How to reduce car weight
There are plenty of tips and tricks that will reduce the curb weight of the car apart from simply removing the unnecessary stuff and the spare wheel from the trunk. The secret here is that most components can be dropped or replaced with the lightweight aftermarket goodies. In fact, it all depends on how far you are ready to go.
The first and most obvious option anyone can do is to replace the factory alloy wheels with the lightweight aluminum alloy wheels. Probably, it will not shed that many pounds but the benefits of lightweight wheels are far beyond the better acceleration times as you will also experience radical improvements in braking and handling. On top of that, the car will look nice!
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S V6 3dr Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van
- Car weight 6710 lbs.
S V8 3dr Rear-wheel Drive Cargo Van
- Car weight 6042 lbs.
Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 140 in. WB
- Car weight 6022 lbs.
Three-Row 4dr 4x4
- Car weight 6000 lbs.
WT 4x2 Regular Cab 133.6 in. WB SRW
- Car weight 5985 lbs.
The next step is to get rid of the heavy components that are responsible for the additional conveniences inside the vehicle like the heater matrix, fan, the air conditioning compressor or even windshield washing system. If some things like the battery cannot be removed they definitely can be swapped with a lighter version. The same principle may be applied to the steel body panels and bumpers that can be replaced with the glass fibre-reinforced plastic. This can give you a drastic weight economy but, as we have said, are you ready for that? If the answer is positive then consider swapping the glass windows with the polycarbonate ones. The biggest obstacle here to consider is the safety issues. The physics laws cannot be denied as the heavier vehicles have an advantage in collisions with the lighter ones.
Another area of the car that can help you reduce the car weight is the exhaust system. But many still prefer not to touch it if the sound really matters!
The drag guys, of course, will resort to all kinds of extremes such as ditching the back seats and the front passenger seat.