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Old 01-01-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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New year, time to cut the Wrangler's weight

Hey yall,

Just traded in my '11 GTI for the '14 Rubicon. In the process of safing it with locks on the fuel door, hood, and wheels. I'd like to cut the weight down on the new girl, not just for gas conservation, but frankly to remove the commercialized look to the Wrangler. Make it more rugged looking by remove its "baby fat".

Any suggestions on where to start?

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:56 PM   #2
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Start with the doors and top.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:58 PM   #3
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Toss out the useless back seat.
I took mine out 3 months ago and have no intention of putting it back in.
Weight savings: about 50lbs.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:34 AM   #4
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Hey yall,

Just traded in my '11 GTI for the '14 Rubicon. In the process of safing it with locks on the fuel door, hood, and wheels. I'd like to cut the weight down on the new girl, not just for gas conservation, but frankly to remove the commercialized look to the Wrangler. Make it more rugged looking by remove its "baby fat".

Any suggestions on where to start?
Usually making it more rugged adds weight...

Commercialized look? Where do you see "baby fat" ?

It appears you're expecting strangers to pilfer gas, tires and other important things under the hood. Sure you would feel comfortable removing "baby fat" like doors, top and other non essentials?

Other than the spare tire, the huge exhaust canister, rear seat and the other things mentioned the "new girl" has no other fat.

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Old 01-02-2014, 02:01 AM   #5
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This was discussed in a previous thread.

Depending on how "lean and mean" you want to get with your New Year's resolution. In addition to what already has been proposed:

- Ditch the spare and then the tailgate (mount the third brake light on roll cage)
- Remove front and rear bumpers
- Remove the windshield and fenders
- The hood is of course optional
- Remove parts from the engine compartment until the engine stops running … there's got to be some fat hidden in there
- If you want to remove the last few ounces take out the dash, console, carpet and glove box door
- Whatever you don't replace the steering with a pair of vise grips because you'll loose your head unit controls. The head unit and shift levers are off limits.
- In the end the sander, grinder, snips and acetylene torch are your friends

Please do post photos of your progress and have a little mercy on your JK.
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It appears you're expecting strangers to pilfer gas, tires and other important things under the hood. Sure you would feel comfortable removing "baby fat" like doors, top and other non essentials?

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+1. It is a Wrangler not a sports car.

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