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how to reduce weight


meng
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109831 posted 02/05/04 10:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
what do u guys do to reduce weight on galants? i want to reduce weight of my 3100+lbs galant gsr. And where to get cheap intercooler pipes, cause i need some. thanks

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silly4turbo
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109832 posted 02/05/04 10:50 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
dave brode is making intercooler piping, see the parts for sale section ...and I think pivey on this site had a whole list of weight loss items... I bet if you do a search it'll come up

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a_santos
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109833 posted 02/05/04 10:51 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
You can start by replacing the front seats with lightweight racing seats. A good 30lbs can be saved per seat. Then you can remove the AC and switch to a manual steering rack. After that you can strip all of the sound deadning material. Then if you want you can also remove the 4ws system. If you are still not satisfied, you can get a lighter wheel and tire package. You will have to pay up for this though, as the stock package is pretty light to start with.

Tha pretty much covers the basic weight reduction.

If you want cheap intercooler pipes get them from Dave Brode.

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Pivvay
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109834 posted 02/05/04 01:19 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
http://www.shiftedthinking.com/pivvay/weightloss.html

It's pretty current but I'll update it once I get the cage in and get the car back on a scale. I haven't had a chance to do that lately.

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drew
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109835 posted 02/05/04 02:59 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
quote:
Originally posted by a_santos:
You can start by replacing the front seats with lightweight racing seats. A good 30lbs can be saved per seat. Then you can remove the AC and switch to a manual steering rack. After that you can strip all of the sound deadning material. Then if you want you can also remove the 4ws system. If you are still not satisfied, you can get a lighter wheel and tire package. You will have to pay up for this though, as the stock package is pretty light to start with.

Tha pretty much covers the basic weight reduction.

If you want cheap intercooler pipes get them from Dave Brode.

Lose cruise control
Lose the auto seat belts
Lose the jack and the spare tire
Lose the spare tire cover
smaller/lighter battery
Lose the 4ws lines
titanium exhaust
89 galant glove box and lower driver's side dash.

those are some "simple" weight loss projects that wouldn't affect comfort

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Pivvay
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109836 posted 02/05/04 03:17 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Lose the exahust at the track. Mine weights 55 pounds...

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OrganicMechanic
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109837 posted 02/05/04 03:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
trim both the front and rear bumper reinforcments

pull the backseat

go on a low carb diet(shoot-out is really not that far away)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109838 posted 02/05/04 05:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Put down that double cheeseburger. [Big Grin]

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109839 posted 02/05/04 05:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Don't forget the ABS! That shit sucks anyway. You can also ditch the stereo and speakers, get a fiberglass, aluminum, or CF hood, replace the sunroof with a lexan/aluminum/CF panel, replace the power antenna with a fixed one, ditch the foglights, ditch the spoiler, replace hood latch and hinges with 4 pins, gut rear door beams (assuming you have no rear passengers/seats), convert electric windows to manual, replace rear door glass with plexiglass/lexan, get an aluminum X-fer case, a lightened flywheel (which has other benefits), ditch the charcoal canister and other emissions BS... hmm. That's all that I can think of off the top of my head. Ooh, maybe some tubular or aluminum lower control arms, if you can find them.

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OrganicMechanic
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109840 posted 02/05/04 06:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
OK how many of us have done the whole list? [Big Grin]

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henrok
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109841 posted 02/05/04 07:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
now can someone just put all these answers into one single reply and call it that, then anyone else who wants to add to it can just click on add function and do so. lol. just an idea to save space. consolidate

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109842 posted 02/05/04 09:44 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
No one spoke of the 750 dollar aluminum driveshaft from the driveshaft shop in Jersey.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109843 posted 02/05/04 09:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have done most of the above. I have not weighed the car yet but my list of weight savings is:

cf hood
cf fenders
cf trunk
cf dash- I still have to design this
cf sunroof blockoff plate-- the sunroof mechanism is very heavy.

NO 4WS
no ac
no cruisecontrol
no carpet
no soundeadening
no backseat
no centerconsole

I also removed all of the door crashbars
lexan windows
I drilled out the spotwelds and removed all of the brackets for the dash,centerconsole,seats
A fuel cell
race seats
I am also replacing the stock wiring harness with a painlees/autronic one
jdm bumper
lighweight battery
wheels/tires
Al. driveshaft, I forgot thanks Curtis

I think that is everything but if I think of any more, I will add them. I am adding some weight in a few places, roll cage, exh. manifold, Tce big brakes for road course track days, fuel pump and lines, and an electric power steering pump- The stock one doesn't fit with the full- race manifold.

- mike

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meng
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109844 posted 02/05/04 10:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
which galant has the manual windows? And how do i gut the rear door beams? What is the charcoal canister? very interested, sorry for all the questions im a noob. thanks

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Pivvay
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109845 posted 02/05/04 11:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
mike,

any word on that trunk lid, fenders etc carbon piece for us? I have a lot more weight to lose.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109846 posted 02/06/04 03:20 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I all for the weight savings. Especially if its CF. But... its a street car/almost daily driver. My last car turned street car, got gutted, and it got to where I didnt wanna drive it anymore.
When I go to the track, it will be in full dress: cruise, A/C, everything. Its hot in the summer and I wanna be able to turn on my A/C on the return road! [Big Grin]

I think there is somthing to be said for a car thats fast and still has all the ceature comforts. But then again... maybe Im gettin old... [Confused]

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Pivvay
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 109847 posted 02/06/04 06:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
For anyone who doesn't like gutting a perfect galant...i'm not. My car is an S-title anyway. It might as well be fast [Roll Eyes]

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