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Old 03-29-2019, 06:45 PM   #201 (permalink)
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They were attached with three push rivets and they went inside two “u” clips per side... the one I lost is the same one I lost last time, I think the mounting holes in the skirt were compromised from the last time it came off...

They held up fine at 60mph, but not at 100+ (was on way to see deathly ill grandmother)...

However I don’t think I’ve suffered any additional drag from losing them, I don’t think mine were made right...

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Old 05-17-2019, 12:56 PM   #202 (permalink)
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I think I’ve about reached the apex of my build... while there is still low hanging fruit to pluck (both aero and drivetrain) the car has basically achieved what I’ve set out to achieve. It’s fun to drive when I wanna have fun, it gets pretty good mileage without effort (42-45 hwy without hypermiling) and gets 100+% over its original EPA rating when hypermiled...

That being said there are more mods planned, so stay tuned!
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:49 PM   #203 (permalink)
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Next mod is done! I swapped the old nasty foam steering wheel for a leather wrapped wheel from a newer Ion, that I restored and recolored prior to swap...

Wheel restoration thread here...

https://www.saturnforum.com/forum/de...671/#post62126
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:53 AM   #204 (permalink)
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I did another mod, sort of... the car has always had a bad habit of rev hanging when you shift... not a huge issue in personal driving where in very seldom over 2500RPM, but sometimes when I punch it in 1st (going for hole in traffic or something) and then clutch in (either to shift or to coast) it’ll hang up there at 4-5000 for a few seconds before very slowly idling down... judging by sound I knew the PCM was holding it there, that it wasn’t just due to flywheel mass...

So I unplugged the IACV, done while the engine was idling warm at 750RPM... no more rev hang! Now it drops revs as soon as I let off the throttle and hits normal idle speed much faster off a warm start... I’ve yet to test it from a cold start, but when I turn the AC on it pulls the idle down to just under 500RPM (probably not ideal)
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Old 05-26-2019, 02:00 PM   #205 (permalink)
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More progress! I finally got my windows tinted, so there *should* be less AC usage in the warmer weather...
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:05 PM   #206 (permalink)
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More progress! I finally got my windows tinted, so there *should* be less AC usage in the warmer weather...
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Mother Nature decided to un-ecomod my car, sending a raccoon to run in front of my car and thus badly loosen (knocked 18/26 screws loose from the bumper) my air dam, to where I needed to remove it totally... it works out though, since I had just bought new lawn edging to re-do the lip and add side skirt extensions... more progress coming!
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #208 (permalink)
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So I got side tracked and ended up wanting to try something else... my lower grille block is made just from layer upon layer of black strapping tape and nothing else... I wanted to do something about that, as since I left my place of employment about a month ago I no longer have an endless supply of the tape with which to repair the grille block lol...

I grabbed a small sheet of coroplast and cut two 5x36Ē pieces, attached them together in the middle with zip ties and hot melt and cut out the hole for the grille opening... did some reinforcing around the opening with some copper wire inserted in the fluting in the material and I now have a prototype...

I plan to use 45 screws or so to hold it to the car so hopefully itís on there for good lol... the one question remains though, should I paint it to match the car (making the car stand out even more) or should I paint it black?
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I plan to use 45 screws or so to hold it to the car so hopefully itís on there for good lol... the one question remains though, should I paint it to match the car (making the car stand out even more) or should I paint it black?
My vote is black. Would look great!
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:07 AM   #210 (permalink)
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