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s197 Mustang. Best methods of weight reduction?

Are there any other things to take out of the car or off the car to reduce weight such as spare tire, jack, backs seats, etc.? i dont wanna strip the car down to nothing i just wanna shed the weight i can but also keep it reasonable at the same time. thankx for any help in advance.........and one more thing is it true that every hundred pounds you shed is like a tenth off in the 1/4 mile just wondering.............
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Don't run a full tank of gas. At 8lbs/gal it adds up quick. Passenger seat weighs a bunch if you're so inclined to remove it.

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thanks. what about if i take the sway bar off for less weight and if i did would i get better traction?
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thanks. what about if i take the sway bar off for less weight and if i did would i get better traction?
A K-member replacement can shave 20 lbs. A lightweight radiator support/sway bar delete is like another 26.

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ha i think i know what my next mods are gonna be lol.......... do you know of anything else i could do?
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and one more thing is it true that every hundred pounds you shed is like a tenth off in the 1/4 mile just wondering.............

That's what I've 'heard' anyway.

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Get some nice aftermarket "race" seats like Sparco. You can get them where they weigh about 20lb a seat. And these are the super nice ones.

I weighed my drivers seat, it was 92lb (all power leather) and my passanger seat was 70 something. That's a massive weight savings.

I also removed my bumpers that are under the bumper cover

Put the battery in the trunk

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Roush had C/F fenders and hoods. That will drop some weight along with your wallet


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(from my prior thread on the topic)

For people who are interested in weight-reduction ideas for thier vehicle but don't want to "sift" through absolutely EVERYTHING out there (which I "sortof" did but don't hold me responsible for finding them all), below are some threads/posts from the various AFM forums.

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If you want weight reduction ideas...

Front sway bar: 21 lbs
Front bumper: 24 lbs
Move battery to the trunk: 0 but moving a 50 lb box to the trunk improves traction
Replace steel hood with fiberglass hood: 15 lbs
Remove trunk/hatch carpet and sound deadener: 15 lbs
Remove tailpipes and install turn downs: 20 lbs
Remove rear seats and associated parts: 47 pounds
Remove front seats and replace with lightweight racing seats: 24 lbs
Replace steering rack with 1981 or older manual rack and remove power steering pump: 16 lbs
Remove rear sway bar: 14 lbs (racing only)
Replace front wheels & tires with lightweight skinnies: 32 lbs
Remove heater, stereo, speakers, under carpet padding, center console, misc. interior items: 63 lbs
Replace rear wheels & tires with lightweight wheels and slicks: 20 lbs
Remove spare tire & jack: 42 lbs
Remove exhaust from header collector back: 51 lbs (racing only)
Remove window mechanisms and side impact bracing within doors: 36 lbs
Replace iron heads with aluminum: 40 lbs
Replace radiator with aluminum: 15 lbs

Every hundred pounds is 1/10 or a second in the quarter - roughly one car length). It takes 10 horses to undercome every hundred pounds. You do the math. It is always cheaper for the car to diet than for you to add horses.


http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/5-0l-tech/114563-1989-mustang-gt-convertible-diet.html#post992870

http://forums.corral.net/forums/showthread.php?t=44422

http://forums.corral.net/forums/showthread.php?t=660756

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-talk/100580-weight-versus-horsepower-what-formula.html


BMR weight reduction info: http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-talk/99238-suggestions-cai-tune-kit-2008-a.html#post853908

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/v6-talk/89486-what-all-possible-weight-reduction.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/4-6l-talk/89005-how-remove-front-bumper-support.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/4-6l-tech/88417-quick-should-i-surface-flywheel.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-mustang-gt-tech/83219-how-does-panhard-rod-work.html#post703037

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-mustang-gt-tech/82817-aftermarket-driveshaft-steel-vs-aluminum-2.html#post700727

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/v6-talk/78878-2004-mustang-v6-racing-seats.html#post662470

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/4-6l-tech/78720-k-guys-here-we-go-4.html#post662055

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2-3l-talk/77631-weight-reduction-will-removing-my.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/v6-talk/73594-how-to-get-in-11s-3.html#post602398

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2-3l-talk/73650-mustang-rear-seat-delete-kit.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-mustang-gt-tech/71737-the-new-driveshaft-has-arrived-3.html#post585152

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/5-0l-tech/69843-need-advise-weight-reduction-my.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-talk/69136-best-way-strip-gt-weight.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/94-95-tech/66908-weight-reduction-question.html

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-mustang-gt-tech/63833-1-piece-driveshaft-tune-2.html#post497163
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Our hoods are Aluminum so not much weight savings there.

I relieved about 30 lbs by removing the axle weights on my car. Some of the 2005 to 2006 mustangs came from the factory with these weights on them. They are huge blocks of metal bolted under the axles.

The carpet in the trunk with the board under it will alleviate some weight.

The stock rims and tires are heavy. I got some BFG G force sport tires which are smaller and that helped.The rims are the problem , Greg Welds bolt on rims will be out soon. I heard this from Kenneth. I believe anytime you can shed rotational mass it is more effective. The Power House Aluminum Drive Shaft is a big one also.

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Some guys dont realize but changing the stock mufflers also save weight lol specially if you replace them with LM´s or boomtubes.

The stockers are VERY heavy.

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thanks. what about if i take the sway bar off for less weight and if i did would i get better traction?
No you will get worse traction on turns. You can remove the front sway bar and you will get some weight . These cars are just heavy , the engineering .

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Some guys dont realize but changing the stock mufflers also save weight lol specially if you replace them with LM´s or boomtubes.

The stockers are VERY heavy.
i have the LM's and the o/r x pipe but i think i lost some power by having like no mufflers....
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Our hoods are Aluminum so not much weight savings there.

I relieved about 30 lbs by removing the axle weights on my car. Some of the 2005 to 2006 mustangs came from the factory with these weights on them. They are huge blocks of metal bolted under the axles.

The carpet in the trunk with the board under it will alleviate some weight.

The stock rims and tires are heavy. I got some BFG G force sport tires which are smaller and that helped.The rims are the problem , Greg Welds bolt on rims will be out soon. I heard this from Kenneth. I believe anytime you can shed rotational mass it is more effective. The Power House Aluminum Drive Shaft is a big one also.
Note to self i called summit racing and greg weld and asked if there racelite series wheels would fit our cars and they said yes that they would so i ordered some and when i got them to put em on they were nowhere close to bolting on so i had to send them back it was just a big waste of time
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