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Old 08-18-2017, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is how mild-mannered started life (with me). Custom LRR tires included at no extra charge!




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Old 08-18-2017, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I started out getting all maintenance items caught up and added some 175/65-15's instead of the 185/60-15's that were on it, they're not LRR, but they should do pretty good through the winter for me. I also cleaned up the headlights a bit (Sylvania's new UV coating is pretty awesome) and got most of the smell out of it.
This post should cover all of the boring maintenance mods, from now on it should just be boring eco mods!

Stock tire pressure got me 37.2 mpg.

Let the (mild-mannered) mods begin!





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Old 08-18-2017, 11:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mods so far:
-Beaded seat cover. It's been in the mid 80's here lately.
-SG2, extra cable looped and zip-tied under the dash
-Tires went to 51psi tonight
-Passenger wiper came off tonight



I had the front end off once already (to clean up the headlights) and got a better idea of what I am looking at for grill blocks and mild-mannered under body aero. I'm a fan of the more hidden mods.

I have a lot of dew on my car in the morning, so the drivers side wiper will only come off for the drive home.












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Old 08-19-2017, 11:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Very clean!

I'm all for pulling things off the back, but the passenger wiper probably won't do you much good.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Ecky, it's actually quite a bit cleaner in that pic than it is in person, I have never even washed it!

You have a point with the wiper delete, but it's on the list of 65+ mods, so I figured it has to have some merit.
With the automatic transmission and the mods I have planned I'll probably never see any significant gains.
But, as long as I'm not using it I might as well pull it off, it'll have to go right back on when it snows though!
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Since the passenger wiper is out of the "critical visibility zone", deleting it might not endanger you too much. I have already seen many cars with passenger wiper delete in my home country, even though back here it's done more frequently due to lack of money to buy a replacement wiper blade than to any fuel-efficiency concern. But anyway, if I were going to make a single-blade wiper conversion, I'd most likely try to make it stand up while not in use like it's usually done in race vehicles to decrease the drag more effectively. Notice the wiper blade in this Brazilian stock-car, standing in the left side of the windscreen.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Personally, I think that removing the passenger side wiper is dangerous (unless you use Rain-X or some such), as an unswept area of screen could prevent you seeing a kamikaze pedestrian about to step out in front of you. It is certainly illegal, here in the UK, where even a bad stone chip could lead to a test fail.
Parking the wipers vertically is a better idea, in my opinion.
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Personally, I think that removing the passenger side wiper is dangerous (unless you use Rain-X or some such), as an unswept area of screen could prevent you seeing a kamikaze pedestrian about to step out in front of you.
I'dd rather adapt a single-wiper setup similar to the one used in the Fiat Uno or some Mercedes-Benz cars from the '80s thru '90s.
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A few new European cars have single wipers for the entire screen. Mind you, they normally park below the bonnet line. Would a modified, raised bonnet rear edge, be an option for some vehicles. My Jazz bonnet is tiny and wouldn't require much raising to hide the parked wipers, possible even just a rubber strip!
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I like that Peugeot! (and the wiper layout too)

My drive is very rural. In my month driving to my new job I have encountered very few pedestrians. (I know it just makes me less vigilant).

I polish all of my windshields with glass polish on a 6.5" polisher, then apply Rain-X.
I know it is a visibility compromise, but if I see diminishing returns the first time it rains I will put it back on, I keep it in the trunk. It's funny, I never thought to remove it until I saw the idea on this site

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