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3rd Gen Weight Reduction Ideas/Tips?

There isn't much information on weight reduction for the 3rd Gen 6, if anyone has any ideas or tips please share! I've been trying to work on weight reduction before I do more significant mods such as wheels, exhaust and ECU tune.


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Are you planning to race? You can remove the seats, but that won't be practical. You might want to replace the seats instead. I have seen the front seats replaced with RECARO but I'm not sure if this is possible for backseats.


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You can also remove the foams in the doors. I have no idea how "heavy" those light materials are but surely, the car will be noisier. Sound quality of your stereo might be affected. Going to the extreme is removing the door covers.

On the day of the race, you can leave the spare tire in your paddock and everything else that is removable like tools and car carpets.

Carbon fiber hood is also an option. I just don't know the significant effect but it should contribute in the over all weight reduction. Replacing the rims with lightweight alloy wheels should be good but you have mentioned it.

If I may add, the driver! You can reduce your weight and maintain it at the minimum BMI.
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Other than removing the spare tire, jack, and trunk mat thing, I dont see much else you could remove without making your interior look like ass. Maybe remove the carpeted trim in the trunk too.

The exhaust on this car is pretty heavy if I recall correctly, as are the wheels, so I bet those are gonna be your best bet after tossing everything in the trunk.
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Curious as to why you want to reduce the weight and how much you're trying to reduce it.

Without turning it into a race care (striping it down) there's not a lot you can do besides the trunk area as mentioned.

The most effective weight reduction comes by reducing the un sprung weight. Tires and rims, light weight rotors and calipers (if available) would make a noticeable difference as these are un sprung weight items.
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Are you planning to race? You can remove the seats, but that won't be practical. You might want to replace the seats instead. I have seen the front seats replaced with RECARO but I'm not sure if this is possible for backseats.




You can also remove the foams in the doors. I have no idea how "heavy" those light materials are but surely, the car will be noisier. Sound quality of your stereo might be affected. Going to the extreme is removing the door covers.

On the day of the race, you can leave the spare tire in your paddock and everything else that is removable like tools and car carpets.

Carbon fiber hood is also an option. I just don't know the significant effect but it should contribute in the over all weight reduction. Replacing the rims with lightweight alloy wheels should be good but you have mentioned it.

If I may add, the driver! You can reduce your weight and maintain it at the minimum BMI.

I don't really plan on racing/tracking, I just wanted to do little things to reduce the weight so that the mods that come after can benefit. Although it's a small effect I also want to reduce the weight to increase the car's efficiency. Thanks for the solid tips!


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Maybe get out of the car? Kick your passengers out?

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I swapped my 19's for 17's, saved 10lbs per corner.

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I swapped my 19's for 17's, saved 10lbs per corner.
I swapped my 19s for 20s and still lost about the same because I went with fragile TSW Nurburgrings haha.
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I know this is a car forum, but with sportbikes every bit of weight loss can make a difference. Some folks get so caught in shaving a few grams here and there with titanium bolts, lightweight (but fragile) chaindrives, etc. But what a lot of people seem to forget is if you shed a few pounds yourself that can make an even bigger difference.


But yeah, if you're not racing the thing and still want to daily drive it, ditch the spare tire and accessories and get a lighter wheel/tire combo. Aftermarket exhaust will be a hair lighter as well.
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I know this is a car forum, but with sportbikes every bit of weight loss can make a difference. Some folks get so caught in shaving a few grams here and there with titanium bolts, lightweight (but fragile) chaindrives, etc. But what a lot of people seem to forget is if you shed a few pounds yourself that can make an even bigger difference.


But yeah, if you're not racing the thing and still want to daily drive it, ditch the spare tire and accessories and get a lighter wheel/tire combo. Aftermarket exhaust will be a hair lighter as well.
I wasn't gonna say it, but that's always in the back of my mind when I see people who are larger doing things like getting lightweight seats, removing spare tires and whatnot. A human being can weigh a LOT and it is the cheapest thing to modify (free).
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