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Old 23 Apr 2011, 12:34 am
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OK so I know i'm in left field but I am thinking about building a pt cruiser into an asphalt circle track race car. I know they weigh around 3100# from the factory. How much weight can I safely say I can cut out of this vehicle? I got more questions but before I invest everyones time and start asking questions I wanna see if it is even possible to trim enough weight.

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Old 23 Apr 2011, 01:32 am
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probably a couple hundred pounds by removing the passenger and rear seats.
then again you'll want to install a roll bar which is gonna add some of that weight back.
not much else you can safely remove that will reduce the weight by any means. i guess the spare tire and the cage that holds it might bring it down around 50 more pounds.
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Old 23 Apr 2011, 01:55 am
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plus all the plastic panels on the inside might shed an extra hundread or so, carpet can shed some more.... probly gona have to drop a differant engine in. remove the back window wiper motor, replace the windows with lighter plexy or lexan.
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Old 23 Apr 2011, 06:26 am
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Carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber hatch (with no window) will help alot.

15"-16" light-weight wheels.

AC delete, radio delete, h.balancer removal (if you've got a stick) are just a few suggestions as well.
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Old 23 Apr 2011, 12:05 pm
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Pics as you go, please. I'd like to see this when finished!
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Old 23 Apr 2011, 01:52 pm
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I would hit them up on ptcrew. Several there do autoX and can give you an idea of what is needed.
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Old 25 Apr 2011, 10:25 pm
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seats, carpet, dash, plastuc door skins, plastic wheel wells, a/c, cruise, heater core, other non essential items under the hood. All glass will be removed front will be replaced with lexan, back hatch completly removed. All of this is what I plan on removing. I was more wondering if anyone had a thought on how much this would weigh after those removals. I will give ptcrew a shot see what they ahve to say.

An engine mod is not an option need stock engine. the 2.4 will work primo as long as I can get the weight down.

It is pretty late in the off season this will be a back of the stove project, more then likely sidelined till fall but possibly a july project
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