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==Low weight means better performance, right?
I see more and more Jeeps and buggies with Super heavy front bumpers, massively heavy dana 60's (or even 2.5 tons), tubikng all over the place, etc.
These things have to weigh quite a bit. I have always made a serious effort to keep weight down (without sacrificing safety - ie - rollcage). Some things I will do in the future (when the current parts break) is: Speedglass windshield, aluminum 9" center section, and integrated front crossmember/bumper (eliminate multiple wall steel which makes up the bumper with tabs/bolts). These things keep my ability to take the obstacles, while keeping weight down.
What's your opinion of this, do you:
1) not care
2) Build super heavy, just beef up parts(even more weight) and add horsepower.
3) Keep weight to a minimum.
I mean look at sand buggies, or in any other motorsport for that matter and you'll see massive weight reduction to improve performance. In four wheeling the same things holds true. I had a Samurai a while back which had tiny axles and tiny transfer case, but I never broke a thing because the thing was so damn lightweight, not alot of stress on the components.
Now I know this can only be taken so far because when you add larger tires, gear down, and add lockers, you need more beef. But there is a limit, and I think so many people are overkilling it. What do you think?