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#1 (permalink) Old 02-27-2005, 01:34 PM
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I just itemized a list of items I have removed or replaced with aftermarket parts. This is a really low weight and almost seems unreal. I've gone over the list several times and even left out quite a lot of other things I've removed to make up for some items which were only an approximation. 90% of the item's weights were taken from sites such as Rouge Engineering or weighed myself.

I'm starting to believe this weight is true, because people are saying that my car looks like it's stock ride height and the front is really jacked up high! It's riding on H&R sports. I took Furious for a ride in my 318 last night, and even he said it was impressive for a 318.

Anyways, here's my list

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Feel free to disagree with any of the weights I've listed. You'd be surprized how quickly things can add up. The biggest items were the spare tire, the hood, the A/C and the seats. Although things seem to have added up this way, I seriously doubt it'll be that light once I have the car weighed. Cars always seem to get beefier after they reach the N/A market. I'm expecting around 2600 + lbs w/ fuel. The lightest you can get a streetable M3 is around 2640 lbs. However, that has much heavier beefier suspension and engine.

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You have wheels factory at 22 lbs that can't be for all four wheels can it?

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You have wheels factory at 22 lbs that can't be for all four wheels can it?
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Whoops, you're right. That should be for each wheel, so the weight reduction should be more.

I was comparing stock 17" M3 LTW wheels which I previously had to my current ACS OZ 17" wheels.

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random person - "How do I make my 318 faster."

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soooo.. what exactly is left of you car hahaha for those of us that dont mind losing a lot of those conveniences, this is a great way to speed up your car

but 15 lbs for the car jack?... not mine, mine is like 5 or 6 lbs


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soooo.. what exactly is left of you car hahaha for those of us that dont mind losing a lot of those conveniences, this is a great way to speed up your car

but 15 lbs for the car jack?... not mine, mine is like 5 or 6 lbs
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That's pretty light for the car jack. Mine is definitely at least 10lbs. I've got the Bilstein one. I didn't have it on hand so I couldn't weigh it. The top half of the list is from the Rouge site, the bottom was weighed by me last year.

Anyways, I'm going to remove the power windows and either get race glass or just put in a manual crank.

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Thats awsome dude thanks alot! once i start getting into my M3 diet plan i feel like this verywell could b my bible! thanks alot looking good!

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Anyways, I'm going to remove the power windows and either get race glass or just put in a manual crank.
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Seran wrap. Much lighter than a fabric racing thingy and you can see through it!
Seats made a HUGE difference, wow. Those are 60 lbs each? and the new ones are only 23 lbs? sweet


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u still have your foglights with brackets? ill take em

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Originally posted by bitcore+Feb 27 2005, 05:06 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(bitcore @ Feb 27 2005, 05:06 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Autotechnica@Feb 27 2005, 04:41 PM
Anyways, I'm going to remove the power windows and either get race glass or just put in a manual crank.
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Seran wrap. Much lighter than a fabric racing thingy and you can see through it!
Seats made a HUGE difference, wow. Those are 60 lbs each? and the new ones are only 23 lbs? sweet
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Yep, 60lbs for the manual adjustable. The electric seats are 75-80lbs each! My Corbeau seats are REAL racing seats, not reclinable ones so they are really light. I can pick up my race seat with my pinky finger. Only 16lbs each + the bracket = 23lbs.

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I can pick up my race seat with my pinky finger. Only 16lbs each + the bracket = 23lbs.
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Wow, you have a strong pinky finger :P

That's great Auto, if your more concerned with performance than the niceities that come with our BMW's, I'd say this is a great way to improve performance, and it doesn't cost a penny.

I'm now seriously considering a CF hood, and getting rid of my spare tire. I had no idea I could loose 80+lbs with just those two mods.

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I am going to do alot of this on my 6er!
Thanks for the list!!!

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