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GTO needs to be lighter

anyone put thought into making this car lighter? CF hood, new front seats (perhaps that lean forward better). maybe remove that steel jungle gym behind the gas tank.... any thoughts?
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How much do the stock wheels weigh? That unsprung weight can go a long ways.
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good question, have these would be nice though! (and cramming 285s in rear):

http://shop.sportruck.com/bcodd/cast/magneato.htm

I'll email them and see if there's a weight savings there.
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wheels.

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probably just a bunch of little things...

Lighter exhaust, headers, and wheels would probably be worth about 100 lbs alone
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Also you have to realize the use of Iron in the suspension from austrailia to beef it up becasue the roads down under are alot rougher then the ones in the good old USA
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I hope to replace seats too with ones that fold forward and are maybe 50 lbs lighter each. anyone tried this? the local shop says no plug and play base is available yet......
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What about taking the back seats out for track days... that should save about 75 lbs...
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Yeah, you could park with all of the "ricer" cars and have a pile of interior parts laying in your pit area. Then you could install your plastic roll bar (for looks of course), your chrome fire extinguisher (mounted to your plastic roll bar), and you would be set.

Just kidding.

Don't forget that those rear seats are sitting right over the rear tires. The loss of a few pounds may hurt traction more than the half of a tenth you may cut from the weight savings. Someone needs to be the "lab rat" and test it out.
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anyone put thought into making this car lighter? CF hood, new front seats (perhaps that lean forward better). maybe remove that steel jungle gym behind the gas tank.... any thoughts?
If I had the money to afford a GTO I would probably leave it how it is. Now if I was going for the lightest GTO I would follow this list below!

-2 Cobra carbon backed race seats
-Carbon Fiber hood
-Carbon Fiber Trunk
-Carbon fiber bumpers and fenders
-Kosei K1 Racing ultra light wheels
-Pull up the carpet and start scraping out the sound deadening material.

I guarantee you with all of that you would drop weight like you were on the Atkins diet!
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