Weight reduction

Discussion in '1983-2005 S-Series models' started by dave_90_blazer, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. dave_90_blazer

    dave_90_blazer 1/2 ton status

    Jan 1, 2004
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    Melvindale, Michigan
    I am planing a V8 swap into a second gen 2wd truck(not sure what year yet, haven't bought one) and I am thinking of what I can do to drop weight, it will be a street/strip truck, but mainly strip

    I am planing on:
    pulling the interior
    running 2 race seats
    aluminum dash
    a cage (and using a lexan/plexi rear window)
    fiberglass hood
    remove the inner wheelwells
    pull OE fuel tank
    fuel cell in bed
    battery in bed
    strip all un-needed stuff under the hood
    lightweight race wheels(skinnies in front, 10" or more in rear)

    I am going to try to find a manual lock/window truck

    are there impact bars in the doors?

    anything else you can think off to pull?

    guesses on final weight with a SCB(450hp 355 for now) and 700R4(built)?
  2. Jagged

    Jagged 1 ton status

    Apr 25, 2005
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    I don't know if it's dried up mud, but my 95 blazer's crossmember looked like it had cement in it :) That'd be some weight redux.

    Other things to remove: HVAC, stereo (speakers), Plastic exterior crap, maybe find yourself a fiberglass rollpan, hitch (if equipped), tailgate, power mirrors (if equipped, sway for regular), "extra" hardware (exhaust hangars, etc), headlights (switch from sealed beam to composite if possible), intake manifold (go aluminum), aluminum heads, lightweight race starter, extra crap behind your dash (rest of the HVAC system), carpeting (get rid of all that insulation).

    That's about all I can think of right now.

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