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Old 09-09-2009, 07:28 PM
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Great thread.
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Your car is absolutely depressing--because it makes many of ours seem so banal (and dirty!)

But well frikin' done!
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Dude!!!.. I love it,,!!
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Thanks for the comments guys, stay tuned

Mid / late-week treat:

Stripping down the wiring harness is one of the key areas where a lot of weight was saved on this particular car, and some pics attest to that process. I cannot stress enough how time consuming and tedious a process this is, however the benefits you will reap are a lightened wiring loom, a better understanding of the necessary wiring in a 964, and greater control over what each wire is doing. If you are doing a lightweight project this is definitely one of the areas of finer detail, and one that will go largely un-noticed, but it is worth it!


Your typical 964 wiring harness... Don't forget that most of these harnesses are bulk manufactured and a lot of the wiring ends up unused and the plugs capped off...


Speaking of unused bits... this is what was stripped out, never to be put back again...


What remains in the car can be seen these two photos...from left...


... to right...
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:46 PM
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Post the weight savings from the wiring project. Curious to know how much you eliminated. BTW, awesome project and love the color. Well done.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:39 PM
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Great thread; thanks for posting.
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I would trade you my 944 turbo, my 914/6, and my 964 for that car! Awesome job. Fantastic build.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:37 PM
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Wow!!!



What I dream of for my C4. Great stuff, love the color!
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Busta Rib View Post
Post the weight savings from the wiring project. Curious to know how much you eliminated. BTW, awesome project and love the color. Well done.
Thanks!

If I recall correctly, the loom started out at around 7-8 kg, and ended around 4-5kg... It's all about carving weight out of where you can to make it all add up. Other places that this can happen on the 964s is in areas such as...
  • Electro-wing
  • Rear wiper
  • Metal brackets for rear seats, interior trim pieces, etc.
  • Lightweight (OEM RS) door windows / plexiglass quarter-lights and rear window
  • Motors and wiring for power wing mirrors
  • Wiring for central locking
  • Battery
  • Sunroof
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:50 AM
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Thanks to all the other guys for the kind posts!

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Old 09-11-2009, 06:09 AM
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More "out with the old, in with the new" stuff... The airconditioning...

I will caveat this post by saying that Singapore is hot all year round. Hot and humid. By hot I mean 30-35░C (86-95░F), and by humid I mean >80% humidity... All. Year. Round. So leaving airconditioning out was not an option. What was an option was choosing what kind of airconditioning system to put in since this was a ground up rebuild.

The mechanic building my car happened to have a handy solution in the form of a custom, lightweight airconditioning system that is not only lighter than the OEM system, but also does a better job of cooling than puffing paltry whisps of cool-ish air out...

The original system weighs over 10kg, but I can pick the lightweight system up with one hand and very little effort... For a component that sits up as high as it does in the car, this is a worthwhile modification to make to manage weight and its impact on the center of gravity of the car.

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The lightweight system runs off the car's stock wiring, OEM compressor, lines, etc. so there is not too much modification that needs to be made from that perspective. However, there is some work involved in putting together block off plates, mounting brackets, hoses to feed the vents, etc.

One nice thing is that you only get 2 control functions with this system, 1) temperature and 2) fan speed (3 speeds). You can see the control panel where the OEM one would normally reside:

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I love this thread. A very ambitious project and incredible attention to detail. If I took my wiring loom apart my car would never work again! 10/10, please continue to keep us updated with your progress and pics.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:01 PM
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to Da Orchard Road Pimp Masta!!

What coilovers are you running? May be i missed it on your previous write up!

Originally Posted by rcarpen22 View Post
I would trade you my 944 turbo, my 914/6, and my 964 for that car! Awesome job. Fantastic build.

Forget those cars! I'll trade you my wife! She's really expensive!



oo i hope she doesn't read this.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by junkart View Post
What coilovers are you running? May be i missed it on your previous write up!
Ha ha, thanks. I'm running H&R/Bilsteins for the time being, waititng to break the engine in before looking to fit custom Motons on in the future.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:32 AM
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WOW!!! Just saw this for the first time. Congratulations. Fantastic!!!
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