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Weight reductions on '89 Coupe?

Discussion in 'Interior / Exterior Modification' started by Jake-89CelicaGT, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Jake-89CelicaGT

    Jake-89CelicaGT Well-Known Member Donated!

    Anyone out there feel like posting me some information about a decent weight reduction for my coupe? I want to keep my A/C for the summer... I herd that is one thing you could remove... but is there much else?
  2. lone wolf

    lone wolf Well-Known Member Donated!

    Lose the interior, expecially the driver's seat which is real heavy!

    Use lightener wheels, lose spare tyre.
  3. 89celicagt

    89celicagt Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    I assume you just want to make the best out of what you have with no motor swap, so you want to loose weight. Front seat swaps, rear seat removal, spair tire removal, lighter rims/tires, custom made CF hood or 'glass hood/trunk. possibly a fuel cell conversion? I can't really think anything else, but you'd loose a few hundred.

    I personally don't see that as a viable option for me - just all of that alone the cost would be > or = to a ge swap and maybe close to 1/2 what a gte swap would cost so it would be a waste of $ for little gain. Mafix has done all of this, he'll probably chime in with his personal experience with the fe platform.

    EDit: hahaha, lonewolf beat me to most of it ^ :oops:
  4. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    that and you have a vert kevin. weight loss it kinda poinless in a vert
    interior removel and sound deading material removal will be a couple hundred
    front seat swap save about 100
    don't use a fuel cell. the factory gas tank is placed perfectly for balance
    a/c removal about 60
    swapping to lighter wheels...i think yours shouldn't be that heavy so no worries there
    lose the stereo stuff - weight varies
  5. 89celicagt

    89celicagt Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    ^ good points, thanks!

    I swear I read somewhere a ge in itself was lighter than the fe by a couple hundred, is that true?
  6. sr5punk

    sr5punk Well-Known Member

  7. Jake-89CelicaGT

    Jake-89CelicaGT Well-Known Member Donated!

    Thanks for all the responses guys! Summer time ill be rippin apart the interior it seems. Either that or find myself a 3sge..
  8. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    I don't see how that would work. The GE and FE share the same iron block, which is where most of the weight comes from, but the GE has a physically larger head because it's a true twin-cam. Plus I think the intake mani/exhaust mani may be a bit larger than the FE as well. All in all I would think the GE would weigh more than the FE, but the difference is probably negligable.
  9. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    i'd say the GE has about 30-40 lbs on the fe motor.
  10. 89celicagt

    89celicagt Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    :oops: ok sorry guys, I think I know where I was lead astray. I was looking at weights on a JDM importer site. I assumed the GE was just lighter due to their listings, but I bet there was missing parts where it made the GE seem lighter than the FE.

    As for Black Shelf and the weight issue, you have me 1-uped to start, since the coupe is supposidly lighter than 'verts and hatchbacks so I'd assume weight reduction would be more effective/noticeable for you as opposed others that have a different model.
  11. kevinkyang

    kevinkyang Well-Known Member Donated!

    yea but then the power of the ge makes up for the weight in my opinion.

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