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Old 02-10-2013, 04:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Mistress - '88 Bmw 320i Touring SE
Team m8
Last 3: 27.17 mpg (US)

Babette - '01 Renault Clio 172 Exclusive
90 day: 31.17 mpg (US)

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90 day: 38.61 mpg (US)

The Miserly Missile - '01 Skoda Octavia Tdi Ambiente
Team m8
90 day: 48.67 mpg (US)

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90 day: 42.8 mpg (US)

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90 day: 27.31 mpg (US)

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90 day: 31.02 mpg (US)

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90 day: 32.14 mpg (US)

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90 day: 24.63 mpg (US)

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Mk3 golf Upper grill block for under 3($5)

I've finally turned my hand to some proper ecomodding!

The 1996 golf TD I have has a tendency to drop engine temp to just about 80 degrees when I'm on the motorway at 60mph. This wasnt great- I'd prefer it to be running 85ish, 90 under heavy load (hills etc).. so I decided to sort it!

managed to make a grillblock for the car today- certainly helps with keeping the temp more constant! Sits at 85 all day long, up to 90 for hills-happy!

Also easy to remove if the temp rises

Here's some pics to show how I did it for under 3.00:

0.79 worth of Pipe lagging and some scissors:

The bare grill (badge was already missing!)

Detail of the slats- where I'm going to slot in the pipe lagging

First piece cut and trial fitted

2nd/3rd/4th/5th pieces fitted

1.00 can of primer

1.00 can of Black Paint

The finished article

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