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Old October 25th 2005, 22:18
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shaving weight

i know most people on this fourm go for even weight but i just want to know if it is possible for a bug to weigh 800 lbs with a stock body just moded with a fiber glass font end
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Old October 26th 2005, 08:45
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i dont think fiberglass shaves that much weight. i do know carbon fiber is quite a bit lighter.
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Old October 26th 2005, 16:42
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from what i know, 800 lbs=362.87392 kg. This is a "bit" imaginary i believe.
My engine was weighted (calculated) at 135 kg. add the gearbox, the pan, suspension, brakes, drivetrain. IMO is out of physicaly possible, Just from the mechanicals... Racing bugs in Greece come close to 650 - 700 kgs (1433.00 - 1543.23lbs) with stock metal bodywork,fenders, bumpers, rollcage, buckets, stripped interior

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Old November 1st 2005, 02:53
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maybe if the chasis and body are entirely carbon fiber, and it is airtight inside, then, maybe fill it with helium
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Old November 1st 2005, 18:43
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yeah that would work but u would die in the 30sec it took you to get on the track
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Old February 4th 2006, 01:11
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yeah that would work but u would die in the 30sec it took you to get on the track
& you would probably be heading the wrong way without a care. :haveadrin
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I know some realize this already but I should point out that race cars such as NASCAR and Formula One are made of a carbon fiber/kevlar composite. When cars collide either with each other or an embankment of some kind, the cloud of dust as that section of car explodes is the carbon fiber whereas the shredded body parts still clinging on to each other are what's left -- the kevlar.

Also, there is more science to it than just lighten everything. If the body were straight-swapped metal for composite, the front/rear ratio of weight balance would be exaggerated. In other words, a mid-engined car like a 914 would not have too much of an effect; a rear-engined car like a Beetle/Super Beetle would be worse.
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dang man what posessed you to post on this topic. i mean thanks but it has been sept since someone has posted. does anyone by chance know where to get fiber glass doors and how much they cost because im thinking of buliding a few



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Old February 5th 2006, 10:40
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Here are some Carbon examples:



http://www.rennkaefer.de/

Scroll al the way down, they are made by Carpe Diem Racing (not yet a site available)
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dang man what posessed you to post on this topic. i mean thanks but it has been sept since someone has posted.
Who are you talking to? Besides, I didn't know there was time limit on making responses. Furthermore, this thread started in late October.
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Old February 5th 2006, 19:22
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Changing out stock parts for fiberglass parts will save a lot of weight. I have 2" wider CCC fenders and they are much lighter than stock steel. I also purchased a CCC W decklid, and its is featherweight compared with stock. I'll probably get a CCC hood as well. Those changes will probably remove 75 lbs from the car.

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im sorry oisas i wasnt talkin 2 u and im srry i didnt mean to get the dates mixed up and no there isnt a time limit on posting. also can you get those doors here in the states and how hard do you guys think it would be to make some
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acid dip can remove a good bit of weight depending on how long you leave it in. You can realy loose some pounds but it will get thin. :agree:
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Old February 7th 2006, 23:23
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and hope you have no rust. acid will eat even a small rust spot all the way out back to good metal.the guy who painted my car told me about a 69 camaro he restored for someone who had insisted on an acid bath. before the car went in the owner had been offered 18,000 for the car. when it came out the otherside todd (the paint guy) said he wanted to check the vin to make sure it was the same car. he also said he wouldnt have given the guy $180 for it. however when it was completed todd said the old car was right as the weather, and was one of the most sound cars he has ever done. and now theres not even the mention of rust on it. so there is good and bad.
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i just thought he was kiddin but he was for real wasnt he
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