your b13 weighed?? I would be interested to see what it does weigh.

And I did post that I got another 42lbs out, so I am down to 2278 as of now.
2013-10-18 22:01:33
Yep I'll get it weighed probably right after my first drag run, the first Friday night or Sunday that has nice weather where I'm off, so it could be in a couple days, maybe a week..
2014-02-12 08:05:39
edit: nmnd
Last edited by Storm88000 on 2014-02-20 at 07-38-06.
2014-02-16 18:18:26
Want to go harder? punch holes from the interior structure and then use this tool:

will make it lighter and just as strong, if not stronger
2014-02-18 02:48:21
Interesting, are you going to/have you done that?
2014-02-20 07:46:36
2/20/14 update:

Since the car has been in the garage during this seemingly never ending winter, I've just been doing little things like cleaning and waxing a panel each night etc. A few days ago I was messing around in the trunk and took the carpeting out, and noticed I had missed a whole section of tar that is right behind the back seats. Don't know how I missed it but I got it this time.

It was a real pain in the ass. I spent last night and tonight, about 90 minutes each time with just a flat head screwdriver removing it, and it came out in small strips, tiny bits and pieces, not in big chunks like some of it did under the carpeting in the front of the car a few months ago.



It looks like beef jerky or something. Total weight of this bag about 6 pounds. Not much, but the tar I removed from the rest of the car a few months ago weighed just under 40lbs, so that's around 45lbs removed total. Then add the carpeting fuzz-stuff under the visible carpeting, that added up to like 12+lbs, and then some other smaller stuff, your already at like 60lbs out.

And for the convention or whatever, I'll take out the seats and visible carpeting, the rear belts, spare tire, jack & tools, roof handles, ashtray, sun visors, wwasher fluid reservoir, then it's something like 280lbs lighter and you really do feel it acceleration wise, and the car brakes with less effort. Not a huge amount but you can tell because the first time I got to a stop light (with even the front passenger seat removed which singularly is the heaviest thing you can take out ) you get on the brakes too hard and it suprises you. All makes sense, you get used to applying a fairly consistent amount of pressure on the brake pedal which is slightly different for every vehicle depending on the vehicle make/model and condition of the brakes etc.

Also I have no power steering, no rear spoiler, no A/C, no foglights, no sunroof, under drive pulleys, Fidanza flywheel, rolling on 12.6lb Rota Slips. The goal of being below 2,000lbs is getting closer. I may have to do something with the rear windows though to make that, and possibly a CF hood.. not sure yet.. depends how much weight that would save. I don't want to mess with hood pins and shit though -

I haven't touched the CD player or any of the 4 speakers, nor have I touched the headliner, dash board, or interior door panels. Headliner is in such perfect condition I'm almost afraid to mess with it
Last edited by Storm88000 on 2014-02-21 at 05-28-01.
2014-02-20 23:25:11
take out the heavy ass seat belts in the doors those babys are heavy as hell

put b14 belts in

might be in the 2500 range with driver if your lucky
2014-02-21 02:16:17
Originally Posted by morgans432
take out the heavy ass seat belts in the doors those babys are heavy as hell

put b14 belts in

might be in the 2500 range with driver if your lucky

Ok so I weigh 170lbs, you're saying even with all that stuff out it's only going to be down to 2,330lbs? Even with nothing in it? This thing is like a mule haha. No A/C button even on the dash from the factory.

P.S. I was thinking about the B14 belts.. also, there was someone saying that there are two 25lb side impact bars behind each of the interior door panels, so that's 50lbs. Do you know if they actually weigh that much?
Last edited by Storm88000 on 2014-02-21 at 02-18-57.
2014-02-21 03:25:25
never seen such bars just sheet metal and the belt assembly has to be close to 15 lbs thats what makes the doors sag in these cars
2014-02-21 05:22:40
Originally Posted by morgans432
never seen such bars just sheet metal and the belt assembly has to be close to 15 lbs thats what makes the doors sag in these cars

Okay thanks. Yep I remember messing with the passenger seat belt in this car a couple years ago and I was surprised at how heavy the assembly was, even the bolts themselves.
Last edited by Storm88000 on 2014-03-04 at 10-30-31.
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