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There should be some "how to" sections on how to lighten these trucks up. I drive a truck for a living and we have a scale for the trucks and I can see what kind of effect I'm having. I startted with a full tank so I need to burn off some more fuel. I was at 4860 with 1/4 tank of gas and so far I'm down to 4720 with the spare gone and a few little things. I need to loose the hitch but want to be able to re-install if I need to. Can't loose the seats or kids seats. Tire changing equipment is gone. Any other suggestion would help.
 

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for racing or everday driving?
The benefits would apply to both. But more for everyday driving. I don't feel like stripping the truck down if I decide to race. The hitch I'll take off until I need to tow something.
 

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step 1... Move to kc or chicago lol.


There have been a couple threads on weight reduction, showing parts removed and their corresponding weights. Have you tried searching on here?
 

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I'm 35 miles sw of Chicago as it is.
 

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I weighed my tbss the other day with me in it and 3/4 tank of gas and it weighed 5100lbs.
 

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You have to take the rear bumper cover off to remove the hitch. In doing so you also lose support if you get rear ended & it would probably total your truck. I wouldn't recommend it since you have kids to drive around.

The majority of the weight is in the stock wheels and seats.
Stock wheels weigh about 300lbs total.
Stock seats weigh about 250lbs total.
 

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i had the hitch off when i put my truck on its side.. and the rear rails didnt move a bit...

HOWEVER... a direct rear impact... you now have no rear impact absorber, no crash bar, no rear crossmember... just two frame rails sticking out...

not the best idea...

there is a SHIT TON of weight to be found on these trucks...

little here little there...

remember... find a few oz's... and eventually it equals a lb. and so on and such.

seats, wheels, misc. brackets, extra material, and interior bracing... you can find a few hundred lbs...


i have since put nearly everything back on my truck, along with the entire interior... im tired of moving the shit around the garage, putting it in, taking it out, trying not to break stuff...



 

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You going to sit there and chuckle to yourself, or share your reasons why you disagee with what I said?
These trucks don't have much back there to begin with, so a rear end collision with much velocity is going to result in a total loss on an uncut vehicle. You make it seem like the truck will fold in half if he removes the hitch, which is clearly not the case.
 

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You have to take the rear bumper cover off to remove the hitch. In doing so you also lose support if you get rear ended & it would probably total your truck. I wouldn't recommend it since you have kids to drive around.

The majority of the weight is in the stock wheels and seats.
Stock wheels weigh about 300lbs total.
Stock seats weigh about 250lbs total.

These trucks don't have much back there to begin with, so a rear end collision with much velocity is going to result in a total loss on an uncut vehicle. You make it seem like the truck will fold in half if he removes the hitch, which is clearly not the case.


How do you get "fold in half" from "probably totaled"? :dunno:

You just stated the truck would be totaled with the hitch in. How much worse would it be without it? Nobody knows, but I sure wouldn't be the one to want to find out with my kids in the back of the truck.
 

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How do you get "fold in half" from "probably totaled"? :dunno:

You just stated the truck would be totaled with the hitch in. How much worse would it be without it? Nobody knows, but I sure wouldn't be the one to want to find out with my kids in the back of the truck.
Lol. If you're just looking for an arguement, I'll give you the number to my ex. The point of impact will determine the severity of the damage. I'd be willing to bet that I've cut more than just about everyone, but I reinforced it with chromoly. Somebody hit me at 15mph, and the only damage was cracked paint on the bumper.
 
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