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Old 05-24-2005, 13:14   #1 (permalink)
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xy diet?

anybody got any good tips how to shed some wieght off an xy ute without it looking out of place?
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Old 05-24-2005, 16:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: xy diet?

id say in teh engine bay is ya best bet more alloys less heavy metals. fuel cell? what is teh purpose of this beast?
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Old 05-24-2005, 17:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: xy diet?

XF front brakes - alloy calipers
Borg Warner diff - big weight saving there
Remove spalsh guards from under front guards - need to remove guards to get them off
Take out the heater box
Some really light front seats - apparently Honda Prelude/CRX seats very nearly fit
Lightest wheels you can find
Remove all carpet underlay and other insulation
Take leaves out of the rear springs
Remove towbar

If you want to get really serious, sandblast all removeable panels (especially on the inside where the tar stuff is) and respray with as little paint as possible

Get that great lump of a Cleveland engine out of there and replace it with a good 6 - Crossflow or 2V 250

Change the front end to Fairlane panels - you already have this don't you?

As gros16 says, anything on the engine that is cast iron that can be replaced with alloy will save a lot - especially the heads...
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I agree with all those suggestions, some of them I wonder exactly how much they'd do. I mean stuff like removing carpet underlay and soundproofing thats almost gonna be negligable, not worth it. I wouldn't really hesitate in how much paint I applied as the advantages gained as far as weight goes is nearly nothing. Of course depends how serious you are as every little bit counts.

Good thing this topic came up cause I have lots of questions about lightweight parts and panels for an XY, I might wanna do one up with fibreglass bonnet, quarters, doors, bumpers, boot, you name it and I was wondering about the how much weight these sorts of things shed.

ZC-CRUISER, the guy wants his car to go faster and you suggest to go a smaller engine, I should slap you. lol. By the way, do you know how much weight can be lost by going honda seats?
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By the way, do you know how much weight can be lost by going honda seats?
If you've ever pulled out the seats from a Fairlane or Falcon you just know anything is likely to be lighter!
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cheers guys its a street/fun car unfortunatley my wheels are heavy
seats no problem engine alloy parts iv started on that but the heads vs cost vs what i want car for is a big thread in itself
was thinking get a glass bonnet made also front bumper/alloy rad
never realised the fairlane stuff was lighter???
hiya zc i pm,d ya the other day i got a message you replied but couldnt read em because my folder was full re send if you like
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Good thing this topic came up cause I have lots of questions about lightweight parts and panels for an XY, I might wanna do one up with fibreglass bonnet, quarters, doors, bumpers, boot, you name it and I was wondering about the how much weight these sorts of things shed.
If I had bathroom scales, I'd go weigh some parts, but I don't at the moment, so I would only be guessing.

If you can put up with a bit of flimsiness, you can save a LOT of weight with composite parts - the boat we sail on is a 31' x 18' catamaran which is all foam sandwich and weighs only 1500kg with the 9.9hp Yamaha outboard fitted but without the mast - still pretty light.
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ZC-CRUISER, the guy wants his car to go faster and you suggest to go a smaller engine, I should slap you. lol. By the way, do you know how much weight can be lost by going honda seats?
Best thing about a six in the XY body?
PLENTY of room for a turbo.
Always remember the racer's rule:
Light is Right.
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here is my XY, all done ready for someone to buy it. Its very light and there is a rhino coating in the floor area so no carpet needed.
someone buy me
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Best thing about a six in the XY body?
PLENTY of room for a turbo.
True, if you were gonna turbo it it'll fly. But an NA V8 would be better if you worked it right, depends what you want.

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Always remember the racer's rule:
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Remember the other racers rule, no substitute for cubic inches.
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Remember the other racers rule, no substitute for cubic inches.
The only replacement for displacement is forced induction...
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