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Old 03-18-2014, 11:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Any plans for aero mods to the Prius, KrautBurner? Sounds like wheel discs maybe?

With that many miles/day on the open road, it's worth investigating.

I've got a set of VW "Bottle Caps" (they look smoother than the stock prius spokes)
its too bad I don't have standard steel wheels,
I could get the wheel disks
but I don't know of an easy/cheep way to mount them to the aluminum wheels (I really don't think I'm gonna spend $3-400 (or more) to do hubcaps

I'm also kicking around the idea of a belly pan and maybe blocking the grill
(as a "Car guy" I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to limiting the coolng system)

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't forget: the "car guys and girls" who designed your cooling system sized it for a worst case scenario: climbing out of Death Valley, with a full load of passengers & cargo, with the A/C on, and a giant stuffed Barney tied on the roof.

That's why the car guys & girls are now putting active shutters on newer cars. Because it's a big waste to have a gaping open maw on the front of the car all the time. And a variable block still permits "worst case scenario" operation.

If your driving isn't "worst case", you're safe to partially block the grille if you do it progressively and monitor the results.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That's why the car guys & girls are now putting active shutters on newer cars. Because it's a big waste to have a gaping open maw on the front of the car all the time. And a variable block still permits "worst case scenario" operation.

If your driving isn't "worst case", you're safe to partially block the grille if you do it progressively and monitor the results.


good point

it's still hard to get away from "making power" mindset
(Cold Air Intake, Lower Temp Thermostat, Water Wetter, to get that cold dense oxygen rich air into the combustion chamber)

BTW,
just topped my truck off for the first time
kinda curious how she does on mostly highway
(drove her 60 miles yesterday, and will do another 150 today)
she's only a 7.3L
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Any plans for aero mods to the Prius, KrautBurner? Sounds like wheel discs maybe?

With that many miles/day on the open road, it's worth investigating.
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I've got a set of VW "Bottle Caps" (they look smoother than the stock prius spokes) with snow tires on them
its too bad I don't have standard steel wheels,
I could get the wheel disks
but I don't know of an easy/cheep way to mount them to the aluminum wheels (I really don't think I'm gonna spend $3-400 (or more) to do hubcaps

I'm also kicking around the idea of a belly pan and maybe blocking the grill
(as a "Car guy" I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to limiting the coolng system)
the tires on my stock 6 spokes are nearing the end of there life
and I got a line on a set of Honda 14" steelies with new tires on them
if the price is right, I'll probably pick them up next week
and maybe a set of disk hubcaps in the next month or so
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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steelies fell thru
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've had the car nearly a month now

I've filled her up 6 times
and spent nearly $180

the car is making the commute pretty decent

but my big problem now is

people see a Prius
and expect me to be a "Prius Driver"

I'm getting sick of people not wanting to get outta my way
I've got places to be
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:13 PM   #17 (permalink)
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figured I'd post some pics

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here she is in all her majesty

BEFORE:


AFTER:
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After wheels look more aero-friendly.
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After wheels look more aero-friendly.
probably a moot point,
being the new wheels are about 1.5lbs heavier and 1/2 inch wider
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Looks a bit boring or a guy with a heavily modded gto. I was expecting stick on flames, graphics on the side, fake hood scoupe, wheelie bars.

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