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Post Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 Subject: Interior Part Weight Reduction List: email@example.com Hello all, I figured if there are any truly "hardcore" XR owners on this list, they, if anyone, would appreciate this. Cliff Walton hooked me up with some Sierra interior parts. I've been putting them in my race car in preparation for the new season. As the car is presently about 300 lbs overweight in race trim, I'm always looking for class-legal ways to cut weight off the car. I was moderately successful with the installation of the parts listed below. I took the time to compare the weights of European to the North American interior components as they would directly replace one another. Here is the list and a comparison: US: armrest w/ cassette holder etc. 2.26 Graphic Display Module 0.40 shifter surround, manual tranny 0.31 digital clock 0.29 e-brake boot 0.06 clock/GDM bucket 0.35 warning lamp surround 0.29 ---- total 3.95 European: center console 0.53 e-brake cover 0.25 cubby w/ clock (analog) 0.52 w/o clock 0.35 clock itself 0.17 shifter surround, manual tranny 0.32 ---- total 1.64 As you see, by changing interior components, I've saved 2.31 lbs, as measured on a trade-legal scale, recently calibrated, accurate to the 1/100th of a pound. I just calculated the dollar/lb ratio and it ain't all that hot. I spent more than $20/lb. I figure a carbonfiber hood would run me about $12.50/lb.Back to the Tech Articles main page
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