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If I just removed all the a/c components and got a shorter belt as opposed to leaving the a/c in the car but leaving it off, would I have the same outcome? (performance wise) or does the shorter belt have something to do with possible increased performance?
 

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I think the only benefit you'll gain is the slight reduction in weigt and maybe a tiny bit more since its one less pulley to turn. Not worth it unless your A/C is dead, maybe not even then.. lots of work for almost no gain.
 

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I wouldn't recommend doing this on a street car, but if you're gutting it out to be a race car, hell yeah, go ahead and do it.

IIRC, a car is faster and gets better gas mileage at high speeds with the windows up and a/c on than it would with the a/c off and windows down. So unless you like to sweat or unless you live in a really cold environment, I wouldn't do this to street driven vehicle.
 
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