Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Nobel Ontario Canada
Bullitt Year: 08
Bullitt Color: DHG
Bullitt Serialized Number: 4404
Weight is speed, Bullit on a diet.
First, I must apologize for not writing much lately. My 98 yo mother broke her arm in the fall and we had to move her to a nursing care facility. She is doing fine. Then a lady friend's Dad died, followed by her getting really sick over Christmas. But, I'm back now.
Weight, the enemy of speed. No matter what year Bullit you have, a modest diet will help speed and handling.
First, the back seat, take it out. Put down some sound mat on the floor and cover the space with black cotton and attach with velcro strips. Remove the floor seat belts while you're at it. Total weight savings about 30#.
Next the battery. If you need a new one, consider a Lithium or "Lifepo" battery. Regular battery about 40#, Lithium 10#. 30# savings. Cost is about double of a good regular battery but they last a lot longer (require specific charger)
Wheels and tires. A forged wheel will save you about 10# per corner and performance tires about 2# each. Total savings 48#. Forged wheels are pricey, about double a good cast wheel, but they are much stronger.
Aluminum driveshaft, another 25# or so, better shifting, power application
Stereo equipment: Remove any woofers or amps in the trunk, savings up to 50#.
Next, when you need new brake rotors rotors, go two piece, (aluminum hat cast rotor) Weight savings at least 5# a corner 20#
Drain your windshield washer reservoir, savings up to 10#. Carry a jug with you in case.
When you get to the track remove the spare, trunk mats, floor mats etc. About 50-60#
You can do it a bit at a time, but add it all up and you've chopped up to ~250 # off the weight of the vehicle.
Oh and one that's free, most of us could lose 20 or 30# which would bring us to a total of over 275 pounds or 7% of the total weight of a 2019 Bullit. Significant. Better handling, better acceleration. Zoom, zoom!
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