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Old 01-15-2015, 12:35 AM   #1
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How to shave weight in front of car?

I really want to make my car better balanced, so how would i go about shaving weight in the FRONT END, where it is too heavy.
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Tubular K member, relocate battery to the trunk. Carbon Fiber hood


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how mud weight would i shave with the carbon fiber hood. specifically this one. and will it let rain/water into my engine bay and is this bad for the engine???

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how mud weight would i shave with the carbon fiber hood. specifically this one. and will it let rain/water into my engine bay and is this bad for the engine???

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A carbon fiber hood will actually weigh more than your stock hood.

You can remove your sway bar, run a tubular radiator support, and lightweight wheels are a good start.
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how mud weight would i shave with the carbon fiber hood. specifically this one. and will it let rain/water into my engine bay and is this bad for the engine???

106262 Carbon Creations CV-X Hood for at Andy's Auto Sport

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how mud weight would i shave with the carbon fiber hood. specifically this one. and will it let rain/water into my engine bay and is this bad for the engine???

106262 Carbon Creations CV-X Hood for at Andy's Auto Sport
They answer the rain question on that product page:

: The hood I'm considering buying from Andy's is vented and has openings in it that appear to expose it to rain. Should I be concerned about that? Will it be harmful to my vehicle if rain goes through those vents into my engine bay? Is there a way to protect against that from happening?
A: Adding guards could potentially defeat the purpose of a vented hood, which is to help cool your engine bay. Some customers do get creative and add their own diverters under the hood for a custom solution to the perceived problem, but you would have to figure out how to attach them and whether there's room under the hood in the first place. That being said, we have never heard of any problems running a vented hood as-is, and we've done it ourselves for many years without any issues to speak of.

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no cost = remove under hood insulation. I imagine the battery will also make a big difference.
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Front End Weight Loss

Steeda has a tubular lower radiator support to replace the stock I-beam piece. Not sure of the current price but it saved about 15LBs. way up front. Good bang for the buck.
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so funny how no ones mentioned take out the motor.lol
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so funny how no ones mentioned take out the motor.lol
relocate the engine to the trunk!

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what do you mean the carbon fiber hood will weigh more? and what kind of idiot removes a sway bar?
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what do you mean the carbon fiber hood will weigh more? and what kind of idiot removes a sway bar?

A lot of the time a company will do layers of fiberglass inside and layers of CF on the outside.... A TRUE carbon fiber hood will weigh less than any stock hood.


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A lot of the time a company will do layers of fiberglass inside and layers of CF on the outside.... A TRUE carbon fiber hood will weigh less than any stock hood.


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This is completely and udderly out of the question.
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This is completely and udderly out of the question.
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and what kind of idiot removes a sway bar?
My sway bar is long gone. You asked about removing weight from the front end and that's a good amount removed.

What kind of idiot buys a V6 Mustang and is then worried about weight savings?
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A lot of the time a company will do layers of fiberglass inside and layers of CF on the outside.... A TRUE carbon fiber hood will weigh less than any stock hood.
Not on these cars. Currently no one makes a carbon fiber hood that weighs less than the stock hood. Including Harwood.
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To my knowledge, there is no tubular K-member for the 3.7.
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and what kind of idiot removes a sway bar?
People who only need to go in a straight line, aka the drag strip. Prior to 2010-11, I don't think the V6 Mustangs even came with a rear sway bar. Do a bit of research and you'll see that it's not that rare to see sway bar removal as a mod.
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Drag cars don't need the sway bar since they just go in a straight line. Now for weight reduction for cornering you definitely keep the sway bars. Drop weight other ways.


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To my knowledge, there is no tubular K-member for the 3.7.
Works on the V6 and GT:

http://m.americanmuscle.com/bmr-kmember-black-1114.html

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You can go ricer and remove the ac and power steering. Lol!
Not really ricer, just dumb unless your car is a dedicated race car and not your daily.

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Not really ricer, just dumb unless your car is a dedicated race car and not your daily.

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Yea i wouldn't consider that rice, because it is actually helping performance (power steering removal is debatable).

My car's AC doesn't work so i thought about just deleting it or actually getting it fixed. Ricer would be vinyl wrapping your hood carbon fiber to make it look like its carbon fiber when it really isn't.
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Deleted the ps and AC in my track rx7. That was a good 50lbs of parts not to mention the reduced rotational mass on the engine. Granted it sucked *** trying to park in any normal parking lot, but it handled like a gokart and made so much room in the bay.

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i can tell you from experience carbon fiber hoods are a pain in the *** to keep up maintenance on. You must wax it every 7 to 10 days so the hood doesnt turn yellow. Depending on how well you keep up waxing the hood you will eventually have to wet sand it to make it look new again. Some CF hoods will get spider vein cracks in them and it will slowly spread out. Not worth the maintenance carbon fiber needs. If its inside the engine bay or dash kit that it shouldnt be half as bad but any cf outside the car is a PITA. Eagle Nano Wax is a good wax for carbon fiber hoods. The wax has to be water based i believe instead of oil based for it to be used on carbon fiber hoods. Meguiar and Eagle nano wax are good ones for waxing carbon fiber.

Steeda radiator support, any K member, and even a big brake kit will all reduce weight from the front of our cars. Different batteries will reduce weight off the front of our car as well. Aftermarket sway bars might reduce weight as well compared to the stock one.
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i can tell you from experience carbon fiber hoods are a pain in the *** to keep up maintenance on. You must wax it every 7 to 10 days so the hood doesnt turn yellow. Depending on how well you keep up waxing the hood you will eventually have to wet sand it to make it look new again. Some CF hoods will get spider vein cracks in them and it will slowly spread out. Not worth the maintenance carbon fiber needs. If its inside the engine bay or dash kit that it shouldnt be half as bad but any cf outside the car is a PITA. Eagle Nano Wax is a good wax for carbon fiber hoods. The wax has to be water based i believe instead of oil based for it to be used on carbon fiber hoods. Meguiar and Eagle nano wax are good ones for waxing carbon fiber.

Steeda radiator support, any K member, and even a big brake kit will all reduce weight from the front of our cars. Different batteries will reduce weight off the front of our car as well. Aftermarket sway bars might reduce weight as well compared to the stock one.

The yellowing is the gel coat, it's not actually clear coated. Take it to a shop and have them prep and clear it and it will act like any other body part but look like Carbon Fiber still. Or you can just paint it. Either way you don't want to just buy it and put it on.


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The v6 is really close to a 50/50 balance from the factory.
After you add twins and big brakes up front, you'll want to balance it out (since you also deleted your rear seat and most of your exhaust)

You can start out with a tubular k member (or something of the sort), relocate the battery, delete the sway bar (if you're a drag car) (ill keep it short since we are only talking front end weight)

If you're going all out, and money is out of the question, then do an sla swap, carbon fiber front end, doors,


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Ahh, i thought i'd only ever seen it listed for the 5.0. Doing a specific "3.7L K-member" search didnt come up with anything.
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