Read Tom Stangl's VFAQ on the subject for everything you need to know about how to do it.
To help prevent the struts from wearing out prematurely, James Williamson suggests not 'helping' the hatch rise by pushing it upwards. This apparently helps keep the pressurized gases inside the struts.
It is likely that the drain hoses underneath the sunroof are plugged. You can unpluf them with some stiff, flexible cord like 18AWG wire or weed-eater line.
The correct jacking points on any unibody car for the front end are always the pinch weld closest to the front wheels. For the rear of a unibody car, it is also, you guessed it! Closest to the wheels. The metal is reinforced and double layered only at those points for a reason. So you can jack up the car on the reinforced part.
The majority is failing to understand is that you can't put jack stands/jack on the rocker panel around the pinchweld. You have you use a jack or jack stands on the actual pinch weld or things will get crushed and the underside of the car will be very damaged.
The proper way would to jack the car up on those jacking points, then put a jack stand on the lower control arm or crossmember closest to the wheels, as long as you're not disassembling around those points obviously.. Also remember that using small blocks of 2x4 as a cushion helps a lot.
Stop sitting on your open doors. Your door is out of alignment.
The doors are roughly 70lbs with everything installed.
Step 1. Remove front fender (or buy the tool that gets around the door hinges)
Step 2. Open door halfway and support it midway using a jack with 2ft long piece of wood with padding on top (old towel). Jack up gently to get weight off the door.
Step 3. Loosen hinge to body bolts.
Step 4. Jack up about 1 inch higher than level.
Step 5. Retighten. Lower jack, GENTLY try and close door. Readjust up or down as required..
There are tons of great weight savings posts on DSM Tuners.
Here is an extreme Weight Loss: http://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/dsm-extreme-weight-loss.261692/
The below weights are copied from DSM Curb Weight FAQ/breakdown post by Aovsi on DSM Tuners.Obviously some parts are required, but this gives you rough idea of parts weight.
Full System, 90 TSi AWD: 35lbs
Full System, 99 GSX: 42lbs
1G Stock metal radiator fan: 6lbs
1G Stock plastic radiator fan: 5lbs
Carpeting, sound deadening material, etc:
Sound Deadening Material Inside Car: 25lbs
Spare tire cover + privacy cover: 20lbs
1G rug in rear hatch: 2.5lbs
Each floor mat: 3lbs
Spare Tire and Jack: 35lbs
1G Stock tool bag and tools: 2lbs
Under hood, hood itself:
Hood, 1G Hood: 44lbs
Hood, 2G Hood: 42lbs
LS1 MAF With MAF Ends: 1.5lbs
Charcoal Canister, 90 DSM Turbo: 3lbs
Fog Lights: 5lbs
Stock 2G battery: 42lbs
Oddessy Battery: 14lbs
Crankshaft: 6 bolt stock crank 35.5lbs
Cruise Control: 90 DSM Turbo With brackets and bolts and lines 6lbs
Various Brackets: Firewall brackets, Intake, air can, heat shields etc 10lbs
1G rubber intake with BOV return hose (from turbo to MAS): 3lbs
1G starter: 8lbs
1G Intake Manifold, With EGR Block off plate: 10.5lbs
1G intake manifold with ALL sensors/ICS motor + support bracket + throttle body: 23 lbs
1G AWD Transmission, Complete: 125lbs
1G FWD Transmission: 85lbs
DSM 7 Bolt Flywhee, unlightened: 19lbs
DSM 7 Bolt Flywheel, lightened: 14lbs
ACT 2600 Clutch Disc: 3lbs
ACT 2600 Pressure Plate: 10.5lbs
APEXi N1 Silencer: 0.5lbs
Tial 40mm wastegate, With Metal o-ring: 1.5lbs
2G AWD Catback, No muffler: 17.5lbs
2G AWD Catback, Full Catback with Muffler: 37lbs
2G AWD Muffler 19.5lbs
16G turbine housing, ported (made few years back or less time ago): 9lbs
1G 14b original turbine housing, unported: 11 lbs
Evo III exhaust manifold, ported: 12 lbs
Evo III o2 housing, unported: 6.5lbs
1G original o2 housing, unported: 6lbs
1G original exhaust manifold, unported: 10lbs
14b turbo, only center cartridge with wheels+comp. housing, no turbine housing: 5.5 lbs
Seats, safety belts, etc:
1G OEM Front fabric seat plus slider and belt buckle. No belts: 50lbs
1G OEM Front Seat Belt Assembly: 30lbs
1G OEM Rear Seat Belt Assemblies, Speakers and mounting plates: 18lbs
1G OEM Rear Seats (upper and lower, leather): 40lbs
1G OEM Drivers Seat (Leather Adj lumbar): 50lbs
1G OEM Rear seat bottom: 12lbs
1G OEM Split rear seat back: 18lbs
2g OEM seat, cloth, no power: 43lbs
1G middle rear seatbelt mount: 2.5lbs
1G Stock Shocks, each: 12lbs
1G AWD KYB AGX rear struts, each: 5lbs
1G KYB AGX front struts, each: 8.5lbs
1G Stock Springs. each: 6lbs
5-spoke wheel, 1996 GS: 20lbs
95-96 Talon Swirl Rims, With 205-55-16 tire: about 42lbs
97 GSX wheels, 17x6.5, no tires, each: 25lbs
90 Laser stock 16" steel wheels w/very bald Sumitomo Srixon-4, 205/55 tires: 45lbs
90 Talon stock 16" aluminum swirl wheels w/70% tread, Goodyear Eagle RS-A 205/55 tires: 42lbs
Electrical, sound, etc:
Stock Radio/CD Player/Amp: 10lbs
DSM Turbo ECU 1.5lbs
1G Bumper, Stock Metal Bumper Rear 32lbs
1G Bumper, Stock Bumper Front 35lbs
1G License Plate w/bracket: 2lbs
Tail light ('90-'91 Talon): 2 lbs
Rear center piece ('90-'91 Talon): 2 lbs
1G ('90-'91) clear pass/flash-through front headlight trim, with bulb and socket: 1.5 lb
1G ('90-'91) corner/side marker, with bulbs and sockets: under 1.5 lb
Center storage compartment door: 2 lb
Center console one-piece that surrounds the shiftter: 2 lb
Passenger side dash storage compartment door: 2+ lb
Metal brackets that hold up the wood in rear hatch: 2.5lbs
Rear Wiper Assembly: 5lbs
Sunroof, Entire 2G glass sunroof assembly w/screws + brackets: 32lbs
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