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Old 04-10-2007, 05:40 PM   #11
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dont forget the seat belts and bumper supports. the rear belts and both supports are good for 35lbs
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:16 PM   #12
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I am not taking off the bumper supports. Without them a small wreck would destroy the car.
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I am not taking off the bumper supports. Without them a small wreck would destroy the car.
2.5mph any more than that and your frame will get dinged anyway. if the accident is at 5mph then the rest of the car is still going to get hurt.

now step back and think. how much distance does it take to go from 5mph to 0mph?

i took mine out, got into an accident going less than 30mph and have no regrets.

i do recommend that you keep the support bar in your doors in place and your airbags functional.
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:14 PM   #14
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Nice. I've been thinking about stripping the green machine, but it seems like every time I go to a protest, I end up giving four or five anarchists rides home.

They never get used otherwise.
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There are companies that manufacture lightweight seats and trim pieces. Most of the interior pieces in cars have unessessary filler material that adds a huge amount of dead weight. It's not uncommon for tuners to remove 300 lbs or more from their interior by switching to lighter seats and other stuff.

One particularly egregious offender is the interior of the Ford Crown Victoria. A while back, two cops got into a car accident, and the dashboard fell and crushed both their legs.
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Yeah, your seats are heavy. Mine are only like 18 pounds. Do you have sound proofing to scrape out? Might be worth 20-30 pounds?
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:15 PM   #17
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Yeah the seats are defiantly heaver then on my Saturn. I saw some tar and went to scape it but it just chipped off in tiny pieces so I am not going to mess with it.

I found about $1 worth of change under the seats
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Nice. I've been thinking about stripping the green machine, but it seems like every time I go to a protest, I end up giving four or five anarchists rides home.
REAL anarchists don't mind sitting on sheet metal. :-)
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Lol. I'm more worried about their bikes hitting them in the back if the trucker I'm drafting decides to slam on his brakes.
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I'm taking a more personal approach by removing 8lbs of spare tire off of ME in the last two weeks. I'm gunning to drop another 30 by mid-summer.

Depending on the car, a person could often save as much as 20 lbs per seat (or more) by going to racing buckets. The cheapest ones from RCI weigh less than 8 lbs. each, but they're not really race legal in many competitions (if one cares) as they are made out of molded plastic. A more robust and comfortable tube frame seat can be had for about $200 each and usually weigh in the mid-teens (vs. upper twenties to upper thirties for most stock seats).

And as far as tar removal is concerned, it's best to take advantage of cold weather. Often some light impacts with a mallet are enough to shatter chunks of it off with relatively little effort. Otherwise you'll need to scrape, which is a messy affair at good scraping temperature.
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