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    Default More Power and Weight Savings

    For those that race their R/T, it's not just more power put to the ground, suspension tuning, and continuous experience, but also "trimming the fat" that made you quicker. Trimming too much makes for a "Flexi-Flyer", then added weight in restructure support might be needed. What are some of the things you have done to save weight, that have really made a difference? Windshield glass replaced with Lexan???

    Note: Some will know what a Flexi-Fiyer is, and some will have to Google-Search for it.
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    That depends on how far you want to go. You want a tin can like Dave/Chad (or even further) or do still want to keep A/C and other creature comforts. I had my CC down below 3700 lbs (3698 is still below 3700, dammit) with a half tank of gas before I pulled it all apart this last time. I'd like to get it down below 3200 after the backhalf so I can get it cert'd to 25.2 and not have to go 25.3 with the extra expense/weight, but we'll see...

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    That is a lot of weight removal. Mine weighted at Sacramento Drags back in 2013, 4130 as stated in my signature. Me out of the drivers seat with spare tire removed.
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    2000 Bright White CC (1/553)
    Dyno'ed 07/05/13 (126,000 Miles) 230 Hp / 308 Tq
    14.6 @ 93 mph (2.18 60 ft.), 4130 lbs.(1/2 tank gas)
    Truck Pictures --> http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v9...Clough/Dakota/

    1985 Kawasaki GPz550
    2003 SV650S (Race)
    1973 W100 Powerwagon


    Mater: I don’t need to know where I’m goin’, I just need to know where I been!

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    I'm going to forget some stuff, but:

    Entire A/C system and heater box removed
    Fiberglass hood
    Fiberglass rollpan
    Spare tire removed
    Rear seat, rear seat belts, and under seat storage stuff removed
    Manual steering conversion
    Caltracs and monoleafs
    4BBL M1, headers, and dumped single exit exhaust
    Converted to 5-lug up front with Mustang brakes and Cobras wheels

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    Installing a fiberglass hood will reduce weight ,

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    Not much...

    Removed all stock wiring and PCM
    Manual brakes
    Manual steering
    727
    Gutted interior,
    Aluminum door panels
    Aluminum dash
    Stock dash in the trash
    Cut this and that out
    Aluminum Heads
    Bogarts
    No AC
    Fiberglass hood....
    Ounces add up to pounds, if you see it doing nothing, lose it.

    I'm probably close to 3100 lbs now.
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    There's a lot info on this, do a search...I've posted up the savings over the years.

    The trick is to remove EVERYTHING you can and then add weight over the rear end, I have 53# chunk of lead bolted in the very back.
    And DON'T take out the spare tire carrier, it's weight where you need it and it really stiffens up the frame.
    I bolted one back in.
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    And you can do it so it still looks good, my truck still wins awards when I take it out to car shows.
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