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Can anyone help me? Im waiting for delivery of my gto and the first thing i wanna do is help her shed a few pounds. Big women do nothing for me. Anyone have tips and a little know how on whats the best way to get the pounds out and what to start with? I want to remove the reat seats but im concerned that may lighten the rear too much. Any help is appreciated thanks
 

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I don't know how much weight your trying to get off of her but its not gonna be easy. You could do the basics, pull spare tire and jack, back seats, ac compressor and other ac components, heater assembly, carbon fiber driveshaft if even available yet, smaller light weight wheels and skinnies up front, it probably has front and rear bumper supports, airbags, tubular suspension parts but again probably nothing out yet. I don't know about some people but after paying almost 30k for one of these cars there's no way I would do any of the stuff that I just mentioned but oh well. I weighed my car and with half a tank and about 40lbs of stuff in the trunk without me it was 3780.
 
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Start with the big heavy things,

The gas tank, and the engine are both really really heavy....so you could get rid of them... :)

Seroiusly, you can shed a few pounds, but not a ton,
Spare Tire
Spare Tire tools
Rear Seat
(replace fronts with not motorized cheapies)
Spoiler (you asked)
Light wieght Rims
If you go to the track, keep the gas tank under 1/4

But, is it work it? I don't think so, I'd worry more about where to spend money to increase airflow in and out of the engine, and then have it dyno tuned.
 

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well lets see.......who needs passenger seats rip em out,floors are easier to clean without carpet getting in the way,door panels are only cosmetic,shifter console gets in the way anyhow,headliner isn't needed,either are sun visors
that wing on the rear deck can go,a/c is for girls....thats a start
 

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Thanks guys. Im goin to order the skid plate and im considering the magnaflow cat back exhaust system. Ive always liked their products the most. Probably lose the reat seats as well as the spare and tools. Thanks again. Now if that damn truck would deliver my goat already...
 

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Weight


In addition to vehicle power, the overall weight of the vehicle and how it is distributed are very important to overall acceleration. In general terms, a weight reduction of 100 pounds will lower the ET by .1 second. Furthermore, the more weight that rests over the drive wheels, the better the traction and thus the quicker the time. Adjusting the weight for a street car is easy. For front wheel drive cars, be sure to remove as much stuff out of the trunk such as the spare tire, jack, etc. And don't forget to race with about a 1/4 of a tank of fuel. Extra gasoline adds weight over the rear wheels! For rear wheel drive cars, you can either follow the above advice, or actually leave everything in the trunk and run with a full tank of gas. The extra weight over the rear wheels will increase traction. For more serious race cars, consider permanent weight loss actions such as removing non-essential parts. One place to start is the interior. Serious track cars remove a lot of interior trim such as carpeting, passenger seats and sound deadening material. Serious weight can be removed from under the hood. Start by replacing heavy cast iron engine components and accessories, such as the intake manifold, exhaust manifold, and even the heads with lighter cast alloy or aluminum after-market units. A lighter intake manifold can save up to 40 pounds alone. You can also remove non-essential components such as the air conditioner compressor. You will often see an increase in performance along with a significant weight savings. Next, look at the body. Entire panels can be replaced with either aluminum panels (like the Super Duty Pontiacs of old), plastic inner fenders (used by some Oldsmobiles), drilled body panels (another Super Duty trick) or Carbon Fiber panels (as seen on many imports). The biggest gains are to be made with replacement of panels on the front of the car such as the front fenders and hood, and near the top of the car, such as the hood, roof, or trunk, which will reduce the center of gravity of the car, improving handling. True race cars even replace the heavy glass in the windows with a clear plexiglass to save a lot of weight up high. Just be aware that this is extremely dangerous for a street car as the plexi glass is harder to see out of and is probably illegal for use on public streets.

UNSPRUNG WEIGHT


An important concept is "unsprung weight." This is weight that is not supported by the suspension of the car. This usually includes the the weight of the wheels and tires as well as a percentage of the weight of the suspension itself, including control arms, anti-roll bars, shocks, and struts. Reducing unsprung weight is the key to improving handling. The lower the unsprung weight, the less work the shocks and springs have to do to keep the tires in contact with the road over bumpy surfaces. An easy way to reduce unsprung weight and improve traction is to replace stock wheels and tires with special lightweight wheels. Note that as the wheel diameter or width increases, the weight of the overall wheel and tire package increases, thereby increasing unsprung weight.
 
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