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Old 04-20-2019, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2017 Toyota Corolla LLE aero mods

And just like that, Johnny Cash is no more and I have a new car. The transmission took a dump; 3rd issue with the gearbox in 5 years, so took the opportunity to wash my hands of it as this time it wasn't covered under warranty and the reality was long term this is the achilles heel of the Darts.

And viola, I'm the new owner of a 2017 Toyota Corolla. New car, new machinations...First thing I note, factory .cd is .29 (Dart was .285). So in the ballpark. Second thing I note, Corolla LE Eco's .cd is .28...the only difference I can tell; trunk trailing edge spoiler. And these can be had for cheap on eBay, like $40. So I might go ahead and get it, because even if that isn't the only aero difference (it's the only external topside difference I can see and so far I haven't found any underfloor shots), it's a contributor. Though a .01 reduction from the addition of a spoiler isn't unreasonable I shouldn't think.

Tomorrow I'm having a look at hood sealing to the engine bay. There are some gaps there that some weather striping would seal. So we're already off to the races.

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Old 04-20-2019, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If yours is an LE, the LE Eco also has different wheels--15 x 6.0 steel versus your 16 x 6.5. Congrats on the new car!
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If yours is an LE, the LE Eco also has different wheels--15 x 6.0 steel versus your 16 x 6.5. Congrats on the new car!
Yes, I was looking at that. However...would mean new rubber and the tires on it have lots of life left. Not something I could justify at the moment.

Thanks! The funny thing is, I realllly like the Dart. However, and this is the truth with me and always has been, my favorite car is always the car I'm currently driving. So while there's been some separation anxiety, I've already moved on. I realllly like the Corolla...now, just need to perform my flush wheel cover trick (this will be the 3rd car I've done this on and I only JUST finished the Dart's like 3 weeks ago...ugh).
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Congrats on the new car! Got any pics? What color is it?

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...now, just need to perform my flush wheel cover trick (this will be the 3rd car I've done this on and I only JUST finished the Dart's like 3 weeks ago...ugh).
Couldn't you have used the aero caps from the Dart, or are the wheels different sizes?
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Congrats on the new car! Got any pics? What color is it?



Couldn't you have used the aero caps from the Dart, or are the wheels different sizes?
Yes, I'll post up a pic probably tomorrow. She's white.

No, different lug pattern unfortunately.

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