Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Re: How much does your samurai weigh ??
Short answer = 2300 pounds (guess)
Maximum verbosity below...
Ackh, this is a sore subject. The samurais in stock form are rugged because of their weight. The first mods I did to my sammi were towards cutting the weight since its engine wasn't running great and I needed to improve the power to weight ratio to get anywhere in hilly Los Angeles area that I lived (is mountainy a word?).
I was confident that I shaved off around 200 pounds and it really made a difference! I could spin a tire with little effort (mostly because the rear end had lost so much weight).
Things I tossed or modified (weights are purely guesses):
A tow thing (was a trailer dingy)~75pounds
stock rear tow bar thing ~20 pounds
Back seat, seatbelts, bracket ~30 pounds
doors ~75 pounds
spare ~30 pounds
paneling, carpet, asphalt coating ~20 pounds
switched to lighter seats ~15 pounds
soft top, all hardware, even screw buttons ~12 pounds
radio, speakers, wiring, and holder on dash ~16 pounds
jack and bracket ~7 pounds
swapped in lighter battery ~10 pounds
Yeah sure, more vonerable. But less inertia too.
But then came the beefy suspension ~add 35 pounds
The 32s (though I kept em skinny) ~add 200 pounds
The front cage ~add 40 pounds
Wow, back where I started...
On the trail, it gets worse:
Tools ~add 30 pounds
Food ~add 20 pounds
Passenger ~add 0 pounds (hey, I'm not getting in trouble) [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Spare ~add 100 pounds
I almost wish to start over with just an engine swap and a full cage. I am all about the "light equals might" cult.
Where is that fiberglass hood?
Where is the poly body?
Where are all those cool aluminum bumpers from the Japanese catalogs?
At 2100 pounds for the convertable, the stock power to weight I think was over 30 to 1.
With the 16v 1.6 at 95 ponies a stocker would have a power to weight of about 22 to 1 which is ...acceptable.
At 2700 pounds though, you are back to over 28. Almost where you started (but that's only if you have already upgraded to the 16v 1.6. I won't make you cry by showing the math on the 1.3)
This is where the 1.8 is now neccessary. It has to be doable.... 120 ponies..... Heck, I'd consider a body lift to make it happen! And can you imagine a stocker with 120 ponies? I can.... because 17 to 1 is where my T100 was at... mmmmmmmm
I want it.
I need it.
Give it to me.
Vendors, please somehow make it happen!