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How to Drop Weight From Your Ford Mustang

Written By: Josh Honeycutt

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The quickest and easiest way to drop weight from your Ford Mustang is a rear seat delete kit. If you've got little need for the extra two seats, you won't find a more effective way to shed unneeded pounds.

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One less costly, and at times a free alternative, is weight reduction. Reducing the overall weight can also increase the gas mileage by 1-2% per 100 pounds and increase 1/4 miles times by 1/10th of a second.

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Three Main Reasons for Weight Reduction:

  1. Faster ¼ mile times and quicker acceleration
  2. Improved gas mileage
  3. Better handling 

One great area to shed some pounds off your Mustang is the front, or nose of the car. Reducing weight from the Mustang’s front end will usually yield the most noticeable results, as it allows better weight transfer at launch. You want weight over the rear tires for grip and you want the front as light as possible. One popular bolt-on for reducing front end weight on a Mustang is adding a tubular K-member. A Chrome-moly tubular K-member for the 96-04 Ford Mustang can shed 30-40 pounds on average! It will also provide more clearance for those tight fitting aftermarket headers. Buying a complete front end kit, which includes tubular A-arms and a coil over kit, can drop roughly 70 pounds! On the 79-93 foxes, using the mild steel kit can roughly cut 60 pounds. And of course tubular chrome moly looks really cool. Many of these kits include your choice of coil spring rate for a wide array of applications.

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Fox Body Smog Delete

On the subject of weight reduction one cannot neglect the things that aren’t important to safety, or the function of the car. Depending on your goals, there are a few key areas that could handle a diet. For instance, the 6 disc changer that comes stock in the new edge Mustang could be deleted to save a few pounds. Remember, every ounce adds up. Most modern aftermarket stereo head units are capable of interacting with a smartphone to play all of your favorite tunes anyway.

Mustang Rear Seat Delete Kits

Many mustang owners never use their rear seats. This is another area where dead weight can be cut loose. Many aftermarket rear seat delete kits look aesthetically perfect. Just loosing the rear seats can free up to 50 pounds. Rear seat delete kits are made from the least amount of material possible. The rear seat deletes will not support any weight whatsoever.

Removing the Spare Tire and Jack

I wouldn’t recommend removing the spare tire or jack and tire iron before a long road trip. However, before a race you could drop right around 40 pounds with these items. Whether one plans on minute or extreme weight reduction plans, it will always produce a faster car. The extent of how much one is willing to live without, or sacrifice depends on how addicted to speed they are. In other words, how much does one covet that ¼ mile time? Whether it is an empty shell of a Mustang with nothing more than a driver seat and some gauges, or a street car that one cannot part with, weight equals an increase in overall speed. And ¼ mile times are the Holy Grail. So, for the money, put your car on a diet and see what gains you make.