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Like many of us I daily my 2012 5 Speed Hatch but also like to hit the track on the weekend. According to the internet our cars weigh 2889lbs but I feel I could get more out of our ponies if we cut that down.
I’ve already removed half the back seat, the hatch cover divider thing, purchased aluminum wheels and added carbon vinyl to cut down weight but I’m wondering what electrical motors and junk can be removed (active grille, power mirrors, extra plastic, etc) without affecting the performance of the car.
I live in Ontario in the land of salt and snow 8/12 months but send it anyways with our good friend the e-brake on ice and I don’t know if the active grille protects the rad or what. I’ve got plans to cut into various body parts anyways so as long as she runs without an engine light I’m down to take out nearly anything
Whatever creative mods people have done are welcome as ideas thx
 

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Take out Spare tire and jack at the track. Might need to keep it in there when daily driving though.

Gut the rear doors and fix the windows so they dont roll down.

Take out rear speakers if you dont care much for fancy stereo stuff
 

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If you're handy, you can remove the AC compressor and replace it with another idler pulley if there's a kit.

Rip the door panels off and start cutting in there. Same as under the dash.
 

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No its a manual as stated. As for the whole "buy an ST/better car" argument, lets start a thread educating people on negative equity. It would be cheaper to drop a FocusPower turbo kit in the car than to absorb what I owe and an ST
 

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I said that before I edited it because I wasn't sure if you had the DCT to work with which would already be a disadvantage for racing and reliabilty. Not being negative toward the car as much as tranny choice.

Sorry.
 

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no worries man, I worked at the dealership at the time and was aware of the issues ahead before I purchased. I'm sure people on here has seen or heard "Buy an ST' at some point and thought the same thing. lol
 

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If you're handy, you can remove the AC compressor and replace it with another idler pulley if there's a kit.

Rip the door panels off and start cutting in there. Same as under the dash.
would removing the A/C compressor also kill the heat in the winter?
 

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Need AC for the defroster to work???????????

My 2012 Ti has a dedicated button to turn the AC on or off independently of any other setting. I live in MN and have never had the AC on in the winter and defroster works just fine with heat only.
 

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Need AC for the defroster to work???????????

My 2012 Ti has a dedicated button to turn the AC on or off independently of any other setting. I live in MN and have never had the AC on in the winter and defroster works just fine with heat only.
When you turn your defrost on believe it or not your AC compressor also turns on. Your AC compressor turns on to help dry out the air.

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When you turn your defrost on believe it or not your AC compressor also turns on. Your AC compressor turns on to help dry out the air.

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It helps in humid climates, but is not necessary.

In the south it sure helps on the sticky humid mornings. (this is not "Frost" though)

In the North you are blasting full heat because its cold AF and you have Ice/Frost on the window
 

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It helps in humid climates, but is not necessary.



In the south it sure helps on the sticky humid mornings. (this is not "Frost" though)



In the North you are blasting full heat because its cold AF and you have Ice/Frost on the window
I live in North Carolina and defrost without having a working AC compressor good luck. It acts as a dehumidifier. We get freezing rain and snow here as well. Fog is the issue. Manufacturers design the AC compressor to turn on when the defrost is on for a reason.

Simply agree to disagree.

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I live in North Carolina and defrost without having a working AC compressor good luck. It acts as a dehumidifier. We get freezing rain and snow here as well. Fog is the issue. Manufacturers design the AC compressor to turn on when the defrost is on for a reason.

Simply agree to disagree.

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Sooooo, we agree it helps in a humid climate.......

A little cold here in the south isn't like the dry cold up north. Moisture on the inside is not the issue when you have ice on the window. AC wont make a difference in the Northern Winters
 

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Sooooo, we agree it helps in a humid climate.......



A little cold here in the south isn't like the dry cold up north. Moisture on the inside is not the issue when you have ice on the window. AC wont make a difference in the Northern Winters
I understand what you're saying about the ice. Minnesota for instance when it's not cold it can be extremely humid so you would want a working AC compressor.
All I'm trying to say is the AC compressor plays a role in the defrost. I'm not talkin about hard ice or snow, but the fog that prevents you from seeing.

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Sooooo, we agree it helps in a humid climate.......

A little cold here in the south isn't like the dry cold up north. Moisture on the inside is not the issue when you have ice on the window. AC wont make a difference in the Northern Winters
Ever lightly blow on a frozen window with your breath and see it fog up? That's the same issue that requires the air compressor to dehumidify the air.
 
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