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Unread 01-17-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
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Hey I never realized how much air conditioner weighs, I am thinking of pulling the air conditioner out of my car as I have never used ac in my life. Couple questions..
1) how much weight would it save?
2) Is it a fairly easy job to do?

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First thing you need to do is figure out if they make a compressor delete kit for your car. If not the Ac may not be removablew due to belt routing.
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As lautinjr mentioned, you need to make sure that this is possible on your make and model.

Depending on the AC unit housed by your car, you could easily look at cutting off 20-30lbs...

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oh yeah that is right, you need that pully thing. GRRr hopefully its cheap as hell. The concept of buying parts to remove parts is annoying

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Could always improvise by getting a smaller belt or maybe ordering a belt for a Focus without AC and using that belt routing.

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To the OP, do some snooping online and see if there is a shorter non AC option belt available. RockAuto.com is a good auto parts site for finding parts in a situation like this, and they also ship quickly and offer great pricing.

Almost like the Newegg of auto parts...
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I found soem but they cost 75$ + shipping + I need a new belt as well + shipping for the belt... So for that price its not worth it. I will try the website you listed. Is their any other thing I could cut weight off for a reasonable price / free?? I removed most the seats, seat belts, useless handle things, and so forth. I want to keep most the interior panels, the windows don't work right without them. I run most my fluids at the minimum line. I really want to take out the ac, but I don't want to spend a ton of money.

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I will mention that running your vehicles vital fluids low is not a very good way to reduce weight.

Take a look through my build thread to get some ideas for weight reduction. http://www.carforum.net/build-restor...ly-driver.html

The most simple low cost weight reducers are going to be along the lines of removing the washer fluid bottle, removing the radio and speakers, keeping less fuel in the tank, etc.
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I will mention that running your vehicles vital fluids low is not a very good way to reduce weight.

Take a look through my build thread to get some ideas for weight reduction. http://www.carforum.net/build-restor...ly-driver.html

The most simple low cost weight reducers are going to be along the lines of removing the washer fluid bottle, removing the radio and speakers, keeping less fuel in the tank, etc.
I completely agree here!

It also depends on where you live and what kind of modifications you can live with (windshield washer fluid etc.). I know that in my rabbit I removed the heater (only driving it in the summer so there was no need for it). This is just one of the many ways I could reduce my weight!

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Just if you remove your heater make sure you do it properly. Don't want leaks!
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