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Old 05-25-2006, 03:33 AM   #21
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i was wondering what are some major ways to cut some weight on my 90 turbo supra, i was thinking ripping the rear seats and a carbon fiber hood and maybe lexsand rear window if they make them. any other suggestions?
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:43 AM   #22
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get new seats, a/c, power steering, carbon fiber or fiberglass hatch, lighter rims, carpet, take out all of the sound deadening stuff under the carpet, etc...
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:24 AM   #23
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Might get one of them donut tires that looks like hell instead of the full sized spare or just have a couple of cans of fix a flat. If you go that route you can dump the jack too. A passenger seat for the driver side might be an idea too if you can swap the crank and recline handle to the other side, its gotta be much lighter than the electric drivers one.
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The seats so weigh a LOT!! You could probably save a hundred lbs by getting aftermarket seats. After that the weight savings go out in much smaller increments. The Supra is just a heavy car. It was supposed to be a touring car and quiet, but it is sad that with all the weight, it isn't very rigid. If I take my targa top off, I can really feel the car flex, I mean it is very noticeable!

It seems like it would be easier to get stiffer suspension mods and more power than lightening up these cars or buy the MK 1V.

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Taking the rear seats out wont do much. They weigh a total of like 15 lbs. All the back seats are is pads. The front seats tho, do weigh a lot. Even the passenger seat is still pretty heavey, but the drivers is terrible. You should also get a lighter 1 piece driveshaft, and all the lighter rotating things. Rotatiing weight is worse for your car than static weight. Getting a CF/FB hood and hatch and fenders would save a lot too. And find a way to eliminate the front and rear bumpers, unless you live in NJ. haha. I would also suggest stripping the whole inside and welding up all the seams. They used cheap spot welds all over, which allow the car to flex a lot. Also did anyone ever make a set of subframe connectors? they make a BIG difference in the F bodies and Mustangs. An btw, all targa/T-top cars are flexy like that. The roof is a big piece of structure.
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An btw, all targa/T-top cars are flexy like that. The roof is a big piece of structure.
the reason i would never own a convertable
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Ive been thinking about the subframe connectors, Someone should market some noone seems to care how their supra handles. Aside from ridiculously overpriced coilovers, and strut bars, Which btw wouldnt do anything cause the mk3 does not have struts and there is no lateral force on the shocks, There isnt really any suspension parts available. Im sure the SF connectors would tighten the car up a lot. Its the same unibody construction as most rwd sports cars, And they do wonders on other cars for traction. Im sure the car has potential to handle great. As it already does, Stock.
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the mk3 does not have struts
huh? arent struts and shocks the same? if not someone enlighten me
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shocks just resist the movement of the suspension, and give the spring a place to act, in the mk3 anyway. A strut is actually a structural piece of the suspension. It takes the place of the upper a arm and shock/spring. Which is why strut bars and camber plates are useless on supras. Camber plates are for whne you lower a front wheel drive car, it moves the struts out, so the camber isnt so far in. And stut tower braces stop the struts from moving closer and away from each other, which also doesnt happen on a supra, because it has shocks. Mk3 btw, not too sure if mk4 is struts or shocks
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BTW, Someone should make a "Lightening your Supra" sticky, because it seems to be something a lot of people want to do.
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