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Well, this has turned into a full build. Plans are to gut it, then do all n/a power modifications and race it :)

Plans for my build are a tune to take advantage of the performance parts and then a lightweight battery, carbon hood, replace the sunroof, upgraded brakes, upgraded suspension, lightweight racing seat, lightweight rims, upgraded clutch with lightweight flywheel, crane stage 2 cams, intake manifold, 67mm throttle body, lsd, FRPP 4.06 gears, AC delete, UDpulley set, lexan windows in the back, remove the cat as my area has no e-testing, 75 shot of nos, cut out the spare tire wheel well and make an aluminum cover that goes straight accross rather then the big space it is now, and skin the doors. I might even acquire a 2.3L to do the the work to and then just do the swap once the motor is complete. The project is on hiatus until spring, time to start saving.

Work allready completed:
- Steeda short throw shifter
- OBX Header and flex pipe
- Magnaflow cat-back exhaust
- AEM cold air intake
- Started the weight reduction process

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I decided to scrap the complete leather interior for something a bit more racey.(ricey?)






















And here she is as she sits.



Needless to say I have a complete leather interior for a ZX5 available.

If anyone has any questions ask away.

It's made a huge performance difference. I took down a nice RX-8 the other day and was quite proud of her. [woot] I'd guess that I have removed approximately 225 pounds or so. I live next to a grain mill and have easy access to a weight scale so I might spend the 10 bucks and get it weighed.

I want to remove the sunroof assembly but dont know how to fill the hole it leaves in the roof. Any ideas?
 

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Rally guys just cut a piece of steel and then weld it in, but it doesn't look the best. How loud is the car on the road now?
 

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YES!!!! Thats what mine looks like! I've just got some Corbeau A4s and a harness bar though. I totally agree about how it makes the car feel as well. Love it.

Although it is much louder.... I can barely hear myself think on the freeway.

I LOVE IT!!!

Oh and get some sticky back sandpaper strips for under the pedals. It gets slippery in rain.
 

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For the sunroof I would just have some plexiglass or something similar fitted to the inside track then its removable.
 

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Rally guys just cut a piece of steel and then weld it in, but it doesn't look the best. How loud is the car on the road now?
After installing the OBX header there is nothing I could do to this car aside from straping it with train horns that could make it louder. Road noise? What road noise? All is hear is exhaust screaming away.

Welding metal accross seems like way too much of a hack job. I want a plastic option I think.
YES!!!! Thats what mine looks like! I've just got some Corbeau A4s and a harness bar though. I totally agree about how it makes the car feel as well. Love it.

Although it is much louder.... I can barely hear myself think on the freeway.

I LOVE IT!!!

Oh and get some sticky back sandpaper strips for under the pedals. It gets slippery in rain.
I love how it looks basically stock from the outside but goes like a scared squirrel once I get on it. What did you do with your interior after pulling it? I don't know if I should make a buy/sell thread for it or what its worth.
For the sunroof I would just have some plexiglass or something similar fitted to the inside track then its removable.
I like the plexiglass idea but i want to remove the whole assembly because its very heavy. I just want to seal a piece of plexiglass in place of the sunroof. maybe i will go to the local autoglass specialist in town and see what he says.

Thanks for the interest guys. I'm certainly not done yet either.

I'm researching what it takes to take the whole a/c system out and whether the belt is a custom size or not.
 

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You can usually get an A/C delete kit, which is just a pulley and aluminum bracket. Will certainly weigh less then the compressor, plus you still get to remove all the plumbing and condenser and such.

I don't know the power differences between completely deleting the A/C and putting an idler in it's place...I doubt it saps too much power.
 

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Let me know what you plan on doing with the leather interior. I might be interested.
 

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You can usually get an A/C delete kit, which is just a pulley and aluminum bracket. Will certainly weigh less then the compressor, plus you still get to remove all the plumbing and condenser and such.

I don't know the power differences between completely deleting the A/C and putting an idler in it's place...I doubt it saps too much power.
I was thinking of going somewhere like mister transmission to see if they would be able to figure it out but that would be great if there was allready a kit. I'm sure it doesn't take up much of any power at all, I just want the weight reduction.

Let me know what you plan on doing with the leather interior. I might be interested.
It's available. I have no clue how to ship a whole complete interior or what it's worth but PM me and we can talk.


Today I pulled out the sunroof, door clips, electrical taped all the wiring again, and scraped the thermal paste off of the spare wheel well. I'm going tomorrow to the local autoglass company to see if they can install some sort of plastic roof panel for me to fill in the hole from the sunroof.
 

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Stupid question:
What will you use for floor mats?
Without the material covering the metal,will it be more or less prone to rusting?
 

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After installing the OBX header there is nothing I could do to this car aside from straping it with train horns that could make it louder. Road noise? What road noise? All is hear is exhaust screaming away.

Welding metal accross seems like way too much of a hack job. I want a plastic option I think.

I love how it looks basically stock from the outside but goes like a scared squirrel once I get on it. What did you do with your interior after pulling it? I don't know if I should make a buy/sell thread for it or what its worth.

I like the plexiglass idea but i want to remove the whole assembly because its very heavy. I just want to seal a piece of plexiglass in place of the sunroof. maybe i will go to the local autoglass specialist in town and see what he says.

Thanks for the interest guys. I'm certainly not done yet either.

I'm researching what it takes to take the whole a/c system out and whether the belt is a custom size or not.
My interior is sitting in a closet downstairs. The wifey hates me... haha.

I've done an AC delete too if you are interested. Basically consists of ripping everything out. Then to delete the compressor you pull it out and get a pulley from Ford that bolts into the timing cover in that general area. Get a non-AC belt and your good to go.
 

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I would love to do this to my SVT, but the wife axed that plan....looks good
 

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I just don't see the point in this if you aren't going to use it for racing. Seems like a perfectly good waste of an interior. And no, because racecar does not apply in this situation.
 

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gutted hatch is really nice to have. i use it all the time to move wood, lawnmower, BBQ or what ever else i need to move between my place and my parents.

personally i would love to remove eveything but the dash and 2 seats. the whole inside of the car i would paint a satin black.
 

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Stupid question:
What will you use for floor mats?
Without the material covering the metal,will it be more or less prone to rusting?
I'm in the process of prepping it to be painted with a rust inhibiting paint.
Wow, focus skeleton
Yes it is very weird driving it after gutting it because it sounds so hollow and actually feels way lighter on the road.
My interior is sitting in a closet downstairs. The wifey hates me... haha.

I've done an AC delete too if you are interested. Basically consists of ripping everything out. Then to delete the compressor you pull it out and get a pulley from Ford that bolts into the timing cover in that general area. Get a non-AC belt and your good to go.
Thank you for the info on the belt.
I would love to do this to my SVT, but the wife axed that plan....looks good
Thanks for the compliment. Pretty soon it will be a weekend only car with only 1 racing seat and absolutely everything gutted that can be including the dash and items that can be removed from the exterior and underside of the car.
Looks cool. If it's for pure drag racing, I've heard of people putting in smaller fuel tanks to save weight.
I like your thinking lol. I allready have a small rubber tank that I`m going to use in the future ready to go.
I just don't see the point in this if you aren' t going to use it for racing. Seems like a perfectly good waste of an interior. And no, because racecar does not apply in this situation.
Yes because racecar does apply.
Are you sell the sunroof?
Yes I are sell sunroof. :)
I have to agree with Blake. Makes no sense for a DD, imo. But it's your car. Have at 'er.
It will only be a DD for a period of a few weeks. Thanks for checking out my car though. [headbang]
gutted hatch is really nice to have. i use it all the time to move wood, lawnmower, BBQ or what ever else i need to move between my place and my parents.

personally i would love to remove eveything but the dash and 2 seats. the whole inside of the car i would paint a satin black.
Painting it this weekend all black inside. Its so nice not having to worry about cleaning the interior. Throwing the kids bikes in the back is a real simple task now lol.


I am the type of person who washes my car everyday and 1 spec of dirt is enough to make me wash the car again so driving it without the interior lets me relax a bit and not worry so much about how dirty I make it lol.
 

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The metal is already coated with a rust inhibitor but painting it gray or whatever wouldn't hurt [;)]
 
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