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Old 07-04-2009, 06:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Istas View Post
Around here, there are no small number of inspection places that, if you don't pass, they will let you fix whatever didn't pass and come back within a certain amount of time (two weeks or a month) to get re-inspected for free. If you find somewhere like that to get your car inspected that would let you try it without removing the mods, and if it fails because of them just remove them and go back and pass.
The only free thing I know is coroplast but only in limited quantities

I removed everything Wednesday and the car passed the inspection the day after

For information, at the opacity test megane obtained a score under 0.6 without and with the turbo. For information a turbo car must have under 3.0, a non turbo car must have under 2.5 and any car newer than 2008 must have under 1.5.
In fact my mechanic cleaned the turbo before to send the car to the inspection, so the turbo score was only a few % over the non turbo score.
A few days before my wife's car passed the technical inspection too, and the opacity scores were worse : the turbo score was twice the non turbo score, but far from the limit.

Your ambition towards modding this car is admirable. Keep up the good work.

I should be able to put back the aerohelps on soon. Hope I'll have time to do a coast down testing, but I haven't found a long and flat road yet to do a 90 to 60 km/h (56 to 37 mph) coast down testing. May be should I attempt a 110 to 80 km/h (68 to 50 mph) one, even if I rarely drive at these speeds.

Hope my 1000 miles tank will give me wings to continue the improvements.

I'm also working on minimizing the load on the battery, by adding an old (50Ah) battery on board, plugged to a solar panel (bigger than the little one connected to the car's battery), to feed the (GPS) navigator and the rear view camera. This will also permit me to have my computer connected during several hours to do wardriving (its internal battery doesn't permit so) or simply to record GPS coordinates (thing about coast down testing per example).

About the rear view camera, I tested it and it works great, but the wide angle if it permits to see more things that an classical mirror, changes the distances by so much that I'll need a looong time to get used to it.

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