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2012 Weight Reduction Mod

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by DeFimb, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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    TacomaJack09

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    Aye Aye Captain! So what are your suggested weight reduction/mpg ideas because I haven't seen you post any..
     
  2. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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    I'm not contributing to ideas because he has the smallest Tacoma available already. If he wants better mileage, he should buy a car.

    I'm just making sure he realizes he is not thinking about it in the correct way, and taking the advice of someone who thinks it's smart to run tube doors and add a sunroof to cut weight would be the next worst idea he could have. Sorry you don't agree, but cut your roof out and watch your cab warp before you finish. If he's here for serious suggestions and those are your offerings, I don't want him ruining a 2012 Tacoma because he thinks you know what you're talking about.

    Do you? I hope not.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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    OP if you're removing doors and bumpers check your local laws. Around here you must have at least a drivers side mirror and front bumper.

    :popcorn:
     
  4. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    TailDrag

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    FWIW, I think not destroying a truck was a pretty decent suggestion.
     
  5. Jul 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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    One feasible suggestion would be replacing the rear windscreen with lexan. What thickness you'd need I don't now because too thin will bow which can effect airflow.

    Other things could be:
    - If you want aftermarket wheels find the lightest possible in the size you want

    - when you buy tires, tirerack.com usually has the weight of the tire under specs

    - removing "luxury" plastics from inside the cab, door trim, trim behind seats, glove box, cubby doors in bed

    - titanium lug nuts

    - lightweight aftermarket aluminum drive shaft

    - remove running boards if it came with them

    - remove tow hitch if you don't use it

    - lightweight battery, make sure cold cranking amps are the same if not more

    These are some more intelligent ideas, but remember with weight savings comes $$$.
     
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  6. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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    And these are suggestions that are not retarded for saving weight.
     
  7. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:17 PM
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    +1.

    Also OP check out the 4 banger fuel sipping thread for like minded folks.
     
  8. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM
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    Tube doors? What is gonna happen when it rains?
     
  9. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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  10. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM
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    You're gonna get killed driving around like that :eek:
     
  11. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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    They are bad ass for there intended use..
     
  12. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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    Except when you get broadsided.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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    Never seen someone get broadsided on a trail...
     
  14. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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    Op never said he was doing this to ride trails.
     
  15. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    As for the reason I said they were awesome for there intended use... Not for what everyone else was duh eating op should use them for..

    (I'm saying they are for trail rigs not driving on the street) if you were still confused
     
  16. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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    If your worried about mpg why not sell your truck and buy a prius?
     
  17. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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    I'm not confused. Op really hasn't stated if it is for a daily driver or for the trails. If it is for his daily driver for better mpgs, then that is just utterly stupid. I'll keep my doors and stay alive thank you.
     
  18. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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    Exactly......
     
  19. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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  20. Jul 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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    I'm usually not one to comment about how people mod their vehicles, but this is just dumb. You can't just take parts off to achieve better fuel efficiency. They were designed to work together for aerodynamics and safety. Take parts off and they will catch more air thus creating more drag and reduce the safety of your overall vehicle. You might end up with a lighter unsafe cinder block instead of a heavier more aerodynamic and safe vehicle.
     
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