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Old 02-08-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default reducing wieght on the gto

so what all can i take of the gto to make it as light as possible with no cuting or anything else, just on bolt and take off so it can go back on in the future.

im already taking off or out the rear seats, brace around gas tank, skid plate, v-brace under rear od car, spare tire and........................

.....anything else. tryn to make it light for drag strip no speech on safe or not, as long as the car can run i want the heavy **** off.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:53 PM   #2
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Id get at least a lightweight skidplate for under the car. Ive had my stock one hit the road before and its just a nice little bit of insurance.

Why not take out the passenger seat for the track thats well over 100lbs im sure. other than the stuff you listed and not going all out i think thats about it. you could take out carpet, panels, sound deadening, random plastic parts in engine bay.

But why not make more power to over come the weight
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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Looks like you've done a decent job already....find some light weight wheels. Stockers and many aftermarket ones weigh a ton

I think there are some carbon fiber/fiberglass hoods available


+1 on making more power. Might makes right.
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There's a really good thread on ls1gto.com about weight reduction. Can't remember, but it goes into heavy detail.
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Lightweight battery. Lightweight skid plate. Aftermarket exhaust system (headers, catless mids) also cuts down a fair bit of weight.

I second the wheels thought. Each corner of my car weighs over 50 lbs!
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:46 PM   #6
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there is also the front and rear bumper, and the rear spoiler..
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i did everything you did already. going to try for lighter wheels and lighter exhaust. i also took off my wing. need to drop it down to 3400 with driver haha i am at 3550 now with me in it not bad
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Once you get to that level, you start having to sacrifice weight for driveability and creature comforts.

A few things to consider:

- You'd be AMAZED at how much the factory carpet weighs. I've considered many times buying another carpet set, and somehow trying to cut the weight by losing or replacing the insulation.

- Gas weighs 8 lbs a gallon!

- Driver seat can go if you want to put in a stationary replacement. There are very tasteful race seats out there that could be bolted in quickly and shave at least 30-50 pounds.
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I know its petty but dont forget windshield wiper fluid. There is about 8 more lbs off the front. Since rotating I would go with wheels if I could afford them.
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water weighs 8lbs a gallon and fuel depending on type ranges... but on avg 6lbs a gallon....
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Your mom weighs 200+ pounds. Leave her at home, that'll lighten your load.

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Here are some things I did:

-Removed V brace (towing brace)
-Removed spare and tools.
-Removed fuel tank brace.
-Removed skid plate.
-Removed heat shields
-Catless mids, long tubes. Cat-back.
-Lighter wheels.

Thats a good 150+ pounds of weight saving there. spare and tools are 50 pounds alone.

Other things you can do:

-Remove the back seats
-Light weight battery
-Remove AC
-remove front passenger seat.
-If you are crazy, remove all panels (door panels, trunk liners, etc) and your radio.
-go on a diet, and dump your fat girlfriend.

Anything else I cant think of right now...

100 pounds = 10 hp Thats free HP!
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:01 PM   #13
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i have also heard of people removing the heat shielding from under the car mostly if they are running without a catback
take everything out of your pockets before you run and take everything off your keychain lol jk but yea u guys pretty much hit everything
relocating the battery to the back with a lighter weight one will not only help shave a couple pounds it will also help you keep your wheels on the track
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I removed everything the OP did and that worsened my 60' time. Couldn't hook for the life of me. Just add more power to the car and reduce weight from the front of the car not the back.
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Get wheels for racing I personally am looking at holeshot wheels. If I remember correctly they are a 3 piece rim that only weigh 11lbs each and run around $325 each for a 15" rim.
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Last year when I was at the track, I removed the spare, jack, and skid plate. This year I decided to reduce another 100 pounds. I'm reducing 56 pounds with lighter wheels and skinnier front tires. An Optima battery is a few pounds lighter than the stocker.

One thing I did today was remove the CD wallet I had stuffed under the seat, pulled all the CDs out of the console, cleaned out 3 years of oil change receipts, map, owner's manual, and other crap from the glove box. There was over 3 pounds of stuff when I weighed it.
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Remove Skid Plate, Remove Spare Tire, Jack, Remove Gas Tank Brace, Remove Y Brace Trailer Hitch Mount Underneath Car, Remove Battery, and add lightweight one, The one I have in mine only weighs 15 lbs
Also do the Holeshot or Weld Wheels if your looking to loose weight for drag racing. (SEE MY SIG) I have weld Pro Stars on Mine
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I removed everything the OP did and that worsened my 60' time. Couldn't hook for the life of me. Just add more power to the car and reduce weight from the front of the car not the back.
def makes a difference launching the car, but i did pick up MPH pretty good by taking everything out...i fixed my traction problems with slicks my raceweight had to be down in the 3500lb range, damn near trapped 120 cam only
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just add more power forget gutting the creature comforts!I added my custom turbos and picked up a 10 second pass..lol
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Remove Skid Plate, Remove Spare Tire, Jack, Remove Gas Tank Brace, Remove Y Brace Trailer Hitch Mount Underneath Car, Remove Battery, and add lightweight one, The one I have in mine only weighs 15 lbs
Also do the Holeshot or Weld Wheels if your looking to loose weight for drag racing. (SEE MY SIG) I have weld Pro Stars on Mine

How heavy is the factory battery? Thanks in advance for the info.
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