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Old 08-22-2011, 09:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by kach22i View Post
In another thread they said both side mirrors together account for .1 in your Cd, I don't see how removal of one mirror can make a 1-mpg difference.
Whether you have big or small blindspots depends on the car, and so does whether there is a benefit to a mirror delete. Some mirrors are better integrated into the body and produce less trouble--apparently--than others. For some there will be little to know measurable difference. But assuming there is a minor benefit these seems to fit into the category of mods you do knowing you will need to do many more to pile-up small benefits into a significant one. To me the point of modding is not just the big gain, it is also experimenting with multiple small changes that together create a big change.

As for safety... I agree, but I don't see this as a safety issue. My interior convex mirror is coordinated with the windshield mounted mirror: before any object in the center mirror disappear, it appears in the convex mirror (even motorcycles). I have no blind spot. And I can always look to the right, which I also do (out of habit).
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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