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Hey guys, looking to do some weight reductions on my 2000 3.0 5-speed here and there. Do not want to remove my interior its a daily driver.

Here is what I am thinking so far:
-Roll pan
-Removing spare tire carrier frame (winch is broken anyway) Would that compromise the frame?
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You could remove the tailgate and replace it with one of the "net-style" ones.
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You could cut the doors in half or make it a convertible.
In all seriousness, there isn't that much you can take off. You should keep a spare, since the one time you need it, you wont have it. Even a spare and a tailgate don't weigh comparatively much. Ford figures -1mpg for every 100lbs of cargo on top of the curb weight. Being a 200lb driver would knock off 2mpg just to crank it up and drive across town.
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Here's a tip I learned from an old Harley Davidson rider; remove parts one at a time, and start the vehicle. Continue this process until the vehicle will not start. Install last part removed.

All non essential parts have been removed to make vehicle its lightest weight.
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Here is what I am thinking so far:
-Roll pan
-Removing spare tire carrier frame (winch is broken anyway) Would that compromise the frame?
If you mean the rear tire shaped part of the frame I would replace with a new crossmember. It holds your frame together. But it won´t give you that much. If you remove the bed it will give you about 150 lbs. Replace it with a light alumium one and you get a 100 lbs loss but way more in dollars spend.
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You could cut the doors in half or make it a convertible.
In all seriousness, there isn't that much you can take off. You should keep a spare, since the one time you need it, you wont have it. Even a spare and a tailgate don't weigh comparatively much. Ford figures -1mpg for every 100lbs of cargo on top of the curb weight. Being a 200lb driver would knock off 2mpg just to crank it up and drive across town.
hahaha thats a little to far, thanks for the mpg/weight info.

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If you mean the rear tire shaped part of the frame I would replace with a new crossmember. It holds your frame together. But it won´t give you that much. If you remove the bed it will give you about 150 lbs. Replace it with a light alumium one and you get a 100 lbs loss but way more in dollars spend.
Yeah that frame, since i have the spare in the box all that piece does is collect salt. I may just leave it or fab a lighter and cleaner cross member across the rear mounting location.

As far as a roll pan, I was thinking of making my own rather then spending 200$ + shipping for a metal or fiberglass one. Anyone have pointers for making one for a step-side short box?
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