So I'm going for a better weight to power ratio in my TJ
I inventoried the tools i keep with me at all times and cut out the ones that i don't need and replaced them with lightweight multi-tools.
I'm taking the back seat out (I'll put it back in as needed...it only takes like 2 minutes)
I cleaned out every little other thing i keep in there (sunscreen/beach stuff/surf stuff)
I'm gonna try to look into a lighter hood
I found some new fenders from a new company that makes super lightweight flat fenders...modernclassicenterprises.com , I'm going to start selling products for them and a few other companies. (e-mail me if you're interested in those flat fenders firstname.lastname@example.org)
anyone have any input on the weight issue?
(I know TJ's are heavy machines of war, but it couldn't hurt to try to keep it light)
i already have the viking fastback top
and the alloy wheels.
I mean, I have a rather heavy bumper and a Kongo Cage rack up top.
I'm just trying to make up for that weight (because those weights are necessary for what I do)
I'm lightening my TJ by swapping aluminum parts for steel in a few areas. Savvy Offroad is in the process of coming out with a line of 6061 T-6 aluminum (TOUGH & STRONG!!) replacement parts for TJs. I've already swapped my steel corner guards, rocker guards, & gas tank skidplate for their products. The only steel they use is on the outer rail of their two-piece rocker guards with the inner part being aluminum. The next swap for me will be their front bumper that has a built-in winch mount.
This stuff is proven on the rocks in Johnson Valley & I've hit my aluminum gas tank skidplate so hard many times that I still can't believe I haven't dented it.
So 100 - 200 lbs taken off doesn't make a big differance.
That's a naive thing to say. 100-200 lbs. makes a noticeable difference and if I can notice it on the trails & street, which I definitely (!) can, anyone can. But for those who don't think they can notice a difference, swapping aluminum for steel or other forms of lightening their Jeeps isn't going to be attractive to them. But for those who can see the benefits, they flock to ways to make their Jeeps lighter... especially those who frequent the very toughest 5+ rated trails or those who compete. They've already seen the light.
It's a big enough deal that more and more highly respected Jeep parts providers like GenRight, AEV, Savvy, etc. are bringing out new aluminum designs to replace heavier steel parts.
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People people.....Taking off 100-200 lbs does not make a differance when measuring speed. Im sorry I was talkinig about weight vs horsepower using a 1/4 mile test for speed. Weight distribution when climbing is another thing altogether. I used to test vehicles for fuel economy switching from steel to aluminum and in some cases kevlar. The other major factor is who's driving and their habits + terrain + environment + type of fuel (octane) smog requirments etc. MANY FACTORS all of which have an impact. One person may get a noticable differance while the same vehicle with another driver make get something totally differant. Those who want more speed and ponies have gone to another bigger engine. I for one would love to have a HEMI but I got a 2.5 and I happy with it. I only get 17 mpg combined but hey it's a jeep. Not a jet.
"Suggestions as to the projects of making a 1997 jeep TJ sport Lighter"
No arguments, or "fact" swapping, Just suggestions as to how to go about making a TJ lighter.
and...Yes, Less weight= Better performance...(not just within the engine, but in other areas as well)
I reffer you to some of Jerry's posts
by the way, Jerry, your reply helped answer some of these people's questions as to why I want the TJ lighter...thanks man