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Old 03-06-2011, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
California98Civic
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Solar alternator assist?

The ecomodder wiki has an item on solar assistance for the alternator, but it seems to assume an outside mounting and that you are trying to replace the alternator. My Civic has a rather large dash and panels are smaller by the day. Anyone have an opinion on the possible effectiveness of a smaller panel, on the dash, used to back-up the alternator so that it does not switch on very often? I located, for example, a cheap, lightweight, and smallish panel online but I have seen some ecomodders suggesting 10% gains from an alternator delete... Since any gains from this idea would be a lot less... not worth it?

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