Gettin’ Serious

Nothing makes a car look like a racecar like removing all the amenities, carpet, seats, dash, etc.  Today’s goal (if I had such a thing) was to remove as much weight from the car as I could find.  I actually started by weighing everything that I had removed so far.  I’ll put the weight savings in a separate post, and just update that as I go.

I started in the trunk, removing the spare tire, jack, carpet, and the piece of metal that holds the jack handle.  There is a giant pad of that tar like stuff that I removed from the passenger floor, yesterday.  I know a couple guys that have remove this…after yesterday, I’m still on the fence….it’s a lot of work.  I’m sure I’ll end up removing it, I just need some distance from my previous experience.

After I removed everything from the trunk…I began to think about the passenger compartment…airbag, sensors, computer…that kind of thing.  Of course, most of that stuff can’t be reached without removing the dash.  Well, it was early enough in the day…what the heck!

WARNING! An airbag is an explosive device.  Certain precautions are in order.  Please read your manual, before proceeding.  This is not meant to be a guide…just a basic discussion of my experience.  After following the precautions laid out in my shop manual, I set about the task of removing the airbag.  The big thing is that all the airbag connectors are blue and orange.  The orange connector comes off first, then the blue connector.  IMPORTANT: Don’t try to remove them at the same time.

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