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Old 03-01-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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I was thinking of ways to offset the weight increase i'm going to get from the larger tires and steel wheels going on in a few days, and generally reduce poundage to try and eek out a couple extra MPGs. The hardtop is coming off soon - and might stay off permanantly. That's gotta be a few lbs. Also, since nobody sits in the back seat, I might as well get that out too. It's a tumble seat - easy to remove?? About how much does it weigh ya think?

Also I want to add a security trunk, but the good ones, like Tuffy drawers, seem pretty heavy. Thinking about the insta trunk. Anyone have this? http://www.bestop.com/index.php?s=16

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I was thinking of ways to offset the weight increase i'm going to get from the larger tires and steel wheels going on in a few days, and generally reduce poundage to try and eek out a couple extra MPGs. The hardtop is coming off soon - and might stay off permanantly. That's gotta be a few lbs. Also, since nobody sits in the back seat, I might as well get that out too. It's a tumble seat - easy to remove?? About how much does it weigh ya think?

Also I want to add a security trunk, but the good ones, like Tuffy drawers, seem pretty heavy. Thinking about the insta trunk. Anyone have this? http://www.bestop.com/index.php?s=16
Very easy to remove the back seat and it weighs what feels like 40-50 pounds. For fuel mileage the best my Jeep gets is in the summer with a safari top, doors on and duster over the back end. My jeep gets the same mileage with the soft top or hard top, I think the smoother surface might make up for the weight difference.

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I was thinking of ways to offset the weight increase i'm going to get from the larger tires and steel wheels going on in a few days, and generally reduce poundage to try and eek out a couple extra MPGs. The hardtop is coming off soon - and might stay off permanantly. That's gotta be a few lbs. Also, since nobody sits in the back seat, I might as well get that out too. It's a tumble seat - easy to remove?? About how much does it weigh ya think?

Also I want to add a security trunk, but the good ones, like Tuffy drawers, seem pretty heavy. Thinking about the insta trunk. Anyone have this? http://www.bestop.com/index.php?s=16
Well, to get some extra mileage by removing weight from the LJ is going to be a little tough. I hate to tell you, but even though the softtop is lighter, it must be a little less aerodynamic, as I have always gotten better mileage with the hardtop on. The backseat will come out very easily, and will save you a little weight, but I know it weighs less than 75 pounds, so not much savings there. I don't know how large you are going with the lift/tires, but regearing to put the Jeep back in its ideal powerband would give you better mileage also. Good luck!

EDIT: Looks like Scoob beat me too it! ^^^^
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Nothing wrong with your input, the more the merrier


What color is your Jeep's inside Gus?
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What color is your Jeep's inside Gus?
Not sure the official color name, but it's dark gray/charcoal. The inside of the hard top is - gulp - white. Really brightens it up in there!

I'm going with the PC 2" spring lift and 32 BFG ATs on RC Soft 8s. Mild I know, but it's the best I can afford right now. A few years from now - who knows??

I remember reading somewhere that less weight = more MPGs. Must not be true when you drive a brick. Oh well, I'm gettin rid of the backseat anyhow - I need the space to add a bunch of heavy junk.
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Not sure the official color name, but it's dark gray/charcoal. The inside of the hard top is - gulp - white. Really brightens it up in there!

I'm going with the PC 2" spring lift and 32 BFG ATs on RC Soft 8s. Mild I know, but it's the best I can afford right now. A few years from now - who knows??

I remember reading somewhere that less weight = more MPGs. Must not be true when you drive a brick. Oh well, I'm gettin rid of the backseat anyhow - I need the space to add a bunch of heavy junk.
Well if you decide to go to the instatrunk and want to do a little work let me know I have one out of my 98 that has the tan "spice" carpet on top of it. You could have it for the cost of shipping.
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Well if you decide to go to the instatrunk and want to do a little work let me know I have one out of my 98 that has the tan "spice" carpet on top of it. You could have it for the cost of shipping.
Wow! Thanks for the offer. I'll let you know. How did you like it?

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