odd ideas for weight reduction ???

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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Mon May 05, 2014 6:30 pm

I found a guy doing a fiberglass /lexan mould on instagram recently. Outside of the us.. But it is a mould so maybe he can make more
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby New Guy » Mon May 05, 2014 6:51 pm

Swap it out for a Camry All-Trac.

That's a ~200lb weight saving move right there. No sound deadening material, lighter undercoating, shoddy stereo, less comfortable seats... ;)
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby phattyduck » Tue May 06, 2014 4:40 pm

New Guy wrote:Swap it out for a Camry All-Trac.

That's a ~200lb weight saving move right there. No sound deadening material, lighter undercoating, shoddy stereo, less comfortable seats... ;)
Its 100lbs or less difference... and you get 'upgraded' to the 'awesome' Camry front suspension... and you lose the Celica looks. But hey, rear seat room is awesome, right? :twisted:

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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby leekycelicy » Tue May 06, 2014 8:29 pm

phattyduck wrote:
New Guy wrote:Swap it out for a Camry All-Trac.

That's a ~200lb weight saving move right there. No sound deadening material, lighter undercoating, shoddy stereo, less comfortable seats... ;)
Its 100lbs or less difference... and you get 'upgraded' to the 'awesome' Camry front suspension... and you lose the Celica looks. But hey, rear seat room is awesome, right? :twisted:

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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby ALLensTRAC » Tue May 06, 2014 9:17 pm

I'm not doubting you but it isn't exactly easy to build a carbon door. If you manage to pull it off make sure your mould is strong enough to build multiple sets and I will gladly buy them from you. I'm sure a few other members would too!
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby Insanity-74 » Sat May 10, 2014 5:07 am

I would be very careful with the use of carbon or fibreglass doors. The door does add quite a bit of strength to the shell of a car and helps keep it rigid, also carbon doors offer very little in the way of side impact crash protection. You should only really think about carbon doors if you have a full roll cage in your car to provide the strength and protection needed. Fibreglass doors are already available, it might be cheaper to buy some and just add a carbon fibre skin over the top.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby Chuck.hudson » Sat May 10, 2014 10:45 am

You wouldn't necessarily need a roll cage but you will need a crash bar running inside of the door. Something that bolts to the hinge and bolts to the latch. You might also want to look into locating an autoclave or some other type of big oven to properly kick your resin off. Oh and don't forget to get some kind of epoxy clear coat for the fiber otherwise youll end up with a kinda dry looking carbon fiber. Good luck with it. It really shoulnt be all too hard you can basically make it in two pieces and you can use an old door for your molds
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby underscore » Sat May 10, 2014 2:43 pm

Even with a cage, if you were involved in an impact I wouldn't want the shards of CF coming at me.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby Chuck.hudson » Sat May 10, 2014 2:55 pm

Haha yes this is very true, but that's not something that would stop me from doing such a thing like making carbon fiber body panels. If I was worried about getting into a wreck everytime I drove I would do a lot of things differently.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby Xander_42 » Sat May 10, 2014 9:01 pm

underscore wrote:Even with a cage, if you were involved in an impact I wouldn't want the shards of CF coming at me.


The simple solution to this is to put one layer of kevlar (or even just a fews tows of kevlar in a grid), to keep it contained in the event that the carbon disintegrated. This is apparently what some manufacturers (most, all?) of carbon handlebars are doing, this way if the carbon breaks it at least stays in one piece and everything is still connected.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby MWP » Sun May 11, 2014 1:08 pm

New Guy wrote:Swap it out for a Camry All-Trac.


If this is an option, then consider a EP85 Starlet instead.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby Corey » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:56 pm

What about carbon front and rear subframes? Those are pretty heavy and I'd imagine a well designed carbon part would be up to the task.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby CMS-GT4 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:10 pm

Tte made a tubular rear subframe. One note the inter frame from a 205 is lighter. Even if not cf chromoly or something of the like for sub frames might be ideal.
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby lumbercis » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:13 pm

Caldina powered...
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Re: odd ideas for weight reduction ???

Postby RedCelicaTRD » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:30 am

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