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Old 01-25-2008, 11:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I missed this thread starting. Jumping in late...

Any progress to report yet?

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Originally Posted by Daox View Post
So, where do we start? First off is probably aero mods. They are cheap and easy to do. The car sees 95% highway as its my daily commuter vehicle, so this will be the most cost effective place to start. There isn't a whole lot of area up front to block for the grill, but I'll be looking into that as well.
I'd be looking into the grille block as item #1. You did a great job on the Matrix - can't wait to see what you do there (no pressure!). I think you'll be surprised at how much you can block without affecting engine temps in normal driving conditions. I'm at approx. 24 square inches of opening, and believe I could go smaller yet.

Considered a passenger side mirror delete? It's rare that we get to reduce A and improve Cd at the same time, but that's what you get by doing that.

I was reluctant to ditch mine at first, and then thought, "half the cars I've owned didn't have them in the first place, and I managed OK." You have to adapt your driving of course.
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